‘Myeangsim Bogam: The Precious Mirror of Bright Mind’ has sold steadily in Korea for decades. With all the change that Korea has witnessed in the past century, what makes this one book such a successful seller over the years in Korea?
Going back to the sixteenth century Korea has suffered from invasions by Japan and the Ching Chinese. These invasions influenced Korean leaders ideologically causing schisms and in-fighting within Korea itself. To recover from strife caused by foreign invaders and domestic political confusion average Korean needed to regain their peaceful mind. Myeangsim Bogam emerged to provide relief from this strife and share universal wisdom to guide human relations and balance one’s mind. Myeangsim Bogam does this by combining accepted Taoist ideas as well as Confucian manners in its.
While originally published centuries ago, Myeangsim Bogam became especially endeared to Koreans and enjoyed a resurgence in publication in the modern age during the Japanese Occupation. Koreans have taken comfort from this book－nowadays as well as the recent and ancient past. This book is as much beloved by Korean people today as it was in the past.
Professor of Chinese philosophy at Gwangju University and served as the president of the Korea Confucius Society.
Introduction to Myeangsim Bogam 3
Notes on Translation 7
1 Gaisun - Good Success Inherited Goodness from Heaven 11
2 Cheonmyeong - Heaven????s Will 15
3 Soonmyeong - Follow the Will of Heaven 17
4 Hyohaeng - Filial Behavior 19
5 Cheonggi - Reform One????s Self 21
6 Anboon - Content with One????s Place 31
7 Chonsim - Maintain Mind 33
8 Gaisung - Beware of Nature 40
9 Geunhak - Striving to Learn 44
10 Hoonja - Education of Children 47
11 Seangsim Ⅰ - Reflection Mind Ⅰ 50
12 Seangsim Ⅱ - Reflection Mind Ⅱ 65
13 Ribgyo ???? Setting Learning 77
14 Chijeang - Governing State Affairs 86
15 Chiga - Governing Family 90
16 Anui - Staying Righteousness 92
17 Junrai - Observing Decorum 94
18 Eeanea - Speech 97
19 Gyowoo - Friendship 99
20 Boohaeng - Conduct of Ladies 102
21 Chungbo - Addition 105
22 Palbanga - Eight Ironic Songs 106
23 Hyohaeng Sokpyun - Filial Behavior Sequel 110
24 Yeamui - Shame and Righteousness 114
25 Guanhak - Encourage Learning 118