Monday, March 31, 2014

Inspirational Anciant Wisdom & Insights from from the Classic Teachings Of Confucius,Lao Tzu & Buddha

Music:Classic chinese music
Don’t Decorate Your Dreams-Huang Jiangqin

A man is born soft and supple;
at his death he is hard and stiff.
All things,including the grass and trees,
are soft and pliable in life;dry and brittle in death.
Stiffness is thus a companion of death;
flexibility a companion of life.
An army that cannot yield will be defeated.
A tree that cannot bend will crack in the wind.
The hard and stiff will be broken;
the soft and supple will prevail.

Lao Tzu

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding.
But water will wear away rock,which
is rigid and cannot yield.As a rule,
whatever is fluid,soft,and yielding
will overcome whatever is rigid and hard.
This is another paradox:what is soft is strong.
Lao Tzu

Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people's approval
and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
Lao Tzu

The master of the art of living makes little distinction
between his work and his play,his labor and his leisure,
his mind and his body, his education and his recreation,
his love and his religion.He simply pursues his vision
of excellence in whatever he does,leaving others to decide
whether he is working or playing.
To him, he is always doing both.
Lao Tzu

The Path is not far from man.
When men try to pursue a course, which is far from the common indications of consciousness,this course cannot be considered The Path.

If I have even just a little sense,
I will walk on the main road and my only
fear will be of straying from it.
Keeping to the main road is easy,
but people love to be sidetracked.
lao tzu

It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue,while it daily becomes more illustrious,and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety,while he daily goes more and more to ruin.

The superior man examines his heart,that there may be nothing wrong there,and that he may have no cause for dissatisfaction with himself. That wherein the superior man cannot be equaled is simply this — his work which other men cannot see.

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First,by reflection,which is noblest;
Second,by imitation,which is easiest;
and third by experience,which is the bitterest.

In the pursuit of knowledge:
everyday something is added.
in the pursuit of enlightenment:
everyday something is dropped.
Lao Tzu

When a man’s knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained,he will lose again.”

To study,and then in a timely fashion to practice
what you have learned—is this not satisfying?
To have companions arrive from afar—is this not a joy?
To remain unrecognized by others and yet remain free
of resentment—is this not the mark of the gentleman?”

A man should demand much from himself,but little from
others.When you meet a man of worth,think how you may
attain to his excellence.When you meet an unworthy one,
then look within and examine yourself.

Knowing others is intelligence;knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

If a person seems wicked,do not cast him away.
Awaken him with your words,elevate him with
your deeds,repay his injury with your kindness.
Do not cast him away;cast away his wickedness.
Lao Tzu

Humankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.

If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like?
If a man has no humaneness what can his happiness be like?

A man of humanity is one who,in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who,in desiring attaining himself,helps others to attain.

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This is how to contemplate our conditioned existence in this fleeting world:
Like a tiny drop of dew,or a bubble floating in a stream;
Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
Or a flickering lamp,an illusion,a phantom,or a dream.
So is all conditioned existence to be seen.

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings,and all beings in his own Self,and
looks on everything with an impartial eye.

In the end
these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?”

Just to say 'I believe' or 'I do not doubt' does not mean that you understand and see. To force oneself to see and accept a thing without understanding is political and not spiritual or intellectual.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis,when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

This is what should be done
By those who are skilled in goodness,
And who know the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.

Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.

Wishing: in gladness and safety,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong,omitting none,
The great or the mighty,medium,short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born

May all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child,her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings;

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