The Blueprint of the Pure Land Learning College

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1. In the recent era, Buddhism has declined. This is primarily caused by the lack of Dharma lecturers and practitioners, and by not having enough qualified Dharma protectors. Thus, all Buddhists wish for talented and educated people who are trained in the teachings, and to have a true cultivation centre. This has been a long-held wish of Master Chin Kung as well.

The Blueprint of the Pure Land Learning College

16th July 2001

 

1. In the recent era, Buddhism has declined. This is primarily caused by the lack of Dharma lecturers and practitioners, and by not having enough qualified Dharma protectors. Thus, all Buddhists wish for talented and educated people who are trained in the teachings, and to have a true cultivation centre. This has been a long-held wish of Master Chin Kung as well.

2. Master Chin Kung is grateful to the Queensland government for approving the Pure Land Learning College Association, Inc. (PLLC) to be established as a college thus fulfilling his long-held wish to establish a centre to train future Buddhist lecturers. The Buddhist students are very grateful for the kindness of the Queensland government, and wish happiness and prosperity for all Australian leaders. We are in the initial stage of establishing the college.

3. Concerned about the need for trained educators in other Buddhist Schools as well, the PLLCA will not only train Pure Land propagators, but hopefully, also those of Theravada Buddhism, as well as the other Mahayana schools of Zen, Lotus, Flower Adornment, Three-Discourses, Mind Only, Precepts, Esoteric, and Agama. There will also be a program on Buddhist Learning Centre Administration to train Dharma protectors. In the future, when the students of the different schools have attained an acceptable level of cultivation and understanding in their specialized school, the college will become a university with ten individual schools. This will then become an excellent ¡§Buddhist Teachers¡¦ University¡¨ that will nurture future Dharma propagators, teachers, and administrative personnel.

4. The nine-year curriculum will include a two-year preliminary program, which will be compulsory for all students; a three-year major-specific program, which will focus on one¡¦s specialized school and sutra; and a four-year graduate program on Multiculturalism. The study content for the courses will be based on the Buddhist Canon and reference materials will be the commentaries of ancient patriarchs. This will be a true Buddhist college because no other courses will be offered. The university educational system will combine the structure of today¡¦s western educational system with the spirit of the traditional Chinese Buddhist educational system. The student¡¦s understanding and practice must complement each other, and will be equally important. They must be virtuous in their conduct and diligent in their learning. All students in the college must cultivate understanding by spending eight hours a day on study and practice what has been learned in an additional eight hours of cultivation. Students may choose to cultivate in either the Chanting Hall or the Meditation Hall.

5. Students will not be recruited. Those who attend the college must have recommendations f-rom Buddhist centres or organizations, which will vouch for the student¡¦s c-haracter and take responsibility for the students they send here for strict training.

6. Living expenses for the students will be underwritten by the recommending centre, which may find a few laypeople to help support the students. At the end of each semester, students must send their semester results to the sponsoring organization. During the semester break, students will return to the sponsoring centre and exhibit their progress by giving lectures. This will provide the opportunity for the sponsors to also judge their progress. When their training is completed, students may return to their centres to develop multicultural and Buddhist teachings for the benefit of all beings.

7. The objective of the educational program is to train future propagators, protectors, and administrative personnel for the benefit of all people. This is the message to all Buddhist organizations. It is hoped that through concentrated study and practice that the students will accomplish their goals within nine years.

8. Full-time personnel will be responsible for all the administrative matters and routine work of the college. For other work such as general cleaning, kitchen duties, laundry, and daily chores, the college will employ local people. The benefits and salary of their locally hired personnel will be comparable to the motel industry in Toowoomba. The PLLC hopes to contribute to the local community by creating job opportunities for the local people.

9. With administration and daily chores given up to others, the students will then be able to focus singlemindedly on their studies and practice. Thus, the level of the student¡¦s virtuous conduct, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and abilities as Dharma propagators will be elevated.

Master Chin Kung sincerely hopes that the implementation of the above nine points will help foster happiness and peace for all, and that the college will fulfil the goal of propagating the Buddha¡¦s teachings to benefit all beings and to continue to pass on the Buddha¡¦s wisdom to enlighten all beings. This is the way of repaying the kindness of others.

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