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Master's Teaching
Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Feeling Young Again

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Not giving in to old age, elderly volunteers continue to give of themselves. (Photo by Zhang Qiuyan)

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In recent years, the problem of the aging population truly concerns me. Some of our volunteers are also worried that they are already advanced in age. To encourage our elderly volunteers not to give in to old age, I thought to establish a “Treasury of Age". I wish that, our elderly volunteers can save 50 years of their life in this treasury so they'll consider themselves still young and continue to serve with their rich experience.

Friday, 02 February 2018 00:00

Seizing the Present Moment

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Cherish time, for every second passed will be gone. Illustrated by Eli Lynn.

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Time is something that I talk about frequently, especially in terms of how it just keeps on passing by, non-stop. The Buddha spoke about time in three periods: the past, the present, and the future.

Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

Filial Piety: A Form of Spiritual Cultivation

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Young children learn to appreciate their mother through a feet washing activity. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]

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In learning to be like the Buddha, we have to first nurture filial piety, which is to respect and take care of our parents. A heart of filial piety is fundamental to spiritual cultivation. This sutra story is about a young beggar and his dilemma of cultivation.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

Little Ann’s Big Aspiration

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To help the Earth, Ann (center) and Amelia went around the neighborhood encouraging people to participate in Ethical Eating Day. [Photo provided by Yuan Ya-Chi]

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The Buddha has always taught us to harbor compassion and give of ourselves for the happiness, safety, and wellbeing of everyone. Nowadays, the world’s climate is out of balance, which leads to frequent natural disasters. When these happen, people suffer. To live out the spirit of compassion and bring happiness to people, we have to help people to understand the link between climate and disasters, take action to mitigate them, and inspire people to give love. There is a child in South Africa who uses her compassion and wisdom to do this.

Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Eating Vegetarian to Save Our World

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Switching to a vegetarian diet can mitigate global warming and nurture one's compassion. 【Photograph by Lim Chin Tong】

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Tzu Chi has been promoting vegetarianism for years. Our campaign for vegetarianism started in 2003 during the SARS outbreak in Asia. Since then, Tzu Chi has encouraged it as an ongoing basis. We aim to raise awareness of the benefits of vegetarianism, such as mitigating global warming, nurturing people’s compassion, and reducing collective negative karma.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:00

To Emulate the Buddha is to Cherish Time

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Live our life to the fullest – A TIMA volunteer helps an elderly check his blood sugar level.【Photo by Leong Chian Yee】

[Master's Teachings]

Many people are blessed with material wealth and live comfortably. However, not all of them are happy because they are constantly worrying about how to protect their fortune and multiply their wealth; they don’t enjoy what they have. Their worries and afflictions stem from not knowing correct life principles. The Buddha teaches us that to have blessings, we must create blessings. This is the law of karma. If people have this concept, they’ll be able to better make use of their wealth. Lacking this concept may bring much misery. There is a sutra story that illustrates this.

Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

True Blessings

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At 5:20AM every morning, Tzu Chi volunteers listen to live webcast of Master Cheng Yen's Morning Dharma Talk. [Photo by Gary Kong Yuen Foo]

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When people talk about having blessings, they often consider it to mean having money or good fortune. However, the Buddha teaches us that true blessings are having wholesome friends, the opportunity to give of oneself, and the opportunity to learn the Dharma. The blessings we have now come from the good deeds we’ve done and the goodness we’ve been nurturing in our past lives. This is illustrated in a sutra story. 

An act of kindness: student volunteers rescued strayed puppies at a cleanup activity. (Photo provided by Hong Yaling)

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In walking the Bodhisattva Path, we are to help all living beings. To do that, we must have compassion, which is to emulate the Buddha’s heart. If we want to nurture our heart to be like the Buddha’s, we must always harbor good thoughts. By taking care of our heart, we’ll always harbor good thoughts and prevent the five spiritual toxins of greed, anger, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt from poisoning our heart. Therefore, taking good care of our heart is an essential element of walking the Bodhisattva Path. There is a sutra story that illustrates this.

 

Blessings are created by being generous. 【Photo by Chua Teck Ching】

[Master's Teachings]

Many people are blessed with material wealth and live comfortably. However, not all of them are happy because they are constantly worrying about how to protect their fortune and multiply their wealth; they don’t enjoy what they have. Their worries and afflictions stem from not knowing correct life principles. The Buddha teaches us that to have blessings, we must create blessings. This is the law of karma. If people have this concept, they’ll be able to better make use of their wealth. Lacking this concept may bring much misery. There is a sutra story that illustrates this.

We all have the potential to be like the great white ox in the Lotus Sutra. (Photo provide by Liao Xue-Yong)

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Each and every one of us has the great potential to attain enlightenment. Yet, people are easily influenced by their surroundings. At times, they aspire to help others, but when they encounter obstacles, they lose faith in themselves and give up on their goal. Hence, they don’t make progress in their spiritual cultivation. If we always have faith in ourselves, utilize our potential, and persist in walking the Bodhisattva Path, we can take care of our heart and remain firmly on track. Our potential comes from having faith in ourselves. And with this faith comes strength for cultivation.

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