“Heaven has cast us off” – Tsu-li to King Zhou of Shang in the Shujing

Tsu-li announces to king Zhou-xin (the last emperor of Shang dynasty), that Heaven has abandoned him, because of his dissolute way. “Heaven is bringing an end to the Mandate of our dynasty. (…) It is not that the former kings do not aid us, but by your dissoluteness and sport you bring on the end Continue reading “Heaven has cast us off” – Tsu-li to King Zhou of Shang in the Shujing

Zisi speaks on being accountable for our actions, for abandoning the path of virtue, and causing suffering under heavens watch.

“Some men who have not complied with virtue will yet not acknowledge their offences, and when Heaven has by evident tokens charged them to correct their conduct, they still say, “What are these things to us?” (Zisi, Zhongyong, 4.9)

 

The Lamp of Diogenes: “A Worthy Goal for the Welfare of Mankind”

“In this time, when the games and abuses of secret societies were without end, I wanted to make use of this human weakness for a real and worthy goal, the welfare of mankind (…) I wanted what the heads of the ecclesiastical and secular powers should do and want by virtue of their offices.” Johann Continue reading The Lamp of Diogenes: “A Worthy Goal for the Welfare of Mankind”

Inspiring Buddhist Truths: All Beings have the Buddha Nature

No matter, what is happening in the world, remember the dignity of every human being; and feel the pains and sorrow of man, as in relation to your own. Remember, all mankind is suffering on various levels in this life. རྫོགས་སངས་སྐུ་ནི་འཕྲོ་ཕྱིར་དང༌། ། དེ་བཞིན་ཉིད་དབྱེར་མེད་ཕྱིར་དང༌། ། རིགས་ཡོད་ཕྱིར་ན་ལུས་ཅན་ཀུན། །རྟག་ཏུ་སངས་རྒྱས་སྙིང་པོ་ཅན། ། “Because the perfect buddhas’s kaya is all-pervading, Because reality is undifferentiated, And Continue reading Inspiring Buddhist Truths: All Beings have the Buddha Nature