1. Character Building (修身)
a ) Guard against greed (戒貪) [i]
Almost a thousand years have passed since the heyday of King Cheng and King Kang, and many rulers having tried to attain the same glory. But this golden era of peace and prosperity never returned. Why has this been so? It is because rulers have forsaken the law and moral standards, and have instead pursued selfish desires, spoiling themselves with extravagance, and totally neglecting the practice of benevolence and righteousness.
[Scroll 19: Han Shu, Vol. 7 ]
自成康以來，幾且千歲，欲為治者甚眾，然而太平 不復興者，何也？以其舍法度，而任私意，奢侈行而 仁義廢也。 （卷十九 漢書七 ）
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Qunshu Zhiyao, The Compilation of Books and Writings on the Important Governing Principles, is a compilation containing advice, methods, and historical notes on the successes and failures of the imperial government of China. This compilation takes us through thousands of years of Chinese political thinking, and offers us some valuable leadership principles which not only helped the great Tang Emperor Taizong to establish the glorious Reign of Zhenguan, but which will also prove valid as points of reference for contemporary leaders. As for the general public, this compilation is a great source of inspiration for self-improvement, family management and human relations.
Qunshu Zhiyao is made up of extracts from various classics, histories, and the works of the saints and sages. It consists of a total of 65 books compiled in 50 scrolls/volumes. This version of Qunshu Zhiyao 360 groups the contents of Qunshu into six chapters, namely: The Way of a Leader, The Art of a Minister, Esteeming Virtues, On the Subject of Administration, Respectfully Cautious, and Discerning.
Title: “The Governing Principles of Ancient China”
Based on 360 passages excerpted from the original compilation of Qunshu Zhiyao (Compilation of Books and Writings on the Important Governing Principles).
First edition, May 2012
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