Category Archives: TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Values of ancient China

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Today, the whole world is applauding the greatness of 5,000 years of civilization, so masterfully presented by the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts company. Yet under Communist rule in China, Shen Yun performances are prohibited, and the Chinese embassies and consulates overseas try in vain to interfere with local performances.

In spite of vicious attacks from the regime and attempts to disrupt Shen Yun performances, theater critics continue to pay tribute to this exceptional demonstration of classical art and avid theatergoers seek again and again to experience this unique show.

Through Shen Yun, we enter the world of ancient dynasties, traveling through time and space.READ MORE...

Life Exists Because of One’s Soul

Chinese flower painting by Sun Mingguo/Epoch Times
Chinese flower painting by Sun Mingguo/Epoch Times

Most people believe that we have souls, but know little about when and how a soul begins to dominate a human body. We may find some clues in a story in the book “Zibuyu Volume II” written by Yuan Mei, a scholar and writer who lived in the Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1636-1912).

According to the story, an old peasant lived in the Jinshan area of Shanghai during the Qing Dynasty. One night, on the first day of the month, he dreamed that a magistrate dressed in green visited him, bringing along an official document.… READ MORE...

Politician Fan Zhongyan Put Others’ Needs First

Fan-Zhongyan picture by Epoch Times.
Fan-Zhongyan picture by Epoch Times.

Fan Zhongyan was a prominent politician and a famed poet and writer during the Northern Song Dynasty (A.D. 970-1127). A saying of his, “Be the first to feel concern for others and the last to enjoy yourself,” has become immortal in history and serves as a true reflection of his life.

During the second year of Emperor Renzong’s rule in 1033, there was widespread famine. Fan Zhongyan petitioned the court for assistance, but the court turned a deaf ear.

Fan asked Emperor Renzong face to face: “What would you do if there was no food in the court?… READ MORE...