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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought
Article/Chapter Title:The Continuity of Being: Chinese Visions of Nature
Author(s):Tu, Wei-ming
Publisher Name:State Unviersity of New York Press
Place of Publication:Albany, N.Y.
Date of Publication:1989
Annotation:Tu identifies the Chinese commitment to the continuity of being as the source of their seeing nature in three primary motifs, wholeness, dynamism, and continuity. Rather than focusing on the lack of a Chinese creation myth or personal god, Tu finds explorations of concepts regarding ch’i (the creative and unifying factor of the universe) more compelling. He emphasizes, however, that it is the continuous effort of self-cultivation that allows one to ultimately experience all three aspects of nature’s being.
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