Story of enlightenment.

Zeno’s Circle

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Legend has it that a student once asked Zeno: “Teacher, your knowledge is many times more than ours. The question you answered is correct, but why are you so humble? ”

Zeno drew one small and one big circle on the blackboard and said: “Our knowledge is like a circle. Inside the circle are things you know about, and outside the circle are things you don’t know. The area of the big circle is my knowledge, the area of the small circle is your knowledge, so my knowledge is more than yours.

But outside these two circles are things you and I don’t know. The circumference of the big circle is larger than that of the small circle so that I may have more knowledge, but I also realize that there is still more I do not know. This is why I am humble. ”

Socrates said, “All I know is that I know nothing.”He implies that the more people know, the more they understand their ignorance. Even the largest circles still cannot compare with the blank space outside. The more knowledge they accumulate, the more aware they become. Space is infinite even though the circles are big. So the more knowledgeable people are, the more they know that they do not know enough.

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Zeno of Elea is from http://www.massline.org/PhilosDog/Z/Zeno.htm.

 

In another word, a person with a large circle knows a lot but also knows there are still things they don’t know, so they have to be humble. A person with a small circle knows only a little, so they think the whole world is in their hands.

Note:

Zeno of Elea was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of Magna Graecia and a member of the Eleatic School founded by Parmenides. Aristotle called him the inventor of dialectic. He is best known for his paradoxes, which Bertrand Russell has described as “immeasurably subtle and profound.”

Zeno of Elea – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeno_of_Elea

A Good Deed is Not Hard to Do

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As an Asian, I know that we have a habit of giving cash as a wedding or birthday gift. I am no exception. I prefer to give some money because I do not have time to buy a gift from a shop. I also know that whatever presents I pick may not necessarily be what they like.

I have done the cash as a gift thing for many years now. So for my son-in-law’s birthday, I did the same, of course. Rushing out of freeway, I went in the bank a couple of minutes before closing time. I told the cashier that I needed two brand new one hundred bills as a gift.

I saw him take out two hundred dollar bills and lay them on the table. Suddenly, I heard the noise from the counting machine, and he took out a stack of bills. It was a lot, maybe over hundred of them. I was surprised and worried that he mistakenly thought I withdrew a lot. Softly, I reminded him that all I needed were two, but he just smiled at me and examined this stack of hundred dollar bills. He looked at each, and after a moment I could tell that he was picking the best and newest ones. Finally, he pulled two bills, looking satisfied.

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The image is fromEmpire Rolling Papers.

Standing there, I was amazed by his action. It was just two bills, but he went the extra mile to find me the best ones from the stack. What a warm feeling he gave me. He may never know this, but his attitude has inspired me to do the same for the others. That is, to treat others from the heart and always go an extra mile to help them.

It Is Simple

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1. It is very simple to get a reward.
There was a person who went for an interview for a new job. As he walked into the building, he picked up some litter on the ground put it in the trash can. The passing test officer saw him and gave him the job.

As long as you develop good habits, you can.

2. It is easy to get ahead
There was a young boy who was an apprentice in the bicycle shop. Someone sent a broken bicycle. The young boy, in addition to repairing the bike, also made the bike look beautiful and new. Other apprentices laughed at him for doing the extra job. The next day, when the owner came back for his bike, he hired the boy to go to work for him.

Do more than what is necessary.

3. It is easy to be beautiful
A child said to his mother, “Mom, you are beautiful today.” The mother asked, “Why?” The child replied, “Because you are not angry today.”

Don’t be angry.

4. It is easy to raise a child
A rancher asked his child to work on the farm every day. His friend said to him, “You don’t have to make the child work so hard.” The owner replied, “I’m not just raising crops. I’m raising my child.”

Teach the value of hard work.

5. It is easy to find a way to succeed
A tennis coach said to his students, “if a tennis ball falls into a field, how do you find it?”

Someone answered, “Look at the center of the field.”
Someone answered, “Look at the bottom of the field.”
Someone answered, “Look where the grass is longest.”
The coach announced the correct answer: “Just look from one end of the field to the other.”

Just count to ten and don’t skip.

6. It is easy to keep it bright
A was always brightly lit. Someone asked, “What brand of lightbulb do you have in your shop? They’re durable.”The shop owner replied, “Our lightbulbs always burn out. We change them out immediately when they break.”

Just change it often.

7. The way to control your destiny is simple
The frog who lived by the field said to the frog who lived by the road, “You are too dangerous here. Come and live with me!”The frog by the road said, “I’m used to it. I’m too lazy to move.”A few days later, the frog on the edge of the field went to visit the frog on the road, only to find that he had been crushed by a car that had gone off the road.

Just stay away from laziness.

8. It is easy to get rid of a heavy load
When a chick broke through its egg, there happened to be a turtle passing by. From then on, the chicken carried an eggshell on its back for the rest of its life.

Just let go of your misconceptions.

9. It is easy to become “God”
There was a little pig who asked God to be his disciple. God said he would if the pig helped to clean a calf had just come out of the mire and was covered with mud. “I am a disciple of God,” said the pig in surprise. “Why would I clean a dirty calf?” God said, “How can anyone know that you are my disciple if you do not serve others?”

Just give from your heart.

10. It is easy to be happy
A group of miners were walking in the desert. Everyone was walking with heavy and painful steps. Only one of them was walking happily. Others asked, “Why are you so comfortable?” He smiled and replied, “Because I am carrying the least.”

Just own a little less.

To Perfect Someone Else Is to Perfect Yourself

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The United States Customs had a batch of confiscated bikes, so they announced a decision to auction them off. During the auction, there was always a ten-year-old boy who began with a “five” bid, in every auction, and who then watched as the bikes were bought by the others with 30 or 40 dollars.

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The image if from WNMU-FM.

During the intermission, the auctioneer asked the boy why he didn’t bid a higher price. The boy said he had only five dollars.

The auction started again, and the boy still started with “five” each time. Of course, every single one was taken away by others. Slowly, the crowd also began to notice the boy who always made the first bid, and more and more people became interested in the outcome of the boy’s bidding.

Near the end of the auction, there were only one of the best bikes left. It was brand new with a variety of gear included, ten-gauge transmission, a two-way handbrake, speed display, and a nighttime electric light fixture. It was undoubtedly a rare and good bike!

The auctioneer asked: “Who is bidding?”

Standing at the forefront, the little boy, who had almost given up hope, stood still and firmly said: “Five.” It was quiet on the auction floor. All held their breath and stood still waiting for the result.

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The image is from The Eternal Optimist.

At that moment, all the people present stared at the little boy, and no one made a sound, no one raised their hand and no one bid. “The bike is sold to the young man in shorts and white shoes!” The auctioneer shouted after he said the price three times.

The audience applauded after hearing the remark. The little boy cheered up and raised the crumpled five-dollar bill and got the most beautiful bicycle in the world. He had the most brilliant smile on his face that people had never seen before.

 

In our lives, instead of overcoming others, surpassing others, or crushing others, can we perfect the others? This is worth pondering.

To perfect someone else is to perfect yourself.

This is a magical world – there is only cause and effect, no accident, and all accidents are inevitable. He who helps others will eventually help himself.

Seven Things to Give

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A poor man asked Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”
Buddha said: “You did not learn to give.”
The poor man asked: “How can I give when I have nothing?”
Buddha said: “One can give seven things to another without having anything.”

 

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This image is from Ancient Origins.

With your face: a smile.
With your mouth: praise and comfort.
With your heart: open your heart and be kind to others.
With your eye: giving others a kind and righteous look.
With your body: helping others with actions.
With your seating: humbly giving your seat to others.
With your chest: tolerance.

Enlightenment:
Don’t make too many meaningless movements. Give more to others. You may gain unexpected wealth and happiness.

 

Chinese version:

窮人問佛:我為什麼這樣窮?
佛說:你沒有學會給予別人。
窮人:我一無所有如何給予?
佛:一個人一無所有也可以給予別人七種東西。

顏施:微笑處事;
言施:說讚美安慰的話;
心施:敞開心扉對人和藹;
眼施:善義的眼光給予別人;
身施:以行動幫助別人;
座施:即謙讓座位;
房施:有容人之心。

感悟:
不要有太多沒意義的計較,多給予別人,你可能會收穫意想不到的財富和快樂。

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