"The Ancient Chinese Character For Ru"
The Ru Tradition is known as one of the oldest thriving intellectual and spiritual traditions in the world. Its most prominent teacher lived over 2,500 years ago. His name was Kong Qiu. His venerated title is Kong Fuzi, or simply Kongzi, which translates to Master Kong. He lived, taught, and practiced in a tiny state called Lu of the Late Spring and Autumn Period in Chinese history. It was a period of time that was before China was even a country.
Today, the Ru Tradition spans over many continents and hundreds of countries. Its knowledge and wisdom have trekked over many seas and across vast oceans over the centuries, from Far East Asia to Western Europe, to even the New World of the Americas, stirring the imagination of many prodigal minds and moving just as many hearts. It has both captivated and influenced some of the greatest thinkers in world history: Enlightenment Thinkers such as the German philosophers Leibniz and Christian Wolff, to the French philosopher Voltaire to the Founding Fathers of the United States such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
This great tradition is known in many languages. In Japanese, it is called Jukyō. In Vietnamese, it is called Nho giáo. In Korean, it is called Yu-gyo. In the Chinese dialect of Pǔtōnghuà, commonly known as Mandarin, it is called Rújiào. In the English speaking world, it is commonly known as Confucianism.
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