Exploring the Religious View of Cultivating Sages and Talents from the Perspective of Social Innovation (68873)

Session Information: Religion and Education
Session Chair: Joselito Gutierrez

Cancelled & Moved to Virtual Presentation | Monday, 3 April 2023 13:40
Session: Session 3
Room: Room B (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

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Cancelled | Moved to Virtual Presentation

Social innovation involves the development and implementation of new concepts and approaches to satisfy the needs of society and solve issues, ultimately enhancing social well-being. According to the National Development Council, Taiwan merged to form an old-age society in 2018 and will enter a super-old-age society in 2025. Meanwhile, young people have been addicted to the Internet in recent years, and crimes, fraud, drug problems, gambling, and other crimes have become prevalent. From a theological standpoint, this study investigates the concept of "cultivating sages and talents" proposed by Grand Master Hunyuan, the founder of Weixin Shengjiao, a new religion that has been rapidly spreading in Taiwan since 1982. The concept incorporates I-Ching Fengshui as well as insights from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism in order to promote the public's virtue, aspirations, and spiritual sublimation. It seeks to create the great harmonious world described by Confucius in the Chapter "The Great Together" in The Book of Rites with the ultimate goal of "enriching the people." As a result, this study examines the religious viewpoint of "cultivating sages and talents" in Weixin Shengjiao through document analysis of Grant Master Hunyuan's teachings, and finds that the religious concept of cultivating sages and talents has been put into practice through socially innovative implementation. The results of this study will serve as a guide for people all over the world on how to use religious education and practice as a social innovation in response to population aging and other related social challenges.

Li-Yueh Chen, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan
Chen-Mei Li, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan

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Cancelled & Moved to Virtual Presentation | Professor Li-Yueh Chen is a University Administration at Weixin Shengjiao College in Taiwan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00