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13) Tongren: Fellowship


  • C: Heaven with fire, sameness with others; superior people distinguish things in terms of categories and groups.

  • L: Sameness with people in the wilderness is developmental. It is beneficial to cross great rivers. It is beneficial for a superior person to be upright.

  • E: Mixing in with the ordinary world, concealing illumination, assimilating to others.



1 Yang:

  • L: Sameness with people at the gate is blameless.

  • E: One assimilates blamelessly, with strength and prudence, in the beginning.

2 Yin:

  • L: Sameness with people in the clan is regrettable.

  • E: Assimilating only with family and not with strangers is weak and not far-reaching.

3 Yang:

  • L: Subduing fighters in the bush, climbing up a high hill, even in three years there will be no flourishing.

  • E: This is assimilation through arrogance and adamant forcefulness.

4 Yang:

  • L: Mounting the wall, unable to attack.  This is auspicious.

  • E: Fellowship with firmness and the ability to be flexible, is not trying to force the issue when unable to assimilate.

5 Yang:

  • L: In sameness with people, first there is weeping, afterward laughter. A great general wins, then meets others.

  • E: After perfecting virtue in oneself, one may perfect others by being firm with impartiality. Fellowship with great fairness and impartiality is beneficial for great undertakings.

6 Yang:

  • L: Being the same as people in the countryside, there is no regret.

  • E: When firmness and flexibility are used together, one can have fellowship outwardly yet be unique inwardly. This is having great knowledge yet appearing ignorant, having great skill yet appearing inept. Fellowship is harmonized when one is not influenced, nor causes or has regret.