China is wonderous and awe-inspiring. It has a history of five thousand years. It is the only continuous ancient civilization. Other ancient civilizations have changed, discontinued, withered or perished. Why is it so enduring? Why is it so coherent, often sticking to itself, remaining undivided? Why is it so dynamic, always able to revive, regenerate and revitalise itself? Why is it an immortal phoenix able to rise again on its ashes? These are enduring questions. Nobody can give a complete answer, full stop. They will stimulate intellect, provoke interest, engage investigation. > read more
Lao Zi and Taoism
Lao Zi, a sage, was born in the Spring and Autumn Period. According to tradition he was an adult from birth, from which his name of Lao Zi, or "old boy" is derived. He taught contemplation and retirement as means of spiritual purification and the attainment of the dao, or "correct road," a word which he used to signify the highest spiritual ideals of mankind.
Chinese Zodiac, Part 3
With the monkey, the power of Yin takes over. They are creative and successful in a wide range of endeavors. However, the monkey can be vain, irritable, and lack an ability to pursue their goals with enthusiasm.
According to legend, about 5,000 years ago, Huang Diâthe Yellow Emperorâruled part of the Yellow River valley. He and another leader, Yan Di, or the Fiery Emperor, made great contributions to the progress of civilization.
Revised June 20, 2011