2. Spreading the seeds of Peace
Culture by teaching and lecturing on the orthodox lineage of Chinese
culture - Yi-Ching, and Feng Shui.
Education affects the physical and
mental developments of individuals and communities. It is also part
of socialization, embracing the internalization of external
knowledge and experiences as well as the externalization and
application of inner transformation, organization and recognition.
Therefore, one of the educational functions is to convey human
knowledge and experiences and to inspire human endowments and innate
wisdom. Thus, education is an essential social function and a
mandatory representation of human nature. This process makes a
person sociable and capable of elucidating on life’s abstract
values, which inculcates important social cultural values and
facilitates the attainment of an ideal condition based on freedom,
equality, love, security, peace and progress. Hence, the short-term
goal of education is to advance human nature and cultivate
character; the mid-term goal is to serve and reconstruct society;
and the long-term goal is to achieve world peace and ensure an ideal
future for humanity in the universe.
Education is closely tied to
philosophy. Philosophy provides content to education, and education
works to achieve the ideals of philosophy. Both Chinese culture and
Yi-Ching belong to the realm of philosophy. The spirit of Chinese
culture is comprehensive. It contains:
(1) Spirit of Advancement: To examine,
to find reason, to be sincere and to be mindful in order to enhance
oneself, put the family in order, rule the state, and bring order to
the world. All is achieved through this spirit, the essence of which
is described in the quotation, “Qian hexagram, Xiang ci” in the Yi-Ching,
“The movement of the heaven is strong and cycles incessantly. The
noble man emulates Tao to make himself strong and tireless.”
(2) Spirit of Neutrality: Being
unbiased and impartial is what we call “the mid way”. To be neutral
is proper and to stay in the middle is an unchanging principle.
(3) Spirit of Fraternity: Fraternity
means to be benevolent. A benevolent person helps others achieve
what they want, investing himself in the task as if it were his own.
(4) Spirit of Reason: Recognize when
one knows something and also when one does not - this is the way of
(5) Spirit of Ethics: This emphasizes
the maintenance of proper moral virtues in familial relations, e.g.,
the father being kind, the son being filial, the elder siblings
being generous, and younger siblings being respectful. At home,
children respect and care for their parents. Outside of home,
siblings take care of each other. People are reverent, trustworthy,
and philanthropic, and maintain the best relationships with
benevolent people. This is the ethical practice that we pursue.
Thus, future education should be
increasingly culture-oriented in order to use cultural design to
improve relationships between individuals and other people, things,
nature, and the transcendence. “Peace” is, furthermore, a new
axiology. In other words, the characteristics of future education
will lie in the vision that embraces the whole world and takes care
of the future. Its main features will be:
(1) Life-long learning: education will
be continuous throughout life.
(2) Holistic education: education will
address all aspects of life.
(3) Education in all surroundings:
education will be delivered in all types of settings and situations.
(4) The educational spirit shall echo
the love of religion and incorporate the entire cosmos as well as
reflect the union and harmony of humanity, the earth and the
universe. This is peace education. This is the realization of a
Weixin Shengjiao promotes the spirit of
advancement, neutrality, fraternity, reason, and ethics in Chinese
culture, embracing the whole world, taking care of the future with
the aim of world peace. Grand Master Huen-Yuan is a religious
educator who founded the first Yi-Ching university in over five
thousand years of Chinese history. The university promotes and
encourages the study of Yi-Ching and Feng Shui by using the
educational functions of cultural transmission and creativity. By
doing this, we hope that “objective culture” will grow and flourish
in the inner being of students in order for learning and wisdom to
be transformed into “subjective culture”. We will pursue the
realization of ideal culture through subjective culture and apply
such to all aspects of life by making use of and transforming Yi.
Ultimately, we intend to reach the ideal state of personal security,
social harmony and universal peace.
In the educational concept of Grand
Master Huen-Yuan, disturbed human minds underpin our troubled world.
He established Yi-Ching University in the sincere desire to change
things for the better. Admission is open to all regardless of race
or financial means, and all can join in studies as long as they feel
the Yi within themselves and have a kind heart. The school is
nourished by the stream of Chinese culture and provides solid social
education. Education at Yi-Ching University embraces a future ripe
with possibilities and hope. Students are recruited nationwide. The
entirety of Taiwan is our campus, with towns and cities our many
classrooms. Courses are taught using solid research methodology and
strong student participation. It is holistic education grounded in
lifelong learning principles. We are gradually broadening our
teaching scope from the national to global level. It is the actual
practice of religious peace education that unites the universe and
nature. Yi-Ching University of Weixin Shengjiao was set up 15 years ago,
with the essential spirit of spreading Chinese culture and spiritual
core in Yi-Ching and Feng Shui studies. The school serves four
purposes: to raise and cultivate talented people; to revitalize
lives and conserve virtue; to refine ambitions; and to create
universal harmony. In 2006, Grand Master Huen-Yuan found a plot of
land blessed by ideal Feng-Shui in the Bagua Mountains. This is
where he established the main campus of Yi-Ching University, which
today covers approximately 65.3 acres.
The establishment of Yi-Ching
University on Bagua Mountain will train many sages and talented
people for Yi-Ching and Feng Shui studies and the proper exercise of
Dharma. Grand Master Huen-Yuan gave instructions to build Yi-Ching
University as a site for world peace. It has a profound destiny.
When seriously ill in 1982, the Grand Master was saved by the deity
Zu-Shi Ye (祖師爺). After his recovery, he established the “Yi-Yao
Society”, devoted to the practicing of divination founded on a
trinity of heaven, earth and humanity. Having proved no being can be
independent of the subtle forces of of Yi-Ching, he vowed to
propagate its wonderful methods together with those of Feng Shui. He
established Yi-Ching University to realize his dream of popularizing
Chinese cultural legacies. He realized that if a harmonic society
and peaceful world were to be realized, Yi-Ching and Feng Shui
studies represent the most powerful forces to do so. He thus decided
to found Yi-Ching University.
A foundation stone-laying ceremony for
Yi-Ching University on Bagua Mountain was held on June 19th of the
lunar calendar in 2007. Master Huen-Yuan said, “The foundation of
Yi-Ching University is a valuable and eternal treasure. It is
crucial to the earth. It is important for world peace, the pure land
of Taiwan and Cross-Strait peace. Bagua Mountain is boundless as is
its inheritance of Dharma. It is the guiding star of salvation. In
the future, Yi-Ching University will set the benchmark for Chinese
cultural orthodoxy. Our education lies in religion, which is about
tolerance and not confrontation. We will build a quality university
that gives people tranquility ... I look for our Chinese culture to
inspire future generations, for the essence of Yi to prevail
worldwide, and for Yi-Ching University to benefit all living
things.” He also stated, “In the future, Bagua Mountain’s Yi-Ching
University will be the catalyst for world peace and a beacon of
Chinese cultural orthodoxy. Dharma is priceless, and our cultural
legacy is extremely valuable. I hope that we will support it
together. In the future, we hope to seed branches throughout Taiwan
and the world. We look to spread across the world and create true
universal peace.” Branch schools currently operate in New York, Los
Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne. Also, the “College of Advanced Yi-Ching
and Feng Shui Studies” is currently applying for approval to open a
masters degree program.
At this moment, Yi-Ching University
offers seven courses.
(1) Research course on Yi-Ching Xin Fa
(the essence of Yi), with an enrollment of over 5,000.
(2) Basic introductory course to Yi-Ching
and Feng Shui, with an enrollment of over 15,000.
(3) Teacher’s training course, with an
enrollment of over 500.
(4) Advanced Yi-Ching Xin-Fa Summer
course for college students, with an enrollment of over 1,000.
(5) Yi-Ching Xin-Fa and Feng-Shui
research course for talented Chinese worldwide, with an enrollment
of over 100.
(6) Graduate credit program on Yi-Ching
and Feng Shui, with an enrollment of over 300.
(7) Children’s Yi-Ching reading course,
with an enrollment of over 1 million nationwide.
Apart from these, the university offers
a study group called the Yi-Ching and Feng Shui Interest Circle. It
was launched in October 1999 and today has more than 500 members.
Participants are all outstanding students from the “Research course
on Yi-Ching Xin Fa” who already have strong knowledge of Yi-Ching
and Feng Shui. It was formed in the midst of Taiwan’s devastating
921 Earthquake in 1999. With his compassion for mankind, Grand
Master Huen-Yuan personally led the group into damaged areas and
committed himself to helping in the reconstruction of victims’
houses using Feng-Shui principles. One hundred and twenty-three
schools as well as countless residences benefitted from his
assistance. When reconstruction work came to an end, Master Huen-Yuan
changed the project and re-entitled it as the “Feng Shui Interest
Circle Service Team. Membership rose, with all students enrolled in
the research course asked to dedicate themselves to offering their
service and assistance to solve the problems of believers facing
family troubles that are rooted in incorrect understandings of
Feng-Shui. To date, thousands of families have benefited, and the
Service Team’s area of service has expanded beyond Taiwan into
Mainland China. The work of the Feng Shui Interest Circle Service
Team is making important contributions to the restoration of peace
within families and the maintenance of social harmony.