Do Good Deeds. Speak Good Words. Think Good Thoughts.
The Three Acts of Goodness is a worldwide movement of Fo Guang Shan that espouses self and societal transformation through the purification of our actions, speech and thoughts and the cultivation of wisdom and compassion.
The Three Acts of Goodness are Do Good Deeds, Speak Good Words and Think Good Thoughts. These three acts affect our day-to-day interaction with people and our surrounding, mold our character and improve our well-being. By following the Three Acts of Goodness, there is bound to be a bright future for the world.
Do Good Deeds means to practice and cultivate actions that create harmony between self and others. It entails respect for life, belongings of others, relationship of others, and one’s health and well-being.
Speak Good Words means to practice and cultivate speech that strengthens relationships between self and others. It entails using honest and kind words, giving compliments and encouraging words to others, and keeping one’s word.
Think Good Thoughts means to practice and cultivate thoughts that emanate wisdom, compassion, and loving-kindness.
Collaboration with partner schools may be implemented in three phases:
Phase 1 – Introduction of the Three Acts of Goodness
In this phase, initial contact is done through the San Hao School Tour consisting mainly of a two hour seminar on the Three Acts of Goodness. It consists of a short lecture to introduce the core concepts of the Three Acts of Goodness and workshop activities to highlight its application in our daily lives.
Phase II – Strengthening of the Three Acts of Goodness
This consists of workshops with longer sessions. Workshop themes and objectives may be based on the needs of the school. Supplementary training on organizing Three Acts of Goodness projects is included in the workshop to prepare the participants to implement and adopt projects on their own with the supervision of FGS. For educators, the San Hao Teacher’s Training may also be provided.
Phase III – Adopting the Three Acts of Goodness
Through the supervision of FGS, the school may start to implement a project on their own. Proposals for a grant may be sent to FGS and these will be screened by the Three Acts of Goodness Committee. Schools that meet the criteria may be recognized as a San Hao Ambassador School. Ambassador schools are provided with grants to implement Three Acts of Goodness projects. Application for recognition is open to all elementary and secondary schools starting 2016.