|English||Cook Ding cuts cow|
|Chinese||庖丁解牛(Pao Ding jieniu)|
|Translator(s)||Participants of 2017 Hanmun Summer Workshop (Intermediate Training Group)|
Student 7 : (Alexandre Le Marchand)
Cook Ding cuts cows for the prince Wenhui. He stabs it with his hands, leaning against it with his shoulders, steps on it with his feet and contacts it by his knees. It produces sound while he faced it and cut continually with his knife. The sound not far from the center was like the dance of the mulberry forest and reaches the center.
Student 8 : (Write your name)
Prince Wenhui said :
“Ah! Incredible! Your art should have become so perfect!”
Cook Ding laid down his knife and reply:
"What I love is the Way, something in advance of any art.
When I began to cut the ox, I saw nothing but just the carcass.
After three years I ceased to see it as a whole.
Now, I practice with a spiritual manner, and don’t look at it with my eyes. The use of my senses is stopped, and my spirituality as it wills.
Student 9 : HeeJin Lee
"Relying on the heavenly principles, [I] scrape the great crevice, [which] leads [to] the great cavity, resulting [in] its origin. [My] skills govern the enjoyment [of] tendons lacking in taste, and even more so the great bone!"
A decent cook changes [his] knife [in a] year, [then he] cuts. An ordinary cook changes [his] knife month[ly], [then he] breaks.
Student 10 : Jelena Gledić
Today this knife of mine, after nineteen years, has all-in-all cut several thousands of cows, and the knife’s blade is like freshly off the whetstone. That which is attached has space [in between], and the knife’s blade has no thickness. [When that which] has no thickness enters [that which] has space, what vastness! To move the blade within it, there must be room. Therefore, [it has been] nineteen years and the knife’s blade is like freshly off the whetstone.
Student 11 : (Write your name)
Student 12 : (Write your name)
The Prince Wenhui said “Great! After hearing Pao Ding’s saying, I can realize the way of nourishing the life!”