'And remember: Heaven's blessing will cease forever if there's despair and poverty in your lands'
The Most Venerable Book (also known as The Book of History) is one of the Five Classics, a key work of Chinese literature which preserves some of the most ancient and dramatic chronicles of the history, both real and mythological, of the Chinese state. For many centuries it was a central work for anyone wishing to work for the Imperial administration, preserving as it does a fascinating mixture of key Confucian concepts as well as page after page of heroes, benevolent rulers, sagacious ministers, and struggles against flood, corruption and vicious, despotic rulers. The First Emperor tried in 213 BC to have all copies of the book destroyed because of its subversive implication that 'the Mandate of Heaven' could be withdrawn from rulers who failed their people. For similar reasons it was also banned by Chairman Mao. Extraordinarily, the values of The Most Venerable Book have been revived by the Chinese government of the 2010s.
C. C. Tsai is one of Asia's most popular cartoonists, and his editions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 million copies in over twenty languages. This volume presents Tsai's delightful graphic adaptation of The Analects, one of the most influential books of all time and a work that continues to inspire countless readers today.
Tsai's expressive drawings bring Confucius and his students to life as no other edition of the Analects does. See Confucius engage his students over the question of how to become a leader worth following in a society of high culture, upward mobility, and vicious warfare. Which virtues should be cultivated, what makes for a harmonious society, and what are the important things in life? Unconcerned with religious belief but a staunch advocate of tradition, Confucius emphasizes the power of society to create sensitive, respectful, and moral individuals. In many ways, Confucius speaks directly to modern concerns--about how we can value those around us, educate the next generation, and create a world in which people are motivated to do the right thing.
A marvelous introduction to a timeless classic, this book also features an illuminating foreword by Michael Puett, coauthor of The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life. In addition, Confucius's original Chinese text is artfully presented in narrow sidebars on each page, enriching the books for readers and students of Chinese without distracting from the self-contained English-language cartoons. The text is skillfully translated by Brian Bruya, who also provides an introduction.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Confucius and the Chinese Classics
* Concise introductions to the texts
* Features James Legge's seminal translations
* All Four Books and Five Classics of Confucianism
* Includes multiple translations of the ANALECTS, including a special dual text
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Includes the legendary I CHING divination text
* Features three biographies - discover Confucius’ ancient world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into literary genres
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The Four Books
DOCTRINE OF THE MEAN
The Five Classics
CLASSIC OF POETRY
BOOK OF DOCUMENTS
BOOK OF RITES
SPRING AND AUTUMN ANNALS
THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF CONFUCIUS by James Legge
THE LIFE, LABOURS AND DOCTRINES OF CONFUCIUS by Edward Harper Parker
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: CONFUCIUS
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The Analects represent a central body of philosophy that have been studied by every Chinese scholar for the last few millennia: for "a man was not considered morally upright or enlightened if he did not study Confucius' works." To read them is to better understand the underpinnings of Eastern social, moral and philosophical thought. In the words of Confucius: "To quietly persevere in storing up what is learned, to continue studying without respite, to instruct others without growing weary - is this not me?"
The timeless wisdom of Confucius is vividly presented in this classic edition of the Chinese philosopher's sayings and quotations.
This collection of the thoughts and sayings of one of the greatest Chinese philosophers and teachers of all times is an excellent, educative and thought-provoking reading for those who are looking for a new perspective on life. Though the author is believed to have been born in the 6th century BC, his ideas about life, morality and politics are just as valid and pertinent today as they used to be at the time when they were written, being just as meaningful for modern readers as they were for the contemporaries of Confucius.
The values emphasized in the book are morality at a personal level just as much as at the level of the government, sincerity, justice and correctness. The system of philosophy developed by the followers and disciples of Confucius based on the Master's sayings and writings had a huge impact not only in Asia, influencing Chinese, Japanese and Korean political thinking, but it also reached Europe through travelling Jesuits and had a similarly important influence.
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