The Tree Character Classic.

A children's guide to the teachings of Confucius.


Their natures are similar. This first verse exemplifies one of the fundamental differences between Eastern and Western thought. Their habits become Different. while JudeoJudeo-Christian thought assumes that people are born inherently evil. Xing ben shan Xing xiang jin Xi xiang yuan . Confucianism assumes that people are born pure. Are naturally good.Paragraph 1 verse 1 Ren zhi chu People at birth.

A person that has not studied cannot know righteousness.Paragraph 1 verse 7 Yu bu zhuo Jade that has not been polished cannot be used. bu cheng qi Ren bu xue Bu zhi yi . This verse by its self is also an ancient Chinese proverb.

Support between friends. These three verses summarize the Confucius model for family structure. Ci shi yi ren suo tong . Respect from younger brothers. Friendliness from elder brothers.Paragraph 1 verse 25-27 25Fu zi en fu fu cong Xiong ze you di ze gong Chang you xu you yu peng Jun ze jing chen ze zhong Kindness between father and child. Harmony between husband and wife. These ten obligations Are the same for all. Precedence between elders and youth. Respect from the sovereigns Loyalty from the subjects.

24 This is in essence a negative form of the Golden Rule. Confucius taught his students to at all times seek personal moral perfection. . The works of Confucius can be summarized by his most ethical teaching: Adept Kung asked: "Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life? The Master replied: "How about 'shu' [reciprocity]: never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself?" Analects XV. Confucius is widely excepted as the greatest philosopher of China and East Asia. and continuously study the outside World. Often called the Greatest Master.The Confucian Classics Paragraph 2 is an introduction to the Confucian Classics.

In twenty chapters. The Analects is considered the central work of Confucianism and thusly continues to have formidable influence on East Asian Philosophy. In this. the various disciples Have recorded the wise sayings (of Confucius).Paragraph 2 The Confucian Classics. er shi pian Qun di zi ji shan yan . Lun yu zhe There is the analects.

Speak of the road to virtue.Paragraph 2 Verse 4 Meng zi zhe The works of Mencius in seven chapters. talk about benevolence and righteousness. Mencius is often considered to be the most renowned Chinese philosopher second only to Confucius Himself. His view of Confucian thought is generally considered to be orthodox Confucianism. qi pian zhi Jiang dao de shui ren yi .

can be started Filial Piety is the fundamental virtue of Chinese society. Mencius. And the six Classics Learning. Mencius. Great Learning. Filial Piety is in essence knowing your place in the family and acting accordingly. The Book of Rites and The Spring and autmn Annal Si shu shu Ru liu jing Shi ke dou . The Rites of the Zhou. the Doctrine (way). the Book of Changes. and The (way). The four books are: The Analects. Analects.Paragraph 2 Verse 7 Xiao jing tong The Classic of Filial Piety mastered. the six Classics. and the Four books done. are: The Book of Poetry. The book of Documents.

Thought the life time of the three character classic paragraph 3 has been updated several times to bring up to date as well as to make it politically correct for the time.The Dynasties Paragraph 3 contains a list of the Dynastic history of China. .

and the Yellow Emperor and ending with the People s Republic of China. Dou zhu shi Kao shi xi Zhi zhong shi . know the ends and the beginnings. Examine the connection between the eras. read the histories. The rest of Paragraph 4 lists the all the dynastys of china starting with Xi. Nong.Paragraph4 verse 1 Jing zi tong The Classics and the philosophers mastered.

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