Cultivating Love and Forgiveness in China
Spreading knowledge about the power of love and forgiveness to religious leaders in China and Taiwan -- as well as bringing back learnings about the many mindfulness practices in East Asia – were the key aims of a recent east-west partnership that included the Fetzer Institute.
“Cultivating Love and Forgiveness in China and Beyond” was the title of a one-day session in September 2013 that capped a range of activities. The program featured a range of interfaith dialogues advocated by Dharma Master Hsin Tao, founder of the Museum of World Religions.
Its goal was to connect and highlight the common threads in many world religions that touch on love, forgiveness and related qualities such as compassion and lovingkindness. For example, western religions teach that God is loving and forgiving and encourage followers to emulate those qualities. Taoist thought emulates nature; so practitioners learn that nature is the mother of all things and therefore it loves all. Confucians learn to “love all people and animals; forgive them like you forgive yourself.”
Dharma Master Hsin Tao established the MWR with the motto of “life in service to life, life dedicated to life,” and “respect for every faith, tolerance for every culture, love for every life.” He established the Museum of World Religions (MWR) with a hope that the ‘global family for peace and love’ will be realized through advocating the love and forgiveness at the core of all religions.
The key organizers of the Forum included the Museum of World Religions, the Fetzer Institute, the Department of Philosophy at Peking University, the Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society, the Global Family for Love and Peace and the Buddhist Research Center at Peking University.
The event drew more than 125 participants from several countries and included three primary panel discussions, comparing and contrasting concepts of forgiveness, compassion and loving kindness across Confucian, Buddhist, Taoist and Christian doctrines. Speakers included Dharma Master Hsin Tao, Professor Lou Yu-Lie of Peking University and Michael von Bruck of University of Munich, Germany.
The forum received immediate coverage by media organizations including the renowned Chinese network Phoenix Television, important Buddhist media, Taiwanese newspapers China Times and United Daily News, and Yahoo! Taiwan.
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on World Religions and Spiritualities.