By and large, the saints and sages of old fully explained the Way. Modern scholars mostly just read those books and repeat them. They don’t really drive any new insights from the ancients. Thus modern students and teachers alike are all students of the saints and sages. How can reckless teachers or students who follow the same teachers not be awed by the original saints and sages of old?
The Second Year of Ansei, The Sixteenth of August. “Lecture Notes”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 July 3
The Ancients said, “Reform that wicked spirit.” Such significance!
The Fourth Year of Ansei, the Sixth of June. “Mimicking a Countermeasure against Jests.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 June 23
Generally, he who has received life on this earth–noble or lowly, man or women–should not idlely dwell by himself nor fail to study individually. Having done this, he will for the first time be fit to follow the Ancient Way.
The Third Year of Ansei, After August. “Lecture Notes on the Complete Book of Military Science.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 June 17
If it is impossible to debate the present while considering the the past, then it is all empty discussion.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Seventh of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 May 20
Do not strive to develop and strengthen yourself, and wish for others to be weakened. This is how modern day people see things. It’s heartbreaking, terribly heartbreaking…
The Second Year of Ansei, the 19th of July. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 March 18
Each person has their own disposition. So, by studying the ancients, we should attain something close to their nature.
The Second Year of Ansei, The 29th of July. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 March 9
In everything, by knowing one, we should be able to know one hundred; by knowing the past, we should be able to know the future.
The Second Year of Ansei. “Prison Q&A.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 February 24
I usually say there is no difference between ancient and modern people… A trait of an average person is to think of saints or demons or heavenly beings if you speak of the ancients, and to think there is a seperation of heaven and earth only for modern people. This is the height of despair… Such people cannot follow a path like Emperors Yao and Shun.
The Third Year of Ansei, The 17th of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 January 20