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Post time 2007-4-1 07:09:53 |Display all floors
How can knowledge and action be separated? This is the original substance of knowledge and action, which have not been separated by selfish desires. In teaching people, the Sage insisted that only this can be called knowledge. Otherwise, this is not yet knowledge. This is serious and practical business... I have said that knowledge is the direction for action and action the effort of knowledge, and that knowledge is the beginning of action and action the completion of knowledge. If this is understood, then when only knowledge is mentioned, action is included, and when only action is mentioned, knowledge is included... But people today distinguish between knowledge and action and pursue them separately, believing that one must know before he can act. They will discuss and learn the business of knowledge first, they say, and wait till they truly know before they put their knowledge into practice. Consequently, to the last day of life, they will never act and also will never know. This doctrine of knowledge first and action later is not a minor disease and it did not come about only yesterday. My present advocacy of the unity of knowledge and action is precisely the medicine for that disease.

— Wang Yang Ming (1472-1529)
Instructions for Practical Living, I.8a
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Post time 2007-4-1 07:10:33 |Display all floors
The four directions plus upward and downward constitute the space continuum. The past and the future constitute the time continuum. The universe is my mind and my mind is the universe. Sages appeared tens of thousands of generations ago. They shared this mind; they shared this principle. Sages will appear tens of thousands of generations to come. They will share this mind; they will share this principle. Over the four seas sages appear. They share this mind; they share this principle.
— Lu Hsiang-Shan (1139-1193)
Complete Works, XXII.5a
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Chinese Wisdom of the Heart
Adapted from The Heart of the Matter, by Christina Becker (Chiron Publications, 2004).

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Early Chinese philosophers saw the Heart as the place where people thought and felt. It was the center that contained Logos and Eros, thinking and feeling. The concept of Heart-Mind, or Hsin, contained the concepts of consciousness and conscience, and it was the focus for cultivating and perfecting the Self or achieving moral perfection. Hsin also means “disposition.” The best-known Confucian writer to explore this in depth was Mencius, a man considered to be the “Second Sage” after Confucius.

Mencius’ notion of the Heart contained four elements. Which heart element do you need to develop?

To Mencius, the importance of the Heart lay in its ability to think. Its thinking was a special kind of thinking--an ethical thinking which established priorities, assigned values, discerned duties, and recognized obligations, “all with a sense of purpose in life--that destiny that is the Mandate of Heaven. . . Cultivating the heart is therefore the highest duty because it has the greatest moral value.” The heart is free from desire and emotions.

Mencius’ notion of the Heart contained four elements: compassion for the suffering of others; shame at the realization that one’s actions do not measure up to one’s ideals; courtesy and modesty which reflect the balance between self-interest and self-seeking; and the ability to differentiate between right and wrong.
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Post time 2007-4-1 07:19:05 |Display all floors
Chinese Wisdom for Better Sleep
Adapted from The Secret Teachings of the Tao Te Ching, by Mantak Chia and Tao Huang (Inner Traditions, 2005).

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The Chinese have practiced this simple position to improve the quality of their sleep (and  their breathing while asleep) for thousands of years. Today, as sleep disorders and chronic ailments resulting from poor-quality sleeping and breathing are on the increase, we can learn from this powerful yet simple technique.

Get the easy how-to instructions here:

1. Lie in bed on your back.

2. If you are right-handed, cross your left foot over your right foot (vice-versa if you are left-handed).

3. Interlace your fingers on top of your chest.

4. Close your eyes and gently concentrate on your breath. As you listen to your breathing, you will soon drift into a deep and restful sleep.

Helpful Hints
If you have a serious sleeping or breathing disorder, please be sure to consult your health-care provider before attempting this position.

[ Last edited by changabula at 2007-4-1 07:20 AM ]
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Post time 2007-4-1 07:53:16 |Display all floors
i prefer Mozi for encouraging analyticial thought as opposed to rigid conformity to the conventions of humanity that confucious encouraged

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Post time 2007-4-1 09:26:47 |Display all floors
Originally posted by changabula at 2007-4-1 07:19 AM
1. Lie in bed on your back.


This position has been proved to encourage snoring!

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Post time 2007-4-1 09:27:13 |Display all floors
Confucius pretty much said 'Shut the hell up and do as you're told'. This has produced a race of hard-working, diligent and no question asked people (the strict heiarchy system which does not promote those of lower rank to improvise). It's a rather simple recipe for manipulation, regulation and exploitation.

One great adage I like of Confucius would be "You make your own bed, you lie in it", "All men are the same, only their habits differ" and
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. . However, I find most of Confucius witty proverbs just common sense twisted...it's like "if you are hungry, then go eat".
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