The Principal Book of Won-Buddhism
Part Two : Doctrine
Chapter Three: The Four Essentials
Section Three: Educating Others’ Children
A. The Principle of Educating Others’ Children
If educational institutions are narrowly focussed or their spirit does not transcend the boundary between self and others, then the world’s civilization will be held back. Therefore, our aim is to advance the world’s civilization by expanding educational institutions, transcending the boundary between self and others, and widely educating all those who come later, and to enable all fellow beings to live a paradisal life.
B. The Gist of Faults of Education in the Past
1. The lack of active commitment and encouragement in government and society regarding education.
2. An educational system in which women and lower-class people could not even conceive of receiving an education.
3. At the individual level, the dearth of people who have widely made manifest the benefits of the education they received.
4. The scarcity of an exchange of ideas on education due to inadequacies of organs of the press and communications.
5. As the spirit of education could not transcend the boundary between self and others, where wealthy persons without children tried just to have their own child and, failing in that, neglected to have anyone taught; while the poor, despite being eager to educate their own children, could not have them taught due to a dearth of financial resources.
C. An Agenda for Educating Others’ Children
1. We, who have come upon an opportunity for the above-mentioned faults of education to be removed, should help all educational institutions as best we can in order to educate even others’ children as if they were our own, whether we have children or not and, as far as circumstances permit, should educate at least a few people, just as if we ourselves had given birth to them.
2. The nation and society too should widely establish educational institutions and actively promote education.
3. A religious order, society, nation, and the world should recognize people who are carrying out this agenda for educating others’ children and should honor and reward them according to their achievements.