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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Chinese Gardens


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54 ¶ And he said also to the multitudes: When you see a cloud rising from the west, presently you say: A shower is coming. And so it happeneth.
55  And when ye see the south wind blow, you say: There will be heat. And it cometh to pass.
56  You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the heaven and of the earth: but how is it that you do not discern this time?
57  And why, even of yourselves, do you not judge that which is just?



Confucius saw the need to honor parents and neighbors. The ancient Chinese understood that such virtue, such justice, brought peace to the land.



                                     500 BC

                               CONFUCIAN ANALECTS




  The Master "Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance

and application?

  "Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?

  "Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure

though men may take no note of him?"

  The philosopher Yu said, "They are few who, being filial and

fraternal, are fond of offending against their superiors. There have

been none, who, not liking to offend against their superiors, have

been fond of stirring up confusion.

  "The superior man bends his attention to what is radical. That being

established, all practical courses naturally grow up. Filial piety and

fraternal submission,-are they not the root of all benevolent


  The Master said, "Fine words and an insinuating appearance are

seldom associated with true virtue."





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