Language : English
Published : 2018-01-18
Pages : 168
Big Hearts, Big Dreams stories of Singaporean of the Year nominees 2015-2016
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Meet the Laughing Buddha. Not your usual sombre-faced Buddha, he is always seen with a megawatt grin across his face and a bulging sack over his shoulders. One of his trademarks is his big belly, a symbol of joy, good fortune and generosity.
The Laughing Buddha is the epitome of happiness, abundance and contentment, and is sometimes worshipped as a god of fortune and prosperity. Happiness is one of his greatest gifts to his devotees.
An exemplary model of magnanimity and a jocund outlook on life, he brings joy wherever he goes. These uplifting and whimsical accounts of his life give you a glimpse into the way of life as inspired by the teachings of the Buddha.
Why do Chinese consider the number “eight” to be a lucky number? For the answer to this question, look no further than the Eight Immortals who are one of the most popular subjects of art and craft in China.
The term “Eight Immortals” is used figuratively for happiness. The Chinese regard happiness as one of the most important qualities in life. The stories in this book show how eight ordinary people in ancient China attained immortality and lasting felicity through selfless actions and good deeds.
The Eight Immortals also play a significant role in relation to the Bagua, or Eight Trigrams, of the I Ching, the most popular classic of traditional China. Each of them is associated with a certain direction of the Eight Trigrams which is applied in the Bazhen Tu, the battle Chart of the Eight Trigrams, used by folk Taoists to counter the work of practitioners of black magic.
The presentation is made more interesting by the comic illustrations provided by Chan Kok Sing. You will be enthralled by the vivid description of the great battle that shook heaven and earth at the palace of the Dragon King.
Water Margin is well-known as one of the four greatest Chinese literary classics. It tells the stories of a group of heroes, who stand for different classes of people daring to struggle against the corruption and oppression of the times. Altogether there are 105 men and three women among the notable characters in the Liangshan band.
These stories tale place at the end of the Northern Song period and describe vividly the people’s lives of love and hate, ties of friendship, loyalty and enmity, etc.
This book relives the most stirring chapters in the novel which have become the subject of numerous dramas and films, and are the most popular episodes in Chinese fiction. They include Lin Chong killing the unworthy chief of Liangshan Marsh, Wu Song slaying a tiger with his bare fists and avenging injustices, and Song Jiang’s attacks on the Zhu Family Village. With artistic skills and wit, the cartoonist Huang Qingrong presents vivid scenes in this drama of valour and brings the heroic legend.
This book explains what purgatory is according to traditional Chinese beliefs. In hell, liars and rumour mongers can expect their tongues to be ripped out, while evisceration awaits schemers and murderers. In rather graphic black-and-white strip cartoons.