Confucius: Moderation is Key

Something cool that I read recently from the Analects of Confucius that I wanted to share:

[1:14] The Master said: “When the noble man eats he does not try to stuff himself; at rest he does not seek perfect comfort; he is diligent in his work and careful in speech. He avails himself to people of the Way and thereby corrects himself. This is the kind of person of whom you can say, ‘he loves learning.’”

I should pay attention to first part more. I think I would be more healthy and have less heartburn. 😉

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Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

5 thoughts on “Confucius: Moderation is Key”

  1. It is always good to self-moderate. I find it amusingly curious how “Buddhist” that sounds.

    I wish everyone could see the commonalities among different traditions. There are many, but we are conditioned to see everything “else” in a negative light…

    And yes, I suspect moderation in food would help the heartburn. 😉

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    1. Hi Hickersonia, sorry for the late reply. There’s definitely plenty of overlap between Buddhism and Confucianism, hence Noe-Confucianism has so many Buddhist influences without actually being Buddhist.

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  2. I’m in the same boat.
    I agree completely with everything with Hickersonia says.
    I love food I ain’t gonna lie, but I understand that food can’t bring ultimate happiness/equanimity/bliss, which is what the Buddha is pointing towards.
    In the sutta addressed to Gottami (in the Pali) the Buddha says (roughly) “anything that brings peace of mind comes from me” (among many other things).
    I think if you can embrace the mind of metta, ie. universal loving kindness for all including yourself, then maybe you can slowly make changes in the right direction so you are not so enticed by food, as I continually do day by day.
    Like Hickersonia, I don’t think the different traditions say so many contradictory things about each other, especially when it comes to East Asian Mahayana vs Theravada – only the priorities are a little different. The Mahayana only says that you should not seek an end to helping others. This doesn’t mean the Theravada is without worth, only that the Theravada path will focus on fixing yourself first, which is what any true follower of the Mahayana path should focus on, before helping others.

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    1. Hi Eric Koeppen,

      Yeah, the differences can definitely be like splitting hairs sometimes, though with Buddhism and Confucianism the cosmology part is enough to warrant attention. For practical purposes though, a regular “lay” person can learn a lot from either one. 🙂

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  3. True! Confucius was big on creating a functioning society (out of chaos). The Buddha taught lessons that worked in a given functioning society (just look at the changes renunciates had to make when going to China- a society that did not cater to them).

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