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How to Be a Ru

So, you’ve read a few books on Ruism and you’re excited about the ideas you found there. Now what? How do you do Ruism? How…


Ancestor Devotion

If there is a single ritual which speaks to the resilience of the Ruist tradition, it is ‘ancestor devotion.’ Its history began long before the…


Foot-Binding and Ruism

If there is anything of which the Chinese Ru (Confucian) Tradition should feel guilty about, it is the past practice of female foot-binding in late…


Filiality as the Root

In this passage, Youzi, one of Confucius’ most accomplished students, discusses the importance of filiality, a key concept in Ruism. Youzi uses an agricultural image…