Consulting the Yi Jing (I Ching)
Our Yi Jing (I Ching) consultation gives you a reading using the ancient
yarrow stick method.
You select where the sticks are split by clicking the mouse and so the choice is not random. It takes three steps to generate each line of your hexagram ( gua). After all six lines are built up you will be given an analysis of your hexagram and a link to look up its meaning. Press ‘New Reading’ to start over from scratch.
th Sep It's the birthday of Confucius
Today marks the official birthday
祭 of China's great sage 孔 大典 Confucius.
2022 is also somewhat special as it marks 2,500 years since he died.
Traditionally the birthday of the great sage and philosopher Confucius was celebrated on the 27th of the 8th lunar month (in 2022 this fell on 22nd September). It is now tied to a specific day, the 28th September each year.
The town of
Qufu, Shandong was the home of Confucius ( Kǒngfūzǐ ) and descendents now in the 83rd generation still live there. The size and grandeur of the buildings rival that of the 孔 夫 子 Forbidden City in Beijing.
Arguably the most important Chinese book is the 'Analects of Confucius'. It sets out the ethics and philosophy using incidents from the life of the great sage. Written around 300BCE a long time after his death, it admonishes the reader to obey the state rituals and know ones place in the order of things. It is not spiritual - Confucians do not believe in the after-life and does not include cosmology or the natural world. The system of ethics that are set out continue to guide the lives of many people in China.
One of the key tenets of Confucianism is that everyone should live in a spirit of benevolence
rén. A follower of Confucius should be a person of empathy and humanity who believes it is correct to help those in need. This is not to be done on the basis of future reward (in life or death) but rather it is the virtuous way to behave. 仁 Statue of Confucius at Qufu, Shandong Read full story…