1 I hope strivers will take the long view of not fighting for temporary fame today but fighting for an everlasting fame. Your mission is to save all the living beings of this world. If you sacrifice and dedicate yourself to this mission, you can accomplish it. You will then be well known in the world and be forever remembered.
2 An ancient saint once said: “[When one] does not claim credit for the merit, then the merit becomes. [When one] holds a prestigious name and does not abuse it, the name is well maintained. Otherwise, when one claims the credit when it is not deserved, it is considered arrogant. An arrogant person is considered notorious. When one is not recognized but fights for recognition, he is self-conceited.”
3 Confucius taught people how to conduct themselves and handle matters. Even though it was not of a religious sect, it had the religious spirit in it.
4 Today we are celebrating Teachers’ Day. We are celebrating Confucius’ birthday to emulate Confucius’ spirit, and to shoulder the temporal missions of the time by embracing “saving all living beings of the world” as our own responsibility.
5 As long as we are willing to make big vows, have a strong will and work hard toward the goals we have set, future generations will reach their own conclusion based on our work.
Teachers’ Day Tea Party, September 28, 1984