Virtues

This Chinese tomb mural from the Han Dynasty shows Jing Ke's assassination attempt. The King of Qin is on the left and Jing Ke, on the right, has been seized. In the middle is the dagger, sticking out of the column. (Image:  wikimedia  /  CC0 1.0)

Tian Guang Surrenders to the Sword

In China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, the Chinese idiom stands out as a shining pearl in the treasure of the Chinese language. It is concise, vivid, expressive, and an accumulation of historical facts and rich ethnic cultures. The formation…

A scene from the Taiping Rebellion,1850-1864. (Image:  wikimedia  /  CC0 1.0)

6 Principles for a Successful Life

The Chinese statesman, military general, and Confucian scholar of the late Qing Dynasty, Tseng Guo-fan (1811-1872) was best known for raising and organizing the Xiang Army, and restoring the stability of the Qing Empire. He was also regarded as a model Confucian official.

Empress Ma told her officials that if anyone from her family tried to meddle in state affairs, tried to gain favors, or make influential connections, they should be punished in accordance with the law. (Image: via  Taste Of Life)

The Humble and Honorable Empress Ma

Empress Ma was married to Emperor Ming of the Eastern Han Dynasty. He was strict in not allowing relatives from her side of the family to gain power or to ascend to high ranking posts. When Empress Ma‘s adopted son, Liu Da,…

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Chinese Virtues for Frugal Living

When I was a child, I had to follow many household rules and learn about ancient Chinese virtues. Like, I had to eat every last grain of rice in my…

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One Honest Act Pays Two Dividends

There was a businessman named Kan who worked in the concession area in Shanghai, China during the Guangxu years in the late 1800s. He was respected by his master, as…

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Chinese Legends: Gods Love Justice

Li Chifu said: “The gods love justice, meaning that if a person can stick to justice, then he will be blessed by gods. However, the demons most fear a righteous man.…

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Tian Guang Surrenders to the Sword

In China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, the Chinese idiom stands out as a shining pearl in the treasure of the Chinese language. It is concise, vivid, expressive, and an…

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The Secret to Broadening Your Heart and Mind

Once upon a time, a young prince asked his teacher, a renowned monk: “What does the future hold for me?” The teacher replied: “You’ll encounter three doors on your journey…

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6 Principles for a Successful Life

The Chinese statesman, military general, and Confucian scholar of the late Qing Dynasty, Tseng Guo-fan (1811-1872) was best known for raising and organizing the Xiang Army, and restoring the stability of the Qing…

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The Humble and Honorable Empress Ma

Empress Ma was married to Emperor Ming of the Eastern Han Dynasty. He was strict in not allowing relatives from her side of the family to gain power or to ascend…

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True Wealth Comes From the Heart

Many years ago in China, a number of peasants staged a mass exodus out of a village plagued by prolonged drought. Lao Wang joined the ranks of refugees with his…

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The Feng Shui Master’s Bowl of Water

The ancient Chinese believed that five factors can help a person achieve a good life. Being a person of virtue is of greatest importance, followed by a good destiny. The…