the ability to go beyond the usual limits; existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level

Yao in “ An Introduction to Confucianism” shows that Confucianism “stresses the importance of self-consciousness and self-cultivation as the pathway leading to ‘transcendence’. Confucius believed in the power of humanity to fulfill their goals by living moral and ethical lives. That is the way they transcend, from within.

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  1. I think this word applies well to a quote from Eliade: an act (or an object) acquires a certain reality through the repetition of certain paradigmatic gestures, and acquires it through that alone, there is an implicit abolition of profane time, of duration, of “history”; and he who reproduces the exemplary gesture thus finds himself transported into the mythical epoch in which its revelation took place” (Eliade 306). Religion and rituals have the ability to transcend time, going being the physically limitations of space. Confucianism is a great example of how repeating acts like self-cultivation in order to transcend from ordinary profane time into a more sacred, ethical life.

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