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Hello and welcome to Culturally Speaking on the SOH Network. This is Catherine Hennessy with you. Today’s Culturally Speaking’s article, The Rich and Varied Use of Idioms in Chinese Culture, is contributed by Zhi Zhen.

Chinese idioms have been developed and refined over the long history of the Chinese language. They are succinct and pithy. Most idioms contain four Chinese characters, such as, (有声有色) This literally means “having sound and having color”; that is, “vivid” and “impressive.”

Some idioms consist of only three or over four characters, such as,(桃李满天下) which contains five characters. This literally means “peach and plum flowers blooming all over the world.” This is used to describe a teacher who has many students.

Another example includes, (有志者事竟成) This idiom is used to convey that a person with a great aspiration can ultimately succeed in what he or she does.

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Hello and welcome to Culturally Speaking on the SOH Network. This is Catherine Hennessy with you. Today’s Culturally Speaking’s article, The Wisdom of Simplicity, is contributed by Xiao Yu, a mind and body cultivator.

Simplicity is a kind of wisdom. It is a complete enlightenment from complicated situations experienced after rising to a higher level.

Simplicity is a kind of beauty and a high level state that wise people have.

Simple is not crude or primitive. The reason that Falun Gong cultivators are simple is because they already fully understand the true meaning of life. Their minds have reached higher levels. They are simple because they only spread the truth quietly without any pursuit. When a person truly gives up self, he has no desire for any material pursuit. He then possesses the wisdom of simplicity.

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