Ming-De’s education is guided by ethics education, morals education, causality education, and the saints and sages education. Our foundation and a crucial part of our practice is:
Be filial to and provide and care for parents
Be respectful to and serve teachers
Be compassionate and do not kill any living beings
Cultivate the ten virtuous karmas.
Physically, we are to refrain from killing, stealing and sexual misconduct.
Verbally, we are to refrain from false speech, harsh speech, divisive speech and enticing speech.
Mentally, we are to refrain from giving rise to greed, anger and ignorance.
Our ethos is based on Guidelines for Being a Good Person, which was written by ancient Chinese sages. It teaches us the guidelines for being a good human being.
The core values of Sinology and the teachings of the Buddha will be the underlying ethos on which our school will be built.
China’s 5000-year-long civilization has survived through many vicissitudes, yielding a legacy of wisdom for sharing with the rest of the world.
From saintly emperors Yao and Shun to Confucius and Mencius to Zhu Zi, the education principles have been very systematic and comprehensive. These principles of education are essential for good character：
The five cardinal relationships:
Loving relationship between parent and child
Loyalty and fairness between leaders and subordinates
Proper responsibilities between husband and wife
Order between seniors and juniors
Trust between friends
The five constant virtues:
Four Anchors (of a nation):
The eight virtues: 八德
Loving and honouring parents, love among siblings, loyalty, trustworthiness, benevolence, love, harmony and peace 忠、孝、仁、愛、信、義、和、平。
Therefore, the aim of our teachings is to promote the importance of being a moral and upstanding member of society.
The standards for being such a person are the above virtues and understanding of how to care for, respect, help and love others.