Understanding Religions in the World – Part 12: Confucianism Basic Beliefs

Dear people, how are you? This is Clark, and here on this page we will continue with the next part of my “Understanding Religions” series. Today we explore Confucianism basic beliefs, including a little bit of its founding story as well as its place in the world today. I hope you enjoy reading about this ‘religion’ which is quite well-known among the Chinese community around the world.

Anyway, here’s part 11 of the series if you missed it. Without further ado, let’s go on to

Confucianism Basic Beliefs

Confucianism is often thought of as a branch of (social and ethical) philosophy instead of a spiritual practice.

Practitioners of Confucianism believe in maintaining peace and avoiding conflict. Some of the key concepts in Confucianism include righteousness; honesty and trustworthiness; loyalty to the government; ritual, propriety and etiquette; love within the family, filial piety and respecting one’s ancestors; and showing benevolence and humanness to other people.

Confucianism practitioners believe in moderation in their behavior and emotion, and maintaining balance in all things. They also believe in striving for wisdom.

According to Confucianism, moral is a part of spirituality. If one live in peace and harmony, one will be connected with the spiritual forces of the Universe.

Founding History…

Confucianism was founded by Confucius. Born in Lu, China, he gave up his government job to become a teacher. The subject he taught was how to behave. He believed that society can be perfect if only its people demonstrate beautiful conduct. Some of Confucius’ best quotes are as follow:

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

“When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Confucius became known as one of the greatest philosophers of China.

Mencius, also a Chinese philosopher, further developed Confucianism after picking up Confucius’ teachings. He was known as the second sage.

Confucianism and the World

Practitioners of Confucianism believe in participating in rituals because they unite people and strengthen the community. They observe four important sets of rituals – at birth, reaching maturity, marriage and death. For example in marriage, after the date of the wedding has been decided the bride will announce the wedding with invitations and gifts of moon-shaped cookies. Another example is after the death of a loved one, the family mourns by making and wearing special clothes.

Today, over 5 million people practice Confucianism and they are mostly in China and the Far East. Many of these practitioners also believe in Buddhism and Taoism.

Stay Tuned, Sisters and Brothers!

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