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A Korean Confucian Way of Life and ThoughtThe Chasongnok (Record of Self-Reflection) by Yi Hwang (Toegye)$
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Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855840

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855840.001.0001

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The Chasŏngnok (Record of Self-Reflection)

The Chasŏngnok (Record of Self-Reflection)

(p.49) The Chasŏngnok (Record of Self-Reflection)
A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought
Edward Y. J. Chung
University of Hawai'i Press

The Chasŏngnok consists of T’oegye’s twenty-two letters with four attached essays: two to disciple Nam Sibo; one to disciples Kim Paekyong, Kim Kahaeng, and Kim Tonsŏ; eight to disciple Chŏng Chajung; one to disciple Kwŏn Homun; one to disciple Kim Tonsŏ; one to Yi I (Yulgok), a leading junior colleague; two to disciple Hwang Chunggŏ; four to Ki Myŏngŏn (Kobong), another brilliant junior colleague; one to Chŏng Chajung and Ki Kobong; and one to No Ijae. T’oegye selected these letters from among all the letters he had written until 1560 because they represent his experience of “self-reflection” as a thinker, scholar, teacher, and spiritual practitioner. The Chasŏngnok therefore offers personal or scholarly advice to his disciples or colleagues by articulating the key doctrines, ideas, and insights about moral and spiritual self-cultivation. For example, his letters to Chŏng, Kim Tonsŏ, Yi, Hwang, and Ki criticize Buddhism and Daoism in the Confucian context.

Keywords:   letters, teacher, disciples, colleagues, Chŏng Chajung, Kim Tonsŏ, Yi I, Yulgok, Hwang Chunggŏ, Ki Kobong

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