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The Chinese Classic of Family ReverenceA Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing$
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Henry Jr. Rosemont and Roger T. Ames

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832841

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832841.001.0001

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Elaborating upon “the Vital Way” 《廣要道章》‎22

Elaborating upon “the Vital Way” 《廣要道章》‎22

Chapter 12. Elaborating upon “the Vital Way” 《廣要道章》‎22
The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence

Henry Rosemont

Roger T. Ames

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, Confucius is discussing the vital way (dao) with Master Zeng. According to Confucius, “There is nothing more effective than family reverence for teaching (jiao) the people about love and affection; there is nothing more effective than deference for elders (ti) for teaching the people about ritual propriety (li) and compliance (shun); there is nothing more effective than music (yue) for changing the ways and customs of the people; and there is nothing more effective for safeguarding the lord and bringing proper order to the people than observing ritual propriety.” Confucius says ritual propriety is simply a matter of respect (jing).

Keywords:   dao, Confucius, vital way, Master Zeng, family reverence, jiao, love, affection, ritual propriety, respect

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