The Journal of Wu Yubi: The Path to Sagehood

The Journal of Wu Yubi The Path to Sagehood In this rare firsthand account of an individual s pursuit of sagehood the early Ming dynasty scholar and teacher Wu Yubi chronicles his progress and his setbacks as he strives to integrate the Neo C

  • Title: The Journal of Wu Yubi: The Path to Sagehood
  • Author: Yubi Wu
  • ISBN: 9781624660429
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this rare firsthand account of an individual s pursuit of sagehood, the early Ming dynasty scholar and teacher Wu Yubi chronicles his progress and his setbacks, as he strives to integrate the Neo Confucian practices of self examination and self cultivation into everyday life In than three hundred entries, spanning much of his adult life, Wu paints a vivid picture,In this rare firsthand account of an individual s pursuit of sagehood, the early Ming dynasty scholar and teacher Wu Yubi chronicles his progress and his setbacks, as he strives to integrate the Neo Confucian practices of self examination and self cultivation into everyday life In than three hundred entries, spanning much of his adult life, Wu paints a vivid picture, not only of the life of the mind, but also of the life of a teacher of modest means, struggling to make ends meet in a rural community.This volume features M Theresa Kelleher s superb translation of Wu s journal, along with translations of than a dozen letters from his personal correspondence A general Introduction discusses Neo Confucianism and the Ming dynasty, and includes biographical information that puts the main work in context A substantial commentary on the journal discusses the obstacles and supports Wu encounters in pursuit of his goal, the conflict between discipline and restraint of the self and the nurturing and expanding of the self, Wu s successes and failures, and Wu s role as a teacher.Also included are a map of the Ming dynasty, a pronunciation guide, a chronology of Chinese dynasties, a glossary of names, a glossary of book titles, and suggestions for further reading.

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    1. Dai Jin (Tai Chin, 1388-1462)The noble person tends to his own situation in life. How could he take what comes from the outside world as true honor or disgrace?- Wu Yu-biIs philosophy a body of knowledge or a transformative way of life? I know the answer most academic philosophers would now give, but it was not always that way. I've touched upon this matter before in my review of Qu'est ce que la philosophie antique?, in which Pierre Hadot made the case that there was an entire tradition of Grec [...]

    2. One of the world's earliest "diaries" I enjoyed reading the daily thoughts of Wu Yubi, not only did his journal put into perspective some of the very realistic struggles one might experience on their own path to sage hood, but Theresa Kelleher also provides background, notes, and excellent sources for us to further understand the texts. This is more than the writings of someone pursuing religion, it's about dealing with poverty, struggling with one's health, temperament, family, and the pain you [...]

    3. This is a really interesting book. Wu (1392-1469) was a Confucian teacher of the early Ming Dynasty. As an adolescent he resolved to abandon preparation for the Chinese imperial service in favor of pursuing sagehood. This led to disowning by his father and banishment to a rural home where he had to farm to feed himself and his family. The journal (a genre for which he is responsible, more or less) is a somewhat repetitive but also intriguing record of his emotional and intellectual efforts at gr [...]

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