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RELI 448N Week 4 Discussion: Chinese Religion
Read/review the following resources for this activity:
- Textbook: Chapter 6
- Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook/lesson)
Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, respond to only one of the following options:
For this option, address the following:
- Define each of the following Confucian principles: ren, yi, li, zhi, and xin.
- Choose one of these principles and explain how it contributes to social harmony.
- Illustrate with an example of how this principle compares to your own beliefs and/or religious background.
- Have you witnessed your chosen principle in action in your work? How does it relate to what you are called to do as a healthcare professional?
For this option, address the following:
- Explain the Daoist ideal of wuwei.
- Describe how this ideal contributes to harmony with heaven?
- Compare the Daoist idea of wuwei to Confucius’ approach to how one should live in the world?
- Explain how one of these approaches (wuwei/Confucius) might apply in your profession.
Follow-Up Post Instructions
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Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Respond to a peer who chose an option different from the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.
- Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
- Initial Post Length: 300-500 words
- Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and one outside scholarly source)
- APA format for in-text citations (include page or paragraph) and references
This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:
- Link (webpage): Discussion Guidelines
Course Outcomes (CO): 2, 3, 5
Due Date for Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday
Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday
We have arrived at Week 4, our midway point! You may start posting for credit on Sunday 11/15/20. Your Discussion for week 4, once again gives you the choice of two options. One deals with Confucian terminology and ideas of social harmony. The second deals with the Daoist concept of wuwei. Please make your TWO posts each week on any of the eight days allotted from preview Sunday to closing Sunday that work with your schedule. Both posts may be on the same day.
Don’t forget that you are to use on outside resource in the main post,and don’t forget to take a look at the discussion rubric as you are working on your initial post. Please contact me with any questions or concerns that you might have.
Here are some articles that former students have found to be very helpful with this weeks topics.
The Five Virtues https://eds-b-ebscohost-com.chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org/eds/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=1728f958-8eac-471e-8c27-149ee01888a1%40sessionmgr103&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#AN=70894481&db=f5hLinks to an external site.
Wu Wei: The Taoist Principle of Action in Non-Action https://www.learnreligions.com/wu-wei-the-action-of-non-action-3183209Links to an external site.
Daoist Philosophy https://www.iep.utm.edu/daoism/Links to an external site.
China’s Three Teachings and Relationship of Heaven, Earth and Humanity https://doi-org.chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org/10.1163/156853511X617803
The Influence of Confucianism and Buddhism on Chinese Business https://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr19/tianbo.htmLinks to an external site.
Confucius Biography https://www.biography.com/scholar/confuciusLinks to an external site.
The Principle of Wu Wei And How it Can Improve Your LIfe https://medium.com/personal-growth/the-principle-of-wu-wei-and-how-it-can-improve-your-life-d6ce45d623b9Links to an external site.
Is Confucianism Impacting the World Today? https://eds-a-ebscohost-com.chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org/eds/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=fb156c01-5441-4743-b4f6-c0ce49cb10cd%40sdc-v-sessmgr06&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#AN=119394766&db=a9hLinks to an external site.
A Critique of Confucius’ Philosophy https://www-tandfonline-com.chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org/doi/full/10.1080/09552367.2016.1240918
In the article of Wuwei, it states “One of Taoism’s most important concepts is wu wei, which is sometimes translated as “non-doing” or “non-action” (Reninger 2020). This ideal can be translated as effortless action. How do we cultivate Wu Wei? When cultivating Wuwei, a person can relax the body and the mind, rest and take off from work when needed, let go of the anything negative, do not act on impulse but know when to respond and how. Those examples are way of how Wuwei is practiced.
Daoist ideal of Wuwei contributes to harmony with heaven because it promotes peace with the inner nature and external movements. When practicing Daoist the idea is based on belief in nature and life in the natural manner; However, when speaking about Confucian, this ideal is based on how a person conducts themselves. (Sungmoon 2020). When practicing Confucian, one should be intentional, meditate, write to release their thoughts, explore the world, keep your health first, and love yourself are just a few on how one should live. Living in Wuwei, it is important not to hold onto the past but to look forward to the future without begging for a better future.
Another example of living in the world of practicing Wuwei, is going with the flow, if the flow of things is off, stop go and relax to avoid difficult situations. Also, not forcing yourself to love something that you do not love, is living by Wuwei. All the examples are how one should follow Wuwei. In my profession as a nurse, I feel Confucius is an approach that I might try in my practice.
You are asked to release and let go, relax, meditate, yoga, keep your health first which are all things that one should do in order to avoid being overwhelmed as a nurse. As a nurse, depending upon how fast paced or slow paced your job may be, this approach can definitely assist with burnout in nurses; our job can become too much for us on a day to day basis.
Wu Wei or “the alignment with the rhythms of the elements both within and outside our bodies. It is a kind of ebb and flow, an effortless surrender to natural cycles of the world.” (Stead, 2018) I liked that you were able to give examples of how to incorporate wu wei into the practice of nursing. During this pandemic I have definitely noticed that more nurses are experiencing ‘burnout’ and are quitting their jobs. I too believe that if we were able to incorporate wu wei and be able to leave the stress of our jobs at work rather than letting that stress follow us home and into our personal lives then we would be much happier and less likely to feel burned out.
Stead, H. J. (2018, May 14). The Principle Of Wu Wei And How It Can Improve Your Life. Retrieved from: https://medium.com/personal-growth/the-principle-of-wu-wei-and-how-it-can-improve-your-life-d6ce45d623b9