Monday, September 17, 2012

Chinese Garden in Luneta Park, a vow of respect

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
I have been to this place in countless times, during my employment years way back in 1991 to 1995. But I never get bored in seeing this place, repeatedly.

My last visit was in March 2011, when I  chanced to see the Fort Santiago, the Walled-City Intramuros, the Manila Cathedral, Quiapo Church (visited the Black Nazarene) and Sta. Cruz Church.

Little James and I, after our fun filled exploration in Manila Ocean Park, we just took a short stride to the Luneta or Rizal Park. I explained to him that our tour is somewhat an educational in nature. The tour is to see landmarks and see them in person, like the Statue of the National Hero, Jose Rizal and others, that he just read only in their books, the Civics.We first have some photo ops in the Rizal Monument (I have a separate post on this), and afterwards, we then explored the Chinese Garden.
In my last visit, I only noticed the entrance of the Chinese Garden. I havn't explored it inside yet last time. But during this visit, what we found out, that there were pond and a statue of Confucius inside. 

Confucius or Kong Fu Tzi, is one of my favorite Chinese Philosophers. All I knew that he is just a Chinese Philosopher during my college days. I just learned later that he is not only a Chinese Philosopher, but also considered in other ancient religions as a Holy Saint. A religion was established and named after him, the Confucianism.
The founder of Confucianism was Kong Qiu (K'ung Ch'iu), who was born around 552 B.C.E. in the small state of Lu and died in 479 B.C.E. The Latinized name Confucius, based on the honorific title Kong Fuzi (K'ung Fu-tzu), was created by 16th-century Jesuit missionaries in China. Confucius was a teacher to sons of the nobility at a time when formal education was just beginning in China. He traveled from region to region with a small group of disciples, a number of whom would become important government officials.
Aside from its important ethical principles, Confucianism does not prescribe any specific rituals or practices. These are filled by the practices of Chinese religion, Taoism, Buddhism, or other religion which Confucians follow.

"At 15 I set my heart on learning; at 30 I firmly took my stand; at 40 I had no delusions; at 50 I knew the Mandate of Heaven; at 60 my ear was attuned; at 70 I followed my heart's desire without overstepping the boundaries of right."-Confucius

As I looked at him (Confucius) prior we took photos, I made a vow of respect first. 

There are lot of things that I don't know and still I need to know inside Luneta Park. 

And by way of exploring the place, Little James and I discovered something special inside this Chinese Garden. A discovery that we will nurture for a lifetime. A discovery that by way of teaching my son about Confucius' Golden Rule, surely, I know that it already dwells in his heart now. 

I know that I taught him another virtue that he will nurture for his lifetime. The reciprocity principle (The Golden Rule).

"What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” or
“Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.”-Confucius

and maintaining the Rules of Propriety;

"It is by the Rules of Propriety that the character is established."

2 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. This looks like a fascinating place to visit. It seems very peaceful and serene.

  2. @Nomadic Samuel

    Yeah, you are right. its a peaceful and serene place in Urban Manila.


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