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THE FIVE HARMONIES

by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Miao Guang and Zhi Yue

Individual harmony achieved through joy;
Interpersonal harmony achieved through respect;
Family harmony achieved through deference;
Social harmony achieved through cooperation;
World harmony achieved through peace.

Harmony has a universal value and is the most precious in the world. Without it, even if we have money, wealth, and love, we still have nothing.

Harmony can be likened to our faces. Although our five sense organs are different, they are beautiful when in harmony. Similarly, although our intestines, stomach, and internal organs are all different, the body is healthy when they work in harmony.

Starting from ourselves, beginning from individual harmony that is achieved through joy, we can then expand harmony to include our family and society, and naturally there would be world peace.

── from Renjian Fojiao Yulu (Record of Teachings on Humanistic Buddhism)