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Gareth is an Australian who has lived in JiangSu, SuZhou (Heaven on Earth) for a few years - he is a keen observer of the Chinese people, Chinese culture and the changes that are occurring in China at break-neck speed. He can often be found on his a nightly 'perch' in front of his bar in the famous Bar Street in Suzhou, talking to the locals in his bad Mandarin, teaching the 'flower-selling girls' English, eating street food and smiling at the local chengguan (neighbourhood police). Gareth also has several other businesses in China around Business and English training. His experiences have been varied and interesting and his years in China have taught him to be wary of promises but excited about prospects, not a bad situation to be in!
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A humble man once said!    

By Garreth Humphris
2925 Views | 6 Comments | 9/22/2012 3:57:41 PM

I just thought I'd share a “favourite” translation with you - I am not particularly spiritual or religious but this seems to be a ’path’ worth considering if you are China bound...

It is by the Buddhist monk Sen-Ts'an , who died in 609. Known as Hsin Hsin Mind (Inscribed on the Believing Mind), it is on living in the Way, or Tao.

The Great Way isn't difficult
for those who are unattached to their preferences.
Let go of longing and aversion,
and everything will be perfectly clear.
When you cling to a hairbreadth of distinction,
heaven and earth are set apart.
If you want to realize the truth,
don't be for or against.
The struggle between good and evil
is the primal disease of the mind.
Not grasping the deeper meaning,
you just trouble your mind's serenity.
As vast as infinite space,
it is perfect and lacks nothing.
But because you select and reject,
you can't perceive its true nature.
Don't get entangled in the world;
don't lose yourself in emptiness.
Be at peace in the oneness of things,
and all errors will disappear by themselves.

If you don't live the Tao,
you fall into assertion or denial.
Asserting that the world is real,
you are blind to its deeper reality;
denying that the world is real,
you are blind to the selflessness of all things.
The more you think about these matters,
the farther you are from the truth.
Step aside from all thinking,
and there is nowhere you can't go.
Returning to the root, you find the meaning;
chasing appearances, you lose their source.
At the moment of profound insight,
you transcend both appearance and emptiness.
Don't keep searching for the truth;
just let go of your opinions.
For the mind in harmony with the Tao,
all selfishness disappears.
With not even a trace of self-doubt,
you can trust the universe completely.
All at once you are free,
with nothing left to hold on to.
All is empty, brilliant,
perfect in its own being.
In the world of things as they are,
there is no self, no non-self.
If you want to describe its essence,
the best you can say is "Not-two."

For the mind in harmony with the Tao,
all selfishness disappears.
With not even a trace of self-doubt,
you can trust the universe completely.

In this "Not-two" nothing is separate,
and nothing in the world is excluded.
The enlightened of all times and places
have entered into this truth.
In it there is no gain or loss;
one instant is ten thousand years.
There is no here, no there;
infinity is right before your eyes.
The tiny is as large as the vast
when objective boundaries have vanished;
the vast is as small as the tiny,
when you don't have external limits.
Being is an aspect of non-being;
non-being is no different from being.
Until you understand this truth,
you won't see anything clearly.
One is all; all are one. When
you realize this, what reason for holiness or wisdom?
The mind of absolute trust
is beyond all thought, all striving,
is perfectly at peace; for in it
there is no yesterday,
no tomorrow,
no today.

Given the complexity of the world, and our interactions within it, I find this piece so reassuringly simple and calming! Hope you like it!

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#2012-09-23 11:38:12 by anonymous4398 @anonymous4398

Good to see this again ,thanks Gareth ....and may also add
- As the black man tickled the ivories, he sang...... " All is fair in love"

#2012-09-23 21:55:07 by xin73 @xin73





My faith is Buddhism,like the buddhism truth.Thank you for sharing.

#2012-09-25 13:45:34 by aussieghump @aussieghump

Thanks Xin,
I actually tried to translate it from Chinese Hanzi and got lost!
Thanks for the original.

#2012-09-30 20:25:46 by gongli @gongli

Good and evil, love and hate, of right and wrong, of beauty and ugliness, selfish and selfless, all is the human psychology to the world a response to all things.

Handle things point of view and method, need to own ideological realm, taste quality, eye make different conclusions.

#2012-09-30 23:39:36 by xin73 @xin73

Gareth:You're welcome, you translate is very good.
Chinese language has a long and glorious history of our national culture, is a treasure. On the inherited from ancestors of precious wealth, we should reverence and gratitude, and to cherish and care. Chinese language is the world's most beautiful language of painting, with beautiful shape, with music sweet rhythm, with cover and contain everything meaning, with thousands of years of history of the use of. She is self-contained, create and sustain can be associated with any kind of culture is comparable to that of national culture. But in the thousands of years of history, she is far beyond the " bearing tool in communication. " this function, and became the Chinese national culture in the most important body part, itself is a kind of culture.

It can be said, the Han language Shaping our national character, national feelings, thought patterns, Shaping our production and lifestyle, Shaping our view of the world, life and values​​, ultimately shaped the spirit fieldthe full picture of the world.
In this I also thank you for the love of Chinese culture.

#2012-12-17 13:23:41 by anonymous5002 @anonymous5002

i totally will marry a girl who are totally understand and live based on that poem / quote

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