How our handwriting appears to provincial people in Asia

 
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27 March 2014 16:57
 

Below is an example of how our handwriting appears to provincial people in Asia.  Translated, this passage from the teaching of Zen master Mazu, reads: 

“The Way does not require cultivation - just don’t pollute it.

What is pollution?  As long as you have a fluctuating mind fabricating artificialities and contrivances, all of this is pollution.

If you want to understand the Way directly, the normal mind is the Way.

What I mean by the normal mind is the mind without artificiality, without subjective judgments, without grasping or rejection.”

(quoted from the book ‘ZEN ESSENCE - The Science of Freedom’ - translated and edited by Thomas Cleary)

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31 March 2014 23:22
 

Orientals read up to down, Hebrews right to left, the West left to right.  Does anyone read down to up and right to left (starting at the bottom of the right column)?

 
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EN - 31 March 2014 09:22 PM

Orientals read up to down, Hebrews right to left, the West left to right.  Does anyone read down to up and right to left (starting at the bottom of the right column)?

In this sample, you start in the upper left and read down.  Then move to the right, reading each column down.  It might help if you printed the page first, then turned the paper over and held it up to a light to read it from the back side.

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03 April 2014 05:57
 

That photo is wonderful, smokey.  I’m stealing the idea.