In Chinese culture, bamboo is analogous to someone of many virtues. Its hollow stem symbolizes a person's humbleness as well as an open mind. Its uprightness is considered an individual's strength and integrity. Its flexible quality is one's ability to adapt and accommodate. Being likened to bamboo means you are a balanced human being.
Bamboo is one of the “Four Noble Ones” which has been depicted in Chinese paintings since the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The other three nobles are the orchid, plum blossom and chrysanthemum.
Chi-Jen Liu's "Sacred Bamboo Forest" focuses your gaze upon the light at the end of the tunnel. In his meditations, the artist enters this bamboo grove of peace. He gathers calmness and fulfillment, and makes these invisible blessings appear in his paintings. For instance, the trees at the bottom symbolize personal growth; the sun and moon radiate mantra charms imbued with the power to release negativity and to nurture prosperity. Like ephemeral aurorae, green mantra charms for wealth float among the clouds. Chi-Jen Liu coins them, "Fantasy fortune from heaven." He encourages you to meditate in this sacred forest, to cultivate a bamboo-like nature, and to work toward your dreams.