Professor Lin Peng & Teacher Huairen • "Toronto Lectures"

Last October, there was a golden autumn of chrysanthemum yellow and vibrant red maple leaves. On the Saturday afternoon of October 12, 2019, more than 300 people gathered together at the Dajue Toronto Center, the Canadian Classical Culture and Education Foundation and the International Reading Promotion Center to listen to a master-class public lecture on Chinese culture and education by two wise teachers, the watcher of Chinese culture, Peng Lin, a senior professor of the School of Humanities, Tsinghua University and advocate of Chinese and Western classic education, Dr. Yang Mei (Huairen), the principal of Wenli International School. • Professor Lin Peng: Family Education and Style • Professor Lin Peng used the comparison between the rise and fall of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties and the Qin Dynasty as the starting point, and described how the ancient Chinese emperor’s house cultivated the prince. The selection of the three divisions and three young masters, as well as their support of the prince’s virtue, knowledge, and ability, are related to the future of a country. The family motto of the Emperor’s House is particularly famous for Emperor Taizong Li Shimin’s “Emperor Fan”, which embodies the inherent benevolence, justice, etiquette, wisdom and trust in the traditional Chinese culture, and the lofty feeling of self-cultivation and family governance. This is the case for the Emperor’s House, and the same is true for ordinary people.

Family style affects the growth of each generation of a family. It is the starting point for the formation of a person’s values and the spiritual bond between family members. From “The Family Instructions of the Yan Family”, “The Family Instructions of Zhu Zi” to “The Family Letters of Zeng Guofan” and “The Family Instructions of the Qian Family”, the teachings of these fine family traditions have gained the achievements of everyone we know. “The Family Instructions of the Yan Family” is Yan Zhitui’s personal experience to explain self-cultivation, governance, life, and learning. The Yan family puts living at home and fulfilling filial piety before being loyal to the country. The core of Zeng Guofan’s family style is diligence, providence and modesty. To pursue moral studies, to cultivate self-cultivation through diligence and providence, to guard against arrogance and seek progress, and to treat others with modesty has become the outstanding family culture of the Zeng family. “The Qian Family’s Instructions” also came down the same line and became the root of many academicians in the Qian family.
Since ancient times, China has paid attention to style and family education. The words and deeds of family members must conform to the etiquette norms, “less becomes natural, and habit becomes natural”. Although the family rules and forms of family education are different, what they convey is the moral standards and value orientation of a family or family. This is the family tradition. The continuation and inheritance of civilization.

Lin Peng, born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province in 1949, holds a doctorate in history. He is currently a professor of the History Department of the School of Humanities, Tsinghua University, a doctoral supervisor, the dean of the Chinese Academy of Economics, the director of the Chinese Etiquette Research Center, the first batch of senior professors of liberal arts at Tsinghua University, the editor-in-chief of “Chinese Classics”, and the compilation committee of “The Essence of Confucianism” of Peking University Members. Professor Peng has always focused on the teaching and research of Qin history, historical philology and the history of ancient Chinese academic thoughts, and focused on the research of the Confucian classics “Three Li” (“Zhou Li”, “Yi Li”, “Book of Rites”). In recent years, Professor Peng has been a guest on CCTV’s “Hundred Schools of Forum” and “A Journey of Civilization” and other well-known columns, speaking about Chinese etiquette and Confucian classics. Professor Peng is also a director of the International Confucian Federation, a director of the Chinese Yanhuang Culture Research Association, a director of the Confucius Foundation of China, and a member of the Expert Committee of the Ancient Civilization Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; he was a visiting professor at Kyoto University, Taiwan Chung Cheng University, and City University of Hong Kong. The courses of “Ancient Chinese Etiquette and Civilization” and “Exquisite Cultural Relics and Cultural China” lectured by Professor Peng at Tsinghua University have been rated as national excellent courses. Family style affects the growth of each generation of a family. It is the starting point for the formation of a person’s values and the spiritual bond between family members. From “The Family Instructions of the Yan Family”, “The Family Instructions of Zhu Zi” to “The Family Letters of Zeng Guofan” and “The Family Instructions of the Qian Family”, the teachings of these fine family traditions have gained the achievements of everyone we know. “The Family Instructions of the Yan Family” is Yan Zhitui’s personal experience to explain self-cultivation, governance, life, and learning. The Yan family puts living at home and fulfilling filial piety before being loyal to the country. The core of Zeng Guofan’s family style is diligence, providence and modesty. To pursue moral studies, to cultivate self-cultivation through diligence and providence, to guard against arrogance and seek progress, and to treat others with modesty has become the outstanding family culture of the Zeng family. “The Qian Family’s Instructions” also came down the same line and became the root of many academicians in the Qian family.

Since ancient times, China has paid attention to style and family education. The words and deeds of family members must conform to the etiquette norms, “less becomes natural, and habit becomes natural”. Although the family rules and forms of family education are different, what they convey is the moral standards and value orientation of a family or family. This is the family tradition. The continuation and inheritance of civilization.

Lin Peng, born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province in 1949, holds a doctorate in history. He is currently a professor of the History Department of the School of Humanities, Tsinghua University, a doctoral supervisor, the dean of the Chinese Academy of Economics, the director of the Chinese Etiquette Research Center, the first batch of senior professors of liberal arts at Tsinghua University, the editor-in-chief of “Chinese Classics”, and the compilation committee of “The Essence of Confucianism” of Peking University Members. Professor Peng has always focused on the teaching and research of Qin history, historical philology and the history of ancient Chinese academic thoughts, and focused on the research of the Confucian classics “Three Li” (“Zhou Li”, “Yi Li”, “Book of Rites”). In recent years, Professor Peng has been a guest on CCTV’s “Hundred Schools of Forum” and “A Journey of Civilization” and other well-known columns, speaking about Chinese etiquette and Confucian classics. Professor Peng is also a director of the International Confucian Federation, a director of the Chinese Yanhuang Culture Research Association, a director of the Confucius Foundation of China, and a member of the Expert Committee of the Ancient Civilization Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; he was a visiting professor at Kyoto University, Taiwan Chung Cheng University, and City University of Hong Kong. The courses of “Ancient Chinese Etiquette and Civilization” and “Exquisite Cultural Relics and Cultural China” lectured by Professor Peng at Tsinghua University have been rated as national excellent courses.

Dr. Yang Mei: Looking for a peach blossom source for education •

Teacher Huairen mentioned that John Dewey, the founder of Western education history and pragmatism, opposed the traditional learning method of mechanical recitation, and proposed that learning must be effective and see results, otherwise it is useless. His ideas not only had a profound impact in the West, but also influenced a group of Chinese scholars such as Hu Shi, Tao Xingzhi, and even the May Fourth Movement to abolish classical Chinese and promoted vernacular writing.

Hu Shi’s student Tang Degang had not been affected by the vernacular movement since he was a child when he was in the countryside. He recites ancient texts in a private school since he was a child. After seven or eight years of reading, he could read Zizhi Tongjian and Zhaoming Wenxuan when he was 11 years old. However, the peers who have received vernacular education in the city since childhood are still reading popular and simple nursery rhymes, and have no ability to read ancient Chinese. The cultivation of language ability is the foundation laid before the age of 13 in the early childhood. The basic learning ability of a child is the absorption capacity, which is a sponge-like overall absorption. We will naturally use it when we grow up, but modern education that wastes this innate ability is like man-made cultural gnomes. We are all victims of this education.

For overseas Chinese people, if you want to truly master the broad and profound language of Chinese, the only way to go is to read the scriptures. The integration of cultures requires a high degree of spiritual integration. The method is to put the important things first before the age of 13. In minds, high-level language can cover low-level language. The classics are the teachings of wise sages, which are gradually brewing and will greatly inspire the wisdom of life.

Dr. Yang Mei – Introduction to Huairen •

Mei Yang, Huairen Zi has a Bachelor of Engineering from Tsinghua University, Master of Classical Indian Studies from Peking University, and PhD in Classical Indian Studies from University of Göttingen, Germany. She studied at the University of Hamburg in Germany, University of Oxford and the French Far East Institute in Pondicherry, India. Since 2002, she began to systematically think about classic education including Chinese, Western, and Indian cultures. The Chinese Classical Culture Association was established in Hamburg, Germany, and the first classics reading school in Europe-Hamburg Zhiqian School was established. In the past ten years, she has promoted classic education globally, and he has been hailed as “the first person to promote overseas classics reading.” In 2016, he and his friends registered and established the International Classics Education Center in the United States and he served as the CEO. He is also the current executive officer of Boon Lay College and the founding principal of Boon Lay International School. Dr. Yang Mei traveled all the way to a prestigious school and lived in Germany for 15 years. She raised two children who are good in Chinese, English and German, and led Chinese children in Europe to learn the Four Books and Five Classics. She has given hundreds of children’s Chinese education lectures in Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. She selflessly shared educational experiences and set off a craze for overseas Chinese children to learn classics. Teacher Huairen has in-depth research on the classic education of the East and the West, has unique insights and practical experience in English and multilingual classics reading education, has a deep insight into the education trend of the era of globalization and AI, and provides for the cultivation of world-class talents with profound Eastern and Western cultural heritage. Thanks to the following organizers, organizers and co-organizers of this event: Organizers: Dajue Toronto Center, Canadian Classical Culture and Education Foundation, International Reading Promotion Center Organizers: Heqian School, Canadian Disciple Regulation Society, Shuqian School Co-organizers: Shuyi College, Beichen Chinese, Aurora School, Yangmeihong Art School, Royal Jinrui Real Estate, Zhixing College, Viva Chinese Learning Potential Development, Yang Li Insurance, Zhongneng Cold and Warm, Toronto Chinese Society, Frank Fan, Huang Gegendiao , Canada Life.