The Chinese symbol xin, pronounced “sheen,” has two definitions: heart and mind.
“Isn’t that concept incredible?” Mary Evelyn Tucker asked in Monday’s Interfaith Lecture.
According to the teachings of Confucianism, the synthesis of heart and mind, or of feelings and rationale, need not be viewed as separate entities. Rather, what feels right in the heart should affect what is in the mind — a humanitarian principle that should inform one’s perspective of the universe.
Tucker will speak at 2 p.m. today in the Amphitheater on how the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius are related to the universe. The program will also feature lecturers discussing Daosim and environmental ethics.