By Dorothy Hoobler
Describes how the lessons of Confucius advanced from a social order to a faith, infusing all stages of chinese language lifestyles for 2000 years.
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The thoughts in Laozi’s book are paradoxes that show the inadequacy of words at getting at ultimate reality. Daoism developed into a popular religion based on the legendary feats of Daoist sages who flew through the air and were immortal. Popular Daoism offered potions for a long life or for immortality. Special diets and exercises were developed that promised miraculous cures. Since Confucianism was silent on any idea of an afterlife, Daoism’s concern with these matters added to its appeal. Daoism would endure through the centuries.
Friend Chien . . I pointed to a bamboo Indeed, Wang’s philosophy drew heavily in front of the pavilion and told him on Chan Buddhist ideas. He believed that to investigate it. Day and night Chien intuition was more important than study meticulously investigated the principle of and investigation in determining the truth. the bamboo. For three days he exhausted Each person had far more knowledge than his mind, until his mental energy was he or she realized; looking within brought overtaxed and he became ill .
Tially good. ) Zhu Xi sought to bring Confucianism to a popular level by writing a manual for ritual and behavior that could be used by ordinary people. It became as influential as any Confucian work ever written and in later centuries was found in homes throughout China. Zhu Xi had an influence almost equal to that of Confucius himself. The commentaries he wrote on the Five Classics became the orthodox ones. For the next eight centuries candidates for the Chinese examinations had to memorize Confucianism as interpreted by Zhu Xi.