Friday, March 29, 2013

The Illness of Men

When I was young (in the twenties), due to
success in studies and writing books, I was very
proud of my achievement and the ability to
understand things I wanted to learn. When I
studied ancient books on Chinese Metaphysics, I
thought that I knew much more than all those who
had been practicing for 30 years. In a way it was
true. But when I continued to study, I was
alarmed at the fact that I actually knew very

Today, I see my shadow in some talented young men
who are teaching Chinese Metaphysics in the west.
It was lucky that I did not teach until my master
allowed me to - 10 years after his death. Why?
Otherwise I would have passed on a lot of
immature materials that could be harmful and
created bad karma.

There is a famous Chinese saying (maybe from
Confucius): The illness of men is that they love
to be teachers of others
). This is the origin of the term : The illness
of men (人之患) to represent

Therefore, I demand my students to teach only
after they have practiced for at least 2-5 years
depending on the amount and quality of the cases.
It is not practical to demand that my students
teach 10 years after I die!

In the west today, there are a lot of people who
start teaching after attending a weekend course.

People today use a lot of cooked up stories to
tell how effective their practice (with no
theoretical background to support) is. When the
practice brings misfortune, they would say that
without the practice, it would have been much
greater disaster. The practice actually saved
peoples' lives so that they are only hurt, not

An incompetent doctor can kill a patient. An
incompetent feng shui practitioner can bring
misfortune to a family. What can an incompetent
feng shui teacher bring?


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