Category Archives: Confucianism

DAIDOJI YUZAN
(1639-1730)

from Beginner’s Book of Bushido

  Daidoji Yuzan Shigesuke was born to a distinguished Japanese samurai family, said to be descended from the powerful 12th-century Taira clan, though the family name—Daidoji—had been taken several centuries later. Daidoji arrived in Edo (now Tokyo) as a young … Continue reading

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MENCIUS
(c. 372-c. 289 B.C.)

from The Mencius

  Meng Ke, the Chinese Confucian philosopher whose honorific name Mengzi (Meng-tzu) is Latinized as “Mencius,” was, like Confucius [q.v.], born in what is now Shandong province. Also like Confucius, Mencius’ profession was primarily teaching; he is said to have … Continue reading

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CONFUCIUS
(551-479 B.C.)

from The Analects
from The Book of Filial Piety

  Confucius (Kongzi), often regarded as the greatest of the Chinese sages and as the most profound influence on Chinese civilization in general, was born in 551 B.C. in the state of Lu, in modern Shandong, where his descendants still … Continue reading

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