She gathers the large duckweed, / By the banks of the stream in the southern valley. / She gathers the [...] Cf. Shijing 15
The Master said, "While his parents are alive, the son may not go abroad to a distance. If he does go abroad, he must [...] Cf. Lunyu 85
Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain / Mountains standing close together: The image of KEEPING STILL. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 52
Such the scope of the All-pervading Power. / That it alone can act through the Way. / For the Way is a thing [...] Cf. Daodejing 21
Preparing me chicken and rice, old friend, / You entertain me at your farm. / We watch the green trees that [...] Cf. Tangshi 128
While we keep away from such places, we should get the enemy to approach them; while we face them, we should let the [...] Cf. Sunzi 140
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