Lapis Lazuli: Source of the Priciest Pigment on the Planet
Intense blue has always been an important color in traditional artwork as a means of symbolizing heavenly beauty, majesty, and perfection. One blue pigment is often considered to be the most expensive ever created, costing...
Topaz – A Jewel of Many Colors
The world of gemstones is vibrant and dynamic, with precious stones have long having been considered to have great aesthetic, spiritual, and practical significance. Topaz, in its dazzling variety of colors, is one of the...
Azurite – The Singing Stone
Azurite (Lapis Linguis) is an ancient stone with a rich history. It is a rare mineral that is characterized by its stunning twilight blue hue.  Azurite typically occurs as tiny prismatic, tabular, or equidimensional crystals...
Da Vinci’s Grand Bridge Reborn, Engineers Replicate Renaissance Man’s Marvellous Design
Made famous by his historical paintings such as “The Last Supper” and the “Mona Lisa,” Leonardo da Vinci was a man of idealistic genius. His incredible, unusual designs and creations earned him the moniker of...
Ginseng: A (Conditional) Traditional Medicinal That You Can Grow at Home
A Traditional medicine of diverse roots Ginseng has been used for thousands of years as a powerful herbal medicine with almost magical properties. Both Asians and American Indians recognized its remarkable ability to treat a...
Heroes of Ancient China: The Great Spiritual Teacher Lao Zi
As the founder of Daoism and the author of Dao De Ching (道德經), Lao Zi helped shape traditional Chinese culture. The following conversations with his disciples offer some insight into his spiritual achievements.   Confucius learns...
Heroes of Ancient China: The Training of Daoist Master Lao Zi
Lao Zi (also known as Lao Tzu), living between circa 600 and 470 B.C. during the Spring and Autumn Period, wrote the famous Dao De Ching (道德經) and is the central figure in the development...
Qu Yuan, the Tragic Patriot Behind the Dragon Boat Festival
Every year, on the fifth day on the fifth lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar, people celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, called Duan Wu (端午節). Falling on June 14 in the Western calendar this...
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The Truth and Lessons of Tiananmen
In 1989, Communist China massacred thousands of its own people in the center of Beijing. The effects of that massacre last to this day More than three decades ago, there was a brief moment when...