Modesty and benevolence
Dr Gabriel Leung, GBS. JP
Dean of the LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Lissa Lam created “I Ching Mindfulness Coloring Book”, in a novel format. She uses coloring as mindful practice to promote the philosophy of I Ching, promote the harmony of body and mind for individuals and their family. Her innovative project also aspired me to learn basics of the I Ching as I always thought that the Book of Changes was esoteric and difficult to understand. However, her way of introduction helps explain the hexagrams; wisdoms of the I Ching text through drawings and coloring exercise, seems to be a good idea. It is a gospel for modern day people by simple coloring, dismantling the ancient Chinese philosophy into modern text; help people to balance body and mind. I wish the project all the best; benefit people who come into contact with this book.
For one who is not familiar with I Ching, Lissa asked to random picked a hexagram. Lucky to have drawn the hexagram 15: Qian (Modesty). It is said that “Modesty” is the most beneficial virtue to be learned amongst all hexagrams of I Ching. Grateful for being so lucky, I delved to understand the deeper meanings of this hexagram, otherwise I feel not worthy of such good fortune. “Mother Earth” stands for the land. It means that the masses of workers in our community are the cornerstone of society. Without them, society cannot function at all. Mysteriously, this one has a “Mountain”, which symbolize the pinnacle level of society.
I remember once a Buddhist monk said: “The world is filled with bitterness and sorrows, a Way is to be sought by the leader.” And this hexagram “Modesty” reminds me that I must always be with the society as a doctor and a teacher, with the “Mother Earth” as base. As dean of the medical school standing on higher grounds of the society, it is easy to be out of touch with the masses; patients and students. The deeper meaning of the hexagram reminds me to keep “Modesty” as principle motto. The University of Hong Kong Medical School advocates the “Spirit of the Great Medical” which actually carries the same meaning. Doctors are generally placed in a high-level society and prone to be distanced from the general public. However, general duties of a good and benevolent doctor is to try their best to take care of the health of those people in need. To make up for this paralyzed defect, “Modesty” should be the primary virtue of any doctor; to treat patients with their heart and soul adding compassion besides having medical skills.
The Hexagram 15 of I Ching: Qian (Modesty) gave me such revelation. I should use this as my motto to remind myself that we should always stand on firm ground with the masses and implement the wisdom taught in a humble manner.
Thanks again to Lissa for the I Ching introduction , I hope the “易圖思 mInd CHangING” mindfulness coloring book project will be loved ,enriched and benefit many.
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