Chinease School of Thoughts

Dizier Jordan

Buddhism

Meditation is important in promoting peace.Right actions and Right Speech lead to Nirvana.Diffused to China via the Silk Road.Monasteries became centers of learning.

Confucianism

Harmony comes from balancing opposites forces of ying and yang.“Do not do to others what you do not wish yourself.” (Golden Rule)His sayings are written in The Analects. Government officials have to pass exams to prove they understand these principles.HAN DynastyRulers should lead by example. Inferiors should obey.There are five relationships in society one should honorBelief in Filial piety (respect for parents)principles.HAN DynastyRulers should lead by example. Inferiors should obey.There are five relationships in society one should honorBelief in Filial piety (respect for parents)

Daoism

Strong government deters violence.Respect older people (elders) and traditions.  They reject conflict; they prefer to give way-to yield like water. People should live in harmony with nature.The best government governs the least.The book is “The Way of Virtue.” 

Legalism

Stable societies are built on LI. (Proper Behavior)Used to force people to work on government projects such as the Great Wall.The nature of man is evil; strict rules are needed for order. QIN DynastyGreed is the cause of most conflicts.

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