On August 17, 2010, Shaolin Abbot Shi Yongxin
(释永信法师) attended an inauguration
ceremony of a Confucian status situated in the campus of
a Thailand high school.
Comparing to brilliant civilizations of early
Egypt, Babylon and
probably Atlantis, Chinese one is not the oldest in history,
nor is it the most magnificent in appearance, but it is the
only ancient civilization that has survived to this very
day. What’s the secret to its exceptional sustainability?
The secret lies in its three pillars, namely Confucius, Daoism and Buddhism,
which deliberate more on substance than presentation, and
provide solutions to the whole range of issues that a human
society would encounter.
While Confucius mainly
focuses on helping each person, each nation and entire humanity
to better manage existing individual and collective lives, Daoism facilitates
people to look at the human existence in a broad universal
context and through extended time sequence, while Buddhism lends
a hand to those who cherish the highest aspiration of going
beyond all existences, all universes and all times to attain
ultimate and eternal liberation.
If our lives are dreams,
one after another, one contains many and one connects to
countless, Confucius coaches
us how to manage our current dream, Daoism trains
us how to make our next dream a better one, while Buddhism teaches
us how to wake up from all dreams and remain totally lucid
when re-enter dreamland.
Thus three teachings are complimentary to one
another and form a comprehensive instrumental system for
Chinese people at all levels, which is wonderfully typified
in the theory and practice of Chinese
Medicine that seeks to address not only the problems
in our body,
but in our mind and
in our fate.
tradition is a Buddhist school with a typical Chinese
approach that actively correlates with other valuable teachings
to find the most suitable answer for a specific problem
in a particular time. It believes that whether our current
concern is about our fate, our mind or our body, as long
as being tackled in a positive way, it would become part
of the enlightenment progress. It is why a monk from the
Mahayana Buddhism would travel so far to Thailand, a bastion
of Hinayana Buddhism, to greet Confucius.