-THE LEANING TOWER
-VIETCHI TRAINING SESSIONS IN PISA
PHAN HOANG’S NOTEBOOK
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THE LEANING TOWER IN PISA
THE LEANING TOWER IN PISA
Why is the Tower of Pisa famous?
This year (2009), our Autumn International Training Stage (17-18 Oct. 2009) will take place in Pisa, Italy.
I know Pisa better than Roma, Padova, Torino or Venezia because I have been there several times since 1976. Although I do not have any disciple, student or friend currently living there, I do have a spiritual acquaintance from this city: the mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci (c 1170-1250) whose formula of number sequence helped me to reveal some secrets of the Co-Loa Citadel, near Hanoi, which was built approximately 257 BCE. Today, the mysterious Co-Loa Citadel remains a subject of wonder. In 1973, at a Training in Limoges (France), I named a form of VO-VIET in the Vietvodao International program by its name, Co-Loa Quyen. In my opinion, the Tower of Pisa, known as the Leaning Tower is less mysterious than Co-Loa, but still you can find it very intriguing if you get a change to visit Pisa. At different moments of a day , and at different days of a week Pisa changes its face, even its soul. Pisa is one of the fascinating places in the world that one should see in ones lifetime. Pisa is not only the Leaning Tower, but also an intriguing city standing up from “marshy land” since 600 BCE. Why does the Leaning Tower attract hundred thousands of visitors every year? It is just because no visitor needs to read any flyer to understand why this tower is unique. It is unique because it is leaning! Just seeing the tower or its picture any one can understand the message: It is leaning but not collapsing!
Precisely this is enough to attract people.
I think the key of success in life sometimes seems so simple: BE UNIQUE AND MAKE PEOPLE NOTICE IT AND LIKE IT.
Now, why the story of the Babel Tower is famous? Because the Babel Tower did not exist! But the tale shows us a nice lesson of failure. In life, there are more failures than successes. When we fail in doing something we can always find a way to teach ourselves and to people around us by learning about the causes of our failure and how could we avoid making the same mistake. Once asked why he failed eight times before successfully make the electric bulb, Edison, the inventor of electric bulb, quietly responded: "The way to my success has nine steps". The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 297 steps and it took 800 years of leaning to get its current aspect with five meters off the perpendicular line.
Charles Phan Hoang,
(Extract from VIET-CHI POST No 40, October 15, 2009)
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING SESSIONS
IN PISA OCTOBER 2009
with Master Bao-Lan, Master Nguyen Van Viet,
and Grand Master Phan Hoang
END OF POST 217 13SEP2015