What to do when the Buddha comes to visit?
The life story of a special person.
The Historical Development of Taoism
The story of Old Fellow who rode on a water buffalo, and the wise things somebody said that he said.
Where is David T. Y. Ch'en?
scholar of Taoism and Henry David Thoreau, we have discovered
belatedly, is deceased. All we knew of him during his lifetime was his
name. His one article was published in India, years and years ago. Here
is the full text of that article: DavidTYChen_HDT_Taoism
When India came to America
Early in the 19th Century the
Brahmins of Boston had a cultural encounter with the religious
philosophy of India, when the first English translations of Hindu and
Buddhist scriptures began to circulate. One of the primary people to be
so influenced was Henry David Thoreau, who took no end of guff for
discovering that there were other scriptures in addition to the
The History and Context of Hong Kong
The history of the colony of Great Britain that became a colony of China -- "colonized, isn't this nice, not once but twice!"
An early visitor to China and Tibet, Father Huc
early Western visitor to China and Tibet -- and the story he told after
he got back home to France and resigned from his religious order.
influential Hong Kong journalist and philosopher of leisure, he
commented once that Henry Thoreau was, more than any other Westerner
who had ever come to his attention, very like a Chinaman.
Hung Hsiu Chuan
you know that Jesus Christ had a little brother? Did you know that his
little brother was born in China? Did you know that the biggest and
longest civil war in human history was fought in China, between the
Chinese Christians of South China and the Chinese Buddhists of North
China, just prior to the US Civil War?
The story of a drug runner who won prizes and retired honorably. May all us sinners be so lucky!
story of the opium trade, told from the point of view of the fast
sailing sloop "Frolic" that carried the black mud across the oceans.
Find out how to help a tribe of Indians in California be very, very
contented and sedate, without letting them erect a gambling casino.
Confucius and Mencius
founders of Confucianism -- by the way, were you aware that there is no
such term as "Confucianism" in the Chinese vocabulary?
The Last Emperor
Read this while listening to a CD of the music from the Bertolucci film.
you every wondered why the government of the People's Republic of China
is so "down" on Christians, allowing them no meetings in private homes?
There's a sad historical experience behind this. It was the largest and
longest and bloodiest civil war in human history, it was between the
Chinese Buddhists of North China and the Chinese Christians of South
China, it happened just before the US Civil War -- and white
mercenaries from New England (known then as "fillibusters") took part
in it on the side of the Buddhists, helping to exterminate the
The History of the Central Kingdom
China is a long story, with heroes and villains.
The History of Japan
Japan is almost as long a story, with heroes and villains.