Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ovulation And Mensuration

Congratulations, Prof. Zhang

Ladies and Gentlemen,

dear friends and friends of the Chinese arts,

like every year I would like you to the birthday of our revered master, together with My congratulations to enclose a thought, typical for him is.

Prof. Zhang Guangde is celebrating his 79th Birthday - we are looking forward to March 2010, when we his 80th may commit. Presumably we will be traveling with a group of students to Beijing to train with him and eat. Guess which part I am more ... J

During the first weekend that I visited with Professor Zhang, occurred a memorable scene that is me today at practice again come to mind:

One participant, most obviously recognizable ductal efficient working normally asks the professor how long it (the participants) this shape must practice to master. Then Zhang ". 99 days", the participants: "This is good - in the next three months I have some time."

The sentence was in the seminar, but I saw a friendly smile on the face of the professor scurry, as if his answer was translated.

In the Chinese number system, the 3 a kind of perfect number, because it symbolizes the triad of heaven, earth and humans (tian ren di-), which is the universal force of creation in the people, stretched between two poles of heaven (yang) and Earth (Yin). By multiplying the 3 with itself, you get the most perfect of all numbers, the 9, the highest number of decimal system. This logic, we find, for example in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, where the rings are made of marble slabs around the altar around are always a power of the 9th Accordingly, the 99 an almost unthinkable perfect figure as such it symbolizes infinity. said

When Professor Zhang that you have mastered the form after 99 days, he spoke not of a good quarter, but from eternity. And by the dedication of practice dedicated to recognizing the imperfections still practicing. For this model out there for us, "student of the way" nothing more important than the daily practice. And in this practice every day is a new day, I start again humbly, knowing that perfection is unattainable, but desirable. For everything that matters is doing in this Moment.

In this sense I wish you this, "the eve of the 80th Birthday, "that you may take each day, the freedom to devote yourselves perfecting imperfection.

Happy practicing and

Zhu Ni Cheng Gong!

Uli Rose


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