No Discrimination in Education

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Center for Confucian Science      

     During the Enlightenment in Europe 300 years ago, many scholars and intellectuals were inspired by Confucius' teachings. One of them, Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, even proposed in 1698 a program of East-West cultural exchange, perhaps the first international exchange proposal. He wrote: "Many Jesuit Fathers, who are mathematicians from the Academies des Sciences, have been sent to the Orient to teach the monarch not only the mathematical arts, but also the essence of our philosophy. It is desirable that they in turn teach us those things which are especially in our interest: the greatest use of practical philosophy and a more perfect manner of living. The condition of our affairs seems to me such that we need missionaries from the Chinese who might teach us the use and practice of natural religion (Confucianism), just we have sent them teachers of revealed theology (Christianity)." Unfortunately, no Confucians have responded to Leibniz' invitation to serve the Western people as missionaries. Thus, the Center for Confucian Science is to pursue all the necessary and appropriate activities as the first Confucian mission of an educational organization to propagate Confucius' teachings for the benefit of the general public, equally, regardless of sex, origin or nationality, race or color, and religion or ideology.