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This Symbol means total tranquility, dignity, in your own life and in your relations with your neighbour.
The Water Symbol represents the “source of life” in the Chinese philosophy
The “Jen” means “social virtue”. All those virtues which help maintain social harmony and righteousness are included in the Jen.
The “Li” means correct behavior, good manners, worship and politeness
-- Symbols are difficult to read in Confucianism. Even though there has been a great admiration towards Confucius for paintings and statues, it was difficult to translate the art into symbols.
- Confucius always feared that if he made a symbol to represent faith, his followers would honor the image more than his teachings.
- Thus, the “Five Virtues” used by Chinese symbols, were to bring his followers closer to Confucian teachings.
-The Ch’in Dynasty buried alive many scholars in their program to avoid learning and Confucianism
-Scholars had difficulty determining whether Confucianism was philosophy or a philosophy and a religion
-Confucianism is so practical that people dismissed it as being a list of suggestions on how to live a balanced life
- For Confucians, heaven exists in the present, the here and now
-The name if the province Confucius was brought up in, Lu, became an icon of justice and fairness
-When Confucius died he had 72 disciples and 3000 followers
-“The Five Virtues” are necessary for an individual to achieve sense of peace and balance
Confucius is not only the founder of Confucianism but is also known as a
5. How many
virtues are there in Confucianism?