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Lions Roar : May 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2006 106 “You say ‘difficult,’ so it’s difficult. A long time ago in China there lived a famous man named Layman Pang. His whole family was a Zen family. Layman Pang used to be rich, but then he realized that many people don’t have enough food to eat. So he gave all of his land to the farmers. He had many precious jewels and other possessions, but he thought, ‘If I give things away, they’ll only cre- ate desire-mind in other people.’ So he took a boat out to the middle of a very deep lake and dumped all his priceless possessions overboard. Then he and his daughter went and lived in a cave; meanwhile, his wife and son moved into a very small house. Sometimes the Pangs would visit Zen temples to have dharma combat with the monks. They had a very simple life, and practiced very hard. “One day, someone asked Layman Pang, ‘Is Zen difficult or easy?’ “He replied, ‘It’s like trying to hit the moon with a stick. Very difficult!’ “Then this man thought, ‘Oh, Zen is very difficult.’ So he asked Layman Pang’s wife, ‘Your husband said Zen is difficult. I ask you, then, is Zen difficult or easy?’ “She said, ‘Oh, Zen is very easy! It’s like touching your nose when you wash your face in the morning!’ “The man could not understand. He thought to himself, ‘Hmmm ... Layman Pang says Zen is difficult; his wife says it is very easy. Which one is correct?’ So he went to their son and said, ‘Your father said Zen is very difficult; your mother said it is very easy. Which one is correct?’ “The son replied, ‘If you think it’s difficult, then it’s difficult. If you think it’s easy, then it’s easy. Don’t make dif- ficult and easy!’ “But the man was still not satisfied, so he went to the daughter. ‘Everyone in your whole family has a different an- swer to my question. Your mother said Zen is easy. Your father said Zen is dif- ficult. And your brother said don’t make difficult and easy. So I ask you, is Zen difficult or easy?’ You Already Understand continued from page 77 It isn’t necessary to add on that extra room! Instantly and effortlessly our Wallbeds will convert any room into a bedroom. Offered in various natural woods, the beds are available in do-it-yourself form or complete packages, ready to assemble. disappearing wallbeds.com Also see our revolutionary Deskbeds at www.deskbeds. com or call 888-249-6188 for more information. Disappearing Wall Beds from Cabinetworks can save you space, time and money.