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This is because, according to the early Taoist philosophers, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, and Lieh Tzu, all phenomena have their place on the great flowing grid of the Tao, and each has its own particular virtue, or te, that cannot be replaced by another...
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Though Taoism religious paintings can be seen in many Tao temples yet they are merely paintings depicting Taoismdeities which are not relevant to Lao Tzu's teaching----in Lao Tzu's teaching there is no mention of gods and ghosts.In 1972, in respect of this odd fact so I decided to found the school of Tao Painting in accordance with Lao Tzu's actualidea: The Nature and the movement of Yin and Yang. In the beginning of my proclamation of the founding of Tao paintingit actually attracted many Hong Kong intellectuals to talk about it. In 1977, one of the biggest news paper in Hong Kong,Sing Tao News Paper published a full page introduction about my Tao painting. It was again the talk of the town. As time goes by, I have been exhibiting my Tao paintings in many galleries of different countries and regions, andit was all well covered by the medias. In l983 the Hong Kong Hotel had used 1,500 Tao prints and a dozen of originalsfor all their rooms. It aroused the attention of the Hong Kong art community, immensely. However, in the turn of the21st century China has become stronger and stronger rapidly, yet it also nourished many corrupted officials and all sort of impostors etc. Some of them even insinuate that they are the real Tao painting artists withoutthe actual  achievement of acclaimed  masterpieces such as the "One Stroke Rooster" and "Meditation" etc.  
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Jun Chou's curator insight, February 8, 2014 8:05 PM

Tao needs to be illustrated by Tao painting—especially

the One Stroke Taoist,apart from writings.

 

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Tao Painting Edits Tao of Crying

 

Tao Painting Edits Tao of Crying

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 Tao of Crying .    In  Chinese movies practically in every old movies you could   see the scene of a crying woman. This is quite unique in Chinese  movies from western movies. The origin of a Chinese woman's crying can be traced back to Qin Dynasty more than 2000 years ago. It was for the construction of the Great Wall that emperor Qin Shi Huang forced many men to build the Great Wall in remote areas, and one of the wall builder's wife Meng Chieng Ru traveled  hundreds of miles to look for her husband around the wall construction site, yet she was told that her husband had already died. After hearing the bad news she began to cry in front of the Great Wall for days and nights until the wall being collapsed by her heart-broken crying. Consequently, that was the most famous woman's crying in Chinese legend.
      Why  did Chinese women cry more than western women in old movies I think it is because since the old days Chinese woman's social status  was quite low due to Confucius's influence . Hence crying was the only way to vent their emotion and distress. Confucius once said that only rogue and woman are hard to trust. However, Chinese women even now prefer to use crying to change the mind of their husbands in mainland China that is why there have been many corruption cases . Furthermore, there is another unique Chinese woman's crying  that is in some funeral ceremonies people would pay for  professional women to come to the ceremony to cry very loudly to gear up the emotion. For their vivid performance  I think they should be awarded the "golden statue" as film stars.
     Nevertheless, the Miao minority in China has another rather unusual behavior during the marriage ceremony the bride before leaving her family for a new home she has to put up a crying performance; she cried that she did not want to leave her parents,her sister and brothers etc. etc. At times they even cried together as it were really very "sad". In face, they were all quite happy.

 

    
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Travel with Tao Painting

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In 2001 I traveled through the Three Gorges by sight seeing boat. I shared a cabin with an old couple from Shanghai. During our conversation I came to know that they were retired engineers from Shanghai, taking a trip to enjoy the beautiful view of the famous Three Gorges. I told them I am an artist and handed my name card to the husband. He told a good look on my name card and looked at me and said: "You know Rev. Zhen Chan ? (Because on my card there was Rev, Zhen Chan's favorable comment                                                                                             in calligraphy.) He continued: "You know everybody knows Rev. Zheb Chan in Shanghai !" I said politely: "Really !" He said: "The legend began a couple of years back when the Shanghai road construction company trying to construct a fly-over at Yan An road, as the construction company started to build tall columns for the fly-over, they had actually built several columns yet when they tried to pile down at one particular spot they could not pile down an inch into the ground, even though many drilling heads had been damaged. Hence, they held a meeting over this unusual matter. Some one finally said that may be there is something to do with Feng Shui in this spot. So, they decided to go to the Shanghai Jade Temple asking the abbot Rev. Zhen Chan to come over to have a look. The next day, Rev. Zhen Chan went there with the construction staffs. After a careful inspection Rev. Zhen Chan said solemnly: "You know why you could not penetrate into the ground it is because there is a dragon dwelling down there. So I should try to persuade the                                                                     dragon to move out to somewhere else." Consequently, the abbot performed a religious ritual on the spot. And the next day, it was like magic that the piling work went down smoothly. In order to commemorate this amazing event the urban council decided to paint a dragon on that particular column. If you go to Shanghai Yan An road fly-over you can see the dragon painting on that column."
After I listened their talk I felt rather proud because the abbot they just mentioned actually wrote a commendation for my Tao painting in excellent calligraphy. So, regarding whether the dragon story is true I think it is a matter of believe it or not. It is just like people do not like superstition yet they all go to  temples to pray for good fortune.

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Lao Tzu and Consfuscious

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There are many different ideas between Lao Tzu and Confusciousyet there is an unusual affinity of them. Lao Tzu said that high class people study Tao extensively , middle class people study Tao unintentionally,and low class people even mock Tao. And Confucius said that high class people know Tao without studying it, middle class people know Tao through study, and low class people simply cannot understand Tao even they try very hard. In their remarks we can see that they had already classified people in three levels more than two thousand years ago.Concerning their classification of the people in three groups, we cansee their views more or less are the same in this respect.
However, in today's standard those three levels of people may sound rather arbitrary but, I think there are still three new levels of people in our society such as the good people, the so-so people and the bad people. The good people are those who treat people nicely, the so-so people who neither help people nor hurt people, and the bad people are those who tend to hurt people intentionally. There is an old Chinese saying that to cut the entangled flax with a sharp knife. That is to say it is better off to solve the problem directly than to analyze the cause of problem because that the more you analyze it the more complicate it gets. That is why it is better to classify people in three levels than in many levels.
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Relaxation in Tao Paintings

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During the Chinese new year of the Horse about a quarter of the

world population is in the mood of enjoying life in various ways.

Some go to another city for travelling and some would prefer to stay

at home to relax their tired body and mind. Of course there are many

ways to relax yourself, but if you just switch to my daughter's website: "tao-art.com" you will surely be relaxed by looking at those

unique Tao paintings, for a change. Sometimes to look at a nice

painting is better than to read one million words. 

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