Our first case study led us to sit down with Daxue Consulting’s team members and discuss their name.
When you see Daxue in Daxue Consulting ’s name, what’s the first thing comes to mind? It is believed that the Chinese word Daxue(大学) with the meaning of University will be the commonly agreed answer.
The different meanings of the word daxue
The Chinese word daxue has different meanings in modern and ancient society. In modern times, daxue mainly means the schools which implement higher education: the University. But in ancient times, daxue mainly have two meanings. The first was the place where the above-15-years-old young students , received higher education such as philosophy and politics. It is opposed to the word xiaoxue for younger children’s education.
The second refers to the name of an excellent classic book focusing on self morality cultivation and the art of management and social affairs, which represents the thoughts of Confucius.
The profile of the book Daxue
Chinese traditional culture is broad and profound, which has a profound influence to actual society all over the world. There into, Confucianism represents fundamentally the wisdom of Chinese philosophy. The classic book Daxue (大学), written by a brilliant student of Confucius, is an important heritage of Confucianism . It had significant impact in Chinese governor’s mentality from Song Dynasty. And It was the first textbook selected among the Four Books required reading for the ancient scholars，before their imperial examination.
The book Daxue was written by Zengzi(曾子), during the Warring states period, 2000 years ago. It mainly summarized the moral-cultivation theory for individual from an ordinary to the Emperor. And it also systematically discussed the political philosophy of Confucianism and moreover, it has significant influence to Chinese society from its appearance.
What’s the core thoughts of the book Daxue?
The core thoughts followed Confucius’ main thoughts of moral cultivation: uprightness, sincerity, self cultivation, family harmony, country management and world peace. It is not difficult to find that the morality cultivation starts from individual, then extends to family, country and to the world. In other words, the governor of a country, of an enterprise, of a family, should keep the right morality: uprightness and sincerity. Besides, for the Confucianist, this is the only way to help people reach the supreme good, the peace of an individual’s mind and the peace of the world.
Daxue reflects brilliantly the ancient Chinese philosophers wisdom, here we just have some introductions on it. It was forgotten during the period of Chinese culture revolution and now it comes back smoothly, and continues to bring positive thoughts in terms of personal moral self cultivation, of the enterprise management and of a state government art. In different ages when you read this book, you will have different perspectives and different thoughts. The thoughts in the book are always valuable to help today’s people to find the supreme good, at least to have a direction of values.
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by Amanda and Diane