How to Make Tolerance Work for You—Between Colleagues

By Jing Yuan and Jade Pearce | Epoch Times Staff When taking one step back leads to huge strides forward Most of us are taught as kids that we should never let others take advantage of us. “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, so be prepared to fight for what should be yours.” So we cultivate…

Stories from Ancient China: Prime Minister Li Mian Buries Gold

By Epoch Times Staff Li Mian (717-788 AD) was an official and general of the Tang Dynasty, serving as a chancellor during the reign of Emperor Dezong. He was a descendent of Tang’s founding emperor, Emperor Gaozu. Li was poor during his early years, but he did not try to seek ill-gotten wealth. He instead…

Lessons From Dizi Gui: Value Sibling Ties Over Material Gain

By Epoch Times Staff Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. According to Dizi Gui, siblings should respect and love each other to maintain harmonious relationships; only then can they be regarded as being dutiful to their parents….

Lessons From Dizi Gui: Do Not Pursue or Indulge in Vanity

By The Epoch Times and Clearwisdom.net “Dizi Gui” (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. Dizi Gui states that we must not act in any way that is wrong or unfair to others, even if we think that the act is…

The Beautiful Concept of Harmony in Ancient Chinese Culture

How harmony engenders strength, friendship, and peace In traditional Chinese culture, the meaning of “harmony” is very rich and profound. Harmony is essential in relationships between individuals and between nations. It’s also imperative in humanity’s relationship with nature. Harmony encompasses the concepts peace and coordination. To many people, harmony means open-mindedness and a balance of…

Stories from Ancient China: Great Achievements Begin With Small Steps

By Epoch Times Staff There is an ancient Chinese saying, “Continuously dripping water eventually penetrates a large stone.” What this means is that we shouldn’t scorn or dismiss actions or efforts that appear small and insignificant, because they can have great effects over time. Great deeds are achieved by many small but continuous efforts. Likewise,…

Keeping One’s Promise

By Epoch Times Staff Zhuo Shu (卓恕) was well known during the time of the Three Empires (the kingdoms of Wei 220-265, Shu 221-263 and Wu 222-280). He was known for his honesty, and always kept his promises. One day, Zhuo Shu visited his friend, the General Zhuge Ke (诸葛恪), to say goodbye to him…

Lessons from Dizi Gui: Handling Criticism and Praise Effectively

By Jade Pearce| Epoch Times Staff Dizi Gui (弟子规) (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is an ancient Chinese text for children that teaches moral values and etiquette. It was written during the Qing Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (康熙帝) (1661- 1722) by Li Yuxiu. Beneath the conservative, “old-school” verbose of this…