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Category Archives: Confucius
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
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
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
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
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
[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
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
Recently, while reading reading the Gossamer Years, I found the book contained a thorough explanation of the notion of “taboo” and “purification” in the Heian Court in Japan. I wanted to share this with others. Aristocrats and the Heian Court … Continue reading
Hi All, While Japan celebrates the new year (oshōgatsu お正月) on January 1st every year, the Korean New Year or seollal (설날)1 follows the Chinese Lunar Calendar and this year Seollal falls on January 9th in 2013. Correction: February 9th … Continue reading