By Peter Morris
This choice of ninety seven Cantonese love songs goals to offer a much broader viewers the potential of analyzing those songs in English. the writer investigates the language and social history of the songs and gives cross-references to chinese language and Western literature.
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Right' (lE , jing) in the following categories is used to distinguish m, 28 Cantonese Love Songs the teachings of the Buddha from those that were not his; in other words, Buddhist orthodoxy. Anything contrary to this is heterodox: ~~, che. The first category (dealing with moral conduct) Right speech ( lEl5R , jing yue): refraining from falsehood, malicious talk, and abusive language; Right action (lE* , jing yip): refraining from stealing, killing, and unchastity; Right livelihood (lEij , jing ming): abstaining from earning a living by improper means, such as killing living beings, making astrological forecasts, practising fortune-telling.
Why even the fish and the dragons come out from the seaP4 Do you know why? Because his songs sing of human feelings and give us a glimpse of the whole world. 10 11 12 13 14 See Song 1 (Part 2), Line 9. Yue Yeung (~$), another name for Wong Si-jing (~±lE, 1634-1711), a distinguished statesman and patron of letters. Mayers, # 819; Giles # 222l. Gwan Hong (ilJ~§~) refers to the name of a class of tunes. See Second Preface. 'Listening to Jiu Ji-yung's songs ...
The spread of Buddhism to China The home of Buddhism lies in what is now South Behar, west of Bengal and south of the Ganges. The historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, died in either 480 or 380 Be. During the first two centuries of its existence Buddhism was confined to the Ganges valley. Initially, Buddhism consisted of small, scattered communities of monks, subject to simple disciplinary rules. It then spread rapidly throughout India and beyond. In the middle of the 3rd century BC it began to expand in all directions: southwards across the sea to Sri Lanka, and from there to what is now Burma, Indonesia, Thailand and Indo-China; northwards to Kashmir in northwest India, from where it spread to (and by the 1st century was already established in) Central Asia, and was first introduced into China during the reign of Emperor Ming (AD 68-75) of Eastern (or Later) Hon dynasty.