The Ultimate Confucius Resource Page
Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and teacher and his wisdom has impacted Asian culture for centuries. Born in 551 BC as K’ung Fu Tzu, Confucius had political aspirations and traveled the country as a young man in an attempt to find an appointment as a politician. After finding little success in this endeavor, he returned to his home in the province of Lu, where he achieved prominence as a scholar. There, he spent several years teaching his central philosophy to a devoted group of followers. Confucius believed in bringing the government back to a state of morality and upholding ethical values. It was the duty of those appointed to government headship to rule fairly and for those who were subject to leadership to support the government. He also promoted an ideal man to be a ‘gentleman’ or someone who was upright and virtuous in his daily life. His teachings were compiled in a book called “The Analects,” and his doctrine became a philosophy of those both in leadership and the common man. After his death in 479 BC, his followers continued to promote his teachings, edit his writings, and compile his knowledge into further books. While not practiced as a religion in that Confucius is a deity to be worshiped, Confucianism is rather a way of life and an adherence to his teachings. Today, the teachings of Confucius have reached into other Asian countries including Japan, Vietnam, and Korea, and many people in China still follow his doctrine as a way of life.