Songs of Praises is a type of music that profoundly purifies the mind. The founder of the Bliss and Wisdom Cultural Education foundation, the late Venerable Master Jih-Chang, was deeply aware of the transcendent power of music. Thus he very much encouraged his students to learn the songs of praises. As Confucius said, “It is by the Odes that the mind is aroused. It is by the Rules of Propriety that the character is established. It is from Music that the finish is received.” What is aroused by the Odes?” “If a man is not benevolent, of what use are the rites? If a man is not benevolent, of what use is music?” Benevolence is aroused by the Odes, applied in the Rules of Propriety, and revealed in every deed on all occasions. This process begins from one’s every arising thought. Finally, this benevolence is accomplished through music.