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Min Sun(閔損)

Min Sun(閔損)Min Sun, also called Min Tsu-Chien, was one of Confucius’ students from the kingdom of Lu in the Spring and Autumn Period of the Chou Dynasty. Confucius classified him as virtuous for his obedient nature. In his childhood, Min suffered under the maltreatment of his stepmother. She would line his clothes with weeds in the winter, while she lined her own sons’ clothes with worm cotton. One day, while taking his father out in a carriage, Mi almost succumbed to the cold. When his father learned what had happened, he went back to cast his wife out of the house. However, Tsu-chien said, “If mother leaves, there will be three of your sons who go cold, but if she stays, then only one will suffer.” His mother was touched by his kindness and admitted her error, treating Min afterwards as though he were her own so.

Reference:《THE BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES OF THE SAINTS AND SAGES ARE IN THE TA CHENG HALL OF THE CONFUCIUS TEMPLE》published by Taipei Confucius Temple Governing Board