Analects 11.11

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Other Translations:

When Yan Hui passed away, the disciples wished to give him a lavish funeral.

The Master said, “That would not be proper.”

The disciples nonetheless went ahead and buried Yan Hui lavishly.

The Master remarked, “Hui looked upon me as a father, and yet in this case I was unable to treat him as a son. This was not my choice, but rather yours, you disciples.”

Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.

When Yan Yuan died, the disciples wanted to give him a lavish burial. The Master said, That won’t do! But the disciples gave him a lavish burial anyway.

The Master said, Hui looked on me as a father, but I could not bury him as I would a son. I’m not to blame—it was you young men!

Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.

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