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By John DeFrancis

This moment version, just like the previous first version, introduces many of the major types of chinese language as stumbled on sooner than and after the institution of the People's Republic of China in 1949. whereas carrying on with to emphasize the elemental value of the conventional usages, reminiscent of the typical characters to be present in all fabrics released earlier than the adoption of the simplified kinds in 1956 and nonetheless in use in a few parts, the current revision is going extra in contrasting version usages and in offering extra fabric relevent to the PRC.

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The Carnal Prayer Mat (eBook) 35 / 472 When asked why he did not explicate the scriptures, he replied, “The language of the scriptures comes from the mouth of Buddha himself, and he is the only one who can explain it. All attempts at popular explication are like the ramblings of an idiot, with each layer of exegesis merely adding another layer of distortion. [17] Now, if a Chinese does not dare seek a detailed explanation in reading a Chinese text, how can he be so reckless as to try interpreting a foreign one?

Said the matchmaker. “If you don’t believe what I say, you’d better consult the spirits and take their advice as to what to do. ” The Carnal Prayer Mat (eBook) 64 / 472 “Good idea! I have a friend who summons immortals to settle questions like this, and the answers are very reliable. ” The matchmaker assented and left. Next day, after fasting and purification, Vesperus invited the friend to his house, where he burned incense and kowtowed and then whispered the following prayer: “Thy disciple wishes to ask about Master Iron Door’s daughter, Jade Scent.

If you want to be a truly great writer, you have no choice but to read every rare and remarkable book in existence, make the acquaintance of all the exceptional men of the age, and visit every famous mountain. Only after that should you withdraw into your study and set down your thoughts for posterity. If you are fortunate enough to succeed in the examinations, you may also make a contribution to the Court. But if you are out of luck, and spend your life in some humble position, you will still have earned yourself an immortal reputation.

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