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Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

When talking about traditional Chinese landscape paintings, it’s almost impossible not to mention Fuchun Shan Ju Tu, or Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, which was painted nearly 700 years ago by Huang...

February 7, 2016, Sunday


Diamond diagram – the I Ching depiction of the Sun Path

If we combine the circular and square diagrams we introduced in the last issue, it will help us to understand the circulations and structure of I Ching gua as well as the connections between them....

January 31, 2016, Sunday


Yongle Palace Murals

THE murals in the Sistine Chapel are known across the world, but hardly any tourists have seen their Chinese counterparts, the murals in the remote Yongle Gong temple, also known as the Palace of Eternal ...

January 24, 2016, Sunday


The I Ching system and weather changes

IN order to adjust quickly to the changing weather conditions for farming, our ancestor along the Yellow River observed the change of the sun and the moon and then developed a set of symbols to record ...

January 17, 2016, Sunday


Auspicious Cranes

ZHAO Ji (1082-1135), the eighth emperor of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) is generally credited as the artist behind “Ruihe Tu,” or “Auspicious Cranes,” a legendary masterpiece of traditional Chinese brush ...

January 10, 2016, Sunday


The gua’s micro and macro circulations

WE have introduced in the last issue that the 64 I Ching gua are divided into two spheres: Exactly half of them belong to the yang sphere, while the other half belongs to the yin sphere. Please note that ...

January 3, 2016, Sunday


A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains

SINCE its creation in the 12th century, “Qianli Jianshan Tu,” or “A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains,” has been held up as a masterpiece of traditional Chinese painting. But perhaps just as stunning ...

December 27, 2015, Sunday


Bagua and the sequence of 64 hexagrams

THE two diagrams shown in Picture 1 were once presented to German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz by Joachim Bouvet, a missionary working in China. The diagrams came into existence in the mid-11th ...

December 20, 2015, Sunday


Night-Shining White

IN ancient China, no animal played a greater role than the horse. In people’s economic and social development, in warfare, the culture of dynasties and in everyday life, horses played a vital role. Ancient ...

December 13, 2015, Sunday


Understanding Bagua sequence

GOTTFRIED Leibniz was on top of the world when he saw Shao Yong’s two diagrams brought back from China by Joachim Bouvet. These diagrams explained the hexagrams of 64 gua of I Ching in a structured manner. He ...

December 6, 2015, Sunday




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