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A Simple Diet Enables a Healthy Life

Dizi Gui(弟子规) : A Simple Diet Enables a Healthy Life

Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese classic for children that teaches morals and proper etiquette. In Chapter Three (Be Cautious in My Daily Life), DiziGui teaches us not just to be careful in how we dress and carry ourselves, but how we should behave when dining: “With

Brave and selflesss, Mo Niang devoted herself to protecting and rescuing her family and fellow villagers at sea.

Dizi Gui (弟子规) : Regard Everyone as Family

By Vibrant Dot Staff Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. Amongst many moral values, this Chinese classic states that we should love all people equally, regardless of nationality, race, or religion. “We are all sheltered by the

At the tender age of four, Kong Rong had already learnt to share the larger pears with his siblings.

Dizi Gui(弟子规): Value Sibling Ties Over Material Gain

Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette.   A good sibling should always place his elder and younger siblings before himself. A good sibling should always place his elder and younger siblings before himself. One well-known example is

Qi Jiguang (1528 - 1588) and his fearless Qi Army defended China’s east coast from a raid by Japanese pirates (wokou) during the Ming Dynasty.

Dizi Gui(弟子规): Do Not Pursue or Indulge in Vanity

Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. In ancient times, parents were strict in applying these standards and rules to their children, with corresponding disciplinary action. This nurtured many children to become formidable generals without fear of death.

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Dizi Gui (弟子规):Dishonesty Brings Negative Consequences

By Vibrant Dot Staff “Dizi Gui” (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. Dizi Gui states that when we speak, honesty is of foremost importance. Deceitful words and wild lies must never be tolerated. Success may come and go, but

Xu Heng, a neo-Confucian scholar and imperial official of the Yuan Dynasty,

Dizi Gui (弟子规) : Being Trustworthy 

By Vibrant Dot Staff “Dizi Gui” (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. Chapter Four of Dizi Gui, which is titled “Be Trustworthy”, teaches us precisely how to do this in our daily lives. The first lesson is that “Before

Dizi Gui (弟子规) : The Etiquette of Entering a Room

“Dizi Gui” (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. In Chapter 3 of Dizi Gui, we are told that we must first ask if someone is inside a private room before entering. Before entering a room, we should also make

“A broken mirror joined together”

A Broken Mirror Joined Together (破鏡重圓)Pò Jìng Chóng Yuán

During the late Southern and Northern Dynasties (A.D. 420–581), in the state of Chen, there lived a princess named Lechang who was known for her beauty and intelligence. Attracted by his talent and knowledge, she married an official named Xu Deyan. The young couple loved each other dearly and, for a time, lived happily together.

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Dizi Gui (弟子规) : Refusing a Gift of Gold at Midnight

In Chapter 3 of Dizi Gui, we are taught how to perform certain actions in daily life. For example, “Open curtains slowly without noise, and make turns widely without hitting corners.” We should also “hold empty containers as if they were full, and enter empty rooms as if they were occupied. ” As cryptic as

Guan Ning Cuts the Mat

Dizi Gui(弟子规): Guan Ning Cuts the Mat

Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. Conscientiousness and focus are important when doing tasks.  Dizi Gui emphasises this lesson by saying that we should avoid doing things in a hurry, as doing things in haste will lead

Fun Time | Oil on Canvas | 50 x 90cm | 2014 (Courtesy of Huang Xiong Wen)

An Art Critique on Giant Panda Artwork

Huang Xiong Wen is a successful professional painter, famous for his paintings of human figures, animals and landscapes. He graduated in 1992 from the faculty of Fine Arts in GuangXi Normal University, majoring in oil painting. Since then, Xiong Wen has created a number of renowned master pieces. Many of his paintings have been showcased

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From Master to Disciple: How Traditional Arts Were Taught in Ancient China

Traditional Chinese arts have been around for millennia. These rich art forms include martial arts, drama, singing, Chinese painting, calligraphy and so on. But unlike our modern education system, where knowledge is ubiquitously taught using standardised curriculums, traditional Chinese arts have been passed down within families or clans, from master to disciple. Drawing from Taoist

Every year, a new wave of university graduates enters the workforce, but many struggle to find jobs in a system that has an oversupply of university graduates. Source: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images

The Philosophy of Shibusawa Eiichi, Father of Japan’s Modern Economy (Part 6)

Shibusawa felt that the problem was that higher education workers were not willing to take up lower education jobs. While this desire is understandable and reasonable, one’s demands may not always fit with reality and the limitations of job supply. The father of Japan’s capitalist economy is Shibusawa Eiichi (涩泽荣一) (1840-1931), a highly respected Japanese

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The Secret to Happiness: It’s Simpler Than You Think

With its winding mountain trails, silver streams, and green and gold rice terraces, the scenic Sapa Valley of Vietnam appears to be an eden. But its gorgeous scenery masks the daily struggles of the valley’s indigenous people. It is post-harvest season, and many farmers have been out of the job, searching the town for temporary

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How Arts and Culture Appreciation Can Improve One’s Body, Soul and Mind

“Man does not live by bread alone. We do wish for the finer things in life, to appreciate beauty, love and something uplifting for the spirit,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the 30th anniversary event of Lasalle College of the Arts. As a matter of fact, arts and culture not only enriches our

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Taiji and Swastika—The Circles Of Birth And Death

If you are familiar with the genesis of civilisation, there is a common thread of folklores depicting how gods descended onto earth, hand-carried people in the acquisition of language and civilisation, instilled the notion of divine faiths, and imparted crafts and skills to deal with the environment, amongst others. And so it seems, different gods

Shibusawa Eiichi felt that younger generations should choose their career paths based on their passion and abilities, rather than social status.

The Philosophy of Shibusawa Eiichi, Father of Japan’s Modern Economy (Part 7)

The father of Japan’s capitalist economy is Shibusawa Eiichi (1840-1931), a highly respected Japanese industrialist. Guided by his study of Confucius’ Analects, Shibusawa brought Western capitalism to Japan, but with a core emphasis on morality and business ethics. In this series, we look at Shibusawa’s philosophy and understanding of Confucius’ teachings, which guided the creation

How Confucius’ Teachings Guided the Creation of Japan’s Modern Economy: Part 3

The father of Japan’s capitalist economy is Shibusawa Eiichi ( 1840-1931 ), a highly respected Japanese industrialist. Guided by his study of Confucius’ Analects, Shibusawa brought Western capitalism to Japan, but with a core emphasis on morality and business ethics. In Part 1 and Part 2, we learned how Shibusawa laid the foundation of Japan’s

How Confucius’ Teachings Guided the Creation of Japan’s Modern Economy: Part 2

Continued from Part 1: The father of Japan’s capitalist economy is Shibusawa Eiichi ( 1840 – 1931 ), a highly respected Japanese industrialist. Guided by his study of Confucius’ Analects, Shibusawa brought Western capitalism to Japan, but with a core emphasis on morality and business ethics. Shibusawa consolidated his life experience and ideas in his book,

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