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The Book of Filial Duty

by Ivan Chen


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This is a translation of the Hsio Ching, or the Book of Filial Duty. It was written about 400 BCE, about a century following the death of Confucius. The source edition of this etext was published in the Wisdom of the East series.

Title Page
Table of Contents
Editorial Note
The Doctrine of Filial Duty: Chapter I: The Meaning of Filial Duty
Chapter II: The Filial Duty of an Emperor
Chapter III: The Filial Duty of Feudal Princes
Chapter IV: The Filial Duty of High Officers
Chapter V: The Filial Duty of the Literary Class
Chapter VI: The Filial Duty of Common People
Chapter VII: The Three Powers
Chapter VIII: Filial Duty in Government
Chapter IX: Government by the Sage
Chapter X: The Filial Duty of a Son
Chapter XI: The Five Punishments
Chapter XII: Amplification of the Important Doctrine
Chapter XIII: Amplification of the Highest Virtue
Chapter XIV: Amplification of Raising the Reputation
Chapter XV: The Question of Remonstrance in Connection With Filial Duty
Chapter XVI: The Influence and Fruit of Filial Piety
Chapter XVII: Serving the Sovereign
Chapter XVIII: Mourning for One's Parents
The Twenty-Four Examples: No. I: The Filial Piety that influenced Heaven
No. II: Affection shown in tasting Soups and Medicines
No. III: Gnawing her Finger pained his Heart
No. IV: Clad in a Single Garment, he was obedient to his Mother
No. V: He carried Rice for his Parents
No. VI: With Sports and Embroidered Robes he amused his Parents
No. VII: With Deer's Milk he supplied his Parents
No. VIII: He sold himself to bury his Father
No. IX: He hired himself out as a Labourer to support his Mother
No. X: He fanned the Pillow and warmed the Bedclothes
No. XI: The Gushing Fountain and the Frisking Carp
No. XII: He carved Wood and served his Parents
No. XIII: For his Mother's Sake he would bury his Child
No. XIV: He seized the Tiger and saved his Father
No. XV: He collected Mulberries to support his Mother
No. XVI: He laid up the Oranges for his Mother
No. XVII: On hearing the Thunder he wept at the Tomb
No. XVIII: He wept to the Bamboos, and Shoots sprang up
No. XIX: He slept on Ice to procure Carp
No. XX: Wu Meng fed the Mosquitoes
No. XXIII: He resigned Office to seek his Mother
No. XXIV: He watched by his Mother's Bedside