Zhuangzi glossary


Grandpa Peng

A legendarily old man, like Methuselah.  He is referred to, for instance, in Analects 7.1, where Confucius says, “I am a transmitter, not a creator. I trust and love the past. I would compare myself to Grandpa Peng," which confirms that he was not a creation of Zhuangzi's. The traditional legend has him living for eight centuries during the Shang Dynasty. Zhuangzi 6:03, however, says that he lived from the time of Emperor Shun down into the Spring and Autumn period, which is closer to fifteen hundred years, depending how you count.