The Education of a Speaker Master - Pu

The Education of a
Speaker Master
By Henry Chu
• As we have finished our Dharma Meeting,
some members may wonder, what’s next?
• Immediately after the Dharma Meeting, we
are all a part of the Divine Mission of Maitreya
and we are all volunteers in the temple
• For those members who wish to excel in the
practice of Tao, the next level in the
community is to be the Speaker Master
• Since Tao is not a religion, and there is not a
governing body, each temple is responsible for
training its own Speaker Masters
• The performance of the Speaker Master is
approved by the Transmission Master and a
formal ritual is done to validate the Speaker
• Never the less, throughout the years, there have
been curriculums established by temple
communities in Taiwan for Speaker Masters and
this discussion is aimed to share that curriculum
Speaker Master Curriculum—First Year
• The first year of Speaker Master training involves
basic temple texts and entry level classics. These
– Heart Sutra
– Tranquility Sutra
– Confucius Classics (Great Learning, Doctrine of the
– “Ten Precepts from Ancient Mother”
– “Questions and Answers of Soul and Truth”
– Etc.
Speaker Master Curriculum—First Year
• Besides the study of the texts, the Speaker
Master candidate will also learn temple etiquette
and memorize ritual texts
• The Speaker Master candidate will also learn the
details of all temple ceremonies including
Morning/Evening prayers, New Moon/Full Moon
services, and Three Treasures Ritual
• At the same time, Transmission Master will get to
know the personal character of the Speaker
Master candidate
Speaker Master Curriculum—
Second Year
• The second year of Speaker Master’s training
include more advanced classics such as:
– The Tao-Te Ching
– The Platform Sutra
– The Diamond Sutra
– Confucius Class (The Analects and Mencius)
– The Holy Bible
– The Holy Quran
Speaker Master Curriculum—
Second Year
• During the second year, the Speaker Master
candidate is given more responsibilities in the
temple community
• The Transmission Master is looking for
leadership skills and qualities of the Speaker
Master candidate
• By this time, the Speaker Master candidate
would have passed many personal trials and
tests and have good understanding of the Tao
Speaker Master Curriculum—
Third Year
• The Third (and final year) of the Speaker
Master training involves the learning of IChing
– Understand the history of I-Ching
– Study the text of I-Ching
– Understand the applications of I-Ching
Speaker Master Curriculum—
Third Year
• By the third year, the Speaker Master
candidate would have had a good grasp of all
aspects of temple operations
• This is also the time that the Speaker Master
candidate demonstrated good leadership skills
and began to lead small groups (such as the
youth group) or take on a particular
responsibility of the temple
Speaker Master Education
• After three years of training, the Transmission
Master would have a validation interview with
the Speaker Master candidate to ensure the
candidate is ready to fully take on the
responsibility of a Speaker Master
• Once validated, the Speaker Master would
work with other leaders of the community to
sustain and promote the mission of the
temple community
• The information provided are the model used
in Taiwan’s temple community
• It is by no means the absolute path that each
Speaker Master must take to be validated
• Pu-Lin Temple is a pioneer community and we
are guided by the spirits in various aspects of
our development
• Never the less, it’s still good to have reference
(or begin the discussion of such a reference)

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