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Travel in Chinese Lesson 78 The Confucian Temple

07-28-2010 08:53 BJT

同事:雪梅,昨天爬泰山累坏了吧。

雪梅:恩,比爬香山可累多了。不过,山顶的风景那么好,还是挺值的!看到周围的山都比自己站的地方矮,那种感觉真是好极了。

同事:恩,是不是一种特为自己感到骄傲的感觉?这也是我第一次来泰山,真是“登泰山而小天下啊”啊。

雪梅:哇,我的报道还没写出来,你都开始写诗了。

同事:这可不是我说的。这是当年孟子形容孔子登泰山时候说过的话。

雪梅:是吗?对了,你不是说今天要带我来看孔庙的吗?

同事:雪梅,你看,这就是孔庙了

雪梅:原来这就是孔庙,咱们快去看看吧。

同事:这叫“棂星门”,是孔庙的第一道门。哎,雪梅,我看你对孔子很感兴趣,孔子在美国是不是也很有名啊?

雪梅:大体上可以这么说吧。我上大学的时候,我读过一些《论语》里的文章。据说,孔子是中国历史上的第一位老师,是这样吗?

同事:恩,我们都这样认为。早在2500年以前,孔子就是一位特别有名的老师了,尤其是他的思想,对中国的文化影响很大。所以中国人都特别尊敬他。

同事:雪梅:你看,这就是杏坛。

雪梅:杏坛?这是什么地方?

同事:杏坛是当年孔子讲学的地方。

雪梅:讲学的地方?我看这里坐不下几个学生,他不是有弟子三千吗?

同事:雪梅,这你可不知道了。这个杏坛是宋朝的人专门为纪念孔子而修建的。当时孔子就坐在这个地方,边抚琴边上讲课。他的学生呢,围坐在他的周围,听他上课。

雪梅:噢,是这样的。

同事:哎,雪梅,你知道这是做什么用的么?

雪梅:我看这个院子里好多鸟,这个是不是一个美国式的bird-bath?

同事:你真有想象力,不过这可不是让鸟洗澡的地方。现在人们听到铃声就会下课,在春秋的时候呢,孔子在这里燃上三柱香,等香烧尽了也就是下课的时间了。

雪梅:这个办法真聪明。

同事:现在我带你到大成殿看看。

雪梅:大成殿?

同事:对啊,大成殿是每年人们烧香纪念孔子的地方。

雪梅:那我们也赶紧烧一柱香纪念一下儿孔老师吧。

同事:好主意。


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