Born in China of missionary parents, Huston Smith learned about Chinese language, culture, and religion while growing up near Shanghai. Smith explains how the intertwining of opposites is key to understanding the great religions of China—Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Smith shows that Eastern religions provide “an emphasis on direct experience and a method for attaining that.” He introduces yoga, which he has been practicing for 50 years, as one such method. (56 minutes)
Confucius sought to return a chaotic and politically corrupt China to its ancient ways, and developed teachings governing family relationships and obligations of ruler and ruled. This collection of short programs explores Confucius' life, the development of his philosophy and its impact on ancient China.