Historical figures in the Analects of Confucius: Weisheng Gao

Weisheng Gao (微生高) was the subject of a famous story in the Zhuangzi (莊子) that depending on how you view it was either a tragic tale of unrequited love or a warning about the dangers of excessive rectitude.

According to the Zhuangzi, Weisheng arranged an assignation with a fair maiden under a bridge and promised to wait for her until she arrived. Even when it started pouring with rain and the floodwaters began rising, he stubbornly held on to one of the pillars of the bridge in the vain hope that she would arrive until he was swept away by the torrent and drowned. Continue reading Historical figures in the Analects of Confucius: Weisheng Gao

Followers of Confucius: Ran Geng

Ran Geng (冉耕), also known by the courtesy name of Boniu (百牛), was a native of the state of Lu like Confucius and was born about seven years after him in 554 BCE.  He came from the same clan as two other followers of the sage, Ran Yong (冉雍) and Ran Qiu (冉求). Some sources even claim that he was Ran Yong’s father.

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Confucius on leadership presentation

As a follow-up to my recent post on the same subject, I’ve posted a presentation on slideshare summarizing some of the most important characteristics that Confucius believed a leader (君子/jūnzǐ) should possess using quotes from Book 1 of the Analects.

I’d love to hear any feedback you may have on it.  More presentations on the main themes of  Confucius’s teachings are in the pipeline.