With pleased sounds the deer call to one another, / Eating the celery of the fields. / I have here admirable guests [...] Cf. Shijing 161
When the Master was in Ch'an, he said, "Let me return! Let me return! The little children of my school are ambitious [...] Cf. Lunyu 114
Kuan / Contemplation (View) / The wind blows over the earth: The image of CONTEMPLATION. Thus the kings of old visited [...] Cf. Yijing 20
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
Your grasses up north are as blue as jade, / Our mulberries here curve green-threaded branches; / And at last [...] Cf. Tangshi 7
Thus, without waiting to be marshaled, the soldiers will be constantly on the qui vive; without waiting to be asked, [...] Cf. Sunzi 199
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