Ancient Wisdom I: The Mythical Tale of the Scholar Chu Shui Hu

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Capital Books, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 114 pages
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Through the mythical tale of the young scholar Chu Shui Hu, and in his lyrical calligraphic art, Ancient Wisdom is a gift book for all who yearn for deeper understanding. Hu's tale begins when he is sent into the mountains of Zhong Nan, an ancient allegorical wilderness of classic Chinese stories. His patron, Lord Xi Er Gong, has challenged him to abandon his headstrong ways and live the ascetic monastic life of the calligrapher, poet and scholar. He is ordered to master this most demanding artistic discipline and compose profound scrolls that will bring accolades to the House of Xi Er Gong. It is the highest honor to be chosen for this role. But Hu, a brilliant graduate of the Imperial University, has aspirations of his own. When he rebels, Xi admonishes him: You have ye Without it, the doors to heaven remain eternally sealed. Thus begins Hu's struggle to gain wisdom and unlock the power of the secret Chi. Set in the Tang Dynasty, the grand era of poetry, art and enlightenment, a time when Buddhism transformed Chinese thought, Hu's inner journey and his more than 60 calligraphic paintings offer gems of Chinese philosophy with humour and perception.

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Philip Z. Trupp is an aquanaut for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He was the first journalist/explorer to live and work beneath the sea in Hydrolab, America's first underwater habitat. An elected Fellow of the Explorer's Club, he is the author of numerous books and writes for many national and international magazines. He lives in Washington, D.C.

PZBar is the pseudonym of Philip Z. Trupp, who has spent decades exploring the world, studying ancient languages, art, poetry, natural history, and Chinese calligraphy.

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