The Essential Confucius

The Essential Confucius

Thomas Cleary

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 0062502158

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A deluxe paperback edition: Thomas Cleary's brilliant translation of the sayings of Confucius presented in the order of the 64 classic I Ching hexagrams.

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wants to be humane, then humaneness is there!' (7:29) Confucius said, "Place loyalty and faithfulness first; don't associate with anyone who is not as good as you are, and don't hesitate to change when you have erred." (8:25) A disciple asked Confucius about elevating virtue and clarifying confusion. Confucius said, "To be guided by loyalty and faithfulness to what is right is to honor virtue. People wish for the life of those they love while wishing for the death of those they hate; once you

199H by CASTLE BOOKS. Published by CASTLE BOOKS A Division of Book Sales, Inc. 114 Northfield Avenue, Edison, New Jersey OHH37 ISBN 0-7HSH-0903-1 Manufactured in the United States of America. CONTENTS Acknowledgments Foreword IX x Introduction 1 THE SAYINGS OF CONFUCIUS 1. Good people strengthen themselves ceaselessly 2. Good people support others with enriched virtue 16 14 3· Good people order and arrange 18 4· Good people nurture character with fruitful action 5· Good people enjoy

This saying about activity and concealment as equally valid alternatives under the right circumstances shows one way in which the teaching of Confucius was not opposed to that of Taoist ancients. Analects 2:16 This is the classic Confucian statement of the dangers m occultism. Analects 5:13 It is a commonplace that Confucius spoke mainly of social issues and did not deal much with abstract philosophy except in relation to concrete human problems. Taoists who claim Confucius as one of their own

national ancestral cult. As each clan honored its individual ancestors, the king honored the supreme God as the ancestor of all the people. Analects 8:21 Yii's custom of wearing ragged clothes but beautifying ceremonial garb signifies refusal to use political power for personal gain and greater respect for the role of religious and spiritual leadership. Analects 3:3 Evidently what Confucius really valued was not the form but the spirit of rites and music. BOOK OF CHANGE 60 The morality of

proper enactment of social rituals like marriage and mourning, and protocols for international relations and official occasions. As a vehicle of individual and of collective emotional expression, etiquette is part of the very fabric of the social order, and Confucius approached the subject with corresponding gravity. Confucius considered deference the basis of all etiquette. He regarded courtesy as an indication of the moral strength of a nation for what it showed of their mutual respect and

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