One phrase you might occasionally hear in China is “Wu Zhi Nong Min” or “Ignorant Peasants”. This phrase has two meanings. The first and older one is used to refer those people, usually farmers, who have very little formal education and lack the inclination to view things in a larger perspective. They do not understand [...]
After lunch we visited a tie dye factory in Zhou Zheng, another small village in the Dali area. This is real tie dye. The patterns are very intricate. It takes days of labor to tie one garment. The factory makes their dye out of indigo leaves, which also happens to have medicinal properties. We harvested [...]
“Do nothing and there is nothing left undone” is a pearl of ancient Chinese wisdom inspired by chapter 48 of the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) written by Lao Zi (Lao Tsu)
The Dao De Jing is considered one of the most important classics in all of Chinese culture. The book has been utilized [...]
Taoist thought suggests you should “Be like the Sun and Moon.”
This saying means several things, but one important one is that the sun radiates outward and the moon reflects.
The sun is full, so it radiates, asking nothing but giving everything. The moon is empty; it has nothing, so it receives everything.
The sun [...]
Traditional Chinese Culture reached its height during the Tang dynasty (618 – 907 CE). This was the golden age of Chinese civilization where the country actually tried to practice much of what the great masters taught. Taoism and Buddhism flourished, Confucianism was not yet a tool of repression, and women enjoyed many freedoms. Military technology [...]
Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism are the “Trinity” of Chinese belief systems. Of those, Taoism is considered the oldest, followed by Confucianism and Buddhism*. Although sectarian debates exist among some of the less enlightened practitioners, those of attainment consider the three as one.
Taoism provides a cultivation path for Immortality, Confucianism for Sagehood, and Buddhism for [...]