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of Ch'ien-tzu wen, of the waist of language


"He perceives the base of infinite space as the base of infinite space.
Having perceived the base of infinite space as the base of infinite space,
he conceives [himself as] the base of infinite space, he conceives [him-
self] in the base of infinite space, he conceives [himself apart] from the
base of infinite space, he conceives the base of infinite space to be
'mine,' he delights in the base of infinite space. Why is that? Because he
has not fully understood it, I say." (Mulapariyaya Sutta: Sutta 1:15,
trans. Nanamoli, Bodhi)

heaven

earth

black

yellow yellow
:: ::
is is
black, black,
the
cosmos

are
vast

a
desolate
wasteland

sun
fills

moon
sets the
in sun
west
in
it's
dusk

from the
7 constellations
to line
9 up
morning measure
constellations from
line 7
up to
measure the
word,
morning
they
spread
out

cold
comes
heat cold
goes
comes
autumn the
harvesting in
winter the
hiding, concealing
concealing
in
intercalary the
timing leftover
leftover becomes
residue one
becomes tenth
one measurement
tenth of
measurement intercalary
of
timing
years

so
lu

bamboo
pitches

shift
position

open

clouds
ascend,
galloping,
sending clouds
rain
ascend,
dew
forms
becoming
frost

gold
gives
birth
beautiful gold
water
gives
jade
emanates
Kun emanates
mountain from
summit
Kun
double-edged
dagger

furiously
named

huge

gate-tower

pearl the
called pearl
light the
darkness
of
treasure
fruit treasure
plum of
apple
fruit
many

vegetables

mustard

ginger

sea

salted

rivers

fresh

fishscales
hidden fishscales
depths in
feathers depths
circling feathers
above
circling
fire
dragon the
emperor dragon
teaching
the
phoenix
royal phoenix
official the
men
royal
beginning

making

writing

characters

then

uniforms,
wearing

robes
<
clothing
skirts
<
clothing

expel
throne expel
yield the
country
yield

yao
tang
has
predicted

console
people the
strike people
down strike
guilty
the
hold hold
boundary boundary
talk talk
and and
test test
with with
scalding
scalding
trying trying
case case
at at
court court
query query
way
way

bequeath
bow bequeath
doubting and
sections
doubting
love
raise love
hosts the
leaders
the
minister
prostrate
army minister
barbarians
prostrate

near

far

reality

ration ration
guest guest
returning returning
cries the
white
colt
grazes the
there
white
change
covers
grass change
weeds grass
(vegetation)
and
trust
attain trust
myriad a
(10,000) myriad
directions (10,000)
(square)
directions
covering
person the
issues person
(giving issues
to)
birth

four

great

five

(is)
normal

respect respect
(connector (connector
/ /
alone) alone)
rearing rearing
children
children
(!)
flattering
destroys
injures
flattering
women
adore
chastity
unyielding

imitate
pleasing
genius

know

what
passes

certainty

attainment
ability
never attainment
neglect


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