(Dateline: CTTB) On July 27, 1993, three guests visited the Ven. Abbot Hua at the International Translation Institute in Burlingame. Prof. Wei Wou of the Economics Department of National Chung Shan University in Taiwan, Prof. Jai Wen-bwo, who has taught school for over forty years in the United States, and Mr. Chou Dung conversed with the Ven. Abbot about the topic of current education.
First the Ven. Abbot analyzed the Chinese political figures of the past hundred years, according to the verse of prediction composed by Great Master Bu Syu in the Swei Dynasty. The Ven. Master later commented, "In order to have a bright future a country must train and nurture its talented citizens." In this regard, service and filial respect comprise the basis for education at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, in order to mold proper character and bring genuine talents to accomplishment.
"Only pure and noble individuals are capable of ruling a country," the Ven. Master pointed out. Government leaders must be clean and ethical, they may not follow the rabble and make unethical compromises. A leader should show deference to worthy people and honor the scholarly; he should be willing to receive reprimands, and accept censure as his lot. If a leader fails to observe these conditions, then the current trends of this nation, such as seeing financial gain as the over-riding priority, unrestricted use of weapons, legal of abortion and widespread homosexuality, bankrupt education, and no means of generating talented political leadership, will surely lead the country to its doom.
The Ven. Master explained these ideas to his guests in a poetic verse,
'China has been in a state of chaos for decades; With injuries and wrongs piling up,
Until our tears flowed like a river.
Unable to personally turn the tide of events. In the past, how hard it was
To play the 'setting sun lute.'
The worlds' roads twist and turn,
People and ghosts deceive.
The ocean of bureaucrats bobs and rolls, Friends and foes contend.
After leaving the home-life,
I did not forget my first heart's allegiance: So I prefer to stay a Chinese,
And trace my roots back to their source.'
Many people had urged the Ven. Master to be naturalized as an American. He refused, saying, "China is in a time of difficulty; I must not abandon her."
As they left, the professors urged the Ven. Abbot to publish his unique and memorable theories in a book. Prof. Wei also expressed a wish in the future to dedicate himself in service to education at the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.