Category Archives: Confucius

The Sage King Yeongjo of Korea

Recently I finished and interesting book (started in Spring) titled The Confucian Kingship in Korea: Yôngjo and the Politics of Sagacity. This book looks at the life of a certain Korean king named Yeongjo (1694-1776, 영조/英祖) of the Joseon Dynasty … Continue reading

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Elitism in Buddhism, again

I distrust the extremes. Scratch a conservative and you find someone who prefers the past over any future. Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat… –Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune After reading a post by the Angry Asian … Continue reading

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Confucianism in a Nutshell

Lately, I’ve been reading a book about the Joseon Dynasty of Korea, which was the longest-lasting Confucian dynasty in Asian history. The book is called The Confucian Kingship in Korea. The opening paragraph does a really nice summary of Confucian … Continue reading

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Confucius: Moderation is Key

Something cool that I read recently from the Analects of Confucius that I wanted to share: [1:14] The Master said: “When the noble man eats he does not try to stuff himself; at rest he does not seek perfect comfort; … Continue reading

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A Look At Neo-Confucianism

Lastly, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading about Korean history, especially during the Joseon Dynasty (대조선국, 大朝鮮國) while watching the drama “Jewel in the Palace”. One of the things I realized is that Neo-Confucianism is an underrated and … Continue reading

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Night Owl

[15:31] The Master said: “I have spent a whole day without eating and a whole night without sleeping in order to think— but I got nothing out of it. Thinking cannot compare with studying.” –Analects of Confucius This is one … Continue reading

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Good to be humble

Something I have been thinking about lately, from the Analects of Confucius, or rongo (論語) in Japanese and noneo (논어, 論語) in Korean: [1:1] The Master said: “Isn’t it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned? Isn’t … Continue reading

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