Practicing Philosophy minimally requires thinking but how did classical Chinese philosophers practice philosophy ? In what way does their practice ressembles and comes appart from that of other philosophical traditions such as the Indian tradition ?

I pieced together a list of plausible candidates but was unable to find any targeted authoritative answer: teacher to student dialogues; study and reflection on classical texts; revision and application of ideas based on practice; and moral reflection on personal and political practice.

(I extended my post with examples as I didn't feel that my question had been well understood)

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    You might find this answer relevant: 'Why is Confucianism considered a brilliant philosophical school of thought?' philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/86757/… Confucius very much has the founding role for Chinese philisophy, like Socrates for Western philosophy.
    – CriglCragl
    Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 10:03
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    – CriglCragl
    Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 10:09
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    Confucianism was mainly about social harmony and Daoism was all about cosmic harmony. Buddhism entered the fray, kind courtesy of Bodhidharma et al, and what we get is an amalgam that moved east - Zen Buddhism - which then spread westwards.
    – Hudjefa
    Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 12:11
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    @AgentSmith Kind of, but I feel you have summarized Buddhism too much. Buddhism has many different philosophical schools, even at the beginning in India. Zen is not the only form of Buddhism in Japan. The travel to the west was not just Zen coming to the west, IMHO.
    – Frank
    Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 20:15


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