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Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius at court

Confucius at Court

We do not just read what Confucius has to say about ritual in the Analects. We also learn how he acts according to its rules and conventions in all aspects of his daily life, whether it be at home or at court or in how he eats and dresses.

In Book 10, we see Confucius at court chatting with other officials, welcoming guests, and preparing to attend an audience with his ruler. He is so immersed in the conventions of court ritual that his actions are effortlessly appropriate for the demands of each specific situation he encounters. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 10 on ritual behavior: Confucius at court

Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: 2021 weekly updates

Here is a list of updates that I have made to the Leadership Lessons from Confucius project in 2021.

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Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 1, 2021 updates
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Analects of Confucius Book 6 – 10: five remarks on ritual from Confucius

Confucius remarks on ritual

Ritual keeps you centered. It prevents your emotions from swinging too far in one direction or the other. Ritual maximizes the intensity of your experiences. It imbues every action with purpose and meaning. These are the two most significant messages that Confucius communicates in these five remarks on ritual in Book 6 to Book 10 of the Analects. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 6 – 10: five remarks on ritual from Confucius

Analects of Confucius Book 1 – 5: eleven quotes on ritual from Confucius

quotes on ritual from Confucius

Confucius has plenty to say about ritual in the first five books of the Analects, pointing out the importance of being “fully present” at a sacrifice and choosing simplicity over extravagance for festive ceremonies. He even manages to fit in a couple of acerbic asides aimed at the Ji Family for violating ritual propriety on the sacred Mount Tai and Zigong for wishing to do away with the sacrifice of a sheep during a festival.

Here are eleven quotes on ritual from Confucius that appear in Book 1 to Book 5 of the Analects: Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 1 – 5: eleven quotes on ritual from Confucius

Analects of Confucius: passages on ritual

Ritual (禮/lǐ) is one of the most important themes in the Analects. It consists of a combination of elaborate ceremonies and unwritten rules of conduct that govern smooth social interactions and provide people with models of behavior and demeanor to emulate. The term is also translated as “rites”, “rules”, “rules of proprietary”, “rules of behavior”, “courtesy”, “manners”, “etiquette” or “ethics”.

Confucius was one of the leading members of a class of experts in ritual practices known as rujia (儒家). His knowledge of the subject was so deep that it stretched further back than the beginnings of the Zhou to the preceding Shang and Xia dynasties, and he was often requested by state rulers and members of the nobility to conduct ritual ceremonies. Indeed, the Chinese term for Confucianism is rujiao (儒教), which literally means the doctrine of the scholar/refined person. Continue reading Analects of Confucius: passages on ritual

Analects of Confucius: passages on goodness

Goodness (仁/rén), also translated as “humanity”, “virtue”, “benevolence”, “kind-heartedness”, and “humaneness”, is the supreme Confucian virtue. Numerous references to it can be found in the Analects.

Here are all the passages in the text in which goodness is discussed, plus links to related articles. 

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Analects Book 6 – 10: nine sayings about goodness from Confucius

nine sayings about goodness from Confucius

The pursuit of goodness (仁/rén) requires having the courage to act according to the highest ethical standards and to set the right example for others to follow. Here are nine sayings about goodness from Confucius that appear in Book 6 to Book 10 of the Analects. Continue reading Analects Book 6 – 10: nine sayings about goodness from Confucius

Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 7, 2021 updates

quotations from Confucius

A mixed bag this week, including collections of quotations from Confucius on Confucius, leadership, and the supreme virtue of goodness (仁/rén). I am hoping that you will find them useful whenever you need to find an appropriate quote from the sage for an essay or a presentation.

Analects Book 9: Confucius on Confucius
Analects of Confucius Book 7: Confucius on himself
Analects of Confucius Book 13: ten quotes on leadership from Confucius
Analects Books 1 – 5: nine quotes on goodness from Confucius

Many of the quotations from Confucius in Book 7 and Book 9 give us a vivid picture of his insatiable passion for both learning and teaching. I particularly like the enthusiasm he shows in 7.21 and 7.7 below. In both deed and word, he was a very strong advocate of education for all. This is a vision that we still have not accomplished over two millennia later, though thanks to the great progress that’s been made globally over the past fifty years we are getting much closer to achieving it. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius Project: week 7, 2021 updates

Analects Books 1 – 5: nine quotes on goodness from Confucius

quotes on goodness from Confucius

Confucius never provides a single unified definition of what he means by goodness (仁/rén) – the supreme value that he believed everyone should work towards – in the Analects. Instead, he explores its many different facets throughout the text, either with simple statements or in response to questions from his followers and contemporaries. Here are nine quotes on goodness from Confucius that appear in Book 1 to Book 5 of the Analects. Continue reading Analects Books 1 – 5: nine quotes on goodness from Confucius

Analects of Confucius Book 13: ten quotes on leadership from Confucius

ten leadership quotes from Confucius

Analects Book 13 is full of insightful advice from Confucius on how to be an effective leader, starting in the very first chapter with his counsel to Zilu to lead the people by example. Here are ten quotes on leadership from Confucius that are just as applicable today as they were when they were first spoken by the sage. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 13: ten quotes on leadership from Confucius