A student asked whether studying for the examinations would interfere with his efforts at real learning. Zhu Xi responded, “Master Cheng said, ‘Don’t worry about it interfering with your efforts, worry about it robbing you of your determination.’ If you spend ten days a month preparing for the examinations, you will still have twenty days to do real study. If it changes your determination however, there is no cure.”

Excerpt from «Zhu Xi’s Conversations With His Disciples» (Patricia Buckley Ebrey, ed., Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, p. 172-77.)


New York Times:

After class, I asked Black about his approach to teaching yoga — the emphasis on holding only a few simple poses, the absence of common inversions like headstands and shoulder stands. He gave me the kind of answer you’d expect from any yoga teacher: that awareness is more important than rushing through a series of postures just to say you’d done them. But then he said something more radical. Black has come to believe that “the vast majority of people” should give up yoga altogether. It’s simply too likely to cause harm.

Not just students but celebrated teachers too, Black said, injure themselves in droves because most have underlying physical weaknesses or problems that make serious injury all but inevitable. Instead of doing yoga, “they need to be doing a specific range of motions for articulation, for organ condition,” he said, to strengthen weak parts of the body. “Yoga is for people in good physical condition. Or it can be used therapeutically. It’s controversial to say, but it really shouldn’t be used for a general class.”