Han Wangxi, Doctor of Ethics of Renmin University of China, President of Shenzhen Confucian Culture Research Association and Confucianism Master, arrived at Wutong Mount Teaching Base of Zen Tao Business School on Oct. 18th, 2018 and started to deliver a series of courses titled Sinology Forum•Lecture on Chinese Classics under the invitation of Guangdong Wanmingzi Charity Foundation.
The series of courses titled Sinology Forum•Lecture on Chinese Classics are public lectures focusing on spreading Chinese studies and culture. Sui Guangyi (Chairman of Guangdong Wanmingzi Charity Foundation), Ma Xiaoqiu (Director of Guangdong Wanmingzi Charity Foundation) and some lucky fans of “Chinese Studies” jointly embarked on their spiritual journey to discover the beauty of Chinese culture.
Many friends who love Sinology are quite familiar with the name “Han Wangxi”. As Doctor of Ethics of Renmin University of China and Confucianism Master, Han Wangxi has been the honorable host of Hope Dialogue column of Shenzhen Broadcasting FM89.8 since 2005, delivering more than 300 lectures on pre-Qin philosophers and focusing on Confucian culture. As the keynote speaker of On Teaching column of China Education Television, Han Wangxi also lectured a series of columns called Soul Harmony in 2007. Meanwhile, he recorded and lectured on “Han Feizi” for the columns “Lecture Room” and “Reading” of CCTV in 2013 and 2015.
Han Wangxi began his lecture with the word “contemplation”. The first three words of Heart Sutra are “Freedom in Mind”; therefore, the word “contemplation” has very profound philosophical significance. World outlook and life outlook refer to contemplation of world and life, contemplating everything with mind. The key lies in the vision, mind and thought that the viewer adopts to perceive and understand the vicissitudes of the world.
Han Wangxi majored in philosophy from undergraduate study to doctoral study; therefore, he had profound academic origin and solid academic foundation. Han Wangxi stressed: Chinese philosophy focuses on two words: “nourishing mind”. Mencius said, “To nourish the mind there is nothing better than to make the desires few. Here is a man whose desires are few – in some things he may not be able to keep his heart, but they will be few. Here is a man whose desires are many – in some things he may be able to keep his heart, but they will be few.” Few desires mean eliminating iniquitous desires. Mencius thought that the best way to cultivate character is to control desire.
Han Wangxi said, “I used to read The Book of Mencius quite a lot. When I was a child, my mother taught me to read The Book of Mencius. I keep two sentences in mind until now. Mencius said to King Hui of Liang, ‘There never has been a benevolent man who neglected his parents. There never has been a righteous man who looked down upon his sovereign.’ This means that no benevolent person will abandon his parents and no righteous person will despise his monarch and sovereign. We should not forget our homeland and our country. This is the traditional scholar-bureaucrat spirit. ‘Faithfully serving the country’ also tells such meaning.”
Han Wangxi believed in the benevolent loving others, harmony in diversity and the world of great harmony. What we call “friendliness” refers to a kind of benevolence: “I am able by reflection to measure the minds of others.” “When a commiserating government is practised with a commiserating mind, to rule the kingdom was as easy a matter as to make anything go round in the palm.” “We shall, in regard to the aged, give them rest; in regard to friends, show them sincerity; in regard to the young, treat them tenderly.”…… All these sentences contain deep humanistic care and caring for life, profound life belief, noble character and life realm that are worth being promoted vigorously.
At the end of the course, Han Wangxi concluded that no matter what profession you are engaged in, you have to master “4L” before you achieve success of your life. The first one is LOVE. You’re happy with it once you love it; you won’t practise it thoroughly if you don’t love it. The second one is LAW. Everything has its own rules. We must be good at researching and seeking rules. The third one is LABOR. Working hard seems silly, but in fact, it’s the shortest way. If you get smart with others and just want to cut corners, you won’t go far as haste doesn’t bring success. The fourth one is LUCK. Everyone’s temperament, endowment and ability are different, so never reach for what is beyond your grasp and never seek far and neglect what lies close at your hand.
For decades Han Wangxi has been studying human nature, seeking life and pursuing the goodness and beauty of the world and life unremittingly and painstakingly. His kind smile, gentle words and gentleman’s temperament are so delightful that listeners feel like bathing in the spring wind. He is erudite and refined. It’s quite admirable that he maintain the desirable gentleman’s character in today’s society where everyone is anxious to achieve quick success and get instant benefits.
“People have faith, the nation has hope, and the country has strength!” In contemporary flourishing age of China, all flowers bloom together. Around us are emerging a number of people like Han Wangxi, Sui Guangyi and Ma Xiaoqiu who endeavor to spread Chinese culture unremittingly. They have been studying, practising, studying and inheriting Chinese traditional culture for decades…… It is they who have worked hard for the spreading of long-standing and well-established Chinese culture and made selfless contributions to the development of our country and cities. Through them we see the glory and beauty of human nature and we see the more glorious tomorrow and brighter future of our great motherland.
Introduction to Han Wangxi
Doctor of Ethics of Renmin University of China, President of Shenzhen Confucian Culture Research Association and Visiting Scholar of Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been devoted to the study of human nature and human life for a long time. He has won two projects from the National Social Science Foundation. He’s the author of such works as Human Nature of Kindness and Beauty, The Ode to Humanity, Han Wangxi’s Understanding of Chinese Classics, and Fixed Heart.
Words / Lv Qiujia
Photo / Zhang Pengjian