To Become a Sage

The essence of Neo-Confucianism






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To Become a Sage is a translation of

Ten Diagrams on Sage Learning by Yi T'oegye (1501-1570)

Translated, with extensive annotation and commentary,

By Michael C. Kalton

Published by Columbia University Press, 1988

Calligraphy for diagrams by Margaret C. Kalton

Neo-Confucianism: The synthesis of Taoist cosmology and Buddhist spirituality around the core of Confucian concern with society and government, a synthesis which predominated in the intellectual and spiritual life of China, Korea, and Japan prior to the modern period.


Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism

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Table of Contents: description of each chapter and links to download text

T'oegye, Yi Hwang

Ten Diagrams on Sage Learning

      Sources and Arrangement of Ten Diagrams

Suggestions for scholars, especially grad students

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