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The Hundred Journeys of Lai-Xeng
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Wogden's comment on 2005-12-17 05:18 PM
Lai-Xeng and the Ambitious Tradesman
One day, a tradesman driving a cart to town came upon a river, and this tradesman spied Lai-Xeng upon the bank of this river, deep in thought. The tradesman had heard of Lai-Xeng's wisdom and fame, and decided he would put a question to the young sage, for this tradesman wished above all to be famous himself. And thus the tradesman approached Lai-Xeng, and asked him plainly:
"O Lai-Xeng, O motionless Sage, how is it that you are so famous without accomplishing anything? Is it not true that a man's actions alone will win him all the renown he desires?"
And Lai-Xeng rose, and plucked a small stone from the riverbank, and cast it into the lazily flowing river. And both men marked the ripples it caused, and Lai-Xeng said:
"I, Lai-Xeng, have cast the stone that caused these ripples. And this alone is all the renown I desire."

And the tradesman bowed his head, and gathered up his reins, and left Lai-Xeng feeling wiser than before. Go to Comment
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Wogden's comment on 2005-12-17 05:20 PM
Lai-Xeng and the Jhen-tse's Conceited Daughter
One night, Lai-Xeng was sitting in the garden of a jhen-tse* with whom he was staying the night, and he was observing the white lilies by the light of the moon. And the jhen-tse's daughter, who had espied the handsome sage and grown enamoured of him, visited him in her father's garden. And when she saw that Lai-Xeng observed the lilies and gave little thought to her, she cast aside her garment and stood before him, and asked him angrily:
"O Lai-Xeng, O cold Sage, how is it that you perceive the lily's smallest petal, yet give no heed to me? Is not the beauty of a lovely woman greater than the beauty of a mere plant?"
And Lai-Xeng rose, and looked upon the flower and the woman, and not once did his eyes falter. And the woman marked the impartiality of his gaze, and Lai-Xeng said:
"The beauty of each is great, yet the lily gives no heed to its own beauty. And for this I esteem the plant more than the woman."
And the jhen-tse's daughter bowed her head, and clothed herself, and left Lai-Xeng feeling wiser than before.

*Jhen-tse: In the Jutan Kingdoms, every village in a city-state is overseen by a local magistrate, called a jhen-tse in Jutanese. Go to Comment
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Wogden's comment on 2005-12-17 05:22 PM
Lai-Xeng and the Prosperous Pilgrims
One day, Lai-Xeng was walking in the mountains, and he was met with a lavish caravan of pilgrims, on their way to the holy city to pray. And the pilgrims perceived Lai-Xeng to be in their way, and perceiving who he was, they called to him rudely and ridiculed him and rode their mules towards him so that he fell into the mud by the side of the path. And the pilgrims' guide approached Lai-Xeng, and asked him in scorn:

"O Lai-Xeng, O foolish Sage, how is it that you are content to spend your days in the harsh wilds, while we have brought all manner of splendid traveling gear? Is it not true that sleeping mats stuffed with goose down are softer than mud to sleep on?"

And Lai-Xeng sat down in the mud, and lay back with his eyes closed, and was silent for a while. And the pilgrims marked how tranquil he seemed, and Lai-Xeng said:
"My cushion is the soil, my roof the sky, and my lullaby the trills of nightingales. And this is why I find the mud to be soft as any dead bird's feathers."

And the pilgrims bowed their heads, and helped the sage out of the mud, and left Lai-Xeng feeling wiser than before. Go to Comment
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Wogden's comment on 2005-12-17 05:23 PM
Lai-Xeng and the Weeping Widow

One morning, Lai-Xeng was washing his face in a stream when he noticed an old widow by the side of the water, weeping in such a way that her tears fell upon the surface of the water and scattered her reflection. And the woman spied Lai-Xeng, and knew him for the sage he was. And the unhappy widow told Lai-Xeng of how she was struck with a sudden fear of dying, and asked him in sorrow:

"O Lai-Xeng, O passive Sage, how is it that you give so little thought to death? Is it not true that we are cursed with but one short life to spend in this world?"

And Lai-Xeng drew forth water from the stream with his hands, and let it pour back slowly. And the woman marked the flow of the water, and Lai-Xeng said:

"Every drop of this life can be spent in sadness or happiness, but it cannot be retrieved. And this is why I look not towards my death, but towards my life."
And the widow bowed her head, and dried her tears, and left Lai-Xeng feeling wiser than before. Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2012-02-28 11:31 PM


Lai-Xeng and the Prostitute



One morning as Lai-Xeng was meditating a great sage came to him and asked him "O Lai-Xeng, O wise Sage, what is Truth?"





And Lai-Xeng continued meditating.





Later, shortly before the noon day bell Lai-Xeng was approached by a student of philosophy, who asked "O Lai-Xeng, O wise Sage, how might I, a mere student, become wise?"





And Lai-Xeng continued meditating.





That afternoon, as the sun was sinking down below the horizon Lai-Xeng was approached by a child who plainly asked, "O Lai-Xeng, O wise Sage, what use is wisdom against might?"





And Lai-Xeng continued meditating.





That night, when the moon was high in the sky a prostitute walked in front of Lai-Xeng and he said to her, "You don't seek Truth, yet you found it; you don't seek Wisdom, yet it found you; you didn't gain Wisdom soon enough, and now Might holds you."





The prostitute turned to Lai-Xeng and bowed her head, gathering up her skirts she thanked him and said, "O Lai-Xeng, O wise Sage, would that I had lies to lull me to sleep, would that I was a protected fool, and would that the world was a gentle place, but it could not be any other way," and she left Lai-Xeng feeling wiser than before.


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Pariah's comment on 2012-02-28 11:32 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-04-04 11:31 AM
Lai-Xeng and the Emperor's Avenger


One day as Lai-Xeng was sitting by the road side dining on a bowl of plain rice, his old childhood friend, Mah-Waon came riding by on his fettered mount, armor ablaze in the morning sun, his helm and shield depiciting a fiery pheonix, symbol of his beloved Emperor!

" Lai-Xeng, is that you? It has been ages seen our paths last crossed, and still you sit by roadsides eating plain rice! As for me, I am one of the Emperor's chosen avengers now! I have done well for myself eh old friend?"

"greetings childhood friend", was all Lai-Xeng said in response, as he continued eating from his bowl.

"You know, Lai-Xeng", continued the proud Mah-Waon, "If you would just learn to cultivate your subservience to the Emperor, you would not have to live on plain rice"

"Learn to live on plain rice, Mah-Waon, and you would not have to cultivate the Emperor", Lai-Xeng calmly replied.

"Hrrmmphh", exclaimed Mah-Waon, and rode off in a cloud off dust, feeling none the wiser. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-04-04 01:06 PM
beautiful!! I think I'll do a few...hope to do this scroll some justice Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-02-12 06:09 PM
BUMP!! I am feeling wiser than before! Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2012-02-28 10:42 PM
mine on the other hand, was a pure, unadulterated sufism :) Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-29 06:38 AM


 



At the end of the rains one year Lai-Xeng sought out the advice of the famous architect Noo-Om’nter. The Emperor’s builder was unsure that a proposed bridge across a wide river would be feasible. Lai-Xeng volunteered to take the problem to the master Noo-Om-ter.



         One day, in the dew and grey of the pre-dawn hour, Lai-Xeng sat outside the quarries were Noo-Om’ter meet with young designers.  As the young architects gathered with their wax tablets and fabric scrolls Lai-Xeng reviewed his own notes so that he could present Noo-Om’ter with the problem of the bridge clearly. Then just as the sun was rising Noo-Om’ter came walking towards the crowd form the east.  The rising sun streaming through his unkempt grey hair; Noo-Om’ter first reminded the crowd that he was Noo-Om’ter and assured them that he had seen their problems before. Noo-Om’ter took the offerings of food and drink brought to him and then listened to two questions from the score of young designers. 



For the rest of the morning Noo-Om’ter talked about how he had done thing in the west.  With each story he dissmissed the questions of the younger ones as being the results of poor planning, incomplete work or pure ignorance. 



“All my designs were based on 10,000 hours of research, that is the Noo-Om-ter way, if you did not do 10,000 hours of research you can not succeed.” 



“Noo-Om’ter would never attempt such a design, it is inherently limit, the reasons are obvious to any designer with a drop of intelligence.”



“Noo-Om’ter has seen many such things as you have proposed fail, yet the castles of the ancients still stand, and I learned from those castles.”



At midday Noo-Om’ter left and Lai-Xeng sat with the young builders.  Lai-Xeng then asked the young men what they wanted to build. They told him and he asked why. They told him and he asked how.  They told him and he asked how else they might build it.  Then Lai-Xeng asked the young men how else they build their designs.  After they discussed other measures, he asked them what might fail and why.  They discussed that for a time, and then they went through the designs counting what they could be sure of and what they couldn’t. At the end of the day Lai-Xeng had learned much and he left the quarries that night.



When he returned the builder asked him what Noo-Om’nter had said.  Lai-Xeng told him what Noo-Om’nter had said, and the builder was confused.  “But what did he say about the Bridge?”  Lai-Xeng replied



“To build our bridge we must judge the weakness in our own plans, not be judged by the purported strength of others.”

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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-29 06:40 AM


A fun interactive submission



thank you


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valadaar's comment on 2007-02-12 06:25 PM
Nice scroll! I like it! Go to Comment
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Moonlake's comment on 2009-06-21 06:23 PM
Definitely my kind of sub. Go to Comment
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Moonlake's comment on 2009-06-23 12:26 AM
Lai-Xeng and the two Shy Students

One day, as Lai-Xeng was walking pass a school, he overheard a conversation between two students.
“Should we ask the Master about that question?”
“But everyone else seems to understand perfectly. If we ask the Master, he will think we are dimwitted.”

Lai-Xeng cleared his throat at this point and said, “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”

And the two students bowed their heads, and left to seek out their Master.
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Moonlake's comment on 2013-05-04 01:39 AM
Lai-Xeng and the Frustrated Scholar


One day, as Lai-Xeng was travelling on the road to the Imperial City, he met a *frustrated scholar who was coming from the opposite direction. Recognising Lai-Xeng, he asked, “O Lai-Xeng, O wise Sage, how is it that those of far less worth than myself have all advanced in life while I am still just a commoner? Is there no justice in the world?”


To this, Lai-Xeng replied: “A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials. 


And the scholar bowed his head, and left Lai-Xeng feeling wiser than before.


*frustrated scholar: In ancient China, scholars from all over China would travel to the Imperial City to attend the Imperial Examination. This is often a prerequisite to entering into civil service, with high scoring individuals being awarded various court positions. Individuals who fail the exams could often become very frustrated as they could be very talented but still fail repeatedly while those far less talented had all succeeded because they had the right connections.


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Forganthus's comment on 2013-05-04 05:01 AM
This sounds like Diogenes! I have a tattoo of him. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2013-05-04 05:15 AM
I like these a lot. I especially like the line "and left Xai-Leng feeling wiser than before". I'd heard a couple them before, which is unfortunate. I liked the prostitute on the most, because it confuses it, but still makes a sort of half-sense. It bears more analysis than the others for that reason. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-11-19 01:53 PM
I am amused by this one. While it is not an organization that would use, it is a very functional one. It is well written and fleshed out. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2005-11-26 04:15 PM
Cruel Intentions meets the Assassins Guild Go to Comment
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