Religious Traditions in Chinese Civilization: Buddhism and Taoism

Paul S. Ropp

in Heritage of China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1990 | ISBN: 9780520064409
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520908932 | DOI:
Religious Traditions in Chinese Civilization: Buddhism and Taoism

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This chapter describes the importance of cooperation, communal values, and the spiritual quest in the Confucian tradition. It reviews the development of the Confucian tradition in China from the time of Confucius down to recent times. The influence of Confucian values on Chinese life is then considered. The concrete manifestation of the coming of age of the Confucian tradition is the compilation of the Five Classics. It can be described in terms of five visions: metaphysical, political, poetic, social, and historical. It provides a holistic context for the development of Confucian scholarship as a comprehensive inquiry in the humanities. The new Confucian humanism draws its nourishment from the West and from Asia. The Confucian tradition remains a vital force that can touch human hearts, stimulate their minds, and enrich their lives, even in the late twentieth century.

Keywords: Confucian tradition; China; Five Classics; Confucian humanism; cooperation; communal values; spiritual quest; Confucius

Chapter.  12455 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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