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Heritage of ChinaContemporary Perspectives on Chinese Civilization$
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Paul Ropp

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780520064409

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520064409.001.0001

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Religious Traditions in Chinese Civilization: Buddhism and Taoism

Religious Traditions in Chinese Civilization: Buddhism and Taoism

Chapter:
(p.138) Six Religious Traditions in Chinese Civilization: Buddhism and Taoism
Source:
Heritage of China
Author(s):

Paul S. Ropp

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520064409.003.0006

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

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