chinese philosophy, cosmic justice, historical anecdotes, karma, karmic retribution, moral choices, song dynasty, traditional chinese culture

Karma and Consequences: Tales of Moral Retribution in Traditional Chinese Culture

The concept of moral retribution is fundamental in traditional Chinese culture. The saying “People act, Heaven watches” implies that every choice between good and evil shapes your future. Regardless of modern belief, this principle continues to influence actions and events. The Song Dynasty scholar Hong Mai documented various actual events of karmic retribution in his ...

Mikel Davis

Rock painted with the Yin-Yang symbol sits on a beach.

Guiding Integrity: The Upright and Honest Advisors of Ancient China

In ancient China’s history, wisdom and integrity were paramount virtues. Rulers often sought counsel when faced with perplexing matters, including unsettling dreams and omens. Those endowed with good character, like Yan Zi and Gongsun Sheng, diligently fulfilled their duties, prioritizing their responsibilities over personal gain or safety. Yan Zi’s wise counsel and integrity Duke Jing ...

Mikel Davis

Illustration of a man dressed in the robes of an ancient Chinese official.

A Big Tree Bears More Wind: The Value of Keeping a Low Profile

Just like a big tree that is more easily damaged by the wind, a person who is too conspicuous or showcases their abilities too prominently can draw unwanted attention and criticism. Embracing the wisdom of ancient China, this article delves into the art of keeping a low profile and the timeless value of humility. Zeng ...

Emma Lu

Huge linden tree with orange leaves in an autumn meadow with a blue cloudy sky.

The Grape and the Monk: An Ancient Parable on Shaping One’s Destiny

Throughout history, tales have been told to illuminate the deeper truths of our existence, to guide us when we feel lost, and to remind us of the power that lies within. Such is the ancient parable of Defu, whose name symbolizes fortune, but whose life was marked by anything but. Through an unexpected encounter with ...

Mikel Davis

Two hands holding purple grapes.

How Confucius Influenced Chinese Concepts of Morals and Ethics

As William Blakney stated about Confucius in his 1955 translation of the Tao Te Ching: “It is no accident that China’s great moral innovator Confucius was a gregarious man who haunted capital cities, accompanied by disciples, pleading for a chance to set things right. Nor is it an accident that an important and original expression ...

Nspirement Staff

A statue of Confucius.