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Xuanzang (Xuánzàng 玄藏)

Xuanzang (Xuánzàng 玄藏)

Ding-hwa HSIEH Paper cutout of Xuanzang (602–664), a monk during the Tang dynasty who endured great troubles as he traveled to India to retrieve Buddhist scriptures. His adventures were the basis of the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West. Xuanzang of the Tang dynasty was one of the most influential figures in the history of Chinese Buddhism. He is […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, Values and Worldview
WEN Tingyun (Wēn Tíngyùn 温庭蕴)

WEN Tingyun (Wēn Tíngyùn 温庭蕴)

Nirmal DASS Wen Tingyun, a Tang dynasty lyric poet whose themes were unconventional for his time—and whose verses and songs were often critical of court officials. Wen Tingyun was a lyric poet during the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE) whose innovations had a wide-ranging influence on Chinese poetry, especially during the Song dynasty (960–1279). As with most things concerning the life […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Governance
An Lushan (An Shi) Rebellion (Ān Shǐ Zhī Luàn 安史之乱)

An Lushan (An Shi) Rebellion (Ān Shǐ Zhī Luàn 安史之乱)

Jennifer W. JAY This tomb figure of a warrior, in pottery painted with color and gold, from the end of the seventh century (Tang dynasty) is in the collection of the Historical Museum, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. The features of this Tang warrior’s face suggest that he was descended at least partially from Central Asian forebears; military armor such as this […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Governance, Movement
Tang Taizong (Táng Tàizōng 唐太宗)

Tang Taizong (Táng Tàizōng 唐太宗)

Lily HWA Detail of the painting Emperor Taizong Receiving Tibetan Envoy by Yan Liben. Ink and color on silk. In foreign affairs Taizong preferred forming alliances and winning allegiance through the appeal of fair and kind treatment. THE PALACE MUSEUM, BEIJING. Emperor Taizong of the Tang dynasty was a benevolent ruler who created perhaps the greatest administration in Chinese history. […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, Governance
Dayan Pagoda (Dàyàn Tǎ 大雁塔)

Dayan Pagoda (Dàyàn Tǎ 大雁塔)

TzeHuey CHIOU-PENG Photo of the Dayan Pagoda, also known as the “Big Wild Goose Pagoda,” located in the southeastern sector of present-day Xi’an city, Shaanxi province. This pagoda was built as a repository for the Buddhist scripture brought to China from India in the seventh century by the famous monk Xuanzang. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. One of the oldest […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Architecture, Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture
Complete Tang Poems (Quán Tángshī 全唐詩)

Complete Tang Poems (Quán Tángshī 全唐詩)

Timothy Wai Keung CHAN Literary Gathering; painted by Han Huang during the Tang dynasty. Ink and color on silk, 8 Century. Compiled in 1705–06, the Quan Tangshi is the most complete collection of poetry of the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE) and Five Dynasties period (907–960 CE). It contains the works of more than two thousand writers. The Quan Tangshi (???, […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Poetry
Old Prose Movement (Gǔwén Yùndòng 古文运动)

Old Prose Movement (Gǔwén Yùndòng 古文运动)

Nirmal DASS The Old Prose Movement was a belief among Tang dynasty scholars that a return to the writings styles of the past was necessary to combat the moral corruption that had brought about political and cultural turmoil during their time. This Chinese study offers a tranquil environment for reading and writing. PHOTO BY YIXUAN SHUKE. The desire for a […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Literature

Pear Garden (Líyuán 梨园)

Nirmal DASS During the Tang dynasty the progressive emperor Xuanzong endowed the Pear Garden in Chang’an (modern Xi’an) in 714 CE as a conservatory for the nascent performing arts. Secular music and dance developed and thrived there, especially Chinese opera; the roots of later classical and modern Chinese dramatic performance can be traced there as well. In 714 CE Emperor […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Music, Theater
LIU Gongquan (Liǔ Gōngquán 柳公权)

LIU Gongquan (Liǔ Gōngquán 柳公权)

Fatima WU A rubbing made from a stone engraved with Liu Gongquan’s calligraphy. Liu Gongquan was a calligrapher of China’s Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). He was also a professor and tutor of the Hanlin Academy for three emperors. Born during the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE), Liu Gongquan, also known as Liu Chengxuan, was from a family of intellectuals in Yao […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Calligraphy, History, Arts, and Culture
DU Fu (Dù Fǔ 杜甫)

DU Fu (Dù Fǔ 杜甫)

Nirmal DASS Statue of Du Fu, an eminent poet who lived through the decline of the Tang dynasty. He is often called “China’s Shakespeare.” PHOTO BY PAUL AND BERNICE NOLL. One of the most prominent and influential of Chinese poets, Du Fu expanded the reach of poetic expression to include morality and history, along with literary concerns. He is often […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, History, Arts, and Culture