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Mark Cartwright
by Xiao Niao
published on 19 December 2012
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From the Yang Xin Dian (Hall of Mental Cultivation) in the Forbidden City in Beijing, constructed in 1537 CE. Eight emperors of the Qing Dynasty lived here. The words "Yang Xin" come from the Mencius (a collection of the thoughts of the philosopher Mencius), meaning that the best way to cultivate one's mind is to reduce one's desires.

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Niao, X. (2012, December 19). Mencius. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Niao, Xiao. "Mencius." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 19, 2012.

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Niao, Xiao. "Mencius." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 19 Dec 2012. Web. 24 Jul 2024.