Jing An Lin’s icon symbolises a pair of hands cradling 24 heart shaped Bodhi leaves that represents each of the 24 paragons of filial piety. The virtues espoused in the 24 filial pieties and the three fundamental precepts of Respect, Elegance and Dignity underpins the service and work philosophy of Jing An Lin.
In Jing An Lin, life’s passing is cherished, celebrated and honoured, with legacies remembered and retold.
Filial Piety. The First of all Virtues
Filial piety is the practice of filial respect, filial obedience, filial duty and the correct moral duty and relationship which exist between a child and his parents or between a disciple and his teacher.
It is believed that from the practice of filial piety, there will be righteousness in the heart. If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. Such is the significance of filial piety in our society.
Jing An Lin is founded on among others, the core precepts of filial piety. It is a place where tradition, culture and spirit of filial piety are recognized and nurtured.
The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety was written by the Yuan Dynasty scholar Guo Jujing from China . Guo Jujing was a well-known filial son. Guo experienced the deep pain of loss after his parents passed away. His grief prompted him to comb the histories in search of true stories of the finest examples of filial respect. He selected twenty-four such paragons, and penned a verse to eulogize each account of filial practice and the story of each child’s examplary conduct. The compilation of this work is called “The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety” .