Virtue

The Jin Dynasty was founded when Sima Yan, a powerful military general from the Wei Dynasty, forced reigning Emperor Cao Huan to abdicate and took the throne for himself. (Image: Public Domain)

Who Can Avoid a Deadly Plague?

Ancient China was called the “Land of the Divine.” The Chinese had a saying: “There are deities a yard (three feet) above your head,” which meant there were many of them close to humans. Everything in this world is controlled…

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Wrongdoing Is Passed Down the Generations

There is a story in the Yuetan Sulu, which is a novel written by He Bang-e. In the Qing Dynasty, during the Qianlong reign, there was an examination testing site…

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How the Farmer Lost His Virtue

An old demon saw that human beings were blessed in the human world, so he told the little demons: “We need to disrupt human life, otherwise there is no place…

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Who Can Avoid a Deadly Plague?

Ancient China was called the “Land of the Divine.” The Chinese had a saying: “There are deities a yard (three feet) above your head,” which meant there were many of…

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The Magnanimous Emperor Taizong

In the 7th century A.D., China’s Sui Dynasty collapsed. Wasteful policies and civil war devastated the country and its people.

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A Virtuous Mother From the Three Kingdoms Era

During the period of the Three Kingdoms, Zhong Yao (151-230), the founder of the regular Chinese calligraphy script known as kaishu, was married to Zhang Chang-pu (199-257). Zhang was an…

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Zheng Mao and King Cheng

One day, King Cheng stood on the high platform in the quarters of the royal ladies. As he looked across the room, he noticed that the ladies on the floor…

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The 11 Virtues of Jade

“Jade worship” is a common phenomenon among Chinese around the world. It was established in China thousands of years ago. The culture of jade worship began in ancient times when…

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A Feng Shui Master’s Last Words

Li Ka Shing, a Hong Kong billionaire, started out as a small businessman at the age of 30. At a reception, he met Chen Lang, one of the 10 most…

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Chinese Characters: Virtue (德)

Chinese characters often represent noble concepts. What makes a good person? Our ancestors would have told us: anyone who has 德 (dé, or virtue).