Confucius' lecture on idea behind compiling 'Book of Documents'
Updated 14:37, 27-Oct-2021

As a key innovative cultural show produced by CMG, China in the Classics examines the stirring stories of ancient Chinese classics by selecting the most outstanding of these traditional cultural masterpieces and examining the creation process and core ideology in a form that combines cultural seminars, drama and visualization. It brings the ancient classics "alive," demonstrating Chinese wisdom, ethos and values implied in the ancient classics.

In this episode, contemporary reader Sa Beining steps onto two historical stages 2,000 years apart to reveal the past and present of the "Book of Documents." In 1900 at Mogao Caves, Taoist priest Wang chanced upon a cave of preserved sutras. The cave housed over 10,000 volumes of ancient classics, among which was the earliest-known text of the "Book of Documents."

About 2,000 years ago, Confucius compiled the "Book of Documents." He explained that it could enable one "to learn about the ancient sages' fundamentals of governance, understand the reasons for the rise and fall of dynasties, and appreciate the significance of self-cultivation."

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