I am Chinese and let me try to explain this in English
The most important teaching of Confucius is "Ren", "仁",which generally means compassion.
The structure of this Chinese word "仁" is "two people", in my opinion it means the way for people to interact with each other, especially when you find others in danger, you natural instinct of
compassion will try to help him. Like, if you see a little is going to drop into the river, you natural instinct is to save him.
This "ren" is important to build up social order, at Confucius's period, the social order was collapsed The dukes attacked each other and no one respect the centralized dynasty, so he tried to re-emphasise the importance of "Ren" to rebuild "Li"(generally means social order and ceremonies)
Last edited by Will_to_power; 11-06-2012 at 08:15.
In the begining he's a teacher and philosopher , like Buddha and Christ. But soon it becomes religion.
(Original post by AspiringGenius)
Sorry I took so long, I wanted to do some extra reading first!
It's a religion (philospohy IMO) that revolves around the teachings of Confucius. He wrote his most famous teachings "The Analects" in China over a millennium ago. They are about the respect of self, respect of your parents and elders, and the respect of your country (there is a lot of patriotism to ancient china haha!).
Confucius you could say was a people philosopher, and believed greatly in making his writings available to the everyday people of china, sending missionaries out to the smaller villages ti get the message heard (he was employed by the Chinese empire). This is part of the reason why his works have become so timeless. Unlike Christianity and other religions where until relatively recently their scriptures were in an ancient language that nobody really understood. Confucianism was the religion for all.
Confucius' analects are well worth reading just to get a feel for it.
But the difference is that , ancient Chinese needed to learn and study his saying, went to centralized exams to become a civil servant to serve the king and citizens( which is the ultimate goal of all literatus).
Instead of worship Confucius,ancient Chinese study his saying more.
Last edited by Will_to_power; 11-06-2012 at 08:24.