chinese scholar, desire, lu shi ke, lust, ming dynasty, propriety, self-control

Lu Shi Ke’s Rejecting Lustful Desires Led to Blessings

The Ming Dynasty’s Wanli period (1573-1620) was an era marked by political and economic stability, as well as significant cultural achievements. During this time, Zhejiang Province was a prosperous region with a thriving economy, and it was also home to many prominent scholars and intellectuals, such as Lu Shi Ke. As such, it was a ...

Mikel Davis

Pavilion in a park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

The 4 Arts of the Chinese Scholar

Many ancient cultures had a set of values that initiated specific periods of an individual’s life — when you entered adolescence, when you married, when you had a child, and when you entered middle age. At every step, Chinese scholars had to prove themselves worthy of that stage. There were things you needed to do ...

Emma Lu

A chinese zither.