Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Sunday, August 04, 2013
查上次的课题时间，6月2日出走朝凤庵-蟒山-朝凤庵，time flies, 都已经两个月了！
Posted by hong at 1:04 AM
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Yuan is going to apply for a college. We are visiting a lot of websites of universities/colleges.
We do have these in mind, that it has to be a comprehensive school so she can attend as many courses she is interested in. She likes majors that is Art related, especially studio Art. So the school must be strong in Art area.
The location is easy. She likes the distinctive four season climate. I am also concerned about the dining service, living and security around the campus.
The most I hope, is that she have a happy four year's college life, and she makes many new good friends.
I'm still learning about schools. I'm hoping there are reviews from students.
Posted by hong at 4:30 PM
Monday, April 15, 2013
Last a few months, I watched the online lectures from Yale's Open course, Cervantes' Don Quixote. The course was taught by Professor Roberto González Echevarría. He is an old gentleman and did a marvelous job telling about the book.
All the lectures we can watch here:
To watch them with transcripts:
The lecture is so wonderful I decided I must read the book to have a better understanding. So I ordered the book from amazon. Now I have finished Part I, both the watching and the reading.
It is true that reading the book Don Quixote is learning about life. I wish I had done this years ago so I could have avoided some mistakes in life. And the lecture is the best addition to reading the book. Without all the background, all the interpretation by the good old professor, I would not have learned so much as I have now.
I think that is the meaning of education. It is to help us make less mistakes in our life and to let us live more happily. The purpose of education is not about what we can do, but about what we can not do in life.
Posted by hong at 3:17 PM
Sunday, April 07, 2013
This is a character, whose equal in English is the word BEAUTIFUL. It is pictograph, the upper part showing a big male goat with strong horns, down the upper part a man. That is the word BEAUTIFUL comes from, men are beautiful - so our ancestors believed.
It is universal that the males are more beautiful than females. A male lion with all the mane looks much better than a female lion. Most male birds are more colorful than their females.
Why? Females do not have to be good looking to be attractive, they are noble. They are noble because they are female, the precious resource for their species. As we know, eggs are always much less than sperms.(注：以上来自王东岳先生的讲座)
Pretty look is not a priority for females in animal world. Females just put their energy on other important aspects, which is a RIGHT thing for their species to survive.
But now we human is the other way round. Women are supposed to be prettier. Women put more effort on being good-looking. Is it the outcome of long human history when males are more powerful in society? So women put much of their energy on looking good outside, sometimes in the value of ignoring the harm to their body/health. Think about the huge market for silicone breast implanting. Breasts are for babies, or for men?
Can this culture/social phenomenon lead human beings to go extinct?
Posted by hong at 8:13 PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
For no particular reason I put on one more quilt when I went to
sleep last night. That was so right! 一夜酣眠。早晨7点多被楼下高声说话的声音吵醒。起来！As
usual I went to open the window to let in some fresh air. Wow, Trees are
white! They are covered by thick white snow. And the sun is
shining. No wonder the lousy sparrows were quiet this
Rapidly I went out of the door with my small camera. Below are the pictures from this morning. Notice some spring buds are pushing out.
Posted by hong at 3:43 PM
Friday, March 08, 2013
I was moved by the documentary film Searching for Sugar Man. I found in him the beauty of human mind. His music are tranquil, and I felt the positive tone in his voice even when he singing the cold fact. My heart is always blessed seeing the beautiful in human spirit.
You can know a person by how he speaks, and how he walks. He does the hard labor. He is a grounded man, as his daughter said. He walks like that. He didn't sleep in the big double king size bed, so somebody didn't have to make another bed. He is a great Dad, we can see how much his daughters love him.
And as to his music, I think it was ahead of his time. The Rock'n'roll 60's was like a teenager, struggling, helpless, lonely, trying to voice out with passion. This is how I see the 60's, it was exactly like how I felt a few years ago when I loved the old RocknRoll. Now in Rodriguez's songs, I heard the serenity, the grounded spirit, the soft and strong heart. And this is the real thing, the higher level our mind revolves to. Sometimes the words do not matter much in a song, the music tells the story all along.
I love the man Rodriguez.
Posted by hong at 12:28 AM
Saturday, February 09, 2013
走在回家的路上，眼泪几乎出来。因为孤独？因为节日？God is everywhere. I can definitely feel it! 虽然我不是信徒，但是就是感到这空气中有一种无形的力量。The invisible power in the air. 想起了卖火柴的小女孩。在这合家团聚的晚上，她是多么的孤独。
回想这一年，真是有很多要感谢的。这每日的生活，也是跟神仙一样的。世上没有绝对的完美。珍惜当下，因为当下的时刻，就是最幸福的时刻！Living the moment, the everyday life, because this moment is the happiest!
Posted by hong at 9:42 PM
Thursday, September 06, 2012
回到erotic love, 也就是爱情/情爱。
我个人是一直对中国千余年来的女性，充满了同情，原因不用说了，地球人都知道。直至今日。远古时期，爱情可能是更天然和容易的事情。所以，现实的状况，早已远离了这个nature of erotic love。
回到课程Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love.
课程围绕三个dimentions, 一个是Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus, 一个是Shakespeare's plays: Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream, 另外就是几个Catholic writers的短篇故事。第四个dimention就是另外参照了7部电影，也可以更多，电影主要是为text提供concrete的examples.
Erotic Love是很神圣的一件事，对于当事人的心灵、身体，以及由此产生的新的生命，都是很divine, 很神性的。就像人需要有梦想一样，爱情/情爱，也一样是梦想一样的东西，inspire我们的生命，发现我们自身的美和价值。
Posted by hong at 10:35 PM
Friday, August 17, 2012
What a neat and wonderful story, the Kunfu Panda！I watched Part I last night, one more time.
There are no accidents. 师傅和熊猫第一次在武士圣殿见面, 师傅就把从不传弟子的五溪指功，显示给熊猫,虽然出于无意。结果，就是这个绝活，把太郎彻底打败。
乌龟在说，"Your mind is like this water. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear." 回首看，当我们忙着考试、拿学位，我们模糊了自己的理想爱好，甚至走在了错误的路上。或者是，工作、升职，却忘了想一下，所做的是否有价值和意义。或者是，结婚成家，却忘了自己保护自己，甚至忽视了自己要的到底是什么。只有静下心来，抛开世俗杂念，the answer becomes clear.
虽然太郎是个坏蛋，但是，他逃脱的那个过程，甚是精彩。在武艺的层面，他是很聪明的。太郎的配音，也是非常棒，尤其那个拳头一扬，“Our battle will be legendary.”那个legendary的调调，把个缺心眼的太郎展现无遗。在道的层面，他是逆行的。So, finally he was defeated.
There is no secret ingredient. To make something special you just have to believe it's special. 大道的方向，是光明的；信念的力量，是潜力无穷的。这也是为什么熊猫打败了强大的对手。熊猫，憨憨的外表下，还是有一颗悟性的心。
在第二部里，inner peace, 又赋予他驾驭身体之气、宇宙之气的能力
Posted by hong at 7:16 PM
Friday, August 10, 2012
I have seen the movie Kungfu Panda many times. I watched it first at a cinema. I fell in love right away with the story and those little humors.
I then watched them at home, again and again. There are many sections I am very fond of.
1. When Shifu tells Po about inner peace.
"Every master finds his path to inner peace, some choose to meditate for 50 years, in a cave just like this, without the * taste of food or water. Some choose suffering, as I did... It was the worst, most painful, mind-destroying horrible moment I have ever experienced. But once I realized the problem was not you but within me, I found inner peace, I was able to harness the flow of the universe."
That is very meaningful. I think I have found mine, although not quite the same as Po or Shifu's.
2. When Dad Goose gets Po's travel bag, the food, vegetables, cookies, and the action figures. I love when Po's eyes looking from his favorite things to his friends' direction. That is wonderful animation that was done.
3. When Po's mother left him in a radish basket, her eyes full of tears. That is the most sad moment.
4. The old goat says, "Your story may not have a such happy beginning, but that doesn't make who you are. It is the rest of your story, who you choose to be. So who are you, panda?"
Yes, it is who we choose to be.
5. When Po hits back all the firing metal balls. That is beautiful. And even when the peacock is defeated, Po is telling him to let go the past. He is such a good-hearted panda. There is no revenge, no hatred. That is one of the best parts I like very much.
There are so many that I can't tell them all.
Posted by hong at 7:22 PM
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Finally I can have pesticide-free vegetables.
A woman and her husband grow vegetables without pesticides in the far-northern suburbs of Beijing. Recently they sell their vegetables at the nearby market. I became a customer and soon they have had a lot of customers like me. They deliver their produce to us two times a week.
The vegetables might not be totally organic, for the seeds on market are not organic. At least they grow them pesticide-free, and the vegetables do taste good.
This monday I ordered cabbage, potatoes, radish and shalot. They also gave me two small cauliflowers and eggplants for free.
I cooked a small cauliflower with raddish for lunch. They were soooo good that I wanted more. I used not to eat cauliflower because they were just plain tastless big head to me. But this cauliflower tasted so good. So I cooked the same for dinner, with a bowl of noodles that I made from organic wheat flour.
With the delicious dinner before me, I feel how good and beautiful life is! Many thanks to the cauliflower and the noodles, before I ate them. :)
Posted by hong at 1:50 PM
Monday, June 25, 2012
It is said that the year of 2012 will be the end of the
That is possible, since that when a positively-charged electron meets a negatively-charged one, they simply dissapear to be vacuum.
The end or not, I do hope there will be a new start. A start that humans look into their heart, to feel the nature, and realize life itself is part of the nature and universe, and finally have back the deep instinct to live in harmony with nature. There will be no nations, or countries. We rise with the sun, we fell asleep when the night sets in. We love the land underneath that supports us. We love our children who are part of our own life. We worship our ancestors who had left us the brilliant wisdom.
In a way, a primitive society is better than today's advanced society where all the technologies destroy our planet and put our future to an abyss.
Posted by hong at 11:34 PM
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Before sleep, I like to keep the light on for a few minute, reading a book or doing nothing. These days I keep Walden at my pillow. Walden was written by Henry D. Thoreau, and it is a wonderful book. Reading his beautiful words, I feel that I am in the Nature and really part of the Nature. Life is amazing and peaceful. He was a true human being whom God or Nature created, who had the wisdom and can think and feel. But when I turn to see the real world the people are all creatures who have been modified, that is a sad thing for the planet.
Posted by hong at 5:45 PM
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Jan 31th, 2012 丽江一日
晚上的纳西古乐演出，出乎我的意料之好。我本来是只听摇滚的人，本没有抱太高希望的。宣科的演说，更是亮点。宣科绝对是一流的演说家。他的平实的语言、手势、柔和的强调、诙谐的词语，震撼心灵。那是智慧、沧桑，那是对世界的大爱。我的眼泪出来了。如果说马丁路德金的I have a dream,能让人热血沸腾，宣科的娓娓道来，却是心灵的相通、人生的俯瞰。希望有机会，我还能够去听他的演说。那一招一式，都会使人受益匪浅。
Posted by hong at 7:33 PM