Lu Shi Ke’s Rejecting Lustful Desires Led to Blessings

Pavilion in a park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

For Ming Dynasty scholar Lu Shi Ke, rejecting lustful desires literally turned out to be a matter of life and death. (Image: Yongnian Gui via Dreamstime)

A Terrifying Outcome of Desire

An open treasure chest with golden light shining out from the lid.

'What is the most terrible thing in the world?' The master replied: 'It is desire!' (Image: Tavani via Dreamstime)

The Benefits of Wanting Less

A rich lady shopping.

In February 2023, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said that the fashion industry has fast become one of the leading pollutants in the world. (Image: Freestocks via Unsplash)  

9 Desires of Modern Chinese

What Are Life’s Greatest Hardships?

Monkey King in Edo Period Japanese woodblock painting.

The book 'Journey to the West' is about a Tang monk and his disciples who underwent 9,981 hardships before they obtained the true scriptures and righteousness. (Image: Public Domain via Metmuseum)

  Wealth and Desire

Landscaped courtyard in Chinese garden with stone path.

A long time ago, there was a millionaire who had so many things to deal with every day that he rarely smiled. (Image: Davidgn via Dreamstime)