How does the Confucian virtue of harmony with heart reflect in Mr. Miles Guo? Confucianism, with its emphasis on virtue, is about being human, humanity! True Confucianism has the following characteristics:
First of all, the foundations are filial piety and fraternal duty. Does Miles put special emphasis on filial piety? Anyone who is not dutiful to his parents is not recognized. If a person is ungrateful to his parents, he is not even a human being. The filial piety is to the elders and the fraternal duty is to the siblings, which is also the fundamental of human being. That is why Miles swore to avenge his eighth brother who was dead in 1989. His family used to be a big family with dozens of people living together with warmth and kindness. This is a very good example of how the morality of fraternal duty is being able to get along with siblings.
The second is the five Confucian traits of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faith. Benevolence, the benevolent loves others, which is extremely humane, is the heart of mercy. Miles does not want any of our fellow fighters to suffer, and considers everything for us, this is benevolence! Righteousness means doing what is right, and we must do the right things rather than popular things. Never betray morality for the sake of profit! Propriety, which includes politeness and courtesy, is essentially about respecting others. Wisdom means intelligent mind. We can see that Miles’ wisdom is no worse than that of any politicians, any entrepreneurs, or any philosophers. This is Wisdom. Faith, Miles pays special attention to the reputation and keeps his promise, this is the inner quality.
There are two other qualities in Miles that mentioned in the I Ching. Day line, a gentleman must be independently self-improving. What is the law of the day? The sun comes out of the east every day at a regular time in the morning, working hard and never slacking off, and goes down from the west in the evening, regularly punctuated and unremitting self-improvement. Is Miles the same? Exercise hard every day, work twenty hours and sleep only four hours. Terrain-kun, a gentleman must be holding the world with virtue. The earth is capable of bearing everything, both good and bad, and any dirt the earth bears in silence. This is what ancients called “self-discipline and social commitment”, and these qualities are also present in Miles Guo.
What is the realm of the Buddha’s inner self-understanding in Miles Guo? What is the realm like? Everybody knows, from the bottom of his heart, he is a Buddhist. Buddhism is so extensive and profound that I have come up with three things. The first is his motive that is selfless and altruistic. There is no self, only others, and this is the mind and state of the bodhisattva, is to hope everyone to be happy and joyful, rather than think about himself. The second is his compassion, wisdom and courage, which is also known as the compassionate intelligence in Buddhist term, and corresponds to the Confucian version of benevolence, wisdom and courage. The third is his specific behavior that complies with the six levels of achievements in Buddhism. Alms Giving, Proper Conducts, Great Forbearance, Diligent Effort, Zen Meditation, Prajna. Alms means that he always gives, never takes from others, and keeps on giving. Proper conduct means he has principles and he acts in line with precepts. Great forbearance, everybody could see how many people cursed him, how the CCP cursed him, and how many people did not understand him, he continued to endure and tolerate, to do what was right instead of what was popular. What is popular is not always the right thing. Diligent effort, how hard Miles works! He works 20 hours a day for one goal “take down the CCP”, in order to let us enter a happy life in China with rule of law. Zen meditation, Miles mentioned lots of times that he entered the state of one-pointed concentration almost every day. Prajna is the great wisdom.
In my childhood, I heard Edison say, “Genius is 1% inspiration plus 99% perspiration”. I thought at the time it was too bad. Later I learned that there was something else after this statement that was “but the 1% of inspiration is the most important, even more important than the 99% of perspiration”. I wondered if there was a way somehow to keep the door to my inspiration open. Later I learned from the traditional Chinese wisdom, the way is to tap into your inner treasures. So how do you tap into your inner treasures? We’ll talk more about this in the next article.
Original Opinion Article by Himalaya Manor Canada – 2020/09/22