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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (5 Feb 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0330513753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330513753
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the autumn of 2006, Yu Dan, a professor of media studies at Beijing Normal University, gave a series of lectures entitled "Yu Dan's Insights into the Analects" which was broadcast for seven days on China Central Television. Her highly personal interpretation of Confucian thought was rapturously received, An edited transcript of the lectures sold 10,000 copies on the day it was published in book form and by September the following year the book had sold 4.2 million legal copies in China and an estimated 6 million pirated ones, remaining at the top of the Chinese bestseller lists today. Simply written, and with a view to taking the wisdom of Confucius out of the hands of the academics and the philosophers and making it accessible to the general reader, Confucius From the Heart gives us a contemporary Confucius, one who can teach us how to attain spiritual happiness, adjust our daily routines and find our place in modern life. Yu Dan argues that his sayings, or Analects - far from being merely interesting quotes from ancient lore, of little use in our hectic, stress-filled world. Instead, they are simple truths that can speak to each and every one of us and help us lead better, happier, calmer lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A professor at China's Beijing Normal University, assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Media, and Head of the Department of Film & Television Media, Yu Dan is now a household name in China. She has a master's degree in ancient Chinese literature and a doctoral degree in film & TV studies. Following the extraordinary success of her lectures and subsequent book on Confucius, she gave another series of her lectures, this time on the philosopher Zhuangzi, which has also been a massive bestseller.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Stuart E. Hopkins on 7 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Confucius from the Heart: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World, Yu Dan

This short volume is a delightful book to read. It has been excellently designed, illustrated and printed, and is therefore a pleasure to hold to and read. The work expounds a simple, and therefore immediately comprehensible, exposition of the principles, which define Confucian philosophy and practice. In this system of thought, which has been described as ethico-religious, action essentially takes precedence over words: `Confucius's strength is forever the strength of action, and not the strength of words.'

Following a short introduction the author traces and explains the development of Confucian thought and practice through six chapters with the following headings, The Way of Heaven and Earth, the Way of Heart and Soul, The Way of the World, The Way of Friendship, The Way of Ambition and The Way of Being. The school of philosophy, which this book so eloquently expounds, initially seems to emphasise the contemplative life, over the active life, although it is certainly the latter which Confucius actually advocates. The Confucian mode of thought essentially advocates a way of life - an active life primarily intended for the ancient world - which places cardinal importance on the continuous expression of the virtues: humaneness or benevolence, loyalty, filial piety, good faith or trustworthiness, rightness, reciprocity, deference, courage...

The book is primarily intended for the untutored reader: the reader who is unfamiliar with philosophical concepts. Those who fall into this category will undoubtedly derive significant benefit from careful study of its content.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DD-T on 10 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
What Yu Dan has produced here is not a book telling the reader what Confucius taught, rather a self-help book based loosely on Confucius's teachings. It is an excellent translation, but as with many Chinese to English translations, it works far better in Chinese, where the concepts are less alien.

This book is far too anecdotal for my taste, and many of her stories are unsubstantiated and don't seem to exist anywhere other than in this book, which is suspicious. Yu Dan has certainly managed to reawaken an interest in Confucius in China, for which she is to be applauded, but scholars of Confucius will bury their head in their hands when they read her interpretation of his teachings. What is obvious is that Yu Dan is a skilled media operator, not a scholar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Griffith on 23 Feb 2012
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Yu Dan is the finest thing to hit Confucianism since the 1911 Revolution. She represents a whole generation looking with fresh eyes at the tradition's original face. Jeffrey Wasserstrom called her interpretation a populist, compassionate sort of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Some critics say she is "castrating" Confucianism. But maybe the Confucianists should have started long ago to let the mothers teach directly, not just through their sons.

--author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
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I am a bit biased on this guy as I love everything that comes out of his mind. A lot of sense. Society has definitely lost its way over the years to consumerism, materialism and just plain simple good manners.
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This little book has changed my life, changed the way I look and see people, how we all effect each other in this crazy world we live in. It has helped me forgive and forget when someone does us wrong and tries to hurt us. I must for anyone, a must for our society!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Coupe on 6 Mar 2010
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Certainly gives some insight into Confucian philosophy, it's not meant to be a philosophy textbook so the populist tone and writing style don't really matter as long as you're not expecting an academic analysis. Liked the idea of the junzi, it's yet another older version of the common aspiration of that happy, balanced person who inhabits so much of the self help literature. Was less comfortable with the book's innate social conservatism (with a small c), in places it reads like a paean to an older lost order. There was a song by a punk band called Stiff Little Fingers (forgotten which) which featured the lyric "Just be good and know your station", which is pretty much the message here. Not sure that's real wisdom.
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