Chinese Traditions

Lisa Kemmerer

in Animals and World Religions

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790678
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919178 | DOI:
Chinese Traditions

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The fourth chapter explores animal-friendly teachings and practices in Chinese religious traditions through sacred texts and teachings. Confucian teachings, such as tian, ren, junzi, Great Ultimate, Great Unity, and the central place of benevolence are considered alongside critical Daoist teachings, such as Dao, sacred nature, ci, jian, bugan wei tianxia xian, transformation, Unity of Being, harmony, ultimate integrity and peace, wu wei, and key Daoist precepts. This chapter closes by describing animal activism in the Confucian and Daoist traditions, including the idealized life of the divine Guanyin, as well as the lives and work of several contemporary animal advocates, including Youshui Lin, Louis Komjathy, and Zheng Xie.

Keywords: Confucianism; Daoism; tian; ren; junzi; Great Ultimate; Great Unity; benevolence; wu wei; Guanyin

Chapter.  18492 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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