I take counsel at the beginning of my [rule], / How I can follow [the example] of my shrined father. / Ah ! [...] Cf. Shijing 287
The Master said, "T'âi-po may be said to have reached the highest point of virtuous action. Thrice he declined the [...] Cf. Lunyu 189
Kuan / Contemplation (View) / The wind blows over the earth: The image of CONTEMPLATION. Thus the kings of old visited [...] Cf. Yijing 20
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
High beyond the thick wall a tower shines with sunset / Where peach and plum are blooming and the willowcotton [...] Cf. Tangshi 181
When in difficult country, do not encamp. In country where high roads intersect, join hands with your allies. Do not [...] Cf. Sunzi 123
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