the Inner Truth, Virtue, and Beauty
Shih Ru Chang, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery Headquarters
children, when asked how to practice the three acts of goodness - "Do Good
Deeds, Say Good Words, Think Good Thoughts,” I have pondered how to
get them to understand these acts and to implement them in their lives?
Seeking an answer since
2004, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery has now held the International Fo Guang Yuan
Young Artist Award program for more than a decade. The program is based on the “Three
Acts of Goodness” promoted by Venerable Master Hsing
Yun, encouraging children to observe what is happening around them, evoking
their keen sensation, stimulating abundant imagination and creative potential,
and then developing their beauty and judgment.
The purpose of our
program is to teach children to draw their inner Three Acts of Goodness. The aim
is for them to discover the life of truth, virtue and beauty. Whatever they portray and however it looks
are not important. The program helps children to express themselves and find a
way to release their emotions. Like being a parent, one must regain their
childlike innocence, look at the drawing uncritically, and listen to the child’s
story of what it portrays.
I recall a Children's
Art Exhibition Tour, called "Unlike Portrait". There was a gentleman
listening attentively and nodding approvingly while a little child explained
his painting. At the end, the gentleman bent down and touched the kid's head
saying: "Thank you for teaching us so much about environmental
protection." The child replied: "My mom said doing a good job with
recycling garbage is doing good deeds." An old man next to the gentleman
said: "Your compliment gave confidence to the child to say good words and
think good thoughts." Listening to their conversation I was deeply moved.
year, the International Fo Guang Yuan Young Artist Award program is currently
in its eleventh year with the theme being “Three Acts of
Goodness.” The program received 6772 entries from Taiwan,
Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, New Zealand, France,
Britain and other regions, and fall into five groups: those from children
around age 5-6 years old and from those in grades 1-2 up to 8-10.
There were a total of 3668 entries after the
initial screening, with a total of 344 awards being presented.
This album has been published
displaying all the winning entries in order to leave behind a wonderful record,
and expand the international touring exhibition in spreading the goodness in
Heart’s Purely Beautiful. The
World’s Delightfully Joyous.
An unlimited and colorful
life is not only beautiful, but because of the nice and kind heart, it also
inspires people to be altruistic and yet kind to themselves. Especially now
when we live in such a convenient world of high technology, the world advances
at a tremendous pace, and the technology can take us everywhere; people’s
interaction with each other is closer than ever. So at this moment, the
beautiful and kind heart is like our mother, it nurtures the soul; the heart of
heaven and earth touches the eternity of pure truth, pure kindness, and pure
beauty. It is this pure heart that carries us to the end of time and back. So
how can we not celebrate life?
This is the 11th year that the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery holds the Young Artist Award
Competition. The theme of 2016 is “Three Goodness for Everyone and
the World Will Be Beautiful". The Organizer promotes Venerable Master
Hsing Yun’s ideal of Four Giving – give people confidence, give people joy, give people hope, and give
people convenience, in hopes that children can understand. If all people can
live in a harmonious society of the Three Goodness – do
good things, say good words, think good thoughts, the world will be peaceful
and beautiful. We expect children to understand that if all people live in the
atmosphere of the Three Goodness – doing good things,
saying good words, thinking good thoughts- live will be harmonious and
beautiful. By artistic creation, the
beautiful minds of “Three Goodness and Four Giving” shine brightly with each stroke of the coloring pens.
This competition consists
of five categories: junior high school, higher, middle and lower grades of
elementary school, and kindergarten. Five esthetics reviewers are responsible
to elect the winning pieces. We received
a total number of 6772 entries, and 3668 passed the preliminary selection, and
344 were elected winners through all five categories. In the rigorous selection
process, the five reviewers did their best to be objective and just. When
facing each earnest artwork, I deeply felt the contestants’ understanding of the Three Goodness and Four Giving. They put their thoughts
and emotions into mind pictures, and transformed them onto the paper without
any reservation. They made the pictures full of variety and richness;
especially many contestants had such great sense of observation, imagination
and creativity, and their sincere expression of the yearning greatly inspired
the viewers to resonate. This feeling is so precious, and is what we have hoped
The great world is
wonderful. The movement of heaven and earth is full of hope. When people are
dignified and merciful, the world perceives them as Avalokitesvaras who illuminate
the world. People of domestic or international origins, be they
contestants or viewers, when they bear the kindness of Three Goodness and Four
Giving in mind, everything they touch will turn into touching pictures of “Three
Goodness for Everyone and the World Will Be Beautiful”.
With this kindness, the artists employed very impressive technique and
creativity. I hereby congratulate the winners, and encourage all participants
to strive for perfection, and to always endeavor to do better. I hope next
year, there will be more children who are passionate about art taking part in
this meaningful event, spreading the colors of the Three Goodness, and passing
on the kindness of the world.
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Buddha’s Light Affinity with Fo Guang
Founding Honorary President, Kaohsiung Houze Art Society
I had the opportunity to
develop a special affinity with Fo Guang Shan Monastery a few years ago. I was sick at the time, and a venerable with
two young devotees came ringing the front of my house in the early morning. I
learned her Dharma name was Venerable Miao Zhong, who brought two cups of Laba
rice porridge to express their sympathy for me. I do not know the purpose of
their visit and wondered how they knew I was ill. There seemed no reason for visiting,
but since that time I started to get attached with Fo Guang Shan.
My first exhibition at Fo
Guang Yuan Art Gallery was the grand opening of the first gallery’s
branch at Kaohsiung, and later I was invited to the opening of the Buddha
Memorial Center "Exhibition of 100 Artists Illustrating the Buddha
Memorial Center". Thereafter I
began to attend events of Fo Guang Shan and its Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery. I
would like to express my deepest gratitude to Venerable Miao Zhong, who invited
me to be a judge and to participate in the "Three Acts of Goodness"
drawing competition of the 2016 Eleventh International Fo Guang Yuan Young
Artist Award program. Fo Guang Shan has paid close attention to the cultural
importance and promotion of this annual drawing competition, and I had the
honor of being asked to judge the competition.
There were nearly seven
thousand entries submitted this year.
The domestic entries display the guided creation emphasized in our
country during children's art education; the entries from overseas regions
display more free and lively creation. I feel guided art education of
children's painting is not to teach them how to become young artists.
None-the-less, the different living conditions and family backgrounds of each
child artist can be seen in their works. Teachers need to understand the
psychology of children of all ages, and to inspire their imagination and
creativity. Generally speaking, Children's creation is a mental exercise to
their brain, and the theme needs to be clear. To create an excellent entry
requires elements such as the abundant interpretation of the content, the
arrangement of the painting without mess, and feelings of adventure, with
natural and flowing lines and colors.
The children's paintings
at age 5-6 years have a great amount of fun, innocence, and an adorable sense
of the humor with abstract beauty. As the age of the entrants increase, grade
3-4 were slowly getting to paint specific objects, yet they worry they don't
paint well. As if their performance seems not as good as the age 5-6 group. But
I found the grades 8-10 entries to have great potential, particularly towards
the design style and the delicate realism. My optimism for the young artists of
this competition comes from the high standard of the various entries.
I appreciated the
invitation to be a judge from Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery Headquarters. I learnt
many lessons from this competition after the long day of evaluation. These
helped me recall the time of my own art education two decades ago, and to take
refuge in my mind again. Many thanks to everyone with palms joined.
“Three Acts of Goodness” Drawing Competition
Executive Director, Central Taiwan Arts Association
Chen, You Duan
This is my
first time to participate as a judge for the “Three Acts of Goodness” drawing competition
which was organized by Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery. There were a total of 6772
entries submitted from domestic and overseas regions; but only 15% of selected
works received awards through both an initial and then final screening. I wrote
this essay to express many thanks for the organizers’ effort
and enthusiasm, and to recall what I saw and heard in this competition that
made a deep impression upon me.
participants are divided into groups based on their age. Although they come
from various countries which have different cultural environments and national
conditions, each one of them created their own artistic subject freely to
express their personal visions of "Do Good Deeds, Say Good Words, Think
Good Thoughts". This is a very rare opportunity where the winners were
objectively selected from different regions. The descriptions of each division
(一)The psychological development of children around age 5-6 years old has
them just out from aimless drawing, which is mostly an emotional performance.
Their art is expanding, circular, unplanned graphic composition in which they
are drawing “what I think,” not “what I see.” In the process of evaluation, I also found that many works are portrayals
of parent-child, or of parents and teachers working together. This shows signs
of excessive attachment in their drawing, but the ultimate goal of learning the
"Three Acts of Goodness" still had its effect.
From a certain view of art education, the attachment is a distraction to the
children’s independent thinking,
innocence and purity. Therefore the winners have an independent creation and
the joy of childlike innocence.
children in grades 1-2 are still in a mode of emotional creation and evidence
of logical development in their art is just beginning. Compared to children
around 5-6 years old, their works display more specific drawing skills that
express the theme, but have less margin space and fill with background color.
The final award-winning works show independent creation with its own childlike
(三)The works of Grades 3-4 have expression of logical and visual observation.
Some of them retain the emotional performance characteristic of younger
participants, but the picture arrangements have been planned through the use of
color and completion of the emphasized theme. These works have fewer pieces
expressing the abstract themes of "Say Good Words,” or “Think Good Thoughts", with most of the works specifically portraying "Do Good Deeds".
(四)The group of grades 5-7 has almost evolved out of perceptual performance
art. The works are based on a design of rational thinking, realistic style, and
concepts of poster design. The abstract theme of "Say Good Words, Think Good Thoughts" has been created successfully. The content of winning works was
emphasized by the picture layout and application of color and an outstanding
(五)The participants of grades 8-10 have become a small group experienced at
art competitions. Not only the
"great ambition but little talent" but also the developed creation
has fallen. The fault of art education at grades 8-10 are caused by the impact
of the entire educational curriculum and the time arrangement.
(六)The art competitions of Taiwan rarely include works from overseas. These
participants from different regions and environmental living conditions, were
able to express their different ideas through painting. That is the value of
the winning works; the inspiration from their life experiences which created
the harmonious colors in their lively and pure painting.
of this competition has produced excellent quality. There is a very mature
ability to depict the theme in color performance, and appropriate use of
three-dimensional space to represent the theme of creation. That is an
encouraged thought! The winning participants are the elite of the future.
drawing competition was held by Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery which intends to
increase the inspiration of humanistic sentiments and ethics education. We need
to speak out against educational reform, fast-food culture, estranged
relationships and a selfish society. As an artist and educator, I am deeply
grateful for all the hard work of people involved in this event.
Congratulations to all the winners and I wish you all the best!
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