Confucius Opposes Killing 季康子问政于孔子曰：“如杀无道，以就有道，何如” 孔子对曰：“子为政，焉用杀？子欲善而民善矣。君子之德风，小人之德草，草，上之风，必偃。” Confucius: Analects – Book 12 – Chapter 19 Ji Kangzi asked Confucius about the nature of politics: ‘Is it not a matter of
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Gee (芷) – my partner – practising neidan meditation whilst life goes on around her. Thousands of years ago, her ancestors were servants of the
‘The Master Xu Yun replied, “The title ‘Monk’ is just a name, for there are holy monks and worldly monks. It is not fair to blame the whole Sangha because there are one or two bad monks. Can we blame Confucius because there are bad Confucian scholars?
Research by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD ‘Confucius’ teaching was handed down until Mencius after whom it came to an end. In the Song Dynasty Confucian scholars
Therefore the characters ‘慧剑’ (hui jian) represent a distinctly ‘Buddhist’ method of clearing the mind that is as decisive as a blow from a sharp sword used in scholarly self-defence. Despite its obvious Buddhist origin and undertones – the ‘sword’ is a clear concession to the Confucian establishment as it strove to integrate foreign Indian Buddhist thought, with that of Chinese indigenous understanding and belief.