A Collection of Wisdom by Rodney Ohebsion

By Rodney Ohebsion

A set of knowledge comprises over six hundred pages of the world's maximum knowledge and teachings from humans, costs, classical texts, philosophies, cultures, folktales, and proverbs. The booklet captures the essence of an grand abundance and diversity of the universe's knowledge, and places it in an unheard of point of readability, potency, and accessibility. From the lessons of Confucius to the proverbs of Africa; from Cyrus the Great's Human Rights constitution to solar Tzu's The paintings of conflict; from the Mulla Nasrudin stories to the Lakota local American cultural teachings; from The Prince by way of Niccolo Machiavelli to classes in response to the lifetime of Oprah Winfrey; from the enterprise equipment of Andrew Carnegie to the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche; and from the easiest of l. a. Rochefoucauld to the easiest of Zen Buddhism--there is sort of no stone a set of knowledge leaves unturned in its 608 pages and seventy two chapters. a set of knowledge masterfully organizes fabric, summarizes books, makes easy causes, makes use of transparent sleek English translations of overseas fabric, makes the vague transparent, and takes out beside the point and redundant info. the result's a booklet that's extra beneficial than a stack of common self-help books, extra attention-grabbing than a set of traditional philosophy books, and extra pleasing and informative than a pile of quote and proverb books. a set of knowledge is bound to be the center piece in anyone's own bookshelf.

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In these translations, I have alternated using masculine and feminine pronouns, which is just an arbitrary choice. The tao that can be “tao-ed” [described / distinguished / followed] is not the real [true / eternal / enduring] Tao. The name that can be named [/ spoken] is not the real [true / eternal / enduring] name. (1) … [Tao] is the nameless [/ unlimited] source of all things that are nameable [/ limited]. (1) Darkness [/ mystery] within darkness [/ mystery]—the beginning of all understanding.

Here is a selection about zazen from the Shobogenzo, which written by Dogen (lived from 1200 to 1253), the founder of Japanese Soto Zen: After you have selected [/ settled] a posture, you should regulate your breathing. Whenever a thought comes up, acknowledge it, and as soon as you do, it will go away. If you become forgetful of objects for a long time, you will naturally become unified. This is the essence of zazen… After you have regulated your mind and body, take a breath and fully exhale. Sitting fixedly, think of not thinking.

At some point in his life (probably around the age of 29), Siddhartha renounced his lavish and luxurious life of royalty, and went on a search for spiritual meaning. After about seven years, he is said to reach a mental state of understanding / experience called enlightenment / awakening. Siddhartha then became a spiritual leader. His teachings became known as Buddhism, and he became known as the Buddha, or enlightened / awakened one. The term Buddha is not used to specifically refer to Siddhartha, but is instead used to describe the state of mind he experienced.

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