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Buddhism vs. Confucianism

Is Confucianism a part of Buddhism?

Confucianism is the Chinese philosophy and no, it’s not a part of Buddhism religion, but there are several similarities between Confucianism and the religion of Buddhism.

In Chinese philosophy, the phrase three teachings refers to Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism when considered as a harmonious aggregate. Confucianism focuses on societal rules and moral values, whereas Taosim advocates simplicity and living happily while in tune with nature. On the other hand, Buddhism reiterates the ideas of suffering, impermanence of material items, and reincarnation while stressing the idea of reaching salvation beyond. ⠀

Let’s look closer what Confucianism really is: ⠀

Temple: Confucian temples are not really religious sites and have no priests and spiritual beings. ⠀

Practices: Visit to temples to pay homage to Ti'en (while it can refer to God or Heaven, it traditionally refers to social power), #Confucius, and ancestors; To practice ('Jing zuo, ') or 'Quiet Sitting', a neo-Confucian seeking of self-cultivation.

Goal: To have a structured society.

Life after death: Ancestors and #heritage is important, but not worshiped.

Main concepts: Ru (humaneness), righteousness, propriety/etiquette, loyalty, and filial piety, along with a strict adherence to social roles.

Principle: Confucianism is all about the brotherhood of humanity. ⠀

View of other Dharmic religions: Confucianists usually follow Buddhism, which is a Dharmic religion.

Goal of Philosophy: Social Harmony.

Views on other religions: Confucianists see no contradiction in following more than one religion

Concept of Deity: Most believe in One God, but this is not necessary since Confucianism is not a religion but a belief system about social ordering.


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