Nowadays the opinion of philosophy being useless seems to be very popular in young generation and they will answer you that they do not have a faith if they are asked. As far as the present author is concerned, this view is very incorrect. The power that faith brings to him is enormous. In this paper, the various issues related to faith are discussed. The main points of the paper are: (1) Faith is the same as the body, and everyone has it. The only difference is whether you believe in yourself or others. (2) Since the Hierarch has passed the historical test to be a successful person and he is more reliable to be trusted than yourself. (3) There are three criteria to consider when choosing the Hierarch. The first is whether the life of the Hierarch is what you need; the second is whether the theory of the Hierarch can stand the test of scientific standards; the third is how many great people were cultivated by this philosophy. (4) Five suggestions on how to apply faith to guide your work or life are given. (5) Finally, the author proposed a nine-floor life model that is constantly improving yourself and Hawkins’ levels of consciousness measurement can be used to detect the floor you have reached.
Keywords:Universe; Life; The Buddhist cosmological model (BCM); Philosophy; Faith; Belief
At the celebration of the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening in December 18, 2018, President Xi Jinping said, “Faith, conviction, and confidence are vital at all times. Small to one person, one collective, big to a political party, a nation, a country, as long as there is faith, conviction, confidence, it will become more and more courageous and brave, otherwise it will be defeated and self-destructed” . But when I asked the graduate students who came to me for an interview the question what your faith or belief is, most people usually answered me that “I don’t have a faith”. Faith and conviction are the contents taught in the philosophy curriculum. From this phenomenon, at least two problems can be revealed. First, the philosophy taught at school and university was not accepted by them and did not become their faith or belief. Second, they might think that philosophy is useless, so they had not tried to find another philosophy for them to believe in. For them, they may believe that only scientific and technical knowledge and the ability to solve practical problems are important. Philosophy is useless. Whether having a faith or not does not matter. As far as my personal experience of scientific research and daily life for more than 30 years is concerned, this view is incorrect. The power that a faith brings to me is enormous. Therefore, in this paper I would like to present my views on various issues related to faith or belief.
According to textual research, the two Chinese characters as a Chinese word first appeared in the Buddhist translation of the “Mahavaipulya Buddhavataṃsaka Sutra” translated by Siksananda at The Tang Dynasty . All the immortals are superior, people and others have similar beliefs. If it is difficult to practice asceticism, the Bodhisattva should be able to. In Buddhism, faith was focused on the Triple Gem, that is, Gautama Buddha, his teaching (the Dhamma), and the community of spiritually developed followers, or the monastic community seeking enlightenment (the Sangha). Later, the meaning of the word “faith or belief” changed slightly and could be used to express respect for a certain philosophy, religion, someone, something, and to the beliefs of heaven and earth, God, gods and ancestors. Therefore, the Chinese word faith or belief has a history of at least 1300 years of use. For this Chinese word, we can also understand the two characters like this: trust in self or others is a way of life, and “admire others” is a pursuit of life. The English word “Faith”, derived from Latin fides and old French feid, is confidence or trust in a person, thing, or concept. In the context of religion, one can define faith as confidence or trust in a system of religious belief. Religious people often think of faith as confidence based on a perceived degree of warrant, while others who are more skeptical of religion tend to think of faith as
simply belief without evidence . From this author’s point of
view, people can only believe in something that he/she cannot
falsify it although the ability to falsify a statement is different for
different people or even different at different time for the same
person. It is hard to judge that someone believes in something
without evidence. Therefore, in this paper faith and belief are used
Faith is the subjective product of the mind and the individual’s
conscious behavior , but the education from the family and
society has a major impact on the individual’s beliefs. Joining an
organization (such as a religion community, a political party, and
other organizations) is not only a sign of personal belief, but it also
has the potential to influence the substantive content of personal
beliefs. However, some people may join a certain organization
for personal gain. They do not care about the pursuit of the
organization. This belief is a false belief, and it will disappear
with the disintegration of the organization. Human beliefs include
primitive beliefs, religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, etc. Faith
is a spiritual sustenance, which has three effects on individuals:
a) Faith not only gives morality of the self-discipline nature
and meaning, but also the coordinates of people’s spiritual
pillars and moral choices.
b) Faith can not only improve people’s moral realm, but
also shape people’s moral personality
c) Faith is not only the driving force of moral behavior, but
also the “pointing light” on the road of life.
As we know, trusting in self or others is a way of life and
this trust is just the faith. Since everyone must live, everyone
has faith which is the same as he has his own body. Saying that
he has no faith, just like saying that he has no body, is inaccurate.
People face choices every day in their lives. Should I do or not do
something, even if I choose to do it, what attitude should I do it?
These questions are about values, outlook on life, and worldview,
all of which are answered in the belief system. Beliefs are all about
ethical standards. Different beliefs represent that they accept
different levels of social ethics. At present, the content of faith
in the society is varied widely . Harmony between man and
nature, God’s faith, Buddha’s faith, scientific belief, obsession and
worship of power, status, money, reputation, beauty, etc., “timely
fun”, “do one day monk knocking one day”, “Muddle along” are all
different kinds of beliefs.
Life is like walking, and you will continue to encounter
intersections. At this point, you will face the choice of left, right
or straight ahead. How to choose depends on how clear your
destination is. If you do not have faith, you do not know the final
goal of your life. There are two ways to make decisions at this
point. One is to believe in their own instincts, and the other is to
rely on the guidance of others. People always want to reach their
destination with the least effort and the fastest speed. But since
they have not walked before, how can they guarantee that they can
obtain the best solution with their own instincts? Most people think
that they will not harm themselves, and others may deceive them.
However, many examples can be found around us that someone
made the wrong choice because of his ignorance. Because I am
only the individual person, while others have many and they also
include those successful persons in history. Therefore, one of my
conclusions is that it is much more reliable to choose historically
proven characters such as Sakyamuni (563-480 BC), Jesus (4 BC–
30 AD), Confucius (551–479 BC), Laozi (571-471 BC), Newton (25
December 1642– 20 March 1726/27), Einstein (14 March 1879–
18 April 1955), etc. than to choose himself because they have
already succeeded. Choosing the majority of people around you
does not seem to be risky at the first sight, but it also determines
that you can only be an ordinary person and cannot reach the high
level of life since they are not historically proven to be successful
It is said in “The Mahayana is away from the text of the Puguang
Ming Scriptures”, “No beings love pain, and all their desires are
happiness” . But in real life, we will see that most people still live
in pain and upset, and often see news such as “Someone suddenly
commits suicide” and “a major killing occurred somewhere”. All
these suicides or murderers must have reached the point of his
pain before making such a choice. Why do they have problems
and cannot find a better solution? I think an important reason
is that they do not believe in others, and they cannot provide
better solutions for themselves. Therefore, choosing a person as
your own belief object may avoid such problems. How to choose
is obviously determined by personal values, outlook on life and
worldview. These are the categories of philosophy .
There is no absolute good or bad philosophy. There is no
way to prove the truth by scientific means. Therefore, there is no
standard answer, and ultimately it is the choice of belief or not.
But here, I want to propose a new simple selection criterion. “The
philosopher is the best practitioner of his own philosophy. Is his
life that I am longing for? If yes, you can choose him as the object of
faith, otherwise, you do not choose him”. The present author had
compared the lives of the three thinkers of Sakyamuni, Confucius
and Marx . For him, he feels that Sakyamuni’s life is the most
complete. Therefore, he chose Sakyamuni as a candidate for faith
and began to study his theory in depth .
Does his theory stand the test of scientific standards?
The development of human civilization to modern times
benefits much from the development of science. But until now, people still have no unified understanding of what is science and
what is the standard of science/pseudoscience [8,9]. The present
author has also made some studies on this issue [10,11].
Philosophers and scientists have attempted to provide a fully
fundamental definition of science, but not very successful . In
fact, since the term science has never been strictly defined, many
of the arguments are caused by inconsistencies in concepts. Based
on the analysis on the respective problems of the six existing
definitions, a recommendation was given as follows .
“Science is a kind of knowledge system that humans use
rational thinking to reveal movement and change laws that do not
contain contradictions and can reflect certain phenomena in the
real world. It is one of social ideologies”.
For the standard of science/pseudoscience, it is well-known
that Popper suggested that “anything that can be falsified is science,
anything that cannot be falsified is pseudoscience”  while
others suggested that “anything that allows others to perform
repetitive verification is science and anything that does not
allow others to perform repetitive verification is pseudoscience”.
Braude analyzed in detail the reasons why the second standard is
inappropriate . It is believed that in the philosophical sense, no
test can be repeated, and the time of the test, the environment of
the test, and the mentality of the person participating in the test
can all affect the test results, and these factors are not repeatable.
The so-called repeatable tests refer to tests in which these factors
have little effect on the experimental results.
For the first criterion, the present author put forward his view
 that the characteristic of science is falsification. Therefore,
there is no pseudo-theory that cannot be falsified scientifically.
The theory has not been falsified today does not mean that it
cannot be falsified in the future. Of course, there may be cases
where the error in the proving method is not recognized. The
theory that has been falsified today is found at some future time
that the proving method is wrong rather than the theory itself.
Second, the theory that has been falsified today is not appropriate
to treat it as a scientific theory anymore. Therefore, it is suggested
that the boundary of science/pseudoscience should be dynamic,
but the standard is certain. “Any theory that is not falsified is
science”. Since science cannot prove the truth, what is revealed
in science is the law of the development of things rather than
the truth. Treating the laws of science and even science itself as
truth is a kind of faith, which itself violates the characteristics of
“science can always be questioned”.
Science is by far the best falsification tool that humans can
rely on, but it cannot prove the truth. That is to say, the theory
that cannot pass the scientific standard test is problematic, but
a theory which can pass the scientific standard test today does
not mean that there will be no problem in the future. What we
choose now should be the theory that has not been falsified yet. To
falsify a theory is to find a counterexample that violates the basic
assumptions or derive a paradox based on the basic assumptions.
Based on such a criterion, the present author compared materialist
philosophy with Buddhist philosophy [14-17], and argued that the
Big Bang theory based on materialist philosophy has the following
a) How are elementary particles produced? Materialistic
philosophy faces the same “creator problem” as Christian
b) Where does the force of elementary particle motion or
particles synthesizing into a large object come from?
c) There exists logical paradox between entity particles
with weight and volume and inseparable property. Yixi
Pengcuo pointed out that “entity particles” can lead to ten
major paradoxes about matter .
d) Since Einstein discovered that matter can be transformed
into energy (his famous equation E=mc2), it has been proved
that the inseparable entity particle hypothesis is wrong.
e) If matter can be decomposed into energy and energy
cannot be eliminated or destroyed, a natural question would
be “can energy be accumulated into matter?”
In response to these problems, the present author has proposed
a new cosmological model based on Buddhist philosophy (BCM)
 and believes that BCM can withstand the test of scientific
standards and can eliminate all the paradoxes of the Big-Bang
Cosmological model .
Any scientific theory contains three elements: (1) basic
assumptions (axioms); (2) theorems; (3) phenomena. The
theorems can be derived from the logical deduction from the
axioms or from the logical induction from the natural phenomena.
Based on theorems, people can explain the phenomenon that has
occurred or predict the phenomena that may occur in the future.
If the basic assumptions are based on unfalsifiable statements,
the philosophical foundation of the theory is consolidated.
Adopting such assumptions is the same as how to deal with the
philosophical “singularity”. The concept of a singularity comes
from mathematics. “There is a point in the universe, in which the
treatment itself fails.” This is an example of what mathematicians
call singularity . According to the current scientifically popular
Big Bang theory, the whole Universe came from a singularity. BCM
does not adopt this assumption.
The philosophers have an uncontrollable desire to seek
an “absoluteness”. This absoluteness is unconditional to
any precondition or condition of any other thing, but also a
precondition and condition for all things and itself. It is also
the first cause, the self-cause and the ultimate cause. Whether
we call it absolute, existence itself, entity, self-cause, first cause,
pure consciousness, absolute spirit, transcendental self, or life
impulse, free will, ontology, object self, pure experience, “thing
itself”, God, or anything else, the premise of pursuing the ultimate
“no precondition” of the “foothold” and “starting point” is the same thing with different names. The last thing, we can also call
it a philosophical “singularity” , at which point the theory
itself is virtually ineffective. The reason why there is no such
a metaphysical theory is that people always try to maintain the
validity of the theory itself at the singularity, which is precisely
the contradiction with the singularity. It may be the root of all
scientific paradoxes .
For modern science, there are still many problems that are
not recognized, such as whether the Universe is finite or infinite,
whether the Universe is running regularly or randomly. If the
Universe is running regularly, are the laws governing the operation
of the Universe cognizable or not? What is dark matter and dark
energy? What is human consciousness? What is the essence of life,
where do we come from, where do we go after death, who am I? Is
there a fundamental difference between artificial intelligence and
human intelligence, and will artificial intelligence surpass human
intelligence? These issues have been selected as the most cuttingedge
scientific issues by Science magazine in 2005 .
Buddhist philosophy has clearer answers to these questions.
First, by distinguishing the concepts of the Universe and the
world, Buddhism defines the Universe to be of infinite nature both
in space and time and the world to be of finite nature both in space
and time. In space, the Universe consists of an infinite number
of worlds. In time, each world is cyclically operated according
to the process of formation, the steady state, deterioration and
explosion to emptiness. In BCM, the Big Bang is the origin of the
world but not the Universe. Using this definition, the awkward
question of the origin of the Universe can be avoided. Because the
Universe is infinite, it is unknowable. The operation of each world
is regular. This law is collectively called the law of causality and
can be known. However, for large and complex world problems,
because of the limited life span of human beings, there are many
influencing factors that may not be recognized yet. Therefore,
there will always be uncertainty. In this case, the use of probability
and statistics theory can give a better forecast of statistical laws,
but it does not prevent a small group of people from continuing
to explore the mechanism and find out more influencing factors
(hidden variables). Therefore, the dispute between Einstein and
Bohr is completely reconcilable [24,25].
The range that human beings can observe, no matter how big
it is, is essentially a world. The space-time scope referred to by
the current big bang theory is the world we live in, and it is still
in a state of expansion in space. If it is the whole Universe, there
is a spatial paradox between the whole Universe and the Universe
expanding. Since the world we can observe and the other worlds
always have the exchange of matter, energy and information on
the boundary, the world is an open system, and any theorem
derived from the use of isolated or closed hypotheses is inherently
of applicable range .
Materialism describes the essence of the world as matter
of fundamental particles, and the fundamental particles are
inseparable into smaller particles. This assumption cannot
answer the question of how fundamental particles are produced,
and there are logical paradoxes between the entity particles of
weight and volume and the inseparable property. The Buddhismbased
Universe model (BCM) describes the essence of the world
as energy. There are two kinds of energy, material energy (as
the common term of energy we used and hereafter we just call
it energy) and life energy (which may correspond to the dark
energy we are looking for and hereafter we will call it mind). As
is well-known that energy cannot be destroyed and satisfy the law
of conservation. However, mind and energy are two independent
forms of basic energy types. They cannot be transformed into
each other. But mind could accumulate energy into matter or
decompose matter into energy. Mind itself is also a kind of life.
The combination of mind and a body can constitute our
countable life. For the life we can count, mind is equivalent to
the engine that drives the body’s movements, and it is also the
engine that drives the various organs of the body to perceive the
external world. This ability is known as consciousness. Human’s
consciousness includes 8 types, they are consciousness at eyes,
ears, nose, tongue, body and brain, the manas consciousness, and
finally the alaya consciousness. Mind is the alaya consciousness.
When one is dying, the consciousness at eyes, ears, nose, tongue,
body and brain will be lost. The function of the seventh consciousness
whose formal name is called the manas consciousness, is the
bridge between the former six consciousnesses with mind. Only
mind will continue to exist, and it is the source of life forces and
it stores all the karmas in the previous life history. The dying
process is a process of the separation of mind from the body. For
the detailed theory of Buddhism, one can refer to reference .
The matter accumulated by mind can be classified into visible
matter that can be perceived by our humans and dark matter
that cannot be perceived at present. Obviously, the boundary
between visible and dark matter is also dynamic. As our ability
of perceiving the matter (including the self-perception ability
obtained through meditation and the external perception ability
obtained through the development of advanced instruments)
improves, more dark matter becomes visible matter. The body of a
life also has two categories of matter and dark matter. The former
is like humans and animals, and the latter is like Heaven, Asura,
Ghost, Hell. The highest speed at which matter, and energy can be
transmitted is the speed of light, and the speed at which mind can
be transmitted through the entanglement mechanism can exceed
the speed of light. Inanimate matter has a local limitation, that is,
various characteristics gradually decay as the distance becomes
longer; while mind is always global, and its related properties do
not decay with increasing distance. But if mind is combined with
the body, for those characteristics appeared through the body, they
also have attenuation property, such as human vision and hearing.
These are the main points in the BCM model. The present
author believes that BCM can pass the test of scientific standards and can overcome the various problems existed in the current Big
Bang cosmological model (BBCM) and pointed out the direction
for the future development of sciences [11,16,17,26].
Are there persons who are worth admiring among the
believers of the theory?
For the second scientific standard test, the believer must be
able to do it after he has a high level of scientific knowledge. The
ordinary persons may not have this ability. In this case, there is a
simpler criterion to look at history. Check that since the theory was
put forward, how many people believe in this theory, and among
the believers, how many people are worthy of admiration? If this
philosophy has not cultivated the characters that you can admire
for quite a long time, it means that this theory is not suitable for
you. Maybe there are still some problems in this theory, although
you do not have the ability to prove it theoretically. For example,
materialist beliefs and Buddhist beliefs have a history of more
than 3,000 years. Among the materialist believers, I have not found
any character whose moral realm I would like to admire, and the
masters of Buddhism that I admire are many, such as Sakyamuni
(563-480 BC), Ashvaghosha (80-150 AD), Nagarjuna (150 - 250
AD), Xuanzang (April 6, 602-March 7, 664), Hui Neng (638-713),
Xu Yun (September 5,1840-October 13,1959), Yin Guang (January
11, 1862-December 2,1940), Hong Yi (October 23, 1880-October
This is an important reason why I personally turned from
materialist belief to Buddhist belief. When I was in college, I learned
Master Hongyi and chose him as my idol of life. I began to study
the life of Sakyamuni and his Buddhist philosophy by studying
why Hongyi believed in Buddhism, and then used the scientific
standards I learned to test Buddhism. It was found that it does not
conflict with science, and in many cases, it can provide solutions to
phenomena that cannot be explained by modern sciences or solve
paradoxes in modern sciences. This is the complete course of the
birth of BCM.
The general process of seeking a faith may begin with idols.
First, you study the biography of idols, understand the way of
thinking of idols, and then explore what the idols believe, and then
study the biography of the Hierarch and the theory of philosophy
or religion proposed by the Hierarch and his followers. Religion is
basically a philosophy plus science and the way to learn or practice
this religion. In the beginning, you can focus on the philosophical
and scientific aspects to see if this philosophy and science can
pass the test of scientific standards. If it fails, this philosophy and
science are not what I ultimately want. If it can pass the test, I can
also choose this philosophy as the basis of my faith. In-depth study
of the way the Hierarch and the idols think and then use their ways
of thinking to deal with all the problems you encountered in your
work and life.
As we have understood that this philosophical theory is not in
conflict with science, and philosophy is the foundation of science,
we will further study this philosophical theory and understand
the general method of this philosophy to solve problems. For
example, Sakyamuni saw both the poor and the rich were living in
pain and trouble, he was willing to find a way to solve all human
sufferings and troubles. By learning from existing knowledge, no
solution was found; by learning from other masters, it was found
that their methods are not thorough to solve these problems;
finally, through his own meditation, he claimed to have found a
general way to solve the painful troubles. The main points of this
theory can be summarized in the following four aspects:
a) All the painful troubles are not caused by others and
the environment, but the way you see the world is not right
b) Why is it wrong for me to see the world? Because I
divide the whole world into two parts, belonging to me and
not-belonging to me, and then try very hard to make the notbelonging
to me to become the belonging to me. If I cannot
change it, I will feel pain and upset (self-attachment);
c) Therefore, to eliminate the pain and worry, I must
change my way of looking at the world. I must understand
that the world is operating according to the law of causality
d) In order to truly eliminate the ignorance, I must
eliminate self-attachment. I should expand my mind and let
myself be equivalent to the world. I am the world; the world is
me. Any life in the world is a cell in my body, and only if they
have a good life, can I really live well. Sakyamuni has taught
many different methods of practice to different people based
on their actual levels. I personally think that this theory is very
logical, and many people in history have practiced according
to this theory, and truly achieved the degree of relief of pain
and trouble. I have practiced this theory for more than 20
years and I feel that the effect is very good.
Since you believe in a philosophical theory, you can only
appreciate it if you apply it to your work and life. Just like a person
getting sick, he got a good medicine from a doctor. Only when he
took the medicine can he see the effect. If he does not take the
medicine, it would be useless for him to have a good medicine.
Since I know from Buddhism that there is no difference
between putting wealth in my home and putting it in someone
else’s home, I do not have to earn the extra wealth that I do not
need. I only need to keep my own or my family’s need for living.
Now, I can put more energy into my research. I can use my
unnecessary wealth to help others. In this way, my relationship
with my family and friends will be very harmonious. I will live in a happy environment. If I use this kind of thinking, I can always
build a harmonious environment around me. Let me focus more
on my work. I could do my job better, the more I will be paid by
the society. The more I use the extra saving to help people, and the
bigger is my harmonious environment.
If you understand that the essence of life is mind, the mind is
not inexhaustible, the death of the body is like changing a piece
of clothing, and through my good deeds, my next life is better
than this life. Then I lifted my fear of death. Once someone has
not been afraid of death, there is nothing else that can make him
fear again if he is living on earth. As the “Heart Sutra” said, “Since
there is nothing to attain, the bodhisattva who accords with the
perfection of wisdom has no mental impediments. Because there
are no impediments, there is nothing to fear. The departure from
inverted and illusory ideas is ultimately Nirvana” .
The question of faith is essentially the question of believing in
yourself or the Hierarch. For many things in daily life, the judgment
by your instinct and the judgment of the doctrine may be the same,
but for some major or complicated problems, more should be
to give up your instinctive judgment and turn to the help of the
Hierarch. Therefore, the first thing to do is to regard yourself as
the Hierarch, to figure out what he will do when he encounters this
problem. It would be much reliable to solve the problem according
to such a way of thinking rather than relying solely on your own
instinct to judge, because the Hierarch has become an immortal
success in history with his unique way of thinking.
For those who have faith, a very effective way to improve your
moral realm is to let yourselves live under the camera. You believe
that the Hierarch is watching you all the time, so you do not dare
to do bad things. And his surveillance ability is much stronger
than the camera, not only he can record your words and deeds,
but also your thoughts. Therefore, you should rush to repent if
you have bad thoughts. Over the time, you will dare not have any
bad thoughts, so you become a very fulfilling person. Your life will
continue to be perfect, which has nothing to do with the specific
occupation. Those who are engaged in any profession, as long as
they believe in the teachings of the Buddha and put into practice,
rely on the constant persistence of life after life, and eventually
they can become Buddha. A fundamental difference between
Buddhism and theology is that everyone has buddha nature and
everyone can become a Buddha. The Buddha is a person who
has realized the laws governing the life and the Universe, not the
savior who created everything in the Universe and determined the
fate of every life.
Feng Zikai proposed a three-storey life model in interpreting
Hongyi’s lifestyle. The first floor is a material life manifested by
money, the second floor is a spiritual life manifested by science
and art, and the third floor is a soul life manifested by philosophy
and religion, shown in (Figure 1) . The present author has
refined this model into a nine-floor model that is practical and
measurable, shown in (Figure 1). The first floor is from birth to
primary school, the second floor is the middle school, and the
third floor is the university stage, from undergraduate to postdoctorate.
If your ability is strong, you may be able to solve your
own survival problems at this stage, then you can concentrate on
scientific research or artistic creation afterwards. If your academic
level is high and your achievements are rich, the salary paid by
the society is relatively high. You can continue a good material life
while pursue a spiritual life of higher levels.
Taking scientific research as an example, there can be a triple
realm for this career from fourth floor to sixth floor. The fourth floor
is that you can direct yourself and the computer to solve a singledisciplinary
problem. The fifth floor is the use of administrative
power to direct a team to conduct multidisciplinary research, and
to develop a product with practical value in the future. However, because the resources of administrative posts are very limited,
not everyone can have the chance to be promoted. Some highly
capable people do not necessarily have this opportunity. Those
who have such an opportunity can continue to climb. The sixth
floor relies on one’s personality charm to direct a team to conduct
multidisciplinary research. However, people should constantly
think about such problems in the process of scientific research.
Why should I do scientific research? What good is it for my life?
What is the standard of success for my life? After thinking about
these questions, it can be said that you are starting to climb the
seventh floor of Self enlightening the Universe and life. If you can
help others to enlighten the Universe and life, you are judged to
reach the eighth floor. We define the Buddha who has enlightened
the highest realm of the Universe and life as the ninth floor. This is
a nine-floor life model from how an ordinary person can improve
his moral realm step by step.
Whether it is possible to establish a measurement method
for the moral realm of self-cultivation in the process of becoming
a Buddha, let yourself better understand the degree of selfcultivation
and build confidence in cultivation. We found that
Hawkins’ levels of consciousness theory  can fully match this
nine-floor life model, shown in (Figure 2). Based on the present
author’s understanding of Hawkins’ levels of consciousness
theory, it is suggested that level 4 corresponds to 150-200, level
5 corresponds to 200-250, level 6 corresponds to 250-350,
level 7 corresponds to 350-500, level 8 corresponds to 500-700
and level 9 corresponds to 700-1000. Persons in the first three
floors are defined according to the age and there is no specific
correspondence to the levels of consciousness, most of persons
may be within the range of 100 to 200 and there are some persons
may exceed 200 and of course few persons may be less than 100.
Based on the phenomenon that most of the interviewed
students answered that they do not have a faith, the various issues
related to faith are discussed in this paper. It is thought that there
are two main reasons for this problem. One is that the materialistic
philosophy taught at school and university was not accepted by
them and does not become their faith. Second, they may think
that philosophy is useless, and they have not tried hard to find
another philosophy that they would like to believe as the object
of their faith. For them, it seems that only scientific and technical
knowledge and the ability to solve practical engineering problems
are important. Whether or not there is faith does not matter. As
far as my personal experience in scientific research and life for
more than 30 years is concerned, this view is very incorrect. The
power that faith brings to me is enormous. Therefore, the author
has presented some thoughts on the issues related to faith in this
paper. The main points can be summarized as follows:
a) Faith is the same as the body, and everyone has it. The
essential difference is whether you believe in yourself or
others. The so-called people without faith means that they
believe in their instincts and knowledge and do not believe in
b) Since the Hierarch has passed the historical test to be a
successful person and you have not yet walked the path of life,
the Hierarch is more reliable to be trusted than yourself;
c) There are three criteria to consider when choosing the
Hierarch. The first is whether the life of the Hierarch is what
you want; the second is whether the theory of the Hierarch
can stand the test of scientific standards; the third is how
many great people who have worshipped this philosophy have
d) Five suggestions are offered on how to apply faith to
guide your work or life.
i. Carefully read the biography of the Hierarch and
understand his way of thinking.
ii. Study this philosophical theory carefully and understand
the general problem-solving method.
iii. Apply the theory to your work and life.
iv. When you encounter a major problem, you should try to
figure out how the Hierarch will solve this problem.
v. Always feel that the Hierarch is watching you and you
dare not do bad things. Once you have a bad idea, you should
regret it immediately.
e) Finally, the author proposed a nine-floor life model
that is constantly improving oneself and Hawkins’ levels of
consciousness measurement can be used to detect the floor
one has reached.
This work was supported by the State Key Program of National
Natural Science of China “Structural Reliability Analysis on the
Spherical Hull of Deepsea Manned Submersibles” (Grant No.
51439004), the General Program of National Natural Science of
China “A study on the water absorption property of the buoyancy
material for the full ocean depth manned submersible” (Grant
No. 51879157), the “Construction of a Leading Innovation Team”
project by the Hangzhou Municipal government, the Startup
funding of New-joined PI of Westlake University with grant
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