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PostSubject: Cheng Yen and the Tzu Chi Foundation   Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:46 am

Who is this Buddhist nun and Master who has been deemed influential in today's world? Someone who created an international movement that feeds the hungry, helps clothe and shelter the poor, provides medical care, and in other ways reaches out to those in need. Kind of like some of the stuff attributed to the teachings of Jesus. Wink

About Tzu Chi

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). The foundation focuses on four major missions: charity, medicine, education, and humanistic culture. The foundation also engages in international disaster relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism, and environmental protection. “Tzu Chi” means “compassion and relief.”

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 in Hualien by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen. From the first 30 supporters, housewives who saved two cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor, the foundation has grown to nearly 10 million volunteers and supporters in 50 countries, and has provided international relief work in 70 countries to people suffering from disasters such as the Southeast Asia tsunami, Myanmar cyclone, and earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Sichuan China, Haiti and Chile.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen believes that the lack of altruistic love for others has been the root of many problems in this world, but with sustained kindness, mercy and giving, harmony and peace can be achieved. Thus, the foundation’s guiding principle is to “help the poor and educate the rich” – to give material aid to the needy and inspire love and humanity in both givers and receivers.

Source: http://www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/home.nsf/about/index

Tzu Chi Foundation - International Web Site (English language)


Tzu Chi Foundation - USA


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PostSubject: Re: Cheng Yen and the Tzu Chi Foundation   Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:53 am

Thanks so much, boh. Wonderfully inspiring person, Master Cheng Yen! How humbling to know there are people in this world living such principles.
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PostSubject: Re: Cheng Yen and the Tzu Chi Foundation   Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:21 pm

This is very interesting, Boh! Thank you for bringing this here. I had done a brief Google search the other day on Cheng Yen when her name first cropped up in discussion but this information is much more detailed. Cheng Yen is indeed someone worthy of being deemed "influential!"
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