Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics
ANNALS ON LEARNING
Learning is a task that is both arduous and
pleasurable. The ability to forget the difficulties and
to know only the pleasurable side of studies is a true
sign of a scholar. All the worldly wealth and glory
cannot compare with or be exchanged for the
attainments of learning. The humble life meekly
chosen, restrained from worldly desires─this type
of life is not a hardship!
People say that I am a secluded, cold figure, but I
think if people are not cold and secluded to the
extreme, they cannot contribute to world harmony.
Anyone who becomes interested in the
fundamentals of academic studies will have a spirit
developed through solitude.
THE STUDY OF THE MIND
Awareness is equivalent to discovering and
awakening to the nature of virtue. Undoubtedly, this
awakening does not come out of thin air, it is based
on the attainment of experience and knowledge.
Sincerity is an outer expression of the inner mind. It
is the true innocence of the inner mind; it is the
essence of being observant
In Taiwanese society, the core of philosophy is called
“the knowledge of life,” which refers to the mind and
its nature. Thus, one could say that it is the study of
the nature of mind. The most mature wisdom is that
which can discern between subjective and objective
points of view; it is a general principle and an
immediate resolution of mutual absorption of ideas.