To understand Confucian philosophy you need to start with Confucius and his teachings that have exerted deep influence on society in the past and present.
Bin Song, Ruist (Confucian) practitioner and philosopher, has formulated a reference chart to help one understand primary Confucian teachings and to better equip those to practice this wisdom in daily life.
In previous articles we have discussed the five cardinal human relationships and ten reciprocal duties. In order to comprehend these relationships among other virtues an explanation is summarised below.
Firstly, The Way of Heaven (Tian) (天道, Tiāndào) which appears at the top of the chart, refers to an all-encompassing, constantly creative cosmic power. Tian is the transcendent in Ruism (Confucianism). Dao means “the way”. By placing Dynamic Harmony (和, Hé) below The Way of Heaven, it can be said that Dynamic Harmony is the principle that runs through Tian.
The Way of…
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