Xiao Jing 孝經 – Early Meaning of Xiao 孝 and Translation of Text

Katarzyna Pejda

Abstract


The paper contains translation of Confucian classical text Xiao Jing into Polish with analysis of early meaning of xiao, usually translated into English as a “filial piety.” Loving and caring for one parents while they are alive and offer sacrifices after their death is the core meaning of xiao. A person who learnt to obey and care for parents is able to extend that feeling to others outside the family. That makes xiao the root of ren — an exemplary behaviour towards all people. Hence learning how to behave in xiao way is first stage of Confucian self-developement. Traditionally ascribed to Confucius’ student Zengzi, Xiao Jing provides short but important insight into one of Confucian core ethical concepts.


Keywords


Xiao Jing; Zengzi; Confucius; Confucian ethical concepts; self-developement; xiao; filial piety; ren; behaviour towards people

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18290/rh.2019.67.9-6

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