A man in the soul of Japan

| Sep 10, 2006

A man in the soul of Japan

by Michael Hoffman

This story is part of a package on Confucius. The introduction is here. “The Analects” and other Confucian texts were brought to Japan by the Korean envoy and scholar Wani in the fourth or fifth century A.D., some 800 years after Confucius’ death. Buddhist ...

Confucius and his 'golden age'

| Sep 10, 2006

Confucius and his 'golden age'

by Michael Hoffman

Is what Confucius said true? Can music, poetry and decorum govern the world? Do rulers, by cultivating benevolence in themselves, plant benevolence in their subjects, and harmony in the polity? The chaos of our time hardly invites us to take such notions seriously. But ...