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A Psychological Perspective of Dunhuang Education: Heart, Soul, and Our Lives

  • Leng Lu (冷璐)
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Part of the Spirituality, Religion, and Education book series (SPRE)

Abstract

As one of the most important manifestations and representations of China’s diverse culture, Dunhuang illustrates the cultivation of people through compassion and ethics education—a core component of the Dunhuang civilization. A close examination of aspects of the Dunhuang educational system, its teaching content, and historical development, reveals a strong connection to and the influence of the Chinese Central Plains. At the same time, the educational system also clearly displays a strong association with and the impact of diverse traditions from the Western nations on the Chinese border. Dunhuang education developed its own characteristics based on the regional characteristics and the people’s inner needs, characteristics that are primarily related to Buddhism and are particularly reflected in its mural paintings, written documents, and artifacts. The murals, inscriptions, and artifacts represent the people’s unique aesthetic tastes and their psychological state during a particular historical period (Peng 2010).

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  • Leng Lu (冷璐)
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  1. 1.School of Foreign StudiesJinan UniversityGuangzhouChina

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