What are the five virtues, the five disciplines and the five elements?








Confucianism names benevolence, justice, propriety, wisdom and faith as the five virtues. Buddhism names not to kill, not to steal, not to be lustful, not to tell lies and not to drink as the five disciples. Taoism names wood, metal, water, fire and earth as the five fundamental elements. The terminologies are different but the Truth is the same, why?


If one kills, he lacks of benevolence or wood. If one steals, he lacks justice or metal. If one is lustful, he lacks propriety or fire. If one drinks, he lacks wisdom or water. If one tells lies, he lacks faith or earth. That is why Confucianism teaches people to practice the five virtues to achieve loyalty. Buddhism follows the five disciplines to attain supernatural inspiration. They all are the same truth.