I know it basically mean protection. i received a jade piece with the red cord and i’m not sure how to tie it. are there any Buddhist or feng shui guidelines for doing so?

In Mahayana Buddhism, it not matter how you tie it – it matters how you treat it. The red cord means luck – blessing / the jade Buddha is for protection and also blessing. When you treat them with respect, it will work somehow as a charm and will lead you to another pieces (I experienced this and many of my friends and relatives know someone who also experienced this strange thing). If you treat them as jewelry, it is jewelry.


I want to get a tattoo the represent my chinese friend who died, and I want to get some chinese calligraphy to commemorate her, Where can I get traditional Chinese calligraphy done? I don’t trust translator’s.

This is a really nice question! It made me interested too, so i’ve searched on the web and have found this website: http://www.orientaloutpost.com/shufa.php
You can write with english letters or chinese characters and it gives you a lot of variations of the name in old chinese and japanese characters


This is either an old chinese, print scroll engraving or similar, it is a real painting from the 16-1700 when the qing dynasty had chengde as their summer retreat, I am trying to find a copy of the picture and any information possible on it, thanks

Try googling haiku sites, may lead to what you seek.It may not be chinese but japanese if verses attatched.


I am interested in chinese martial arts, like all the different kinds of Kung Fu, and I was wondering, if you have any experience, what is the most effective chinese martial art for self defense? Do you think Shaolin is the best? I’ve heard some people say Tai Chi is best in the long run, or that Wing Chun is best, etc…What is your opinion?

What is best for me won’t necessarily be what is best for you. I like Hung Gar. We train in a complete system that does not require blending other systems, but also does not frown upon it.

I have studied Chinese boxing for over a decade now, but have experience in Korean systems previously to that. I do prefer Chinese systems (otherwise I wouldn’t be training in them!), but that isn’t to say they are necessarily better than other systems; rather, they are better for me and what I want out of my training.

The great thing I have found about Chinese boxing is that they are varied and are determined to be suited for a practitioner not just based on desire of training, but also on attitude and even the practitioner’s physique. Since I am of average height and have a stalky build, I am very well suited for Hung Gar, which is the system in which I train. I know of people who do Northern Shaolin who are tall and lanky and excel at it. This isn’t to say that somebody like me couldn’t do just as well in it, but it may require more practice and training to reach a higher level.

All that being explained, ask yourself what you want out of your training, how long you plan on training, and what techniques may come more naturally for you, otherwise, how much practice you are willing to put in for techniques that do not come naturally for you!

Oh, and FYI, "Tai Chi" is merely a philosophy, whereas "Tai Chi Chuan" is an actual martial art. It is practiced slowly since it possesses no basics and since doing it slowly massages the internal organs and has fantastic health benefits. This being the case, many never progress to practicing it at full speed. This is also why many seniors do it. In fact, it is joked that Tai Chi Chuan is China’s universal health care! When somebody does do Tai Chi Chuan at full speed, though, it is easy to see why the translation is "Supreme Ultimate Fist". It takes a very long time to attain this level. Most Chinese boxing schools teach Tai Chi Chuan on top of their external martial arts programs.


I am trying to make these Martha Steward beaded/silk ribbon necklaces (http://www.marthastewart.com/article/jade-beaded-necklace-with-ribbon?comments_page=1) and have found all the materials except the beads – as Martha suggests I purchase them from a store in NY, but I live in DC. If anyone has any ideas of where I can purchase these online that would be great!


try www.ebay.com , www.eshoppingfashion.com . they are reliable online stores, they ship worldwide. hope it helped.


Okay, I recently switched rooms and now have a smaller room. my furniture right now includes a black, clean-lined low "platform" bed and black, low bedside tables.I have grey coverlet on the bed with deep purple, teal, and olive/nature green pillows. The colors look good together but I’m starting to ache for more color now that I’m planning on painting my room. I am either painting the walls teal or purple (not too dark, but not light either…I like ambience, which = deep colors to me) and having a grey-deep purple-teal with hints of olive color scheme, OR I’m considering going for a much more broad color scheme that introduces warm tones (brown-golden beige-deep purple-teal-jade/olive green). My question is, should I go with the more broad scheme and paint my walls a sandy-golden beige/chocolate brown (or even teal/purple but still keep with warm tones elsewhere, like bedding) or go with the more monochromatic grey-purple-teal scheme? My decor taste leans towards asian influence.

Your colours sound gorgeous! If you’re interested in Feng Shui, it would help to know where the bedroom is located in your home – that would determine which colours are most auspicious. Bearing that in mind, always go with colours that make you feel good – not just because it’s ‘good’ Feng Shui. This webpage has simple Feng Shui tips and ideas:



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I have found a few different images of Chinese calligraphy for inner strenght, but I do not know which one is correct. Can anyone give me a link to a correct source?


Have you tried babelfish.com?


I recently purchased a beautiful Chinese painting of a horse and was wondering what the writing in the lower right said and if the orange text is the artist’s signature:


Thanks in advance!

It looks like some kind of personal letter/message to someone

"asking if you’re healthy, doing well"

Just wondering how they’re doing… a personal letter to the recipient of the painting?

That’s all I got out of it.

The orange is a "chop," kind of like a stamped signature or seal. Powerful people used it on personal documents and whatnot, and artists on their paintings.


i have seen some very large chinese landscape drawings. I believe they must put together some smaller papers to create the whole. How do they do it? Do they use glue? or just hang them next to each other?

Rice paper can be made to any desired size. You just have to have the space for it. The larger format art you see is all one sheet of rice paper that was made to that specific size. For a very large piece they will have to spread the pulp over a much larger area and let it dry. :)