Contemplation


The Highest Octave of Filial Piety By Lan Huai & Jiahui   Filial piety (xiao孝) takes many forms and can be shown in a small or great way: accompanying, caretaking, gifting, making your parents and older relatives happy, and so on. When we speak of filial piety, a son or daughter providing for their parents and looking after them is what immediately comes to mind.   However, in …
Noble Postures From Within By Yu Ran & Nary Chea   To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   The study of physiognomy is not simply looking at a person’s outer appearance. Countless mystical stories of how a physiognomist determined information about a person’s life by observing their walking, standing, sittingor lying…
Blazing Light of Life By Doris & Quan Heng     The element of fire has always been essential to human life on Earth. Ever since early humans discovered fire, it has been used to cook food, shield us from cold weather, illuminate darkness, ward off predators, and conduct spiritual rituals. Whether staring into the flickering flame of a candle or standing before a dancing bonfire, …
2012 Disaster or Gift? By Melia McClure             There has been intense discussion for several years about the significance of 2012 for humankind. Some say there is no significance, that December 21, 2012 – the last recorded date on the famed Mayan Calendar – will simply be another day. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are peopl…
      THE POWER OF WORDS              By Ying Ri & Nicole Leo              Those who abuse the power of speech and attack others with their words not only create wounds that fester for a long time, but could also bring about physical conflict and harm.              A gener…
      Endless Existence The Science of Cryonics    By Wang Da & Jiahui        For as long as humans have existed, they have yearned for immortality. From the pharaohs of Egypt and the emperors of China, to the medieval sorcerers and scientists of modern medicine, humankind has never ceased the quest for eternal life. The Ancient Egyptians routine…
      Dreamweaver Mold Your Future             Spreading one’s wings, having dreams, and embracing compassion are three crucial elements to consider when looking to create a successful and beautiful future. Our dreams chart the distance of our life’s path and our compassion determines the breadth of the journey. Grandmaster JinBodhi shares his thought…
        Dealing With Growing Kids Q & A Session            When children display rebellious behaviors, parents are often challenged: Do we adopt a loving and calm approach or an authoritarian parenting style? While the first approach may be insufficient, it is detrimental to opt for the authoritarian method. In particular, what should parent…
      MASTER JINBODHI TELLS A STORY   The Fireflies Light of Hope           In a village lived a grandfather and his grandson. The grandson had a very impatient personality. His impatience often made him frustrated.         One evening, Grandpa told the young boy: “It is said that there are many fireflies in the forest. W…
      China’s Cultural Relics   THE MYSTERY OF THREE STAR MOUNDS   BY MU FENG & NING DI YUAN         In 1929, a peasant in the city of Guanghan in Sichuan Province discovered a pit full of jade and stone artifacts while digging a ditch. When the news broke, the mayor ordered that the artifacts be state-owned and disallowed mining for personal…