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The Book of Rites 《禮記》

Also known as the Liji, a Warring States Confucian Text with English translation by James Legge

《曲禮上》 Summary of the Rules of Propriety Part 1
《曲禮下》 Summary of the Rules of Propriety Part 2
《檀弓上》 Tan Gong I
《檀弓下》 Tan Gong II
《王制》 Royal Regulations
《月令》 Proceedings of Government in the Different Months
《曾子問》 The Questions of Zeng-zi
《文王世子》King Wen as Son and Heir
《禮運》 Ceremonial Usages; their Origins, Development, and Intention
《禮器》 Rites in the Formation of Character
《郊特牲》 The Single Victim at the Border Sacrifices
《內則》 The Pattern of the Family
《玉藻》 The Jade-Bead Pendants of the Royal Cap
《明堂位》 The Places in the Hall of Distinction
《喪服小記》 Record of Small Matters in the Dress of Mourning
《大傳》 The Great Treatise
《少儀》 Smaller Rules of Demeanour
《學記》 Record on the Subject of Education
《樂記》 Record of Music
《雜記上》 Miscellaneous Records I
《雜記下》 Miscellaneous Records II
《喪大記》 The Greater Record of Mourning Rites
《祭法》 The Law of Sacrifices
《祭義》 The Meaning of Sacrifices
《祭統》 A Summary Account of Sacrifices
《經解》 The Different Teachings of the Different Kings
《哀公問》 Questions of Duke Ai
《仲尼燕居》 Zhong-ni at Home at Ease
《孔子閒居》 Confucius at Home at Leisure
《坊記》 Record of the Dykes
《中庸》 The State of Equilibrium and Harmony, also known as the Doctrine of the Mean
《表記》 The Record on Example
《緇衣》 The Black Robes
《奔喪》 Rules on Hurrying to the Mourning Rites
《問喪》 Questions about Mourning Rites
《服問》 Subjects for Questions about the Mourning Dress
《間傳》 Treatise on Subsidiary Points in Mourning Usages
《三年問》 Questions about the Mourning for Three Years
《深衣》 The Long Dress in One Piece
《投壺》 The Game of Pitch-Pot
《儒行》 The Conduct of the Scholar
《大學》 The Great Learning
《冠義》 The Meaning of the Ceremony of Capping
《昏義》 The Meaning of the Marriage Ceremony
《鄉飲酒義》 The Meaning of the Drinking Festivity in the Districts
《射義》 The Meaning of the Ceremony of Archery
《燕義》 The Meaning of the Banquet
《聘義》 The Meaning of the Interchange of Missions Beteween Different Courts
《喪服四制》 The Four Principles Underlying the Dress of Mourning
Notes on The Book of Rites 《禮記》

The Book of Rites, also known as the Classic of Rites or Liji, is a collection of rituals, customs, and stories. The date of the text is uncertain. The received tradition is that the content is based on Zhou rituals interpreted by Confucius and recorded by his disciples. However, they are now beleived to be written sometime later in the Warring States or Former Han. (Yao, 2000, p. 62)

The Book of Rites includes the first and second of the Four Books 四書: the Great Learning 《大学》 and the Doctrine of the Mean 《中庸》. Zhu Xi is understood to have rearranged these texts. (Chan, 1969, p. 85, 97 footnotes) The versions here are Zhu Xi's.

1. Chan, W., 1969. A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy. Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J.
2. Yao, X., 2000. An introduction to Confucianism. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Source: Chinese Text Project, from 《四書章句集注》新編諸子集成(北京:中華書局,1983)

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