On Sages and Sageness (DIJ Tokyo)

Germany: Land of “Dichter and Denker”

On Sages and Sageness in the Eyes of the European Orientalists

Where: DIJ Deutsches Institut fuer Japanwissenschaften, Tokyo
When: Jun 2nd, 2010

Who are the sages? What characteristics do they have? What do they do, and how do they do it? What is the difference between a philosopher and a sage? Are there sages in Germany? Do some cultures have more sages than others? What is the future of sages and wisdom in today’s age of quick knowledge?The speaker has studied the lives and teachings of various Oriental sages and sage wisdom in Early European, Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist societies, and will share his findings with a curious and open-minded audience.

He will mainly compare German culture with Chinese and Japanese culture with respect to their traditional attitudes toward sagely beings, followed by explaining the difference between a philosopher and a sage based on definitions given by Socrates, Plato, Kant, Goethe, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Humboldt, Heidegger, Einstein etc. on the one side, and Confucius, Buddha, Zhuangzi, Mozi, Gu Hongming, Honen, Shinran, Nakae Chomin, Ji Xianlin, etc. on the other.

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