Promoting Morality for Ultimate Liberation: The Philosophy of Moral Education in Religious Taoism and Buddhism

  • Zhuran You
  • A. G. Rud
  • Yingzi Hu


This chapter describes a period of conflict and the integration of the three teachings/religions.

The first section deals with religious Taoism’s adoption of Confucian moral education principles such as filial piety and loyalty, as represented by Ge Hong; it also discusses Ge’s interpretation of morality as a prerequisite for becoming a celestial being. The second section focuses on Buddhism’s conflicts, adoption, and fusion with Confucian doctrines, including Hui-yuan’s insistence upon monks’ exemption from secular rites and his concepts of karma and reincarnation for religious/moral education purpose; Hui-neng’s ideas about retrieving Buddha’s nature, sudden enlightenment, confession, promoting good and eradicating evil in facilitating people’s moral development; and Qi-song’s efforts to incorporate filial piety into Buddhism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhuran You
    • 1
  • A. G. Rud
    • 2
  • Yingzi Hu
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Teacher EducationShaoxing UniversityShaoxing CityChina
  2. 2.College of EducationWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  3. 3.Office of the ProvostShaoxing UniversityShaoxing CityChina

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