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Singapore's Lesson For Washington: Morality Of Leaders Matters

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 12.22.2013 | Religion
Jung-kyu Kim

The lesson of Singapore, for America and the rest of the world, is this: no other government takes people development more seriously.

Cherish That Guilt. It Means You Are Still Human

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jung-kyu Kim

My conclusion is a simple one: to restore morality to our businesses we must start by recovering our ability to feel, namely ren. As Jonah Lehrer, a writer on psychology, points out, the worst criminal is not someone who lacks moral reasoning but someone who feels unmoved by others' suffering -- the very definition of a psychopath.

Thoughts on Karma...

Megan Staggs | Posted 12.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Megan Staggs

We cannot control the impact of our thoughts, words and actions, but we can be aware of our intentions behind them.

Why Confucius Rejected 'Laissez-faire'

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jung-kyu Kim

Why did Lao Tzu prefer laissez-faire to paternalism? For much the same reason that neoclassical economists advocate free-market capitalism: good intention distorts.

'Peony Pavilion,' the Romeo and Juliet of the East

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

What you should know first and foremost about The Peony Pavilion, a 16th-century Chinese musical drama about love, death, and resurrection -- and arguably the most famous of all Kunqu Operas -- is that its poetry can kill. It has killed before.

Reversing The Culture Of Greed

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Jung-kyu Kim

A culture of extreme individualism and profit-seeking has frayed our social fabric. To reverse the decline, we must discard the notion that greed is good.

The Confucian in the World: Neither Rustic Nor Pedant

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

It is easy to understand Confucius' critique of too much raw nature. As he responded to the political chaos of the period in which he lived by suggesting the necessity of a return to the teachings of the ancient sages through learning, he also faced an opponent in those who sought to simply escape the turmoil of the age.

Partisanship: A Confucian Perspective

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Never a day passes, it seems, without some new level of partisanship as front-page news. Its effects, as we all know, are nothing short of derailing the very capacity of the government to carry out its most fundamental responsibilities.

Who Will Light Incense When Mother's Gone?

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.11.2013 | Women
Andrew Lam

This morning, it occurs to me as I type these words that this too, strangely enough, is a kind of ritual, a kind of filial impulse to reconcile Mother's world and my own. The solemnity of the act -- my fingers gliding on the keyboard, my mind on things ethereal -- is something akin, at last, to my mother's morning prayers.

Confucian Thoughts On Aging

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The Master said, "The filial piety of nowadays means the support of one's parents. But dogs and horses are able to do something in the way of support; without reverence, what is there is distinguish the one support given from the other?"

In Heaven, We Feed Each Other

Mary Ellen Jebbia | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Mary Ellen Jebbia

If we are to end our own suffering, we need to start by seeking to help and allow ourselves to be helped.

Sitting By A Friend: Confucius On Tragedy

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

May we take these words to heart and in our own small ways practice the empathy, the true care for others, the world so desperately needs in this hour.

Confucius Say, 'YOLO!'

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The goal is the fulfillment of a life of learning such that one comes to accord with the Way of Heaven, not in some eschatological point beyond life, but within one's life itself. And what of the afterlife? Simply of no concern and thus no articulation.

Winter Solstice: A Confucian View

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Where world religions are often seen to incorporate the metaphor of darkness and light, little has been considered of a Confucian view of darkness and light or the nadir of light at Winter Solstice.

Confucian Thoughts On Nature

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Even a tradition such as Confucianism, as focused upon societal and familial obligations, duties and responsibilities as it was, still saw the value of Nature as a deep and profound source for the learning and transformation of the individual.

Confucius On Nature

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The scholarly world has begun to take the discussion of religion and nature seriously. A 10-volume series from Harvard has provided extensive scholarship on the meaning of nature within major religious traditions. One of those 10 volumes is on Confucianism

The Simple Life: Confucius As Taoist?

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

As with every religious tradition, there are often stereotypes that frequently belie the subtlety or complexity of a worldview to the detriment of a full understanding of its teachings and practices.

Testing And Blogging: What Would Confucius Say?

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

While blogging can be a positive steppingstone in the building of a learning process, it also suggests a cautionary warning -- rootless thought runs the risk of abandoning the larger goal of learning.

Is Respect Key to Creating Greatness?

Peter Baksa | Posted 08.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

Wise actions flow naturally from the right principles. When respect directs our daily choices, all our interactions are in harmony with our greater good. Respect for ourselves, one another, and for life itself should be at our core lighting the path for us.

Civility: A Contemporary Confucian Plea

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The answer is to reintroduce schools for the teaching of Confucian values as its own antidote to a world where the ability to act and talk with dignity and respect, civility,

'Bowling Alone' -- With Confucius

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Learning is unceasing -- and is fulfilled in company -- in community with others, in cooperation with others, in care for others, in friendship with others.

Modern China's Spiritual Crisis: Does it Exist?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 03.23.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

To the Chinese, materialism is not superficial. It is meaningful, tantamount to advancement within society and faith in the future. Run amok, however, it corrupts ambition and threatens the country's social fabric.

'Tis The Season -- With Confucius

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

And so, in turning toward Confucius we will look for what he believed to be that highest ideal of which he felt each and every person was capable. Such an ideal was captured for Confucius in the term chün tzu, Noble Person.

'Family Values' -- Confucian Style

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

But do family values have to have a political position? Can't they be just family values, something that we all treasure as a mark of our fundamental humanity and humaneness?

Cheers Or Tears? What Confucius Would Say About Texas Executions

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Confucius is rarely heard in contemporary debate. But what indeed would Confucius make of this latest public ovation for what the audience perceived to be the benefits of capital punishment?