The Six Ethics of the Mind Campaign initiated by Venerable Master Sheng Yen in 2007 falls under our vision of Protecting the Spiritual Environment. Ethics represent a form of loving-kindness and the compassion of the bodhisattvas. We must benefit others while seeking our own; only by benefiting others will our own benefit be safeguarded.
The family forms the most basic constituent of any society. A healthy and happy family forms the cornerstone of a happy and harmonious society. Each family member, regardless of position in the family, should think how to give to the family and fulfill our duties and responsibilities. Be grateful and respectful towards our elders and show concern and care towards our own and the younger generation.
Realization of the living ethics starts from each one of us. We should not only cherish and make good use of all the resources in our life, but also take care of and respect our natural environment. While seeking our own convenience, we should also respect the rights of others.
Healthy and heart-warming school ethics lies in how to enable mutual respect and support and harmonious interactions among students, teachers and parents, making up the main body of school ethics. Parents and students should respect and show gratitude towards teachers, while teachers should treat parents and students with respect, talk with parents, show care and understanding towards their students, teaching in accordance with each student’s ability, to develop their potential.
The main concern of environmental ethics is the natural ecology, including living creatures and non-biological resources and environments. Non-biological resources, such as minerals, petroleum and coal, are not living beings, but are connected to the ecology. Therefore the concern for environmental ethics discussed here involves the direct protection of the organic ecology and indirect protection of various resources by maintaining sustainable balances among them.
Any workplace involves interpersonal interactions, whereby each individual should fulfill their responsibilities and duties, work with enthusiasm, give of themselves to their colleagues, superiors, subordinates and society, helping others to achieve their goals.
Ethics between Ethnic Groups
Faced with the current multi-ethical situation, it is best to open our heart and minds to make contact and establish friendships with each other, treat each other with mutual respect and tolerance, learn from and contribute to each other. That way, we can truly demonstrate the richness and noble value of a pluralistic society.
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