Friday, October 15, 2010

Chapter 5 – Better to be in the opportunity for cultivatio

If treacherous talk constantly assails your ears and hostility constantly troubles your heart,

use this power as whetstones of moral cultivation.

If every word fell pleasantly on your ears and every event gladdened your heart,

then your entire life would be mired in venomous poison.

If you enjoy these excerpt, buy the book, Hong, Zicheng; Aitken, Robert (2006), Vegetable Roots Discourse: Wisdom from Ming China on Life and Living, Avalon Publishing Group.

1 comment:

  1. I followed your link to Amazon
    and found no book
    A reviewer wrote
    "As an author, intellectual, and historical figure, Aitken knows how important transmission of information can be..."
    I searched at betterworldbooks
    and found somewhere from there
    a copy at two hundred dollars.

    Too long for haiku but still an internal disconnect here :-)