Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chinese New Year part 2

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Here are more pictures from Chinese New Year celebrations here in Honolulu. If you haven't already, read yesterday's part 1 post.

Incense smoke pouring from the Kwan Yin Temple. (Top)

Good luck from over the rainbow.

Trinkets! (Left)
A symbol of a sweet New Year, a tiny orange tree. (Below)

Even the trees sprout poetry!

Gung-Gung (Chinese: ''Grandmom") and Mo`opuna (Hawaiian: 'Grandchild')


A Spiritual Official holding a cash offering. One of the "Powers & Principalities" that Jesus spoke of?(Left)

Kwan Yin Temple Altar. (Below)

Chinese Proverbs:
"You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair."

"Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense."
"To talk goodness is not good... only to do it is."
"Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time."
"Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself." "Talk doesn't cook rice." "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
"Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom."
"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books."
"An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold."
"The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow."
"With virtue you can't be entirely poor; without virtue you can't really be rich."
"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow."
"The journey is the reward."
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere."
"When you cease to strive to understand, then you will know without understanding."
"One joy scatters a hundred grieves."
"Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome."
"One never needs their humor as much a when they argue with a fool."
"A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home."
"If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come."
" If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else."
"Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last." "Enough shovels of earth -- a mountain."
"When men speak of the future, the Gods laugh."
"With true friends... even water drunk together is sweet enough."
"A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion."
"Life is a dream walking death is a going home." A L O H A