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Zhu Yunming (1461-1527), a native of Changzhou (modern Suzhou), had the style name Xizhe and the sobriquet Zhishan. Zhu Yunming is well-known today for his calligraphies. Already at the age of 6 he was able to draw beautiful calligr...
The text Tài Xuán Jīng ("Canon of Supreme Mystery", Chinese: 太玄經) was composed by the Confucian writer Yáng Xióng (Chinese: 揚雄/扬雄; pinyin: Yáng Xióng; Wade–Giles: Yang Hsiung; 53 BCE-18 CE). The first draft of this work was completed in 2BCE (in the ...

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Stand like Mountain, Flow like Water

To stand like mountain is the ability to recognize the potential of our inner resources. To flow like water is to act on this potential. -- Brian Luke Seaward, PhD

2014 - The Year of the Wood Horse

The Year of the Horse is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

2014 is the Year of the Horse according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Horse starts from Jan. 31, 2014 (the Lunar New Year / Spring Festival of China) and lasts to Feb. 18, 2015.

The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is...

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Tài Xuán Jīng or "The Elemental Changes"

TXJ 1.svgThe text Tài Xuán Jīng ("Canon of Supreme Mystery", Chinese: 太玄經) was composed by the Confucian writer Yáng Xióng (Chinese: 揚雄/扬雄; pinyin: Yáng Xióng; Wade–Giles: Yang Hsiung; 53 BCE-18 CE). The first draft of this work was completed in 2BCE (in the decade before the fall of the Western Han Dynasty). This text is also known in the West as The Alternative I Ching and The Elemental Changes.

The monograms are:the unbroken line () for heaven (Chinese: 天; pinyin: tiān),once broken line () for...

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TianGan DiZhi

"TianGan DiZhi", describes "ganzhi jifa" or "stem-branch recording method". It is used to record the years, months, days and hours in Ancient China. 60 basic unites are formed out of "ten heavenly stems" combined with "twelve earthly branches".

Since China has converted to the Christian way of numbering the years, the "stem-branch" numbering can now-a-days mainly be found in Ancient Chinese arts such as astrology, feng shui and divination.

Picture: 24 cardinal directions


Ten Heavenly...

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