(百尺竿頭須進步 or 百尺竿頭，更進一步)
If you ever wanted to describe the pinnacle
, or to encourage
someone in perseverance
, this Chinese
saying would be the one to use.
was said to have origin
ated from the Song Dynasty
in ancient China
. During that time, there was a revered monk
, a preacher familiar
with the things of Buddha
. One day, he visited a temple
and stayed to preach
there, attracting a large crowd
. The temple, though pack
ed, was totally silent
except for the voice
of the monk.
Once the holy man
had finished, another monk polite
ly stood up, bowed and proceeded to ask question
s. They were answer
ed with the same courtesies.
The younger monk thought
about the answers given and queried
his senior about certain point
s which he had not understood. In this fashion
d for some time.
realised that they were talking about Nirvana
and the attainment
of it. The elder monk then told the younger monk that even a hundred-foot bamboo
would not be considered as being perfect
. It should strive
to grow taller, as only Nirvana is the height
of perfection. Thus the saying 百尺竿頭，更進一步 (bai chi gan tou, gen jing yi bu) was born.
No doubt this saying would apply
in most (if not all areas) of our lives. May it inspire
us to Node for the Ages