A Discussion of Some Mistaken Notions Concerning Chinese Traditional Culture 中華傳統文化辯誤

March 08, 2018

Due to some modern conceptions, or certain misleading biases, modern people’s understanding of Chinese traditional culture is often mistaken. This lecture will attempt to answer the following questions: Does the Laozi (Daode jing) really proclaim an anti-intellectual message entailing the ignorance of the masses? Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist cultures all esteem gentleness and generosity, yielding and kindness; but do they not also include a heroic teaching? Concerning the core ideas of Buddhists and Daoists, what are the fundamental differences and similarities between them? Is “nourishing life” simply concerned with nourishing the body? Where does that process start? When did the Taiji diagram comprised of the Yin Yang “fishes” originate? And why is the semi-circular form of this diagram inaccurate? What exactly is the Liezi parable about Lie Gong moving the mountain talking about?



Yang Zilu 楊子路 is currently a visiting scholar in the David See Chai Lam Centre for International Communication at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Professor Paul Crowe (Chair, SFU Department of Humanities). He teaches in the School of Political Science and Public Management at Southwest University in Chongqing, China. Dr. Yang completed his doctoral work in Daoist studies in the renowned Religious Studies Department of Sichuan University. His research and publications include works on Daoist ecological ethics, the Daoist understanding of freedom, the relationship between doctrine and ritual among Lingbao 靈寶Daoists, and how Daoist practice and doctrine are related to Mathematics and Astronomy.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Richmond Public Library
(Brighouse Branch)
100 - 7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond BC
2nd Floor Community Place Room

This lecture will be conducted in Mandarin.

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  • SFU David See-chai Lam Centre
  • Richmond Public Library