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Zijian 子騫

Jan 12, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Min Sun 閔損 (523-487 BCE), courtesy name Zijian 子騫, was one of the ten wise disciples of Confucius (Kong men shi zhe 孔門十哲).

Confucius lauded him for his high spirits and his virtuous conduct. Zijian, he said, would never serve a frivolous ruler. Zijian was rather a conservative state philosopher who praised the tradition and old style instead of altering the political matters and therefore criticized the new style of politics adopted by the regent of Lu 魯, Ji Kangzi 季康子.

With his utmost filial piety, he served his step-mother although she behaved very cruelly towards him, and treated his half-brother very warmheartedly.

Sheng Guangzhi 盛廣智 (1996). "Min Zijian 閔子騫", in Feng Kezheng 馮克正, Fu Qingsheng 傅慶升, ed. Zhuzi baijia da cidian 諸子百家大辭典 (Shenyang: Liaoning renmin chubanshe), 16.
Yin Yongqian 殷永千 (1998). "Ran Yong 冉雍", in Zhao Jihui 趙吉惠, Guo Houan 郭厚安, ed. Zhongguo ruxue cidian 中國儒學辭典 (Shenyang: Liaoning renmin chubanshe), 6.