Butterfly Dream – the wisdom of Zhuang Zi 庄子

Somewhere on ZhongNan Mountain ...


[640],shadow=true,start=,stop=

"Once, ZhuangZi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was ZhuangZi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable ZhuangZi. But he didn't know if he was ZhuangZi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was ZhuangZi."


This hints at many questions regarding the philosophy of mind, language, epistemology (knowledge and belief), and the nature of time.


The wisdom of Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu / Chuang Tse); 369 BC - 286 BC, a contemporary of Mencius (a disciple of Confucius). Zhuang Zi had a significant impact on Chinese Buddhism - particularly the type that is best known by its Japanese name: Zen Buddhism. Zhuang Zi is, however, essentially a key figure in Taoism, following Lao Zi (Lao Tse). A good read is 'The Way of Zen' by Alan Watts.

Related Videos

Featured Videos

NanJing 南京 in time-lapse
NanJing, 'south capital', is the capital city of JiangSu province, east China. NanJing is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. The others are Beijing (the current capital), LuoYang, and Chang'An (Xi'An).
The hand of the Earth, GuiZhou
Flying over China 中国 …
A bird's eye view of HuangShan Mountain, the Great Wall of China, YangShuo, GuangXi province, and Hong Kong. Beautiful !
A visual guide to ChangSha 長沙
Capital of HuNan province.
A look back at the China Spring Festival Gala …
A quick look back to the Chinese New Year (CNY) in previous years ... Plus, Na Ying - '(Life is like a) Warm Spring with Blooming Flowers' 春暖花开 (when I am with you) ... And Wang Feng - 'I love you, China' 我爱你 中国 (Wo Ai Ni, Zhong Guo) ...
ChongQing 重庆 night walk
ChongQing has an extensive history and a rich culture. With Walk East ... "Located in the center of downtown ChongQing, JieFangBei CBD, also known as JieFangBei Pedestrian Street or JieFangBei Square, is the busiest and most prosperous business district in West China. The whole pedestrian street, taking an area of 36,000 m2 (approximately 43,055 sq yd), centers on the People`s Liberation Monument, or JieFangBei in Chinese and includes MinQuan Road, Minu Road and ZouRong Road. It`s now a must-go destination for tourists to ChongQing, where one can enjoy shopping and various delicious foods." CiQiKou Ancient Town 磁器口 ...
Tea in Chinese cooking
With Wild Girl in GuiZhou ... Bonus film - peaches ...
Mung bean 绿豆 pastries
In the West, mung beans are known from being the source of bean sprouts; yet they are more versatile than just that. Follow the whole life of the mung bean and how to make mung bean pastries. From seeds to beans takes about 4 months if planted in the spring. To get bean sprouts from the beans can take little more than a week ...
Beautiful BeiJing 北京
Part 1 : BeiHai Park, the Beijing Botanical Garden, the Confucius Temple, Ditan Park, the Minorities Ethnic Culture Park (Minzu), the Forbidden City, the Great Wall (at Badaling), JingShan Park, ZhongShan Park Part 2 : the Temple of Heaven, Tian'AnMen Square, QianMen, the Birds Nest national stadium, QianHai, PanJiaYuan, LiuYin Park, QingNianHu Park, RiTan Park, LianHuaChi Park, LongTan Park, NanLuoGuXiang and the Beijing Botanical Garden Part 3 : the Summer Palace, YuanMingYuan, XiangShan Park, TuanJieHu Park, XuanWu Park, Yuan Dynasty DaDa City Wall Park, YongHeGong Lama Temple and ZhongGuanCun, XiDan, CBD, ChongWenMen New World Center ice rink
‘Our first month in HaiNan 海南 (paradise)’ …
Studying in HaiKou 海口, the capital of the island province.
Ginseng and honey
MiuMiu, the guitar girl – finger style

A selection of popular videos

Keyword / tag search :