Workshop summarizes Confucianism

Kassandra Mitchell, Contributor Ω

This statue, found in Hunan, China on the shore of Dongting Lake, depicts Confucius. - Photo by ROb Web/ Flickr Creative Commons

This statue, found in Hunan, China on the shore of Dongting Lake, depicts Confucius. – Photo by Rob Web/ Flickr Creative Commons

The Root of Chinese Values: Confucianism, a workshop held Feb. 7 in the midst of the five-day long International Days festival, briefly outlined the tradition of Confucianism as well as how the philosophy can be practiced in today’s modern society.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to share about Confucianism and what it means for all our lives today,” said Warveni Jap, a TRU marketing professor.

The Panorama Room, located on the International Building’s third floor, was filled with chairs and bamboo mats for people to sit. There was traditional Chinese music for the attendees to listen to and tea to drink.

A basic breakdown of the teachings of Confucius, an ancient Chinese teacher and philosopher, were read, which outlined the golden rule of the philosophy and a principle we’ve all heard before: Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

This was followed by a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and a brief display of several historical Chinese artifacts. The items featured included art and tapestry, and the history behind each one were described in detail.

Jap ended the two-hour workshop with a brief lecture, in which she left room at the end for comments and questions from the audience of approximately 50.