Play the lute to a cow (对牛弹琴)

Duì niú tán qín

Play a lute to a cow.
To offer something valuable to someone who doesn’t understand its value, equivalent to the English proverb “Cast pearls before swine.”

This proverb comes from a story in the Collected Records of Hongming, an account of the three hundred-year spread of Buddhism in China, written by Sengyou (445–518 ce), a Buddhist monk of the Liang State during the Southern dynasty (420–589 ce).

Gongming Yi was a….

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