365 Days for Travelers: Aug 11

UNPLANNED VERSES ON A SPRING DAY

Sparse clouds and a light breeze, nearing noon,
Among flowers and willows, I cross the riverfront,
Passersby watch, not knowing my heartfelt joy,
Only thinking of a youth dawdling away.

CHENG YI’S FOUR ADMONITIONS (EXCERPT)

On speech:
Speech is what causes the human mind to stir;
whether good or bad, honor or disgrace, it is all
determined by such.

On vision:
The mind is originally empty, only showing traces
upon reflecting on matters; practice self-discipline
when viewing the external to maintain inner peace.

On hearing:
Prevent unwholesomeness and maintain honesty,
listen not to what is inappropriate.

On conduct:
If one is in accord with propriety, one will be
prosperous; if driven by desire, danger will arise.
Upon impetuous behavior, such thoughts must be
restrained, self disciplined, and prudent.