To do any job successfully takes patience. You must proceed slowly and not rush things. Rome was not built in a day. By the same token, in educating students, you cannot expect them to understand in just a couple of days. It takes perseverance to teach them how to be good people and how to develop a good character. We’re not interested in teaching students how to get a good job and make more money so that they can enjoy themselves; that kind of education is based on utilitarianism.
The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas aims to educate students to be humane, just, and ethical, so that in the future when they enter the society, regardless of their posts, they will base their work on humaneness, justice, and ethical virtue. They certainly won’t follow unwholesome trends or benefit themselves at the expense of others.
Remember, we should never seek for fame and reputation. We don’t want to imitate those hypocrites and phony philanthropists who go around promoting themselves and advertising every little bit of work they do. We should study genuine virtue and put it into practice. Our way of education is totally different from the ordinary way. It’s not that we’re knocking over other educational systems to establish our own; nor are we contending or competing with anyone. We’re just interested in educating the next generation for the sake of education. We’re not concerned about whether others are doing it right or not. All we want is to make sure that we do things properly and not in a way that goes against our conscience.
A talk given on April 25, 1984