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林國平。1992。《林兆恩與三一教》。福州 : 福建人民出版社。
Berling, A. Judith(1980). The syncretic religion of Lin Chao-en. IASWR series. New York, Columbia University Press.
Dean, Kenneth (1998). Lord of the three in One. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Sanyi jiaozhu (三一教主) ,the Lord of Three in One, is one of Lin Chaoen’s (林兆恩) religious titles. Lin Chaoen is the founder of the Three-in-One teaching (三一教) who was born in 1517, Puitien (莆田), Fujian (福建), a province in southeast China. His father was Lin Wanren (林仞) who was the chief member of the greatest clan in Puitien. This clan had won many titles in the government examination. This was why Lin Chaoen’s ambitious was aiming on passing the government examination and becoming an offical in the Ming government. Lin Chaoen did not let his family down. He got his xiucai (秀才) degree in 1534 and was ranked first among the local students by 1540. However, Lin Chaoen’s fate was unfortunate. Lin Chaoen married at eighteen and lost his wife in just one year. From 1539 to 1546, He lost his grandfather, father, uncle in eight years. He failed his provincial government examination in 1546 when his family members were all expecting his success. Then Lin Chaoen made a decision to renounce his official scholar carrier. Because when Lin reflected on himself and his learning after those strikes, he realized that Confucian education cannot make a person become moral but practice a matter of literary style. He began to visit some religious figures elsewhere and tried to search for a religious truth that could result in personal moral growth. During his religious adventure, he visited all kinds of religious figures, including Confucians, Buddhists, and Daoists. He even made a friend with a Daoist whose name is Zhuo Wan-chun (卓晚春).
In 1551, Lin was enlightened by a dream, mystical experience, or an unknown enlightened master. He began his missionary carrier and founded the Teaching of Three in One (三一教). The Three in One means a religious teaching mixing or syncreticing the three major Chinese religions, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. His friend Huang Chou (黃州) became his first disciple. Then Lin’s other friends and relatives became his disciples one after another. Since Lin Chaoen was forbidden by government to renounce his Confucian identity. He could only mission his teaching to people as a teacher in some home schools. During 1558 to 1663, the Japanese pirates invaded Fujian and killed many peoples. Lin Chaoen sold his estates out to raise some charity found to bury over ten thousands death and to help the lives to be settled. This was an important contribution which Lin’s and his church, the Three in One teaching, make. After this event, the Three-in-One teaching became more popular and well-known. When Lin Chaoen was dead, there were almost Three-in-One teaching everywhere in the coast county of Fujian province and the other provinces along the coast of China. There are few churches and disciples in Fujian and one church of Three-in-One teaching in Taiwan now. This church was founded after the Second World war and named itself as Xia chiao (夏教). The name Xia chiao originates from one of Lin Chaoen’s religious title, the Lord Xia Wu Ni of the Three in One (三一教主夏午尼). In Chinese, the word xia (夏) means great (大), wu (午) means just right in the middle, and ni (尼) denotes the Confucius. To the Three-in-One teaching, Xia (夏) represents the true inheritance of Confucian’s teaching. Xia chiao regards their members as the carrier of Chinese saints’ teaching.
Lin Chaoen writes many books and essays as the scripture of Three-in-One teaching, including the Sanchiao chengtsung (三教正宗), Sanchiao hoi tachih (三教合一大旨) etc. After his death, his disciples collected all the essays and compiled them as some collections. They are important legacies that Lin Chaoen left to the world.
Keywords: The Lord of Three in One, Lin Chaoen, Xia chiao, the Three in One teaching
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Dean, Kenneth (1998). Lord of the three in One. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.