The Great Tao and the Wisdom of Five World Religions 大道與五

►叢書分類:外文系列
►出版社:明德出版社
►出版日期:2004-03-01
►裝訂:平裝 •32K•20頁
►語言:繁體中文
ISBN : nil
►定價:35.0
►數量:1

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本書目錄

►Poem ---- Spiritual Truth 

►Relationship between The Great Tao and You  

►Reasons For The Wide Propagation of The Great Tao Today :   •♣The Great Tao •♣The Dao is omnipresent .

Ⅰ、Consequences Brought By The Misuse of Mentality

Ⅱ、Establishment of Religions  

Ⅲ、Saving A Drowning World of People With The Truth

Ⅳ、 Cataclysm of The Three Divisional Periods

Ⅴ、A Utopian World-An Aspiration of Sage Confucius '' Model Teacher   of All Ages ''  

►The Importance of Acknowledging (O r Receiving) The Great Tao :  

Ⅰ、 Equilibrium of Tranquility And Motion of Mind  

Ⅱ、The World Beyond Death  

Ⅲ、The Four Polluted Elements of The Mind And Their Influence Upon   Man's Character .  

Ⅳ、Wholesome Self-Realization  

Ⅴ、 Examples of Man's Efficient Incitement of Nature  

►The Brotherhood of Man  

►Poem ---- Unity  

►Quotable Code of Well-Personalities.


內容介紹

INTRODUCTION : ( 內容介紹 )

▓ 《 THE GREAT TAO 》

♣• Truth id the Path to heaven above   He who finds It right now on earth   Eludes all sufferings of rebirth

♣• Grace to our Father, Creator of all   Releasing the Way to save our fall   Every man with faith in mind   And repentance sincere will surely find   There a place so purely divine

♣• Thus fulfilling a greatest wish   At last a treasure we must not miss   Of Eternal Bliss !


▓ 《 The Dao is omnipresent 》

♣• To achieve an Ultimate Goal of universal and perpetual peace,   it is thus every man's responsibility to manifest his vastly virtuous   inborn five great religions namely : Taoism, Coufucianism, Buddhism,   Christianity and Islam. In so doing can man co-ordinate God's divine   purpose of presenting man the dominion-ship over all His other crea-   tions.( 萬物之靈)

♣• However, the majority of the world's population, lacking spiritual   apprehension, rather choose to lay down their lives for the price of   material interests and comfort. Owing to confliction misconceptions of   an ideal livelihood, men consequently ensnare themselves in constant   living fear as well as enmity against one another. Thenceforth, how can   a world of people who in reality bear the similarity of spiritual value,   hope to pursue a positive and full development of Universal Harmony?


▓ Even though generations after generations have lapsed yet these

♣• aged old religions still prevail strongly in the hearts of innumerous   believers. What attribute to their immense foundation ? The practical   reason is, these current Faiths though their names may vary, are es-   sentially from the same vital Principle Source which is more commonly   known as the Universal Law of Truth or the Great Tao . This funda-   mental Truth is confirmed on nearly every page of the Scriptures.

♣• The five great philosophers Lao-Tsze, Confucius, Buddha, Jesus   Christ and Muhammad, having attained Enlightenment after a long and   unbending quest for spiritual root, illuminate the world from further   moral deterioration with their discourses. Although these five great   spiritual teachers lived in different eras and their teaching methods   one another because they are based upon the time of their existing   circumstances, they are in fact contributing a share to the dissemin-   ation of the Universal Truth or Great Tao.


▓ 《 Sage Lao-Tsze : 》

♣• According to the discourses of Lao-Tsze, the Tao which is   boundless, space-less and undiminished by time runs on its own   natural course. It is not being regulated by any material force. Tao   exists prior to the existence of heaven and earth and is the Benefactor   of all universal creations.

♣• Lao-Tsze said :   "The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao.   The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging   name. Conceived of as having no name, it is the Originator of heaven   and earth ; conceived of as having a name, it is the Mother of all   things."

♣• When man began to slide from his virtuous root, Lao-Tsze will   himself to propagate the factual fact of man's genuine life. To divert   himself from the natural purity way of life and indulged excessively   instead to his selfish gain, man would inevitably bring himself a string   of misfortunes. Therefore the 'good' and 'ill' fate of man, is his own   motivation.

♣• Lao-Tsze said :   "There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition ; no calamity gre-   ater than to be discontented with one's lot ; no fault greater than the   wish to be getting. Therefore the sufficiency of contentment is an   enduring and unchanging sufficiency."


▓ Sage Confucius :

♣• Confucius, born in an era of disorder from 551 B.C. to 479 B.C.   the worst being the 'Spring and Autumn period' (772 B.C.~ 481 B.C.),   had no specific dogmas of his own neither had he set up any organ-   isation.

♣• When the feudal system of the Zhou Dynasty came to an end   all states became self-governed, and in their desire to establish infl-   uence, the larger states en-powered the weaker states, bringing disunity   and schism.

♣• Hence, the degeneration of humanity became a common sight. In an   attempt to restore humanity among the dukes, nobles and commoners,   Confucius educated them emphatically on benevolence. The unique   quality of human conduct which could be preserved and realized by   man.

♣• Confucius said :   " Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity." And :   " The duties of universal obligation are five, and the virtues where   with they are practiced are three. The duties are those between sovereign and minister, between father and son, between husband and   wife, between elder brother and younger, and those belonging to the intercourse of friends. Those five are the duties of universal obligation.   Wisdom, magnanimity and energy, these three, are the virtues universally binding. And the means by which they carry the duties into   practice is singleness." • From the above quotations it is distinctly clear that the teachings   of Confucius who is reverently known as the "Model Teacher of All   Ages ", is also very applicable to our modern society of today.


▓ Lord Buddha :

♣• Buddha who was of noble birth was born in the sixth century   B.C. at Kapilavatthu, surrounded by all pleasures a life of luxury could   bring. Having encountered in subsequent the sufferings of birth, aging,   sickness and death as well as realizing that all material comforts are   but a passing fancy, decided to will himself for the Path of Liberation.

♣• Upon Enlightenment, Buddha perceived all sufferings of man were   pertained both through sensual craving and obsession with sex.   To deliver man from all forms of suffering, Buddha emphasized widely   on compassionate love and purity of mind. His first discourse was   the Four Noble Truths :  

Ⅰ、The Noble Truth of Suffering  

Ⅱ、The Noble Truth of the Origin of suffering  

Ⅲ、The Noble Truth of the Extinction of suffering  

Ⅳ、The Noble Truth of the Path that leads to the Extinction of suffering.

♣• Thus Buddha said :   "Not only he fact of suffering do I teach, but also the deliverance from it."   "Our hearts shall be unwavering, no evil word will we send forth,   but compassionate of others' welfare will we abide, of kindly heart   without resentment : and that man who thus speaks will we suffuse   will thoughts accompanied by love, and so abide : and , making that   our standpoint , we will suffuse the whole world with loving thoughts,   far-reaching, wide-spreading, boundless, free from hate, free from ill-   will, and so abide." And :  " All phenomena are like   A dream, an illusion, a bubble and a shadow,   Like dew and lightning.   Thus should you meditate upon them."

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