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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Taboo in the Heian Period of Japan

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

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Happy Seollal, Korea 2013

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

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Getting Older, Some Confucian Advice

I am in my 30′s now, but I know I am getting older, so I sometimes think about how to avoid some of the problems of getting older. By this, I mean how to avoid both health problems, but also … Continue reading

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