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Master's Teaching
Thursday, 05 May 2016 00:00

Practicing Goodness to Accumulate Virtue

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary, lead by Dharma masters, Tzu Chi volunteers made a pious pilgrimage to express their respect and offer blessings to the foundation. (Photo by Chiu Chi-Chin; date: 2016/04/09; location: Jing Si Abode)

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Throughout my life, I have always had three daily prayers. First, I pray not for a healthy body, but for a clear mind. As the years pass, our bodies undergo aging and finally death, but our wisdom-life is everlasting. If we do not quickly develop our wisdom-life and strengthen our aspirations, then our wisdom will not grow. Thus, I do not ask for good health, but for a mind of clarity and wisdom, without discursive thoughts. This is my first prayer.

Friday, 04 March 2016 00:00

Great Love and Lasting Compassion

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Over 50 years, Tzu Chi volunteers have dedicated themselves in communities services. (Photo by Wu Yue-May; date: 2016/02/13; location: Tainan, Taiwan)

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It is 2016 already. This year is Tzu Chi’s 50th anniversary; time truly flies by very, very fast. The past 50 years of accomplishment is the result of many volunteers’ love and dedication. Every year I give a direction for Tzu Chi volunteers to follow and focus on for the entire year. This year, the theme is “spreading Great Love around the world and inspiring lasting compassion life after life.”

Saturday, 18 April 2015 13:41

Turning Vacation into Cultivation

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"Some greedily seek indulgence and idleness, while others are obsessed with the pursuit of fame and fortune without content; even practitioners who aspire to become a Bodhisattva will have thoughts of greed – which will extinguish their aspirations and determination.” When the heart deviates, it brings suffering to yourself and others. The Master reminded us to be constantly mindful of the movements of our mind, to keep cautiously to the right direction and practice diligently.

Young people today ought to stand up and make their own way; they should not be afraid of taking on hard work, and should learn correct life values.[Photo by Lin Chi-Hao]

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In recent years, we’ve been observing a phenomenon in which young people who are capable of working are not contributing themselves to society. Society calls them NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training). Instead of working to support themselves, they are living off of their parents. Such a mentality of shunning work in favor of an easy life is truly worrisome. It will bring about problems not only for the NEETs themselves, but also for our society.

(Photo provided by Tzu Chi Foundation)

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‘The light of the moon shines in the middle of the dark night, towering in the sky. It brings to us on the black earth a beacon of light. In our life, there are moments of deepest pain and suffering, when we have no hope and it is hard not to be frightened by the fear of death. This terror of the spirit and pain of the body, isn’t that great suffering? That is why in this world people need doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians and all the others in the medical team who work together to save mankind in his pain and suffering.’

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

The Compassionate Deer King

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(Photo by Ikeda Koichi; location: Todai-ji Temple, Nara, Japan; date: 2010/08/28)

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Once upon a time, there was an emperor who loved to eat venison, so he often went hunting with his chancellor. The animals in the jungle all lived in fear everyday, especially the deer population as it experienced the most severe injuries and deaths compared to other animals.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

A Sense of Direction for the New Year

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With this new beginning, please take care in your thoughts, your words and your actions every day, for this is the way to a future full of blessings, wisdom, and peace. (Photo by Hsaio Chia-ming; date: 2014/01/29; location: Jing Si Hall)

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At the beginning of a new year, everyone is looking forward in time and considering the future. Knowing this, Dharma Master Cheng Yen took care to give her disciples a sense of direction. Below are excerpts of her key messages:

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

Youth, Health and Poverty

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With youth, we have more time to fulfill our wishes; with health, we have vital energy to utilize our wisdom in life; with poverty, we are more driven to succeed.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

Guidance to Newly Certified Tzu Chi Volunteers

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(Photo by You Hsi-Chang)

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Editor’s Introduction: When Tzu Chi volunteers from around the world traveled to Taiwan for their volunteer certification, having completed their training in their local area, Dharma Master Cheng Yen not only certified the volunteers personally, but spoke with them on several occasions to offer her guidance for walking the Tzu Chi path. The volunteers, being of different nationalities, ethnicities, and faiths, were nevertheless united in the common mission to serve and alleviate suffering in their community. Below are selections of Master’s teachings to the volunteers.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

Biography of Dharma Master Cheng Yen

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Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in 1937 in Qingshui, a small town in Taichung County, Taiwan. As her father's brother was childless, at a young age, she was adopted by him and his wife to raise as their own, a common practice in that era. When Dharma Master Cheng Yen was around seven, she experienced the air raids that the Second World War brought upon Japanese-occupied Taiwan. What she witnessed deeply imprinted upon her young mind the cruelty of war. Throughout her growing years, she had many questions about life and its meaning.

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