Inspire People to Care about Education
Even if people are not concerned about education, we can invite them to our school's celebration activities. We can inspire them to care about education. We should do our best to communicate with them. That is the reason we are promoting the celebration of Elders Day and Youth Day. We would like to invite young people to come and have a vegetarian meal, talk about their lives in their schools, and mainly to exchange ideas.
Instill the Idea of Public Service in Students
In the future, all the students in our schools should wear uniforms. The boys and girls should not dress up in fancy clothes. That's too disorderly. When students are walking, they should be very orderly, like an army. In this way, we teach them to maintain peace and order in the country and in the school. We should also teach them to be diligent and to keep the school grounds clean. Here we are training students to be talented all around, in academics as well as in extracurricular activities. We want to change the trends of the schools and the nation. This country provides too much freedom. It is so free that students control their teachers, and the teachers are so upset that they have to say, "Please, please!"
Our school is different from other schools. We want to communicate with other schools, and influence them. It's important for students to wear uniforms. The schools at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas should have the style of the City. The students of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas should create merit and virtue; they should help the public. They can help keep the Ukiah community clean. We should all work for the good of society, and instill the idea of public service in students. We want to cherish our country, our families, and our bodies, and not be like those drug pushers and drug addicts.
We Welcome Everyone to Cultivate Blessings and Wisdom
Volunteer teachers come here to volunteer their service. They should do their best to help students, and encourage them to behave virtuously. I welcome you all to enhance your blessings and wisdom. If you want to help yourself develop blessings and wisdom, you must first help others to do so. This is our method for teaching the next generation. We ought to reform education and the trends in the schools, so that students will be disciplined, instead of acting wild and crazy. Don't always say, "Freedom, freedom," because that's not what freedom actually is. Everyone has misunderstood the meaning of freedom. They blindly believe in freedom, and only think about an irrational sort of freedom. There was a girl in our school who wanted to kill her parents when she was younger. Her parents didn't know what to do with her, so they sent her to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Later, she knew to be filial to her parents, and now she's become a very good girl. Therefore, when children come into contact with rouge, they become red; when they come into contact with ink, they turn black. Dyed in green, they become green; dyed in yellow, they become yellow. If we keep company with good people, we will become good. If we hang around thugs, we will become thugs, too.
All of you teachers are my representatives. If you teach the students well, then I will have fulfilled my duty and so will you. If you fail to teach them, then I will be ashamed to face the students' parents. Therefore, we must do our best to skillfully lead the students to think properly and walk on a proper path, so that they will behave properly in the future. This is very important; I'm not elaborating on this, but all in all, our only goal is for everyone to learn to be a good person.
Volunteer Teachers Are Truly Noble
Our teachers are working here for education's sake. Don't ever think that volunteer teachers are worthless. Volunteer teachers are truly worthy of respect, because they are really working for the sake of education, not for the money. I believe that volunteer teachers will not go on strike, so I want to promote the idea of volunteer teachers. People who teach for money are always contending. They often demand salary increases, and if you don't pay them as much as they want, they go on strike. That's why I am advocating the use of volunteer teachers. Even though the teachers are volunteering their efforts, I will provide them with room and board, as well as some spending money. These teachers will not be mistreated in terms of their living conditions. I will guarantee them a secure position, so they will not have to worry.
Volunteer teachers are truly noble people. If the students do not respect volunteer teachers, that just shows their ignorance. Look at these volunteer teachers who are doing their best for the sake of education. As teachers, we don't necessarily ask for the students' respect. As long as we do our work in good conscience, we have done our duty. Our students all have a sense of conscience, and they will gradually come to understand.