POST 519 25 September 2021
POST 172, October 18, 2014
The training form
( SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN)
From this Post 172, and for eight coming posts, you will find a set of movements part of the important form: HOANH SON Quyen which could be executed in both styles: gentle and slow or dynamic and clear cut.
Historical facts. During the last part of the 16th century Vietnam was in chaos situation: King Mac, Lord Trinh, and Lord Nguyen were fighting against each other for gaining the power. On that background a great master appeared: Master NGUYEN BINH-KHIEM (1491-1581). He was the master for all the three antagonists, author of many writings, and especially a book called Sấm Trạng Trình which is considered by some people a book of advices on strategy while many people believe, so far, it is a Vietnamese equivalent book to ‘Nostradamus’. Up to our time NGUYEN BINH-KHIEM is venerated as an Immortal in the Buddhist Sect CAO-DAI.
Story and legend. NGUYEN HOANG was a brilliant officer serving in the army of Lord TRINH-KIEM who was his brother-in-law. Lord TRINH-KIEM was aware of the possibility that later NGUYEN HOANG will challenge his authority, therefore Lord TRINH was awaiting for an opportunity to eliminate his potential opponent. Facing this great danger NGUYEN HOANG called on master BINH-KHIEM for advice. On that meeting the master did not say a word but pointing his forefinger to the south, beyond these mountains, then waved his forefinger three times before stopping and drawing a lateral line. NGUYEN HOANG then understood that the master told him to go far away to take refuge behind the Lateral Mountain Hoanh-Son. And then after what will he have to do? The master still did not say anything, he just gave him a book and motioned him to go. Following the advice of his master NGUYEN HOANG went south with his family and a number of followers. He seriously applied the knowledge and strategy gained from the book of the master and later became a Lord NGUYEN. Generations after, one of his descendent became King GIA-LONG founder of the NGUYEN Dynasty (1881-1945).
According to popular oral-history the advice of master BINH-KHIEM was in this saying:
“Hoành Sơn nhất đái, vạn đại dung thân’ = One Transverse Mountain can protect many generations.
It is believed that the original copy of his book is still to be preserved at a pagoda known under a code name ‘CHUA MAI’, somewhere in North Vietnam.
charles phan hoang, October 2014
Santorini (Greek: Σαντορίνη).
in English Santorini is known by Thera.
It is a beautiful island
about 200 km (120 mi) southeast
of Greece's mainland.
POST 170, September 27, 2014
THE CALL OF AUTUMN
Sur les collines
Les couleurs flamboyantes d’automne
Au bord du lac
Les oies bernaches lancent leur appel
Pour le vol éternel
Leurs cris nostalgiques
Tel un mantra
L’appel à l’éveil
Qui sait ?
Charles Steven Hogan
The Call of Autumn
Over the hills
Flaming colors of autumn
At the lake
Canadian geese call for
The eternal flight
Their nostalgic voices
Like a mantra
The sound of enlightenment
Charles Steven Hogan
POST 168, September 13, 2014
SULDEN (Solda in Italian)
Post 168, September 2014
BACK TO SCHOOL
At this exciting period of the new academic year I remember a good quotation from William Arthur Ward:
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
And today I wrote:
Average teachers use manuals. Good teachers use manuals and check new publications. Superior teachers write new manuals. Great teachers show the way of discovery and creativity.
Charles Steven Hogan
POST 169, September 21, 2014
WORLD PEACE DAY
21 September is the WORLD PEACE DAY. To inaugurate the day, the Peace Bell is rung at the United Nations Headquarters (in New York City), and at this occasion I’d like to share with you some quotations
-An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. (Mahatma Gandhi)
-Right is more precious than peace. (Woodrow Wilson)
-The Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. (William E. Gladstone)
-The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war. (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit)
-Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. (Martin L. King Jr)
-Peace begins with a smile (Mother Teresa)
-Peace cannot be kept by force , it can only be achieved by understanding. (Albert Einstein)
And here is the last quote I’d like to add to this list from an author I forget the name : Sometimes we have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.
Best wishes for Equinox time.
g.m phan hoang