Disciples of Confucius: Qidiao Kai

Although Qidiao Kai (漆雕開) only makes a single appearance in the Analects, he was a highly influential disciple who went to establish his own school, which became one of the eight branches of Confucianism identified by the philosopher Han Fei (韓非) in the 3rd century BC.

Born in 540 BC, Qidiao Kai was also known as Zikai (子開) or Ziruo (子若). Two other members of his clan, Qidiao Tufu (漆雕徒父) and Qidiao Chi (漆雕哆) were also disciples of Confucius.

He is said to have written a book rather immodestly entitled Master Qi (Qidiaozi), but no records of this or any of his other teachings remain.

Appearances in the Analects of Confucius
Book 5, Chapter VI

Book 5
Chapter VI
When Confucius recommended Qidiao Kai for an official position, the latter replied: “I cannot be trusted for such a responsibility yet.” Confucius was delighted.

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