Translating Ancient Chinese Wisdom into Medicine for Today
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Cultivating Yin

…to contemplate and cultivate Yin…

Wading shallowly

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Wading through the world shallowly, you are thus stained by it only shallowly. Stepping deeply into affair after affair, your scheming becomes deep as well.

Thus the cultivated person chooses a simpleton’s honesty over worldly sophistication, shakes off convention and restraint instead of getting bent out of shape over trifles.

涉世淺,點染亦淺;

歷事深,機械亦深。

故君子與其練達,不若朴魯;與其曲謹,不若疏狂。

(Sabine’s translation of the Càigēntán 菜根譚 (“Chatting about Vegetable Roots,” by Hóng Yīngmíng, late 16th century, with gratitude to Tom Ehrman for the suggestion.)

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