Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are three major ancient religious beliefs that has been deeply rooted in Chinese culture, customs and worldview for over two millienia. They are the most influential school of thoughts among Chinese history emerged during the Spring & Autumn Period and continued to thrive until modern eras.
On Saturday, Jun 3rd 2017, presenter Prof. Xu Xiaoyue, as a PhD in History, professor of religion and Chinese philosophy, and Current Director of Nanjing Library, delivered a powerful and insightful lecture entitled “Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Traditional Chinese Culture”at China Cultural Centre (Sydney), of which drew a significant number of local audiences with a common interest in Chinese traditional culture.
Professor Xu outlined the topic in 5 main parts include cultural value orientation, behaviour and social mentality,Confucian classics, history, philosophy and literature, three teachings thoughts, and how has the three schools influenced Chinese civilisation. Professor Xu said that: “The values of the traditional Chinese culture lie in social life,” “The development of the philosophy of life is a very significant feature of the Chinese traditional culture. The purpose of building the nature oriented civilization is of course to build the social civilization.”
He then highlighted and discussed his opinions on the highest categories of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism of which he believed they are respectively the concept of “benevolence”, “the way” and “emptiness”. He concluded the talk with how the three schools meet the multi-level spiritual needs of the Chinese people: “Confucianism serves to stabilize the world, Taoism to cultivate oneself and seek wellbeing, and Buddhism to search for inner peace.” In other words, “love” is the highest pursuit of the Chinese nation.
At the end of the talk, audience had the opportunity to express their thoughts, give opinions and to further discuss about the topic with the Presenter.
This lecture was held not only to promote deeper understanding of the concept of Chinese Traditional Culture to the Australian general public, also hope that by sharing Professor Xu’s unique insights and extensive understandings on the topic will further strengthen the cultural communication and understanding between China and Australia.