Young friends, sit upright on your meditation cushions and calm your minds. I want to say a few words to you today. You are just like young trees growing taller day by day, and in the future you will become pillars of support. You are the future supporting pillars of your country. You should do great things and work for world peace and the welfare of humankind. Since you are born in this country, you should help manage and govern this country so that there will be no wars and life will always be secure and peaceful. Then you should extend your effort so that all the countries of this world will also have peace. That is your duty.
Now is the time to build a solid foundation in order to save the country and the people. First of all you must learn to be a good person. This means learning from good people, not from bad ones. Who is a good person? A person who is filial to his parents at home, respects his teachers at school, serves the people in society, and works for the welfare of the people when serving in the government. Those are the standards of a good person. Who is a bad person? A person who is selfish and self-benefiting, and who forgets justice when he sees a chance to benefit himself. Under the government of good people a nation will become affluent, strong and peaceful. But if managed by bad people, the nation will collapse.
In this country, you are more conscious than others, since you know about filiality and know how to work for and serve the people. In the future, you can manage this country so that it is safe and peaceful. Destroy all lethal weapons. It is said, "The horses are set free on the south mountain, and weapons are stored in the warehouse." Your responsibility is to dissolve the violent energy of wars in the world, and to allow the people to live securely and happily, well-fed and well-clothed. Then the world will be one of great harmony.
A talk given on August 12, 1983, at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas