True Learning, Diligent Practice, and great function
The master has spent fifty years lecturing on the sutras. What he asks of himself and what he teaches to others is the concept of “learning to be a teacher; acting as a role model.” Teaching by setting good examples is more important than teaching through words. One will gain true benefit when one truly practices. A harmonious world must begin with the mind. Benevolence and loving-kindness must begin with humility and gentleness.
The master has been invited to visit famous universities, such as Oxford, London, and Cambridge. He was very glad to exchange ideas with the professors and graduate students of the Institute of Chinese Studies. He deeply felt that although scholars today are enthusiastic about Chinese studies, they only get as far as academic discussion and have not received true benefit. Therefore, in teaching, gatherings, and lectures, the master often emphasizes that the concept of “studying Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism” and the concept of “practicing Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism” are completely different.
The propagation of the benevolence and compassion of the sages must rely on the learner himself to put these into practice through his speech, behavior, and thoughts when interacting with others and engaging in tasks. The sages’ teachings teach us to begin with changing ourselves. (For example, Confucius taught the four abandonments: abandoning wandering thoughts, abandoning discriminations, abandoning attachments, and abandoning selfishness.) If one aspires to become a sage, one must begin with resolving from one’s heart the confrontations and conflicts with others and the external environment. This way, one will be able to understand the true meaning of the Confucian saying “To learn, and to constantly practice what is learned [and derive benefit] is pure pleasure.
In 2005, the master established The Lujiang Centre of Cultural Education to conduct [teaching] experiments. The objective was to train teachers and to promote moral education to all citizens. He had hoped to see positive results in three years. But within half a year of teaching, the centre achieved the result of awakening people’s consciences and innate goodness. The results were beyond our expectations as good social values were restored significantly in the township of Tangchi, which has a population of eighty thousand.
If we carefully consider why this experiment was so successful, we see that the main key to success was that the teachers earnestly practiced what they taught and sincerely lived the teaching of Guidelines for Being a Good Person. Therefore, their earnest and tireless exhortations naturally impacted peoples’ hearts. This proves that what the ancient people said is true: “From the emperor to the citizens, cultivation of oneself is the foundation; teaching is the first priority.”
A Brief introduction of
Venerable Master Chin Kung’s