Understanding Herbert Fingarette: The Secular as
Are the ideas of Confucius still relevant?
Are they specific to his place and time alone?
Do they reveal universal human truths?
What are Li?
"Rite" or "Ritual", accepted cultural practices
The Playful Mysticism of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu)
Summary of Early Daoist Meditation
Posture (No examples in LZ)
1. Aligned sitting position for body and limbs. NY
Keep body calm and unmoving NY
"Sitting and forgetting" ZZ
Concentrated NY LZ 10 ZZ
Syncretism in Zhuangzi and the Huainanzi
The Syncretist Chapters
The final stratum of the Zhuangzi contains a distintive and
largely consistent view point that connects with the rest of
the text and with a larger philosophical context
It is contained in t
"Nei-yeh (Inward Training): "The Foundation of Taoist
Daoism: not an institutional religion/belief system. no
temples, buildings, clergy, sacred set of texts, until
later, six centuries later
philosophical daoism vs. religious daoism
Foundations of Chinese Religions 4: Mozi and Yangzhu
1. ca 479-438 BCE, or 490-403
His surname seems to have been Mo but this also means the
character for branding of criminals; Di was possibly his
given name; he was called Master Mo
He was from
Foundations of Chinese Religions
The Shang dynasty is the first dynasty for which we have
concrete/uncontested archaeological evidence.
preceded by Hsia dynasty from 2200 to 1750 BCE, then second
half of Shang dynasty began about 1500 BCE (Yin perio
Major Themes in the Study of Confucianism
1. Inner self vs. public persona; What relationship?
a. balance between intuitive and rational aspects of self
b. what is "authentic selfhood"? to fully realize your potential as a
Foundations of Chinese Religions 5: The Teachings of
Born in Zou in Shandong, near Qufu, Confucius' birthplace
studied under disciple of Zisi, grandson of Confucius
went to the state of Qi and stated at the Jixia Academy duri