The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity


One of his disciples asked, “Is it right always to focus on frugality in conducting all ceremonies, such as coming of age, weddings, funerals, and ancestral worship?” The Founding Master said, “Extravagance in ceremonies must always be avoided. However, never contributing to the public welfare and only being frugal out of miserliness is not the original intent of the reformed rules of propriety. Also, in this same matter of frugality, since a wedding represents the start of a new life, it would be better if one is more frugal so as to help the newlyweds establish a foundation for their new lives; and since a funeral represents the consummation of a life, it would be right not to neglect the duties of posterity in accordance with the merits of the deceased.”