Now and Then


Ordination terrace stands strong as a symbol of Buddhist faith

JIETAI Temple, hidden halfway down Ma’an Mountain, about 35 kilometers from downtown Beijing, is well known among China’s ancient Buddhists for its “Jie Tai,” a square stone ordination terrace to initiate ...

January 24, 2021, Sunday


Little-known calligraphy art skills of heroic Kublai Kahn adversary

WEN Tianxiang (1236-83), the heroic official who resisted the invasion of Mongolian troops in Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), is rightly remembered in China for his patriotism, righteousness and loyalty ...

January 17, 2021, Sunday


Grand Courtyard a symbol of Shi family’s rise, fall from grace

THE Shi Family Grand Courtyard is typical of the domestic architecture used in north China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Located in Tianjin, about an hour’s drive from the capital of Beijing, the ...

January 10, 2021, Sunday


Tang empress obsessed with calligraphy

One day in AD 692, there was a surprising ecstasy on the face of Empress Wu Zetian (AD 624-705), who is considered the only female monarch in the history of China. The one she was eager to call in was ...

January 3, 2021, Sunday


High up a mountain lies temple of beauty in honor of Guanyin

AT the top of a meandering, rising cobblestone path flanked by uniquely shaped stones, the Dabei Temple quietly hides itself in the deep forest on Xishan Mountain in China’s capital Beijing. It’s a sacred ...

December 27, 2020, Sunday


Tang master’s eulogy hails family bravery

ALMOST every Chinese person begins his/her learning of traditional calligraphy or handwriting by imitating the regular script of Yan Zhenqing. Born in AD 709, Yan, a loyal governor of the Tang Dynasty ...

December 20, 2020, Sunday


Ancient Buddhist texts discovery signals rebirth of Yunju Temple

ABOUT 70 kilometers away from downtown Beijing sits Yunju Temple, famed for its rich collections of Buddhist sutras on stone slabs, aluminum plates and its magnificent ancient towers, among many other ...

December 13, 2020, Sunday


Calligraphy masterpiece flourishes on TCM

IN the long, profound history of Chinese calligraphy, there are numerous notable father-and-son calligraphers. The “Two Wangs,” for instance, Wang Xizhi (AD 303-361), dubbed as “Sage of Calligraphy,” ...

December 6, 2020, Sunday


Hidden palace of Buddha sarira unearthed after 1,000 years

ONE night in the autumn of 1981, a flash of lightening split a Buddhist pagoda and opened up a secret underground world at the same time — a palace that had stored the Buddha Sakyamuni’s remaining sarira ...

November 29, 2020, Sunday


Artist and museum join hands in recovering calligraphy treasure

IN a scene that resembled something out of a spy movie, a Chinese woman, carrying a black sailcloth-traveling bag, boarded a flight from New York to Shanghai on April 11, 2003. During the almost 16-hour, ...

November 22, 2020, Sunday




 

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