Speech for the Opening Ceremony of
the Multi-Faith Centre at Griffith University
Given by Venerable Master Chin Kung
23 May 2002
Respected Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, religious leaders,
ladies and gentlemen: Good Morning.
Today our world is filled with natural disasters and man-made disasters. Our situation is critical. Therefore, it has become crucial to unite all religions and ethnicities.
About one year ago, when Mr. Uri Themal told me that Griffith University planned to build a Multi-Faith Centre, I was deeply touched that Griffith could do something so great for our world. All of us should do everything possible to bring the aspirations of this project to fruition.
There are many wise people in the world who wish to help
eliminate disasters and reach world peace. Humanity has longed for peace
for millennium, yet lasting peace has yet to be realized. Cruelty, conflicts,
and wars are increasing. Why? This is a profound and extensive problem.
The Universe is an extended family, like a city where we live. The Milky Way is like the community in which we live. The Earth is like our immediate family. Therefore, all who live on this Earth are one family. God will manifest in various identities to give countless forms of guidance to meet the needs of beings in different areas. In China, he manifested as Confucius, Mencius, Lao-Tzu, and Chuang-Tzu. In India, he manifested as Brahma and Buddha. In the Middle East, he manifested as Jesus and Mohammed. His incarnation is omnipresent and supreme. The image of his incarnation may be different, but his teachings are the same.
"God loves all people." God loves everyone regardless of their nationality, race, faith, or culture. Jesus taught "Love." Buddha spoke of "Compassion." Muhammad taught "Mercy." Therefore, when we carefully observe the religious scriptures, we find the world's religions are based on "Compassion and Love." Then why do we not yet have peace? It is because of our lack of sincere lovingkindness.
Through the teaching of many religious scriptures, we can conclude that God guides us to be leaders, parents, and teachers for all sentient beings. Especially important is the role of parent and teacher. To provide the best example, we should care for all beings as parents care for their children and as teachers guide their students.
We know we must resolve conflicts in order to attain peace.
Where do conflicts come from? They come from the family. In today's families,
we see conflicts between husbands and wives, between parents and children,
and brothers and sisters. When these conflicts are carried into society,
there are conflicts between employers and employees, leaders and subordinates.
Then, there are fights among ethnic groups and countries, and this is
the cause of our disasters today.
We definitely cannot underestimate the importance of each
of our thoughts. The reality is that the vibration from our thoughts will
spread throughout the universe in an instant. Therefore, to eliminate
conflict in order to promote peace, we must start from awareness of our
I hope that through this Centre, many religious leaders
and followers can learn from one another, encourage one another, respect
one another, and work together to bring not only bring happiness to Australia,
but also to bring peace and harmony to the whole world and well-being
to all people.
Finally, I hope people of diverse ethnicity and faiths will not isolate themselves from others but will, instead, communicate with one another. The Chinese say that when people come together, they will develop close ties. Only through communication will all of our problems be solved. Misunderstandings and conflicts come from a lack of communication. It is necessary for all people, religions, and nations to foster closer ties through contact, exchange, and dialogue. This is the only path to the resolution of misunderstandings and to peace.
Even when I was young, I was convinced that religions provided the best social and sacred education. Last month, on a visit to Japan, I saw a master who is 97 years old. He told me that the founders of all religions of the world are the manifestations of Guan Yin Bodhisattva. So we are one family. If we truly understand this, how can different religions not work together? They will unite. When different faiths and ethnic groups can work together, world peace can be attained, society will be stable, and the welfare of people will be fulfilled.
In conclusion, I would like to express my gratitude to
the Griffith University, and especially to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor
for their work to unite and guide all faiths to unite as one family. I
offer my best wishes for good health, happiness, and good fortune to everyone.
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