The Essential Confucius

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Harper Collins, Sep 24, 1993 - Religion - 192 pages
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A deluxe paperback edition: Thomas Cleary's brilliant translation of the sayings of Confucius presented in the order of the 64 classic I Ching hexagrams.

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The essential Confucius: the heart of Confucius' teachings in authentic I ching order

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What a time of metaphysical ferment, the centuries 600-400 B.C.! Lao-tzu, Confucius, Pericles, Socrates, Plato, and Buddha. Confucius's teaching has been neglected lately in favor of Zen and Taoism ... Read full review

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For some reason, Confucius underwhelms me, but there's no doubting how influential his thought is. Read full review


Good people embrace the populace and nurture the masses
Ancient kings set up myriad realms and associated with their representatives
Good people refine cultured qualities
Good people distinguish above and below and settle the ambitions of the people
The ruler administers the way of heaven and earth and assists the proper balance of heaven and earth thereby helping the people
Good people are parsimonious with power and avoid trouble they are not susceptible to material inducements

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Thomas Cleary is the preeminent translator of classic Eastern texts, including The Essential Tao, The Essential Confucius, The Secret of the Golden Flower, and the bestselling The Art of War.

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