The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:|
containing the tablets of seventy-eight virtuous men; that on the
west the tablets of fifty-four learned men; eighty-six of these
were pupils of the Sage, while the remainder were men who
accepted his teachings. No Taoists, however learned; no
Buddhists, however pure; no original thinkers, however great may
have been their following, are allowed a place here. It is a
Temple of Fame for Confucianists alone.
I have been in this temple when a whole bullock, the skin and
entrails having been removed, was kneeling upon a table facing
the tablet of the Sage, while sheep and pigs were similarly
arranged facing the tablets of his disciples.