From the windows of my house, one can see a corner of a small garden. Standing around it are some emerald green bamboos. Every time I desire to play the guqin, watching the babbling water gently flows beside the bamboos － as if the water is caressing their shadows － adds to my pleasure and contentment. The scenery resembles the imagery brought in the poem, where ‘the sage carries the guqin down a scenic pathway under the pine trees, the breeze from the pine trees carry a refreshing tune to the ear’ often form in front of my eyes. While the comprehension of ‘the emerald bamboo and the yellow flowers are all part of the Buddhist culture, the green pine and the white stones vision the core of the Buddhist ideology’. I have learned and played the guqin for approximately thirty years. At last, I have gained the wisdom to be truly appreciative, bringing the light of guidance from Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism along with my enlightenment. This inspiration has made me
realize the art of guqin integrates the sky and the earth, like the glowing moon accepts the ocean and the Great Plains. The art of guqin is delicate and ingenious, the road to guqin is deep and vast, and the integrity of guqin is beautiful. Guqin has taught me to be tranquil, noble and gracious, and I love guqin with sincerity and gratitude.
Guqin is an equi-length stringed instrument where one long string can produce multiple sounds. Sound is created when we strum the string with our fingers. A traditional and complete qin would be assembled by these three parts: a top plate, a bottom plate and a side trough.