Medieval wisdom on healing personal discouragement

Culture 03/20/19, 21:40

Who among us has not suffered discouragement, doubt, or sadness? When such feelings arise, we may hope a friend or loved one will help lift our spirit; we are disappointed when they don’t. We may attempt to dull our unhappy feelings through distractions or dysfunctional behavior. Many people when asked can ...

A gentleman ‘s virtue compared to jade

Culture 03/19/19, 21:24

In ancient times, the qualities that connected jade gemstones and gentlemen were used to discipline and inspire scholars and officials alike. The ancient Chinese used metaphors to refer to and muse about emotional or spiritual states. Some were comparable to the precious jade gemstone since its qualities resemble the gentleman’s virtue. Jade ...

To master self-control is to never yield to the wind

Culture 03/18/19, 10:49

If somebody verbally attacks you, criticizes you or humiliates you, how do you choose to react? Are you likely to react with anger, become furious and perhaps scold them? Act with self-restraint and calmly accept it? Or just simply leisurely ignore it? This story of the Buddha is an example of ...

Life’s great teachers

Culture 03/18/19, 05:53

Nobody can keep going to school forever, but in life, we never stop learning. There are many lessons that life brings us from outside of the classroom, each situation, each knock, each space we inhabit, brings with it a new lesson to be learned. There are quiet teachers accompanying us ...

Fables of faith: Two moral stories for readers of all ages

Culture 03/17/19, 01:35

Sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones that end up meaning the most to us. And sometimes the best way to learn is from somebody else’s example. Two fables passed down through generations perfectly exemplify the virtues of goodwill and faith. These stories are for everyone, as are the ...

Adults have a lot to learn from children’s innocence

Culture 03/15/19, 20:45

It’s a commonly held belief that only children can learn from adults. Albeit that can be true, it is also true that if adults changed their perspective, they would discover that there is a lot to be learned by observing little ones. Children are better teachers than we think: they have ...

The value of repentance far outweighs the weight of the sin

Culture 03/14/19, 21:29

Western religions put a particular emphasis on the teachings of repentance, confession, and forgiveness. Christianity, for example, values these principles far more than it pays attention to the act of the sinner. All can be welcomed and all can be forgiven, no matter what the sin.

From the ashes of war to a powerful nation: the Japanese art of forbearance

Culture 03/14/19, 21:23

Japan has endured a chequered history. Experiencing a devastating collapse after World War II, the country has gradually and painstakingly restored itself into the great nation and dignified culture that we know and love today. What factors lie behind this miraculous metamorphosis? We look back over centuries of culture for the ...

Thirty years of chronic pain healed in four months

Culture 03/11/19, 10:36

Ann Teurlings, from Belgium, is the mother of six children. Thirty years ago she sustained injuries from a severe car accident, which left her with chronic pain for decades. However, all of that changed after she began practicing Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), a traditional Chinese cultivation practice ...

The fading dream (Video)

Culture 03/10/19, 11:19

A legend that dates back to the beginning of the Tang Dynasty narrates the story of a young scholar named Lu Sheng, who, by having a prophetic dream after falling asleep on the dining table, took matters into his own hands and completely changed his life.   One day Sheng entered ...

The formula for success = 1 percent talent + 99 percent hard work

Culture 03/10/19, 03:58

Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was one of the greatest orators in England. It’s hard to believe that he used to be a slow and ill-mannered student. For many well-known figures, the experience of failure is seen as nothing but a hindrance to success, and a motivation to strive for ...

Why stress is one of the best predictors of high life satisfaction

Culture 03/06/19, 10:48

Embracing and adapting to stress can provide important opportunities for personal growth. My life is messed up, why can’t I get my act together? Most of us have heard a variation of this talk track in our heads, or we’ve heard it from others. If only, we think, I didn’t have this ...

Use the ancients’ wisdom to reap blessings

Culture 03/06/19, 10:34

During the Three Kingdoms Period (25 AD-220 AD) in China, Wang used to be the Prince's mentor and an excellent father figure to his children. These are some of the wise teachings he passed down to them and to other young scholars:  Help those in need, respect your elders, be honest ...