The Need to Study

Before one says something like I will seek out a teacher and before you seek a teacher, first establish a true heart upon which stands an concrete intention. Only then should you seek a teacher. Generally, everyone here has the need to study. We have things to consider, but have not yet been able to comprehend them; things to do, but have not yet been able to accomplish them. Resenting this, we resolve to study and thus seek out a teacher. This should be called a true thing.
The Third Year of Ansei, the 26th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

13日学を為すの要
学者師を求むるを以て云はんに、師を求めざるの前に先づ実心定まり実事立ちす然る後往きて師を求むべし。凡そ学を為すの要、皆爰にあり。思ふことありて未だ達せず、為すことありて未だ成らず。是に於いて憤悲して学に志し、而して師を求む。是れ実事ありと云ふべし。
安政三年五月二十六日「講孟箚記」

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