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The way of water

Wang Yong Opinion editor of Shanghai Daily


Spreading seeds of compassion in dialogue among civilizations

“Who is he?” my Nepalese guide asked me eagerly about the solemn statute of a monk at the front gate of the Chinese Temple of Nepal at Lumbini, the birthplace of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism....

August 11, 2017, Friday

Bhutan’s therapy for happiness: Better evolve at your own pace

“DO they look up to you because you are a foreigner — someone from big Shanghai?” A colleague asked me on Tuesday upon hearing my praise of the Bhutanese people I had met during my recent trip to the ...

August 4, 2017, Friday

East or West, a better life is dream for all

EDITOR’S note: Award-winning American diplomat and scholar Dr. Patrick Mendis has just completed visiting all the provinces of China as a Confucius Fellow and had recently interviewed with Shanghai Daily ...

June 30, 2017, Friday

You gotta love our teeming city

WHEN I took Metro Line 12 on my way to work on Monday, I was surprised to find myself in a carriage carrying neatly posted messages from netizens about why they love Shanghai. It was a pleasant surprise, ...

May 11, 2017, Thursday

Give with humility: it’s about what you do at the end of day, not what you ‘sacrificed’

LAST week I came across a headline on a leading news portal in the country, which read: “Post-90-generation girl quit well-paid job, volunteered to teach in mountainous regions, now has a shower every ...

April 27, 2017, Thursday

Oral history book explores true meaning of tradition by recounting the revival of qin

TIRED of the urban hustle and bustle, my wife and I took a week off last month and went to Mount Wuyi, in northern Fujian Province. We brought our qin (a seven-string plucked instrument) with us, emulating ...

December 30, 2016, Friday

Spirit of ancient Dunhuang offers model for confident exchange between civilizations

AS a student of Western law and journalism, I’ve long admired ancient Greece, especially for its sublime architecture and sober thinkers. But until last week, it never occurred to me that ancient Greek ...

November 3, 2016, Thursday

Bamboo flute player who has a heart of gold

ON the wall of a riverside pavilion in Bacheng, an ancient town in Suzhou, is a sheet of hand-written text bearing the title “Good Man Dongbao.” I noticed the poster as I walked past with a few friends ...

September 20, 2016, Tuesday

‘Memory of home’: Traditions of hospitality and trust still thrive in today’s rural villages

“IS there anyone here?” We shouted as we sashayed through the open front door of a villager’s two-story house. No one answered. We exited from the back door, which was also open, and still found no one ...

June 15, 2016, Wednesday

TV documentary series sheds new light on story of Tibet’s great Buddhist master

TO many people, Tibet stands out as a land of natural wonder, with azure skies and crystal-clear rivers. Many people, frustrated by mundane pursuits, also take refuge in Tibetan Buddhism, which advocates ...

April 21, 2016, Thursday


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