The Master Leads You to the Door, the Rest is Up to You

师父领进门,修行在个人

"The Master Leads You to the Door,
the Rest is Up to You"

 

The proverb "The Master Leads You to the Door, the Rest is Up to You" (师父领进门,修行在个人: shīfù lǐng jìnmén, xiūxíng zài gèrén) is a Chinese proverb that emphasizes the role of a teacher or master in guiding and instructing, but ultimately, it is up to the individual to put in the effort and practice. The literal translation suggests that the master or teacher can lead you to the entrance, but the actual cultivation or practice depends on the individual.

This proverb reflects the traditional Chinese philosophy of self-cultivation and personal responsibility in the learning process. As we approach 2024, this proverb acknowledges the importance of guidance and education from a knowledgeable source, but it also highlights the individual's commitment and effort in the journey of self-improvement and mastery.