I am very happy to learn that Old Thong Chai Medical Institution is the latest corporation in Singapore to offer Di Zi Gui classes for its employees.
In year 2011, I read about Mr Hu Xiao Lin (胡小林) the owner of a Chinese firm, 北京汇通汇利公司 (http://www.yima-huitong.com/) , who started an initiative for all his staff to learn Di Zi Gui. Within the first year of implementation, his company made a total profit of $6 million RMB. According to Mr Hu, after his staff learn Di Zi Gui, the relationship among the staff has improved. He also refrained from drinking and consuming meat. He runs his business based upon Confucius’ teachings and made amendments to his company’s policies to be in line with Di Zi Gui.
In December 2015, Ms Tjioe Ka In (周家茵), then Executive Director of Singapore’s leading Restaurant group, Tung Lok, started to offer Di Zi Gui classes for staff.
Old Thong Chai Medical Institution is the latest company in Singapore to adopt Di Zi Gui.
I wish that more companies in Singapore and the world will introduce Di Zi Gui as part of staff training.
Di Zi Gui is a well-known secular Chinese Classics based on the ancient teaching of the Chinese philosopher Confucius. For more than 2,000 years, Confucius’ deeds have been admired by both government officials and the general public, and his character constantly emulated. His philosophy has become the mainstream of traditional Chinese culture and the basis of moral norms.
Otherwise known as the Standards for being a Good Pupil and Child, this book is based on the ancient teaching of the Chinese philosopher Confucius that emphasises the basic requisite for being a good person and guidelines for living in harmony with others. It covers core values of Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Integrity, Care and Harmony.
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The Analects, or Lunyu, also known as the Analects of Confucius, is the collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius and his contemporaries, traditionally believed to have been written by Confucius’ followers.
There are 20 chapters in the Analects and are grouped by individual themes, but the chapters are not arranged in any sort of way so as to carry a continuous stream of thoughts or ideas. (Source: Wikipedia)
|1||學而||Xue Er “Learning”|
|2||為政||Wei Zheng “Exercising Government”|
|3||八佾||Ba Yi “Eight pantomimes”|
|4||里仁||Li Ren “Virtuous manners in neighbourhood”|
|5||公冶長||Gongye Zhang (name of a person)|
|6||雍也||Yong ye “There is Yong”|
|7||述而||Shu er “Transmitting”|
|8||泰伯||Taibo (name of a person)|
|9||子罕||Zi han “[What the] Master seldom [speak of]”|
|10||鄉黨||Xiangdang “In the village”|
|11||先進||Xian jin “Men of former times”|
|12||顏淵||Yan Yuan “A disciple of Confucius”|
|13||子路||Zi lu “name of a person”|
|14||憲問||Xian wen “Xian asked”|
|15||衛靈公||Wei Linggong “name of a ruler”|
|16||季氏||Ji shi “[The head of] the Ji clan”|
|17||陽貨||Yang huo “name of a person”|
|18||微子||Wei zi “The viscount of Wei”|
|19||子張||Zizhang “a disciple of Confucius”|
|20||堯曰||Yao yue “Yao said”|
|1.1||子曰：「學而時習之，不亦說乎？有朋自遠方來，不亦樂乎？人不知而不慍，不亦君子乎？」||Confucius said, “To study and consistently practise what you have learned, is it not joyous? To have friends come from afar to share about learning, is it not happiness? To be unperturbed when not appreciated by others, is he not a true gentleman?”|
|1.2||有子曰。其爲人也孝弟、而好犯上者、鮮矣。不好犯上、而好作亂者、未之有也。君子務本、本立而道生。孝弟也者、其爲仁之本與||You Zi said: “For those who are being filial and fraternal, it is rare to find amongst them who enjoy offending their superiors. For those who do not enjoy offending against their superiors, never has there been one who is an agitator. (Jun Zi) The Gentleman concerns himself with the fundamentals. Once the fundamentals are established, the proper way appears. Hence, filial piety and respecting elders are the fundamentals of humanity and benevolence.|
子曰：「敏而好學，不恥下問，是以謂之『文』也。」 公冶長 十五
|Zi gòng (子貢), asked his teacher Confucius the reason why a great man by the name of Kǒng yǔ孔圉, an official of country WEI (衛國) was being highly regarded.
To which Confucius replied, he is hardworking yet eager to learn new knowledge; he asks questions to people lower rank than him.
|7.20||子曰：“我非生而知之者，好古，敏以求之者也。”《论语》述而篇第二十||Confucius said, I am not born with all my knowledge. I love and learn from traditional culture; I put in great effort to attain them.|
|7.37||子溫而厲，威而不猛，恭而安。 述而第七《三十七》||According to his students, Confucius is serious and stern however gentle when you get close to him; A man with dignity however not fierce; Respectful and serene.
溫 – 溫和 Friendly or gentle
厲 – 嚴肅 Serious or stern
威 – 威嚴 Dignity, quality of being worthy of honour or respect
不猛 – 不剛猛 Not fierce or aggressive
恭 – 謙恭 Respectful, Act or posture of lowering oneself in relation to others
安 – 安適 Serene, calm and peaceful
This is how a student of Confucius view about his teacher. Confucius believes in the avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one’s behaviour and words.
|Confucius replied that when a person possesses FIVE virtues, he is considered to be a person with Benevolence.
Zi Zhang asked again, “What are the Five Virtues?”
“Respect, Magnanimity, Trustworthy, Hardworking and Graciousness.”
“Have Respect for others, and you will not be humiliated, Magnanimous and be recognized.
“Be Trustworthy and you will be trusted, Hardworking to get work done, and Graciousness and you can command others.”
In this article, I quoted a teaching by Confucius “道之以政，齐之以刑，民免而无耻；道之以德，齐之以礼，有耻且格”。
It means that if a country is governed only by Law, the citizens may not commit crimes as they are afraid of being punished; however, if a country is guided by moral values as the fundamental, then the citizens will not commit crimes because they are afraid of the shame and disgracefulness that will bring to him and his family.
There are many reports in the recent years of crimes such as murders, briberies, sex scandal, frauds, etc. Many of these crimes are committed by the well-educated. Most parents that I talk to felt that the root cause of this is due to the lack in moral values in a person.
In my article, I stressed the importance of instilling and cultivating moral values from young. I believe that the values taught to a young child, whether good or bad, will have an impact on this child when he grows up, and may influence his beliefs, his behaviour and his actions. In fact, Sean Brotherson, published a paper”Understanding Brain Development in Young Children“, to assist parents understand how a child’s brain develops and their important role in interacting with children to support brain development. He explained that the synapses in a child’s brain are strengthened through repeated experiences, connections and pathways are formed that structure the way a child learns. When a connection is used repeatedly in the early years, it becomes permanent.
From birth, the brain rapidly is creating these connections that form our habits, thoughts, consciousness, memories and mind.
Character Education is of equal, if not higher, importance compared to the academic results of a child. This is echoed by Jessica Lahey, a teacher at a “core virtues” school. She wrote an article titled, “The Benefits of Character Education” in The Atlantic Magazine“. She cited “Character education is not old-fashioned, and it’s not about bringing religion in to the classroom. Character is the “X factor” that experts in parenting and education have deemed integral to success.”
As parents, we may well spend a lot on improving our children’s academic results. However, that does not necessarily mean our children are learning the fundamental moral values they should have in life.
Different parents view and measure good behaviour in their children differently. What are good moral values? What do parents do when they do not know what values to teach? While most parents feel that they can teach their children character development and good behaviour, what then do they base their teaching on?
One good traditional classics that parents can use is Di Zi Gui <弟子规>.
Di Zi Gui <弟子规> is a well-known secular Chinese Classics based on the ancient teaching of the Chinese philosopher Confucius. For more than 2,000 years, Confucius’ deeds have been admired by both government officials and the general public, and his character constantly emulated. His philosophy has become the mainstream of traditional Chinese culture and the basis of moral norms.
Di Zi Gui <弟子规> is the Standards for being a Good Pupil and Child. This book is based on the ancient teaching of the Chinese philosopher Confucius that emphasizes the basic requisites for being a good person and guidelines for living in harmony with others. It covers core values of Filial Piety, Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Integrity, Care and Harmony which is in-line with what the government hopes to see in all our children and youths.
The editor of Lian He Zao Bao rightly pointed out that Di Zi Gui <弟子规> is only another reference if parents do not practise what they preach.
Hence, to be effective in learning Di Zi Gui <弟子规>, I give assignments to my students to apply the knowledge that they learn in my class into daily practices and completion of simple household chores/tasks that require their parents’ acknowledgement.
In addition, i also started a Di Zi Gui <弟子规> talk/workshop for parents. I strongly believe that as adults, parents have the obligation to and are responsible for their children’s upbringing. When a child possesses good behaviour, it represents that he is a respectable person raised by respectable parents. Children learn and observe their good behaviour by what they have learned from others.
So parents, grab one copy of Di Zi Gui 弟子规 and start learning with your child today！