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(Sorta) Daily Writing Prompt 05-04-2015

I’d like to continue a (sorta) daily writing prompt challenge. The original post is here . The prompts come from a book titled More Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations . It consists of daily quotes from various Buddhist writings intended to inspire, to get the reader to think or feel. I wish to express this reaction in writing and hope to motivate others to do so also.

If you’d like to participate, please tag your posts

The prompt for today, May 4, 2015, is:

Expounding one yard cannot be done without practicing one yard.

Since “expound” means “to set forth or state in detail,” I’m not sure I can make a whole lot of sense out of this. One can expound (on) a proposition, a theory, a law: it’s certainly not necessary to practice any of these (particularly the law) to expound on any of them. As a matter of fact, there seems to be a sort of an inverse law at work in some cases. The more expounding, the less practicing.

Just a thought.



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AliCanary wrote on May 4, 2015, 11:34 AM

I think it means that you can't really teach what you have not learned yourself, and that you learn by doing.

AliCanary wrote on May 4, 2015, 11:37 AM

Or it is a variation on "practice what you preach".

msiduri wrote on May 4, 2015, 1:08 PM

You might very well be right, that that is the intent of what's being said. It's just not particularly articulate. One doesn't normally expound on a yard or practice a yard, though.

AliCanary wrote on May 4, 2015, 6:39 PM

I think that there is a translation issue with that word--it definitely means something other than a back yard, obviously. I think maybe the concept of a yard as a measurement of distance is a little closer to the meaning, maybe to the effect of saying "don't expound at any length unless you also have that length of experience".

msiduri wrote on May 4, 2015, 7:13 PM

I agree.

ViperGirl85 wrote on May 4, 2015, 7:46 PM

I'll have to look into this challenge; whether I do the whole thing (I'm doing one elsewhere right now and somewhat struggling) or just picking and choosing the challenges. I'll have to bookmark this; thanks! :)

msiduri wrote on May 4, 2015, 8:05 PM

I look forward to hearing from you. It's a sorta daily thing, so please feel free to participate as your schedule allows.

CalmGemini wrote on May 5, 2015, 1:56 AM

It is vague and rather confusing to me ,So i do not think I would say anything.

msiduri wrote on May 5, 2015, 8:46 AM

I just grumbled a bit.

ViperGirl85 wrote on May 5, 2015, 10:37 PM

Thanks! I'll have to look into it. I'm struggling with the other daily one on another site, as I don't always have the time. But I'll do what I can.