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Shengyu guangxun 聖諭廣訓 "Imperial Edicts and Wide-Reaching Instructions"


The Shengyu guangxun 聖諭廣訓 "Imperial Edicts and Wide-Reaching Instructions" is a book on education written by the Kangxi Emperor 康熙 (r. 1661-1722) of the Qing period 清 (1644-1911), whose personal name was Aisin Gioro Siowanyei 愛新覺羅玄燁. The short texts consists of two parts, the Imperial Edicts (Shengyu), sixteen paragraphs written by the Kangxi Emperor himself, and the Wide-Reaching Instructions (Guangxun) that were issued by his son Aisin Gioro Injen 愛新覺羅胤禎, the Yongzheng Emperor 雍正 (r. 1722-1735). In its arrangement the Guangxun belongs to the text of "family instructions" (jiaxun 家訓), yet instead of the sons and daughters, the people is addressed to. The people as the children, and the emperor as their father had to live and act in a unified spirit. The book covers a large panorama of themes and is written in a very simple language that might also be understood by the commoner. The text is to be found in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe, vol. 2, p. 1596.
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