By Confucius

This version is going past others that principally go away readers to their very own units in figuring out this cryptic paintings, by way of supplying an entree into the textual content that parallels the normal chinese language means of drawing close it: along Slingerland's beautiful rendering of the paintings are his translations of a range of vintage chinese language commentaries that make clear tricky passages, offer old and cultural context, and invite the reader to consider a number interpretations. the appropriate pupil variation, this quantity additionally contains a basic advent, notes, a number of appendices -- together with a word list of technical phrases, references to trendy Western scholarship that time the way in which for extra learn, and an annotated bibliography.

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7 The Master said, “Surely archery can serve as an illustration of the fact that the gentleman does not compete! Before mounting the stairs to the archery hall, gentlemen bow and defer to one another, and after descending from the hall they mutually offer up toasts. ’ ” Archery was one of the classic six arts in which a gentleman was trained. It was a highly ritualized activity, with careful attention being given to age and rank, and everyone participating in a formal drinking ceremony at the conclusion of the competition.

5 A common saying emphasizing the transformative effect of environment upon one’s character; see, for instance, Chapter 1 “Encouraging Learning” of the Xunzi: “When a raspberry vine grows among hemp, it naturally stands upright without the need for support; when white sand is mixed with mud, both of them become infused with blackness” (Knoblock 1988: 137). The idea, of course, is that the tall, straight hemp acts as a natural stake guiding the growth of the raspberry vine, which otherwise would grow into a tangled bramble.

One able to master the four relationships (mentioned in this passage) can be said to have a deep understanding of human relations. In learning this as the Way, can anything be added to it? 8 The Master said, “If a gentleman is not serious, he will not inspire awe, and what he learns will be grasped only superficially. Let your actions be governed by dutifulness and trustworthiness, and do not accept as a friend one who is not your equal. 25. 4 Confucius Analects “Seriousness” (zhong ; lit. “heaviness”) seems here to refer to a kind of genuine emotional commitment to the Confucian Way.

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