Layman Pang and his daughter Lingzhao were selling bamboo baskets. Coming down off a bridge he stumbled and fell. When Lingzhao saw this she ran to her father’s side and threw herself on the ground.
“What are you doing?” cried the Layman.
“I saw Daddy fall down, so I’m helping,“ replied Lingzhao.
“Luckily no one was looking,“ remarked the Layman.
– PZI Miscellanous Koans, Case 40
Zenosaurus Curriculum 17: A variant of this discovery is that falling on the ground, while terrible, is also wonderful—the taste of dirt, blood, coffee, oranges, tears, sweat—the taste of life itself.
PZI Zen Online Audio: Layman Pang and his daughter Ling Chou fall down for different reasons in this koan. Tess leads the group through meditation and a talk on how the koan entered her life, followed by comment from other meditators on the nature of intimacy. Some silent meditation segments are included. As recorded March 30 2020.