What Confucius Says ...
A Guide to Living of Virtue
Centuries after his birth, people are still curious to know 'what Confucius says'. Confucius teachings have inspired many to bring out their intrinsically good nature. As a teacher to the human race, he has been grouped as great philosophers with Socrates, Buddha and Jesus.
Read about Confucius, his teachings and impact:
Life of Confucius
Confucius was believed to be born in 551 and died in 479 BC. He is among the world's greatest thinkers and philosophers. His influence is deep-rooted not only in China, but also other countries including Korea, Japan and Vietnam; as well as the Chinese communities around the globe.
Confucianism is a philosophical system developed from the teachings of Confucius. It stresses the importance of education, moral development of individuals, and government based on morality rather than coercion.
If you prefer to learn only about the key concepts of Confucianism, you may find our series of articles useful. Each of the articles is based on one to two key words found in the classics, which are capable of bringing out the essence of the Confucius teachings.
Lunyu - The Analects of Confucius
Analect refers to a fragment or extract from literature. As the name implies, Lunyu -- the Analects of Confucius -- is a collection of confucius teachings. It is one of the most important books of Confucianism, which portrays life and thought of Confucius through a discontinuous series of brief statements, short dialogues and anecdotes.
Impact of Confucianism
Due to deep-rooted confucius influence, individuals among Chinese are often seen as part of a social organization, rather than an individual per se. A sense of collectivism -- in contrast to individualism -- is expected from everyone.
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