Disciples of Confucius: Shen Cheng

Very little is known about Shen Cheng (申棖). He is said to have come from Confucius’s home state of Lu and may possibly have been the disciple called Shen Dang in the Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian.

Appearances in the Analects of Confucius
Book 5, Chapter XI

Book 5
Chapter XI
子曰:「吾未見剛者。」或對曰:「申棖。」子曰:「棖也慾,焉得剛?」
Confucius said: “I’ve never seen a man who is truly resolute.” Someone replied: “How about Shen Cheng?” Confucius said: “Shen Cheng is a slave to his desires. How can he be called resolute?”

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