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I have written and spoken that this inner work should start with cultivating a calm, peaceable temperament. The Brahmin boy in India who is initiated into his caste and given the symbolic sacred thread to wear at the age of thirteen is also given this same instruction: "Be calm!" And five hundred years before Jesus started his public work, Chou Tun-Yi in China earned a personal compliment from Confucius, who observed, "He is a man of great peaceableness." Two hundred years later, Mencius was practising and gaining the Unperturbed Mind; later, as an honoured Confucian moralist, he was teaching others, in his turn, the same method.

-- Notebooks Category 24: The Peace within You > Chapter 2: Be Calm > # 18

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