Master of the Three Ways

The Chinese literati is a class of persons who withdrew from the material and political world during the Chinese dynastic era. Their focus is on reading and writing poetry, observing nature, and drinking with friends while discussing poems.

One such literati is Hung Ying Ming who lived in the 17th century in China. Little is known of him. But he is famous for his book of wise sayings based on the three beliefs that existed in China then. His sayings are distillations from Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

This is an English translation of his book. It contains 357 sayings on how to find peace within one’s self and how to live peacefully with society. The translations are clear. This is a book to read slowly and contemplate while we move into a troubled year still ravaged by COVID-19.

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