On October 9th, 2015, Professor Tu Weiming Participated in the 13th “Rhodes Forum”

On 9 October 2015, Professor Tu Weiming participated in the 13th“Rhodes Forum” and delivered a speech titled “Spiritual Humanism: An Emerging Global Discourse”. Based on the Confucian core value of “ren” (humanity), this speech envisioned a possible universal value for future human beings. The related philosophical idea was widely accepted by participants. For more information of this speech, please refer to http://www.wpfdc.org/blog/society/19519-on-humanity.

Every autumn since 2003, the ancient Greek island of Rhodes hosts a session of the World Public Forum “dialogue of Civilizations” called the Rhodes Forum that brings together public figures and statesmen, academics, religious figures and representatives of the arts, mass media and business spheres from all over the world. It focuses on the intercultural dialogue and on working out instruments to make interactions among cultures and civilizations possible. The results achieved by the Forum give a hope for further harmonization of international relations and strengthening of stability in the world.

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On September 16, 2015, International philosophy institute conference (2015) was held in Beijing university

At 10 a.m., September 16, 2015, Conference of Academicians 2015 of International Institute of Philosophy (IIP) opened in Yingjie Overseas Exchange Center at Peking University. The Congress was organized jointly by IAHS of Peking University and Songyang Academy of Classical Learning. The conference theme is Dimensions of the Human. There are nine domestic co-organizers: Institute of Philosophy of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Philosophy Department of Peking University, Philosophy Department of Tsinghua University, Philosophy Department of Renmin University of China, Philosophy Department of Beijing Normal University, Philosophy Department of Fudan University, Philosophy Department of East China Normal University, Philosophy Department of Wuhan University and Philosophy Department of Zhongshan University.

Founded in Paris, France in 1937, IIP is the highest level of academic organization in global philosophy circle and a senior honor society. Undertaking the mission of promoting top philosophical researches and exchanges worldwide, IIP has interactions and communications with over 300 universities from 102 countries in the world. The mission of IIP is: To bring together the world’s elites and people of insight in the philosophy world to strive for the improved well-being of mankind under the guidance of philosophical spirits.

It is the first time for IIP to hold the Congress in China. 23 foreign academicians and 40 professors of philosophy from major universities in China attended the conference. 14 lectures were held from September 16 to 19, open for application for attendance by teachers and students of major of philosophy in universities in Beijing and the public. The Congress also sets up a Chinese philosophy panel, an unprecedented move by IIP, which indicates the good faith of IIP to introduce Chinese philosophy to the international philosophy world. The session provides an important opportunity for Chinese philosophy thinkers and researchers to showcase the thoughts of Chinese philosophy and spread Chinese cultural information to the world.

Professor Lin Jianhua of Peking University attended the opening ceremony and delivered the speech on behalf of the host. He expressed sincere welcome to philosophers from all over the world and wished the Congress a success. Professor Wu Zhipan, managing vice president of Peking University hosted the opening ceremony.

Guests attending the opening ceremony and giving keynote speech include: Prof. Tu Weiming, Chairman of Organizing Committee of the conference, chair professor in the Humanities of Peking University, director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies; Prof. Ioanna KUÇURADI, Chairman of IIP; Prof. Bernard BOURGEOIS, Secretary General of IIP. In his keynote speech, Professor Tu Weiming reviewed the hardships China had gone through since the modern times and the ordeals Chinese culture had experienced. He indicated that “learning to be human” had become the most urgent concern in modern society. In terms of the issue, human was not passive receiver, but was capable of active self-improvement; perfect personality was not romantic imagination but extremely realistic consideration. People should reach an agreement and address problems through communication and cooperation; we should even tolerate and respect the intrinsic values of others and enrich ourselves through mutual learning. Philosophers from all over the world were invited to China to discuss the topic of “Dimensions of the Human” and investigate the value of the human. Philosophy should not be elite theory alone but wisdom open to mankind. The social and economic development in today’s world needs the guidance of philosophical thoughts. Human beings, as a species, are confronted with the challenge of long-lasting survival. People raven the natural resources unaware that the earth itself is a life entity. Confucianism focuses on the living world of ordinary people, and it has profound spirituality. A quote from a Confucian classic “The Doctrine of Mean” summarizes human’s ideal: “It is only he who is possessed of the most complete sincerity that can exist under heaven, who can give its fun development to his nature. Able to give its full development to his own nature, he can do the same to the nature of other men. Able to give its full development to the nature of other men, he can give their full development to the natures of animals and things. Able to give their full development to the natures of creatures and things, he can assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth. Able to assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth, he may with Heaven and Earth form a ternion. ”

Held in Peking University for 4 days from September 16 to 19, IIP Conference 2015 helped to create good academic atmosphere for World Congress of Philosophy to be held in Peking University in 2018 and provided opportunities for exchanges and learning for philosophers, ideologists and philosophy researchers in China. The Congress helps to introduce the thoughts of Chinese philosophy to the world and improve the position of Chinese philosophy in the world, and provides opportunities for the wisdom of Chinese philosophy to offer resources for the development of the world philosophical theories and solution of practical problems. The Chinese civilization should participate in and contribute to the future of human civilizations.

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On October 14th, 2014, A Christian-Buddhist Dialogue on Spiritual Exercise and Practical Wisdom in the 21st Century

On October 14th, 2014, “A Christian-Buddhist Dialogue on Spiritual Exercise and Practical Wisdom in the 21st Century” was successfully held at Saint John Baptist College at University of Oxford by the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and Oxford China Centre and Faculty of Theology and Religion at University of Oxford. The dialogue was hosted by Professor Tu Weiming who is the founding Dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. Four famous theology and buddhist scholars and religious leaders participated in the dialogue. More than a dozen of professors of different religions (such as Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, sikhism, Taoism) and nearly 200 scholars and students attended the dialogue.

Themes: Profoundly meaningful ways of learning to be human in Christianity and Buddhism;  How leaders and scholars of both religions deal with global issues threatening the viability of humanity and environment.

Chairman: Professor Tu Weiming, Dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University, and Senior Fellow of the Asian Center at Harvard University.

Speakers:

Reverend Professor Alister McGrath, Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford;

Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin of Shaolin Buddhism Temple, Deputy Director of Chinese Buddhism Association;

Canon Brian Mountford, Vicar of the University Church, Oxford;

Professor Max Deeg, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, University of Cardiff

Post-Dialogue: Shaolin Kungfu demonstration by Shaolin Temple monks

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On January 11th, 2014, Prof. Tu Weiming Visits Malaysia And Signs a Cooperation Agreement With the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation

Following the speech, WEIB Director Tu Weiming and GMM Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. This agreement affirmed that the two organizations will sincerely cooperate in various activities that seek to strengthen cultural and ethical exchange between China and Malaysia, and in doing so hope to greatly influence both of the two nations. 

The next day, January 11, there was the first event held by both the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation and local Malaysian Chinese groups. Director Tu gave the keynote speech in the auditorium of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese Language Elementary School. The topic was “Doctrine of the Mean: Theory and Practice in the Context of  Multicultural Networks.” Professor Tu Weiming pointed out that over the last one hundred years or so Chinese culture has encountered challenges and humiliations, but said “should we not look to the future in considering how Chinese people should maintain our ancient traditions, and resolve and dissolve the hundred years of tragic history by strengthening the Confucian spirit of benevolence in our engagement with the world? Simultaneously, how different ethnic groups can cooperate, coordinate, and build understanding should also become a key focus for cultural endeavors.” Because of this, in the future China must be open-minded pluralists, and he said, “From the perspective of the present, our entire human race is undergoing a significant period of development. What we do in particular regions are not in fact just regionally important, but undoubtedly have a global significance.” Thus, the value of Chinese culture should set from the high vantage point of the entire globe. Thus, we must develop a spiritual humanism to generate a positive impact on all 21st century humanity. Furthermore, this new humanism is one that respects religious plurality and understands the different civilizations of the world. “We should begin to identify with a new culture, and first thing we must include in this identity is liberal and not conservative perspective. Second, it should be pluralistic, understanding different perspectives and not just one. Third, it should have the capability to be self reflective because without this any wishful thinking that completely emerges from subjective desires will result in our imposing our perspectives on others.” This speech drew over three-hundred people who were interested in Confucian culture. Tan Khai Hee, the Secretary General of the Malaysia-China Friendship Association, gave concluding remarks and noted that Prof. Tu’s lecture on Chinese education and Confucian culture in Malaysia has practical value and accorded with the meaning of friendly exchange between Malaysia and China that has existed for the last forty years. Other speaker on this occasion included: The President of the Malaysia-China Friendship Association Dato’ Abdul Majid Bin Ahmad Khan, and former Chairman of People’s Movement Party Dr. Koh Tsu Koon.

During his time in Malaysia, on the afternoon of January 10th, Professor Tu also participated in the 27th Conference of the Academy of Latinity, and delivered the keynote address entitled: “Spiritual Humanism in the Age of Cultural Diversity and Religious Pluralism.”

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On February 28 2013, The 5th Global Forum at United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna, Austria

On February 2013, to begin the day of 5th Global Forum at United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna, Austria, Prof. TU Weiming, the founding dean of Institute of Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University delivered a keynote speech.

Prof. TU Weiming has called for a more pragmatic approach by governments and civil society organizations in reaching out to build a more diverse and tolerant world. He highlighted China’s desire to create a dialogue based on diversity. He also suggested that China ought to learn to understand its own history with a view to the future as an integral part of the global community. China has been not only a dialogical civilization, a learning civilization, a tolerant civilization, but very ecumenical, very early on. As an example, he explained that before the time of Confucius existed the idea of tianxia ( 天下), which means “all under heaven.”

Prof. Tu stated that human rights without responsibility, without a sense of decency, a sense of compassion, is not good enough for a society to flourish. We need to broaden our scope from the legalistic language to the language of the heart, as well. Therefore Prof. Tu called on all societies to cultivate not only the great Enlightenment values of liberty, rationality, due process of law, human rights, dignity of the individual, equality, but also the language of the heart, of the great spiritual traditions of justice, of compassion, of love, of care, and the idea of a harmonious society.

The speech was received with a great applause by the attendees.

http://www.vienna5unaoc.org/program/thursday-2802/

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Tu Weiming Wins Prestigious Award, Explains the ABC of Confucianism

BEIJING (CNTV) – Professor Tu Weiming is awarded the CNTV Personality of the Year Award 2012 for Disseminating Chinese Culture to the World.

Tu Weiming was introduced by Christian Murck, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, and a trophy was handed to Prof. Tu by Zhou Qifeng, the President of Peking University.

Short Bio

Professor Tu Weiming, Director of The Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies (IAHS), Director of The World Ethics Institute Beijing (WEIB), both at Peking University, is the leading scholar of Confucianism and in particular Confucian Ethics.

Award Show

Here’s a rough transcript (in English translation) of the award show that was aired on CCTV-1 on the 17th of January 2013:

Hosted by Wu Daqi and Wu Tianxin; Introduction Remarks by Christian Murck, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China:

“Tu Weiming taught at Princeton University where I was his student. Through his efforts Confucianism has engaged in an ongoing dialogue with Christianity and Islam, as well as Buddhism and Daoism. As a result of his influence as a teacher and writer the contribution of Confucian thinkers to China and to the world is better understood and is the subject of continuous study and discussion. Professor Tu is therefore an excellent candidate for the Brilliance of China Award and I recommend him to you warmly. Thank you.”

Q&A with Tu Weiming

Wu Tianxin“We know that Professor Tu has promoted New Confucian philosophy for now almost twenty years and that he has visited more than half of the countries of the world. Please tell us, Professor Tu, in those past twenty years, what was the most rewarding experience to you?”

Tu Weiming“What was most rewarding is hard to tell. I would like to continue my efforts to convey the Confucian traditions to even more places. Many of the young people that I’ve met wanted to know from me the “ABC” of Confucianism. So I told them, well, A is: Confucianism is a learning civilization, it’s about studying as much as possible to become a true human being; and B is: Confucianism is a fairly tolerant civilization, so it is able to engage with all different kinds of cultures; and C is: Confucianism is a Dialogical Civilization, it especially aims at using dialogue as a means to promote a culture of peace, with the new vision to create a peaceful world.”

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The IIP Conference (2015) Opened at Peking University

On 16 September 2015, the 2015 Conference of the International Institute of Philosophy (IIP) opened at Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China. The two main sponsors of this Conference are the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies (IAHS) of PKU and Songyang Academy. The theme of this conference is “Dimensions of the Human.” In addition, nine other Institutes and Departments of Philosophy in China co-organized it. They are from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University of China, Beijing Normal University, Fudan University, East China Normal University, Wuhan University, and Sun Yat-sen University.

Founded in 1937, IIP is the highest academic organization and distinguished honorary group of the global sphere of philosophy. It undertakes a significant mission to promote the first class philosophical research and exchange worldwide. It has communication and relation with 102 nations and more than 300 universities. The IIP’s aim is to unite in a common effort of thought and action of qualified representatives from the world philosophical community in endeavoring to improve the welfare of all human beings.

This is the first time for IIP to hold the general assembly of its members in China. 23 international scholars and 40 professors in philosophy from Chinese key universities participated in this Conference. From September 16 to 19, there were 14 academic lectures, all open to the public. Public as well as teachers and students majored in philosophy were all welcome to attend. The special Session for Chinese Philosophy is an unprecedented event for IIP, which demonstrated the sincerity of the international community of philosophy to understand Chinese philosophy. This is surely a great opportunity for Chinese thinkers and philosophical researchers to present Chinese thought and communicate to the world a message of Chinese culture.

At the opening ceremony the following representatives gave speeches: the President of PKU, Professor Lin Jianhua; the Vice President of PKU, Professor Wu Zhipan; the Chairman of Chinese Organizing Committee, PKU Chair Professor, Director of IAHS, Professor Tu Weiming; the Chairperson of IIP, Professor Ioanna KUÇURADI and the General Secretary of IIP, Professor Bernard BOURGEOIS. On behalf of the hosts, President Lin Jianhua welcomed all participants and wished a success to the Conference and its participants. Professor Tu Weiming reflected the suffering of China as a nation and the challenges faced by Chinese Culture in the past 170 years. At present, how to be a real human being has become an urgent problem for humanity. People are not passive on this issue, but able to cultivate a full-fledged personality, which is not a romantic vision, but a realistic consideration. People should seek for consensus and solve problems by communication, negotiation, and collaboration. Other values should be tolerated, recognized and respected whole heartedly. People will benefit from this attitude in self-enrichment. We invite philosophers worldwide to China to discuss the topic “Dimensions of the Human” and to explore the human value. Philosophy should not only be a highly selective academic discipline, but should be a wisdom open to all people. The socio-economic development nowadays needs the guidance of the philosophical wisdom. As a specie, whether human being can survive in a long term has been threatened. Our exploitation of natural resources is without regard to the whole earth as a “living being”. Confucian orientation is the life-world of ordinary people, however, it also contains profound spirituality. The ultimate goal can be described by a famous saying in the Confucian Classic text Zhongyong: “only the person as sincere as a sage can fully realize his nature. Once he fully realized his nature, he is able to realize other people’s nature, then, the nature of all things are revealed to him. So he can take part in transforming the lives on Earth and under Heaven. In this way, he stands side by side with the Earth and Heaven.”

This IIP Conference at Peking University will create an academic atmosphere anticipating the 2018 World Congress of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) at Peking University. It will also provide opportunities for Chinese philosophers, thinkers, and researchers for learning and academic exchange. This Conference introduces Chinese philosophy to, and promotes the status of Chinese philosophy in the world. The wisdom of Chinese philosophy should be considered as a possible resource in the development of the philosophical theory and in the solution of the existing problems in the world. Chinese civilization should be involved in, as well as contribute to the future of human civilization.

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Interview with Prof. Tu Weiming in ftchinese.com

Chinese edition of Financial Times published on 28 January 2012 an interesting interview with Prof. Tu Weiming .

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2012.06.04 Istanbul University, Eurasia Institute Presentation

On Monday, 2012.06.04, Prof. Tu Weiming visited Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey where he gave a lecture on “Alliance of Civilizations in the Perspective of Confucian Thought.” A YouTube post with the recording of this lecture is accessible below.

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Delivered a commemorative lecture at Soka University

News from Soka University, Japan:

On Saturday, October 8, 2011, the 41st Soka University and 27th Soka Women’s College graduation ceremony was held at the Ikeda Auditorium. Student representatives and their guardians, faculty members, administration staff, and donors attended the event. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held in March this year, but was delayed due to the giant earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

In conjunction with the graduation ceremony, Soka University presented an honorary doctorate to Tu Weiming, Research Professor and Senior Fellow of Harvard University’s Asia Center and Lifetime Professor of Philosophy and founding Dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. Professor Tu then delivered a commemorative lecture on Confucianism and the significance of what it means to be human.

Source: http://www.soka.ac.jp/en/newstopics/2011_1008.html

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