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O ur hat should be properly put on, clothing correctly buttoned, and socks and shoes neatly worn.




Confucianism 8839 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 3 







W hen eating and drinking, do not be fussy. Eat only the right amount; do not overeat.




Confucianism 8838 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 3 







K eep away from rowdy places. Do not be curious about things that are bad or unusual.




Confucianism 8837 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 3 







W hen we get up, we should wash our face and brush our teeth. After using the toilet, we should always wash our hands.




Confucianism 8836 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 3 







G et up early and go to bed at a reasonable time. Knowing how time flies, we should treasure every day.




Confucianism 8835 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 3 







W alk in an unhurried manner and always stand up straight. Whether greeting friends or elders, do so properly and with respect.




Confucianism 8834 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 3 







H old empty containers just as carefully as if they were full. Enter empty rooms as if they were occupied.




Confucianism 8833 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 3 







I t is more important that our clothes be neat and clean than fashionable and expensive. We should wear what is suitable and appropriate for our age, and within our family’s means.




Confucianism 8832 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 3 







A fter we borrow from others, we should return the items on time. Later, if we have an urgent need, we will be able to easily borrow from them again.




Confucianism 8831 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 3 







A person of good character is highly respected. Respect is not based on external appearances.




Confucianism 8830 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







G ossiping about the wrongdoings of others is in itself wrong. When we slander another excessively, we too will suffer harm and great misfortune.




Confucianism 8829 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







N either flatter the rich nor despise the poor. Neither ignore old friends nor take delight in only new ones.




Confucianism 8828 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







I f we force others to do as we wish, they will silently rebel. But if we convince them with sound reasoning, they will happily agree without complaining.




Confucianism 8827 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







B y mutually encouraging one another to do good, both of us will improve our character. By not advising one another to correct our respective faults, our characters will diminish.




Confucianism 8826 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







W e should neither expose the shortcomings of others nor disclose their private matters.




Confucianism 8825 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







W hen others are busy, do not bother them. When someone is troubled, do not make things worse by talking unnecessarily.




Confucianism 8824 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







B efore we ask others to do something, we should first ask ourselves if we would do it. If not, then we should not ask others to do it.




Confucianism 8823 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







L ove all beings, for we all live under the same sky and are supported by the same earth.




Confucianism 8822 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







W e should repay the kindness of others; we should let go of our anger. Spend less time holding grudges and more time repaying kindness.




Confucianism 8821 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







I t is good to praise the virtuous actions of others. Knowing that they are being praised, people will be encouraged to do better.




Confucianism 8820 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







W hen we interact with people who serve us, we should act in ways that inspire respect. And while being dignified and proper is important, it is also important to be kind and generous.




Confucianism 8819 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







A capable person will naturally have a good reputation. People are not won over by boasting or self-praise.




Confucianism 8818 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







I f we are good at something, we should be willing to use that ability to benefit others. When we feel others are more competent than us, we should not criticize or slander them for being so.




Confucianism 8817 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







W hen giving and receiving, we should be clear in what we are doing. It is better to give more and receive less.




Confucianism 8816 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 5 







B efore an elder, speak softly. But if our voice is too low and hard to hear, we are being improper.




Confucianism 8815 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







I nteracting with Others Away from Home ??? Older siblings should love and care for the younger ones; younger siblings should love and respect the older ones. Getting along well with one’s siblings is a sign of respecting one’s parents and caring that they are happy.




Confucianism 8814 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







W e should regard our aunts and uncles as if they were our parents, and our cousins as if they were our siblings.




Confucianism 8813 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







I f we are in a vehicle and see an elder whom we know passing by, we should get out and greet the person [if the situation safely allows]. We continue on our way only after the elder has left us.




Confucianism 8812 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







W hen meeting elders whom we know, greet them promptly and respectfully. If they do not greet us in return, respectfully stand aside.




Confucianism 8811 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







W hen addressing elders, do not call them by their first name. When in the presence of an elder, do not show off.




Confucianism 8810 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







W hen an elder is standing, do not sit. After an elder sits down, sit only when invited to do so.




Confucianism 8809 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







W hen an elder is asking for someone, find that person right away. If we cannot find that person, we should immediately report back and ask if we can help instead.




Confucianism 8808 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







W hen siblings value family ties more than possessions, resentment will not arise. When siblings are careful with their words, feelings of anger naturally dissolve.




Confucianism 8807 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







W hen meeting elders, walk briskly towards them; when leaving, do not do so in haste. When answering a question, look attentively at the person.




Confucianism 8806 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







W hen drinking, eating, walking, or sitting, let the elders do so first; younger ones follow.




Confucianism 8805 | 
Guidelines for Being a Good Person, Pure Land Translation Team, Chapter 2 







T hrough practising the discourse of the Three Teachings, I come to realize they are equally good, even though on the surface they appear to be different, the nature of their principles is the same. They all have the same purpose in mind teaching and encouraging people to be good.




Confucianism 8752 | 
The Imperial Edict of Emperor Yong Zheng  







T he six Books of Chinese Classics are to educate the mass population. However, if one hopes to elevate one's spiritual realm, one must use the Buddhist scriptures as the guide. If all my people can adhere to the teaching of Confucianism and Buddhism and become honest, down-to-earth, and good-natured, the country will be at peace and I will have nothing more to worry about.




Confucianism 8751 | 
The Imperial Edict of Emperor Yong Zheng  







T he Buddha’s teaching of the ‘Five Precepts’ and the ‘Ten Virtuous’ leads people to goodness. The Confucian teaching of the ‘Five Moral Conducts and One Hundred Ways’ also induce, give incentive, and persuade people to be good. Is there any sacred teaching that does not lead people to do the same?




Confucianism 8750 | 
The Imperial Edict of Emperor Yong Zheng  







I f ten people in a village of one hundred families abide by the Five Precepts, we will have ten people who are friendly, kind, honest, cautious and respectful. In a region of one thousand families, if one hundred people abide by the Ten Good Conducts, we will have one hundred people live in harmony. If we apply this same principle to the whole nation where we may have a hundred million of households, we will have millions of virtuous people living in harmony. If we can practise one good conduct, one less evil will be committed. One less evil conduct means the elimination of one punishment. If each family reduces the crime rate by one, we can eliminate thousands and thousands of punishments. Yes, indeed, the country will be in peace and your Highness can sit on your throne without any worry.




Confucianism 8749 | 
The Imperial Edict of Emperor Yong Zheng  







A ll the Three Teachings (Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism) have the capacity to help people be enlightened in China because all Three Teachings derive from the same original source. Their teachings run parallel to each other, thus they do not conflict each other. It is only when people do not have thorough understanding that their minds become unclear and they have differences of opinion. The Taoists think Taoism is better than Buddhism is less esteemed. The Buddhists say Taoism is not as great as Buddhism. The Confucians exclude them both and claim they are not correct. Thus they contradict and compete with each other, each aiming to dominate over the other two. But they only find themselves in a tight contest.




Confucianism 8748 | 
The Imperial Edict of Emperor Yong Zheng  







C onfucius said, ‘People regard their leaders as their hearts, and leaders treat their people as their own bodies . . . The heart is protected by the body, but can also suffer injury due to the discomfort of the body. The national leader exists because of the people, but can also meet their end due to the discontent of the people.’




Confucianism 7603 | 







T he propriety between a leader and their subordinate is like the heart and body. The heart must be firm and the leader must be virtuous and wise. As the body must be accommodating and in harmony with the heart, the subordinate must remain faithful to the leader. As the heart is protected by the body, the leader can be at ease due to the efforts of their subordinates.




Confucianism 7602 | 







J ust as flames will expire without fuel, a child will counsel the father but will not abandon him because they form one inter-reliant whole. The Analects of Confucius says, ‘When serving parents, we should offer counsel often with a caring voice.’ It continues, ‘We should always be respectful to them and not act contrary to their wishes if proper.’




Confucianism 7601 | 







P arents and children are one entity. A husband and wife are one entity. Siblings are one entity. The relationship of parents to children is as the head to the feet. A husband and wife are like two halves of a whole. Siblings are like the four limbs of a human body.




Confucianism 7600 | 
The Book of Etiquette and Ceremonial Annotated by Zheng Kangcheng 







T he principles of being a person of noble character start from the rapport between husband and wife, the truth of which, at its utmost, enables us to thoroughly understand the way of the universe.




Confucianism 7599 | 







C onfucius said, ‘. . . If one were able to perfect his filial piety and attention to fraternal duties, his spirit would be consonant with the highest virtue of the universe, and his mind and prayers would reach and move the Divine. The light of his great virtue would illuminate the whole world and all would be touched by the virtues of filial piety.’




Confucianism 7598 | 
The Classic of Xiao (Xiao Jing), chap. 16 : The Moral Effort and the Response from the Divine 







C onfucius said, ‘For teaching the people to love one another there is nothing better than the education of Xiao; for teaching the people to be courteous and harmonious there is nothing better than the education of Ti; for changing bad customs there is nothing better than good, undefied music; for making the rulers at ease and the people orderly there is nothing better than the education of great etiquette.’




Confucianism 7597 | 
The Classic of Xiao (Xiao Jing), chap. 12 : Broad and Crucial Doctrine 







C onfucius said, ‘. . . He who loves his parents does not dare to do evil unto others; he who respects his parents does not dare to be arrogant to others. ’




Confucianism 7596 | 
The Classic of Xiao (Xiao Jing), chap. 2 : The Son of Heaven 







C onfucius said, ‘ . . . Filial piety (the Way of Xiao) is taught so that all who are fathers will be respected. Fraternal duties (the Way of Ti) is taught so that all who are elder brothers will be respected.’




Confucianism 7595 | 
The Classic of Xiao (Xiao Jing), chap. 13 : Broad and highest virtue 







C onfucius said, ‘Filial piety (Xiao) is the foundation of (all) virtue, and out of which grows all teachings and (moral and religious) education.’




Confucianism 7594 | 
The Classic of Filial Piety (Xiao Jing), chap. 1: Opening Explanation 





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