The Essential Confucius
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.
This saying about activity and concealment as equally valid alternatives under the right circumstances shows one way in which the teaching of Confucius was not opposed to that of Taoist ancients. Analects 2:16 This is the classic Confucian statement of the dangers m occultism. Analects 5:13 It is a commonplace that Confucius spoke mainly of social issues and did not deal much with abstract philosophy except in relation to concrete human problems. Taoists who claim Confucius as one of their own
those who 160 tend to look upon the Book of Change as obscure and somehow distant from the other Chinese classics. My view is that there are no grounds for assuming the book did not exist and no reason for supposing that Confucius did not pursue the knowledge expounded in this classic as avidly as he did the knowledge expounded in the other classics. At some point he apparently realized he was going to have to live longer than he might reasonably expect to in order to be able to study the Book
parsimonious with power and avoid trouble; they are not susceptible to material inducements 38 13. Good people distinguish things in terms of categories and groups 40 14· Good people stop evil and promote virtue, obeying Heaven and accepting its order 42 15. Good people decrease what is too much to add to what is too little, assessing things and dealing impartially 44 16. Ancient kings made music to honor virtue, offering it in abundance to God; thereby they shared it with their ancestors
through the discovery of implements and writings from those times. Based on his own research, Confucius said the culture of the Shang/Yin followed on the Xia, and the sophistication of its art and writing would seem to argue for the actual existence of a well-developed precursor, even if no material remnants of that earlier civilization have been identified. The confederations of tribes or states under the ancient dynasties seem to have been fairly loose, with considerable variety 7 in local
are beneficial, and three are harmful. When friends are honest, sincere, or knowledgeable, they are beneficial. When friends are pretentious, fawning, or opportunistic, they are harmful." (15:37) Confucius said, "Those whose paths are not the same do not consult one another." (15:40) Confucius said, "Those who are born knowing are best; those who know by learning are next. Those who study only when they come to an impasse rank after that. Those who do not study even when at an impasse are