Some of the most ancient Chinese wisdom texts are still highly influential on people’s minds today. The Yijing (I Ching or Book of Changes) is considered by many to be the oldest Chinese wisdom text. The Laozi Daodejing (Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching) is another ancient wisdom text of great interest to many seekers of wisdom. Combined with the later Zhuangzi, these two texts formed the basis for Dao School philosophy and Daoist Religion. Yin Yang philosophy was one of many schools of thought in ancient China whose ideas were also very influential and were incorporated into Chinese wisdom traditions.

Wuxing

Wuxing

Wuxing The wuxing (五行; wǔxíng), also known as the Five Elements, Five Agents, Five Movements, Five Phases, Five Planets, Five Processes, Five Stages, Five Steps, or Five Ways, is the short form of “wǔ zhǒng liúxíng zhī qì” (五種流行之氣) or “the five types of chi dominating at different times”. It is a fivefold conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields...

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Legalism in Chinese Philosophy

Legalism in Chinese Philosophy Legalism or Fajia 法家; Fǎjiā) is one of Sima Tan‘s six classical schools of thought in Chinese philosophy. Literally meaning “house of administrative methods” or “standards” (fa), the “school” represents several branches of realist statesmen, or “men of methods” (法術之士; fǎshù zhī shì), who played foundational roles in the construction of the...

Women in Ancient and Imperial China

Women in Ancient and Imperial China The study of women’s history in the context of imperial China has been pursued since at least the late 1990s.[1] The societal status of both women and men in ancient China was closely related to the Chinese kinship system.[2] Women in ancient and imperial China were restricted from participating in various...

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The Transformation Of Consciousness Into Wisdom

The Transformation Of Consciousness Into Wisdom In The Chinese Consciousness-Only School of Buddhism According To The Cheng Wei-Shi Lun INTRODUCTION In the Chinese Consciousness-Only School of Buddhism, Buddhahood, characterized by the perfectly enlightened mind of True Suchness (bhutatathata) is understood as the final realization of a systematic and gradual path....

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (陰陽 yīnyáng, lit. “dark-bright”, “negative-positive”) is a concept of dualism in ancient Chinese philosophy, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they...

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Confucius, Mencius and Xun-zi

Confucius, Mencius and Xun-zi Shang, Zhou and the Classics As education and literacy spread in China and scholars became influential as ministers of rulers, philosophers also began to flourish. In the late sixth century BC two of the greatest philosophers of all time emerged in China – Lao-zi, the founder...

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Sagely Wisdom in Confucianism

Sagely Wisdom in Confucianism I. Introduction Though Westerners may count Chinese Confucianism as a religion, some are skeptical that Confucianism is indeed religious, while others see in Confucianism a kind of ethical humanism. Huston Smith noted the Chinese proverb that as a people the Chinese admit to being extraordinarily flatfooted,1...

Samples From Chinese Wisdom

Samples From Chinese Wisdom We have collected some wise sayings of Chinese philosophers. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others. See also: Confucius, Lao Tzu,  Lao Tzu said: Sometimes lead, sometimes follow; sometimes exhale [warm / be intense] sometimes...

Tai Chi

What Is Tai Chi? Tai Chi is an ancient art with many of its fundamental principles reflecting ancient Chinese wisdom. Tai chi (太極; Tàijí), short for T’ai chi ch’üan or Tàijí quán (太極拳), is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training, its health benefits and meditation. The term taiji is a Chinese...

Ancient Chinese wisdom

What Is Ancient Chinese Wisdom?

Ancient Chinese Wisdom I have divided the Ancient Chinese Wisdom into four main parts at the present. The first is I-Ching, which is the classic of all the Chinese Classics. The second part is the teaching of Lao Zi. The third is Sun Zi Art of War. The fourth is...

Doctrine of The Mean

Doctrine of The Mean The Doctrine of the Mean or Zhongyong is both a doctrine of Confucianism and also the title of one of the Four Books of Confucian philosophy. The text is attributed to Zisi or Kong Ji, the only grandson of Confucius. It was published as a chapter in the Classic...

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Chinese Wisdom For Contemplation

Chinese Wisdom For Contemplation Whilst in the life of the intellect ‘contemplation’ refers to thinking profoundly about something, in the religious life contemplation is a kind of inner vision or seeing, transcendent of the intellect, facilitated by means of practices such as prayer or meditation. We have collected and put the best Chinese Wisdom For Contemplation....

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