9780062502155

The Essential Confucius: The Heart of Confucius' Teachings in Authentic I Ching Order

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    9780062502155

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    0062502158

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/12/2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

Cleary's brilliant translation of the sayings of Confucius are arranged in the order of the 64 classic I Ching hexagrams. The wisdom of Confucius' practical insights on business, morality, behavior, diplomacy, and spirituality are presented in their most accessible form yet. A perfect book for careful study, occasional inspiration, and convenient reference.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword x
Introduction 1(13)
THE SAYINGS OF CONFUCIUS
Good people strengthen themselves ceaselessly
14(2)
Good people support others with enriched virtue
16(2)
Good people order and arrange
18(2)
Good people nurture character with fruitful action
20(2)
Good people enjoy life
22(2)
When they do things, good people plan first
24(2)
Good people embrace the populace and nurture the masses
26(2)
Ancient kings set up myriad realms and associated with their representatives
28(2)
Good people refine cultured qualities
30(2)
Good people distinguish above and below and settle the ambitions of the people
32(2)
The ruler administers the way of heaven and earth and assists the proper balance of heaven and earth, thereby helping the people
34(4)
Good people are parsimonious with power and avoid trouble; they are not susceptible to material inducements
38(2)
Good people distinguish things in terms of categories and groups
40(2)
Good people stop evil and promote virtue, obeying Heaven and accepting its order
42(2)
Good people decrease what is too much to add to what is too little, assessing things and dealing impartially
44(2)
Ancient kings made music to honor virtue, offering it in abundance to God; thereby they shared it with their ancestors
46(2)
Good people go inside and rest when the sun goes down
48(2)
Good people inspire others and nurture virtue
50(2)
Leaders draw on limitless resources of education and thought to embrace and protect the people without bound
52(2)
Ancient kings set up education after examination of the region and observation of the people
54(2)
Ancient kings clarified penalties and proclaimed laws
56(2)
Good people clarify governmental affairs without presumptuous adjudication
58(2)
Those above secure their homes by kindness to those below
60(2)
Ancient kings shut the gates on the winter solstice; caravans did not travel, the ruler did not inspect the provinces
62(2)
Ancient kings promoted growth appropriate to the time and nurtured myriad beings
64(2)
Good people become acquainted with many precedents of speech and action in order to accumulate virtue
66(2)
Good people are careful about what they say and moderate in eating and drinking
68(2)
Good people can stand alone without fear and can leave society without distress
70(2)
Good people consistently practice virtue and learn how to teach
72(2)
Great people illumine the four quarters with continuing light
74(2)
Good people accept others with openness
76(2)
Good people stand without changing places
78(2)
Good people keep the petty at a distance, being stern without ill will
80(2)
Good people refrain from what is improper
82(2)
Good people shine with the quality of enlightenment
84(2)
Good people deal with the masses, acting unobtrusively while in fact illumined
86(2)
Good people are factual in their speech, consistent in their deeds
88(2)
Good people assimilate yet are different
90(2)
Good people examine themselves and cultivate virtue
92(2)
Good people forgive faults and pardon crimes
94(2)
Good people eliminate wrath and cupidity
96(2)
Good people better themselves when they see a chance and correct whatever faults they have
98(2)
Good people distribute blessings to reach those below them, while avoiding presumption of virtue
100(2)
Rulers announce their directives to the four quarters
102(2)
Good people prepare weapons to guard against the unexpected
104(2)
Good people follow virtue, building on the small to attain the great
106(2)
Good people use life to the full and achieve their aim
108(2)
Good people comfort others and urge reciprocity
110(2)
Good people make calendars and clarify the seasons
112(2)
Good people stabilize life in the proper position
114(2)
Good people cautiously practice introspection
116(2)
Good people think without leaving their place
118(2)
Good people live wisely and improve customs
120(2)
Good people persist to the end and find out if something is wrong
122(2)
Good people make judgments and execute punishments
124(2)
Good people apply punishment with understanding and prudence and do not keep people imprisoned
126(2)
Good people articulate directions and carry out tasks
128(2)
Good people form associations for education and action
130(2)
Ancient kings honored God and set up shrines
132(2)
Good people determine measures and discuss virtuous actions
134(2)
Good people consider judgments and postpone executions
136(2)
Good people are exceedingly deferential in conduct, exceedingly sad in mourning, exceedingly frugal in consumption
138(2)
Good people consider problems and prevent them
140(2)
Good people carefully discern things and keep them in their places
142(5)
Notes 147

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