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[on composing his opera 'Tea: A Mirror of the Soul'] When I was in the southern regions of China, which of course is the home of tea, I had the opportunity to interview an eminent nun. She always presents to her first-time guests an empty tea bowl, and on such occasions she herself puts [one]to her lips, as if to drain it of its contents. In this very action her spiritual world view becomes ...
Became famous around China for his "Heaven, Earth, Mankind" Symphony composed in celebration of the 1997 Hong Kong handover, using a complete set of "Bian Zhong", a priceless set of bronze bells in various sizes built over 2000 years ago.