Persistence – Han Dynasty Chinese proverb (有志竟成)

Characters: 有志竟成, Style: Standard Script (楷书kǎishū) The second dynasty in Chinese history was divided between Western or Former Han (206 B.C.–9 A.D.) and the Eastern or Later Han (25–220 A.D.).  During Western Han, a scholar named Gengyan 耿弇 took an interest in the military.  When he heard that General Liuxiu 劉秀 (漢光武)(who later Emperor Gwangwudi of […]

Snowman

Original Light Poetry in Chinese calligraphy English Translation Snowflakes fill the sky White in every direction Snowmen standing in rows Puffing their chests and holding heads high Smiling with a confident air Checking to see who’s tall The highest is not me Turns out it’s the building Simplified Chinese 雪花飞满天 四野白茫茫 雪人排排站 昂首挺胸膛 含笑真神气 看谁个儿高 最高不是我 […]

Top Benefits of Chinese Calligraphy (Shufa 书法)

Shufa 书法, or Chinese calligraphy,  may seem a bit daunting at first, a practice better left to a professional, an artist, or better yet some Chinese scholar??  Yet the benefits of Chinese calligraphy have been discussed for thousands of years. What it takes to perfect the art of calligraphy is personified by the family of Wang Xizhi王羲之, […]

Simplicity

Written in calligraphy (shufa): 淡飯粗茶有真味,明窗淨几是安居 (traditional Chinese) 淡饭粗茶有真味,明窗净几是安居 (simplified Chinese) Dàn fàn cūchá yǒu zhēn wèi, míng chuāng jìng jī shì ānjū -Light meals simple tea has authentic taste -Clear bright windows, clean coffee table makes a peaceful home During the holiday season as the presents pile up under the tree (if we’re lucky) and the […]

Inner Peace – A Still Mind

Background photo credit Pexels    In Chinese calligraphy: 心靜而本體現,水清而月影明  (traditional Chinese) 心静而本体现,水清而月影明 (simplified Chinese) Xīnjìng ér běn tǐxiàn, shuǐ qīng ér yuèyǐng míng  –When the mind is still the true self presents itself, (just as) when the water is clear, the moon’s shadow shows In the Ming Dynasty, Taoist Hóng yīngmíng 洪應明(洪应明) produced a collection of proverbs […]