Chinese Idiom: Zeng Zi Stood and Came to His Elder's Side to Show His Respect

PureInsight | September 6, 2004

[] Chen Yi was born in the ancient Chinese city of Luozhou during the early part of the Tang Dynasty. One day, his father gave him and his brothers a lecture on the first chapter from the classical text on filial piety, Xiao Jing.

His father said: "In ancient times, there were no chairs and people sat on the floor on mats. One day Confucius was giving a lecture to his students. He stopped in the middle of his lecture and asked his student Zeng Zi a question. Zeng Zi hurriedly stood up, walked to the his side, dropped his hands, and respectfully answered Confucius' question."

The father then said, "This is the story of Zeng Zi Standing and Coming to the Side. Do you understand what I just said?"

Chen Yi's brothers nodded and said that they understood the story. Only Chen Yi stood up, smoothed out the wrinkles on his clothes, walked to the side, and respectively said to his father, "Yes, I understand what you said."

Chen Yi went on to become a renowned monk whose Buddhist monk name was Xuan Zhuang.

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