「謙虛仁心」梁卓偉醫生

林彤優創作《易思靜觀著色畫冊》,形式新穎,以「易圖思」深入淺出宣揚易經理念,促進身心靈健康和家庭社會和諧。她這個創新項目,亦啟蒙我認識《易經》。一直以為《易經》深奧難懂,然而這本趣味畫冊,嘗試透過圖畫來解釋玄機,甚麼艱澀道理,似乎一看都可以入門,起碼略知皮毛。「易圖思」以油色作靜觀,拆解中國古代哲理,亦助平衡身心靈,實在是現代人的福音。謹祝福接觸到這書的廣大民眾都能受惠。

林彤優要不熟悉《易經》的我抽一個卦,而我非常幸運抽到《易經》第15卦:謙卦(地山謙)。有說「謙卦」乃「卦象中最受益的一個卦」。感恩如此幸運,我要戰戰兢兢去理解該卦深層意義,否則便辜負了好運氣。「地」代表大地,喻意社會上貼地的勞工大眾,屬社會基石,沒有他們,社會根本運作不起來。玄妙的是,該個卦又有「山」,那表示尖頂高處,社會上層。

記得彿偈有說:「人間苦樂事縱橫,達者須尋徑路行」,而「謙卦」(地山謙)正好提醒我,身為醫生和老師,立足「地」上,要時常與社會基層大眾和莘莘學子相處,而當醫學院院長,卻處在社會高「山」上,容易遠離群眾。這個卦提醒我,我最需要「謙」。港大醫學院力倡「大醫精神」,其實也就是這個意思。醫生這種職業,一般處於社會高階,容易與廣大民眾產生距離;但要做到良醫、仁醫,每天工作便是與社會大眾接觸,盡心盡力照顧他們的健康。要彌補這個弔詭性缺陷,醫生最應該,亦最可以做的,便是謙虛;虛懷若谷,才能以仁心為病人療傷治病,在醫術之外,心懷慈悲,普濟眾生。 

《易經》第15卦:謙卦(地山謙)給我如此啟示,我當以此作座右銘,提醒自己,要時常與大眾站在大地上,並好好落實做到謙虛對待廣大仁人。

再次感謝林彤優讓我抽到謙卦(地山謙)。但願林彤優的「易圖思」概念,仁愛廣披,啟迪人心,大眾受益。

香港大學醫學院院長
梁卓偉醫生 GBS, JP

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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