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Confucius : Biography

Confucius

Confucius, the great Chinese sage, was born June 19th, 551 B.C. at Shang-ping, in the country of Lu. His own name was Kong, but his disciples called him Kong-fu-tse, (i.e. Kong the Master, or Teacher,) which the Jesuit missionaries Latinized into Confucius. His father died when Confucius was only three years of age, but he was very carefully brought up by his mother, Yan-she, and from his earliest years, displayed an extraordinary love of learning, and veneration for the ancient laws of his country. When only 19 Confucius married, but divorced his wife four years after marriage that he might have more lime for study and the performance of his public duties. The death of his mother, which occurred in his 23rd year, gave occasion to the first solemn and important act of Confucius as a moral reformer. The solemnity and splendor of the burial ceremony with which he honored her remains, (an old custom which had fallen into disuse,) struck his fellow citizens with astonishment, and they determined for the future to bury their dead with the ancient honors. Their example was followed by the neighboring states, and the whole nation, except the poorest class. Confucius did not end here. He shut himself up in his house to pass in solitude the three years of mourning for his mother, the whole of which time he dedicated to philosophical study. We are told that he reflected deeply on the eternal laws of morality, traced them to their source, imbued his mind with a sense of the duties they impose indiscriminately on all men, and determined to make them the immutable rule of all his actions. Henceforth his career is only an illustration of his ethical system. He commenced to instruct his countrymen in the precepts of morality, exhibiting in his own person all the virtues he inculcated in others. Gradually his disciples increased, as the practical character of his philosophy became more apparent. His disqiples generally were not the young and enthusiastic, but men of middle age, sober, grave, respectable, and occupying important public situations. This fact throws light both on the character and design of his philsosophy. It was moral, not religious, and aimed exclusively at fitting men for conducting themselves honorably and prudently in this life.
Confucius travelled through various states, in some of which he was well received, while in others he was not much appreciated. His later wanderings were very unpropitious: state after state refused to be improved. He was in some instances persecuted; once he was imprisoned and nearly starved, and finally seeing no hope of securing the favorable attention of the mass of his countrymen while alive, he returned in extreme poverty to his native state, and spent his last years in the composition of literary works, by which posterity at least might be instructed. He died 479 B.C., in the 70th year of his age. Immediately after his death, Confucius began to be venerated and his family was distinguished by various honors and privileges.










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Confucius : Portraits


Confucius Laozi Boudhha
Le Bouddha enfant avec Laozi et Confucius( droite) (peinture Chinoise du 18ime)
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Ki-Lin appearing to the mother of confucius before his birth
Confucius Laozi Bouddha
Confucius, Sakyamuni, and Laozi by Josetsu
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Sun Yutian, Confucius Plucking Musical instrument
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Yuan Wu, Confucisu at his late year
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Fan Yang, Confucius Picture
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Du Xixian, Confucius
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Shi Jingzhao, Confucius
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Gu Ye, Confucius Learning Etiquette
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Liu Bingxian, Confucius Statue
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Mei Qilin, Confucius Learning Rites
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Yang Ruisang, Confucius Statue
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Zhang Wenlai, Confucius Lecturing Rites
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Confucius avec deux de ces disciples, Yan Hui et Zeng Schen, peinture sur soie montee en rouleau, epoque Ming (1368-1644).
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Confucius en ministre de la Justice, peinture sur soie montee en rouleau, epoque Ming (1368-1644).

Related links


Confucianism, Book of Ode, Book Of Ritual, Books Of Changes, Chang Tsai, Chow Tun-i, Confucius, Doctrine of the Mean, Lu Hsiang Shan, Meng-tzu, Shao Yong, Wang Yangming, etc.


Confucius : Internet Link


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External Links
Dialogue between Confucius and Xiang Tuo (Calligraphy)
The Analects (Lun Y)
Study: The Analects of Confucius


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