The Six Ethics for Social Harmony and Peace

New York, NY, June 30 2007.

Ven. Master Sheng Yen has long advocated the importance of ethics in family life as well as daily living, education, environmental protection, enterprise management and ethnic interaction. He stressed that these ethical values are not outdated but worth much stronger emphasis.

The six ethics are: Family Ethics, Living Ethics, Campus Ethics, Enterprise Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Cultural Ethics. They are based upon DDMBA's vision of 'uplifting the character of humanity and building a pure land on Earth' to bring peace and harmony to society.

The Master said that 'ethics' and 'morality' should all be treated as one, emphasizing that these ethics in society can only be realized through concrete moral practice. He further stated that a full realization of these ethics will be manifest from individual actions motivated by the will to do good for all.

Six Ethics: For a Peaceful and Harmonious Society

The family is a basic unit of society. A peaceful and harmonious family built upon 'Family Ethics' is the most fundamental component of a peaceful modern society.

Ven. Master Sheng Yen believes that selflessness should be the primary value for every member of the family as opposed to self-interest. Children should be devoted toward their parents, while parents should give boundless love and care for their children in return. In addition, such values of piety and generosity should also be practiced by people in marriage and sibling relationships.

The 'Enterprise Ethics' establish the idea of partnership among clients, the workforce, consumers and managers alike. The Master noted that successful stories of many entrepreneurs indicated that 'selflessness' is the key to a profitable business.

It is the purpose of campus ethics to rebuild constructive interactions between members of the education system. The Master maintained that if respect is constantly upheld, teachers, parents, and students would all be mutually rewarded in the end.

The Earth is unique and it is the Master's philosophy regarding 'Environmental Ethics' that it is our sacred responsibility to conserve the rich ecology and ensure the sustainability of resources.

'Living Ethics' compliments environmental ethics and focuses on efficient use of resources and reducing wasteful consumption which are vital in the practice of environmental ethics.

'Cultural Ethics' strives to construct a society where people readily demonstrate tolerance and respect towards those who are different in terms of religion, race, culture, ideology, political views or language.

Selfishness, Hatred & Poverty: Sources of Chaos

Ven. Master Sheng Yen explained that from a Buddhist perspective the sources of chaos stem from selfishness which in turn nurtures greed, hatred and ignorance and that poverty is the absence of spiritual wealth.

Ven. Master Sheng Yen and other honorable guests concluded the seminar expressing their sincere optimism about the Six Ethics campaign to the crowded audience.

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