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Little-Known Stories from History: Laozi, Confucius, and Shakyamuni (Part 1)

Over the past two thousand five hundred years since China’s Spring and Autumn Period, nothing has influenced Chinese culture more profoundly than the schools of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. The founders of these three schools — Confucius, Laozi, and Shakyamuni respectively — have long been respected and worshipped by succeeding generations. Interestingly, these three sages

The Significance of Truthfulness 

Sincerity, trustworthiness and honesty among people create peace of mind and promote relationships of trust. These values form the foundation of a sustainable, peaceful and harmonious society, and constitute the basis for a nation’s survival. In this series, Epoch Times delves into the significance of truthfulness. The Chinese character 真 (zhēn), also written as 眞

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The Three Character Classic(三字经): What is True Goodness?

魏蜀吴,争汉鼎。 号三国,迄两晋。 宋齐继,梁陈承。 为南朝,都金陵。 北元魏,分东西。 宇文周,兴高齐。 Wei, Shu, and Wu, fought for the sovereignty of the Hans. They were called the Three Kingdoms, and existed until the Two Jin Dynasties. Then followed the Song and the Qi dynasties, and after them the Liang and Chen dynasties These are the southern dynasties, with their capital at

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The Three Character Classic(三字经): How Open-Mindedness Gave Rise to China’s Longest Dynasty

The Three Character Classic, or San Zi Jing (三字经), is the best known classic Chinese text for children. Written by Wang Yinglin (1223–1296) during the Song Dynasty, it has been memorised by generations of Chinese, both young and old. 周武王,始诛纣。八百载,最长久。 周辙东, 王纲堕。逞干戈, 尚游说。 始春秋, 终战国。五霸强,七雄出。 King Wu of the Zhou Dynasty finally slew Zhou Xin.

What It Means To Be A ‘Son Of Heaven’

What It Means To Be A ‘Son Of Heaven’

The Three Character Classic, or San Zi Jing (三字经), is the best known classic Chinese text for children. Written by Wang Yinglin (1223–1296) during the Song Dynasty, it has been memorised by generations of Chinese, both young and old. However, after the Cultural Revolution in China, the Three Character Classic was banned and eventually fell

Three Character Classic (三字经) – The Ten Obligations: Managing Life’s Various Roles Well

By Jade Pearce,Epoch Times Staff The Three Character Classic, or San Zi Jing (三字经), is the best known classic Chinese text for children. Written by Wang Yinlian (1223–1296) during the Song Dynasty, it has been memorised by generations of Chinese, both young and old. Confucius Quote: 高曾祖,父而身。 身而子,子而孙。 自子孙,至元曾。 乃九族,而之伦。 父子恩,夫妇从。 兄则友,弟则恭。 长幼序,友与朋。君则敬,臣则忠。 此十义,人所同。 Great great grandfather, great grandfather, grandfather, father

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Heaven, Earth, and the Moral Foundations of Chinese Faith

By Leo Timm  |  Epoch Times Staff The ancient sage Confucius, who advocated the five cardinal virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faith, taught that the roots of benevolence lie in filial piety and brotherly love. Confucian family-based ethics are well known around the globe as a cornerstone of the Chinese philosophical and social

The Three Character Classic(三字经): Education in Ancient China

The Three Character Classic, or San Zi Jing, is the best known classic Chinese text for children. Written by Wang Yinglin (1223–1296 A.D.) during the Song Dynasty, it has been memorized by generations of Chinese, both young and old. 养不教,父之过。教不严,师之惰。子不学,非所宜。 幼不学,老何为。玉不琢,不成器。人不学,不知义。 However, after the Cultural Revolution in China, the Three Character Classic was banned and

Marriage or Chastity?

In ancient China, widows who decided not to remarry were considered models of loyalty and chastity. At the same time, when it came to major life-changing events, the Chinese believed that it was heaven, not mortals, who had the final say over one’s destiny. This principle is embodied in the folktale behind the proverb “Just

Simplified Beyond Sense: The Travesty of Modern Chinese Writing

Heartless love, depopulated villages. Flying with one wing, falling into a well—we are told this is “progress.” The above may sound like opening lines to stories about calamities or Kafkaesque dystopias, but they are in fact all valid and perhaps unavoidable interpretations of modern Chinese writing. Chinese script denotes meaning rather than sound, setting it

The Three Character Classic(三字经):Ancient Parenting Lessons for Modern Times

The Three Character Classic(三字经), or San Zi Jing, is the best known classic Chinese text for children. Written by Wang Yinglin (1223–1296) during the Song Dynasty, it has been memorised by generations of Chinese, both young and old. However, after the Cultural Revolution in China, the Three Character Classic was banned and eventually fell into

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The Chinese Empresses Whose Wisdom Enriched Dynastic Rule

Throughout China’s long history, many dynasties were established by men of strength and ambition. Yet the wise and virtuous women who stood alongside them were no less instrumental in shaping the character and heritage of Chinese civilisation. Classical Chinese culture values women who apply their intellect and wisdom to assist fathers, husbands, and sons in

When Society Was Regulated With Music and Ritual

One of the very first pieces of recorded Chinese literature is the “Classic of Poetry”, a collection of 3,000-year-old lyrics and verses of the early Zhou Dynasty. Compiled by Confucius, it is considered one of the five great Chinese scholarly works. The first poem, “Cry of the Ospreys,” describes the marriage of King Wen, the

Dizi Gui (弟子规) : Lessons That Will Serve You for a Lifetime

Dizi Gui (弟子规) (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is an ancient Chinese text for children that teaches moral values and proper etiquette. It was written during the Qing Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (康熙帝) (1661-1722) by Li Yuxiu. Beneath the conservative, “old-school” verbose of this ancient classic, one can still

Good Vs. Evil in a Chinese Folktale

Good vs. evil in Chinese Folktal : Bringing Down a Demon Tyrant

Righteousness, or “yì”, is second of five cardinal Chinese virtues—the others being benevolence, courtesy, wisdom, and faith—first taught by Confucius and passed down in the centuries since. Incorporating such concepts as justice and loyalty, “yì” builds upon its preceding virtue, that of “rén,” or benevolence. While “rén” can be used to describe the most pure

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A Tale of Two Brides

For thousands of years, the Five Cardinal Virtues—benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom, and faith—have guided the Chinese people in governance, family, and individual conduct. First taught by the sage Confucius, they form the cornerstone of traditional Chinese morality. First in the virtues is benevolence, from the Chinese character “ren”. Consisting of a radical meaning “human” together

Sun Bin(孙膑), descended from Sun Wu,author of the “Art of War”

The Search for the ‘Art of War’

Sun Zi’s (孙子)timeless primer on strategy, “The Art of War”, has informed the thoughts of many a calculating mind, from generals to CEOs—and it also saved Sun’s own descendant in China, Sun Bin (孙膑), from the jaws of peril and treachery. But it was the book’s teachings of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage, and strictness that

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