Silk Route, Silk Road, Ruta de la Seda, Loulan

The Lost Kingdom of Loulan

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Lóulán 樓蘭 was an ancient kingdom that flourished in the 2nd century BC on the margins of the Silk Road. It was an independent city-state until the Hàn dynasty 漢朝 took control of the region, and proliferated for some more centuries until it was mysteriously abandoned in the 3rd century of our era, leaving only ruins that remained buried in the desert sands for nearly two millennia.

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Chan, Budismo, Zen, Meditación, Linajes, Esotérico

The Transmission of the Dharma and the Lineages of Chán Buddhism

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Chán 禪 differs from other Buddhist schools by attaching greater importance to meditation and intuition than to ritual, intellectual understanding, or study of sacred texts. In China emerged the idea of a “separate transmission” of the Buddhist dharma, external to the scriptures, which transcended language and only took place directly from master to disciple.

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Qi Jiguang, Japanese sword techniques, saber techniques, katana, samurai, historia de China

Qi Jiguang (II): The Introduction of Japanese Sword Techniques in Chinese Martial Arts

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Qī Jìguāng 戚繼光, a general of the Míng 明 dynasty and military genius, not only invented the “mandarin duck” formation (鴛鴦陣 yuānyāng zhèn), but modified the design of the Chinese long sabre based on the Japanese one, and also studied Japanese sword techniques to introduce them into the handling of this weapon.

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mandarin duck formation, formación pato mandarín, historia de china, chinese history

Qi Jiguang (I): The “Mandarin Duck” Formation

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Qī Jìguāng 戚繼光 was a general of the Míng 明 dynasty, famous for leading expeditions against the attacks of the Japanese pirates wōkòu 倭寇 and later against the Mongols in the north. He was a military genius who, among other achievements, invented the “Mandarin Duck” formation (鴛鴦陣 yuānyāng zhèn), which we will examine in this article.

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