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Feng Shui- Accumulating Merits

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A rich man bought a piece of land, and he repaired the villa within, which had a more than one-hundred-year-old lychee tree in the backyard. He loved this place because of the lychee tree, and because his wife likes lychee.

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During the renovation, a friend advised him to check with a feng shui master so as not to commit evil. Initially, he did not believe in feng shui. However, he had a change of heart and agreed to his friend’s suggestion. He made a special trip to Hong Kong to invite a master. The Master’s surname was De, who had engaged in this line of work for more than 30 years, and he had an excellent reputation.

He picked up the master at the train station; he took him to his house after lunch. The rich man kept giving way for any cars that wanted to pass him along the way.

The master laughed: “Your driving is quite sturdy.” The Hong Kong master observed everything.

The rich man laughed: ” Those who want to overtake us must have an urgent matter to take care of, and we should not delay them.”

As they reached the town, the rich man began to slow down because the streets were narrower.

A child laughed and rushed out of the alley; the rich man stepped on the brake to avoid hitting the child. Instead of stepping on the gas immediately after, he looked at the alley and seemed to be waiting for something. A moment later, another child rushed out and chased the first child.

The master was puzzled and asked: “How do you know there were more children?”

The rich man shrugged, “the children are chasing each other, no one would laugh so happy alone.”

The master gave a thumbs-up and laughed: “You have a kind heart.”

Arriving at the rich man’s villa, he got out of the car and held the key to open the door, when suddenly seven or eight birds flew up from the backyard. Seeing this, he stopped at the door and apologetically said to the master, “Please wait a moment.”

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“What’s the matter?” The master was again puzzled.

“There must be children in the backcourt to pick our lychee, if we go in now, the children will be panic and fall, and that won’t be good. Let them pick for a while; we can look around outside first.” The rich man answered with a smile.

The master was silent for a moment and said: “You can send me back to the train station, I do not need to check the feng shui for this house.”

This time the rich man was puzzled: “Why do you say so?”

“Yes, sir, wherever you are, is a good feng shui place.”

This is a true story, in fact, of how people’s behavior is geomantic. No matter how hard the self-serving and selfish person works, perhaps it is only futile.

“You are the root of all.”

Confucius Walks With Destiny

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Confucius said: “Life and death are the matter of destiny, riches, and honor which lie in heaven.”

Once, Confucius was surrounded by soldiers in the city of Wei, but Confucius was still singing and relaxing in the room. Zi Lu (one of Confucius’s best students) asked Confucius, “Why does the teacher still have time to sing?”

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Confucius said: “Let me tell you! I have wanted to get rid of poverty for a long time, but I still can’t avoid it, this is destiny. I sought understanding for a long time, but I do not get it because it was not the right time. There were no frustrated men in the time of Emperor Yao, Emperor Shun and Emperor Yu. (The legendary rulers of the Xia Dynasty during the 5th century B.C., regarded as Great Sage Kings based on their virtues and skills as leaders.) It was not because they were smart. In the time of Jie-Zhou (the last rulers of the Xia and Shang Dynasties, respectively, and used as references to tyranny), there were no proud persons, but not because people lacked wisdom. It was because of their situation. Knowing that poverty is fate and attainment needs time, facing catastrophe without fear is the courage of saints! I am walking along destiny, what can anyone do to me?”

On the fifth day of being trapped, a general came to apologize and said, “We mistakenly thought that you were a general who had harassed the city for the past few days. Therefore, we let the Master suffer. We ask for your forgiveness.” Then, Confucius and his followers were set free.

Confucius Studies Music

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Confucius learned music from Xiang Zi. After the teacher taught him a piece of music, he played it every day to practice. He didn’t look bored at all, and his techniques soon grew from amateurish to proficient.

Ten days later, the teacher said to him, “You have played this song very well, now you can learn a new song!”

Confucius stood up and said respectfully, “Although I have learned this form of music, I have not mastered the skill of playing.”

Many days passed, and the teacher felt that Confucius’s technique had improved even more. His music was harmonious to people’s ears, so the teacher said: “You have mastered the playing skill, you can learn a new song now!”

Confucius said, “Although I have mastered the skill of playing, I have not yet grasped the thought and emotion of this piece of music!”

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Many days later, the teacher came to listen to his playing, and he was captivated by his beautiful playing. “You have grasped the thought and emotion of this piece of music, will you learn a new song?” He asked with a sigh.

Confucius replied, “Although I play well, I do not yet know whose song this is.”

Only a few days later, Confucius asked his teacher to come and listen to the music. “You already know whose song this is?” The teacher asked him, surprised.

Confucius said excitedly, “Yes! The man is tall and well built, his face is dark, his eyes look up to the sky, and his heart is full of influence. Is he the King of Zhou?”

The teacher was surprised and admired him, he said excitedly, “You are right! My teacher once told me that this song is called Wen Wang Cao. You have reached such a high level of knowledge with your tireless studying!”

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King Wen of Zhou (Chinese: 周文王; pinyin: Zhōu Wén Wáng; 1152 – 1056 BC) was king of Zhou during the late Shang dynasty in ancient China. Although it was his son Wu who conquered the Shang following the Battle of Muye, King Wen was honored as the founder of the Zhou dynasty. A large number of the hymns of the Classic of Poetry are praises to the legacy of King Wen. Some consider him the first epic hero of Chinese history.

Bring Happiness to Others

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A disciple asked Bodhidharma:
How can I become a happy person and bring happiness to others?

Bodhidharma said:
There are four states that you need to be in to do this.
Start by thinking of yourself as someone else, and this will make you “selfless.”
Next, think of others instead of yourself, this will make you “compassionate.”
Then, treat others as separate people, this will make you “wise.”
Finally, think of yourself as yourself, and this will make you “at ease.”

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Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch.
According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin kungfu. In Japan, he is known as Daruma.

Bodhidharma’s teachings and practice centered on meditation and the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra. The Anthology of the Patriarchal Hall (952) identifies Bodhidharma as the 28th Patriarch of Buddhism in an uninterrupted line that extends all the way back to the Gautama Buddha himself.[16] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhidharma)

The following is Bodhidharma’s teaching in Chinese:

弟子問達摩祖師:
如何才能變成一個自己愉快,也帶給別人快樂的人?
達摩祖師笑答:
四種境界,你可領會其中的妙趣
首先把自己當成別人,此是”無我”:再之,要把別人當成自己,這是”慈悲”;而後,要把別人當成別人,此是”智慧”;最後,要把自己當成自己,這是”自在”。”selfless.”
Next, think of others instead of yourself, this will make you “compassionate.”
Then, treat others as separate people, this will make you “wise.”
Finally, think of yourself as yourself, and this will make you “at ease.”

The Trilogy of Life in the Eyes of the Famous

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The German poet Goethe wrote a poem summarizing the experience of life toward maturity and perfection: “The young, I love your beauty; the middle age, I love your speech; the old age, I love your virtue.”

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The Chinese poet Liu Dabai once wrote a poetry praising the trilogy of life: “Young people are artists and create piece by piece; middle-aged people are engineers, and build one building at a time; the elderly are historians, and you can read their works page by page. ”

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The poetry veteran Zang Kejia posted a poem to reflect the poor and tragic lives of the old farmers: “Son, bathe in the soil; Father, sweat in the soil; Grandpa, buried in the earth.”

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Female writer You Jin writes that the drink preferences of different generations of people reflect modern life: “My son likes soft drinks, he only tastes sweet; my father loves coffee, which is bitter but also sweet; my grandfather drinks boiled water because it is very light. ”

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Wang Dingjun, a scholar, has a special understanding of the Trilogy of Life: “God gives us, the small and young to our parents, the strong and energic to the national society. Only by old age, He returns us to ourselves.”

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人生三部曲/The Trilogy of Life

 

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