Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 9, 2018

Confucian Philosophy

Yongyi Zhang
Pages 169-179

The thought of Fang Yizhi in his later years reflected in Renshu Lou Bielu

Renshu Lou Bielu, a very short dialogue, is very important datum for us to understand the thought of Fang Yizhi (1611-1671) in his later years. We could get some conclusions from it. First, Fang Yizhi has never given up the attention to knowledge even if he was under pressure to become a Buddhist monk. Second, he never forgot the identity of Confucius even though he was an abbot in Qingyuan Mountain. Last, most of his theories have come from the Book of Changes even though he agrees with the syncretism of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.