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Renewal of the Spirit of the Bamboo Bank Era

There is an old saying, “All things, good or evil, are created by one’s mind.” All acts of mankind are determined by their mind and hearts. With a good heart, a person would do good deeds. On the other hand, with an evil heart, a person would then perform bad deeds. All actions begin with a thought.

Great virtue is accumulated from doing small good deeds
The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation was founded by Master Cheng Yen with five monastic disciples and thirty house wives. In order to raise money to help the poor, the dharma masters at the Jing Si Adobe made baby shoes to sell four dollars each. With an additional twenty-four dollars each day, they were able to save seven hundred and twenty dollars more per month. The medical expense of first care recipient cost more than six hundred dollars.Read more...
 

Three Resolutions

Dharma Master Cheng Yen announces three general resolutions every year: May all m... Read more...

No Work, No Meal

Dharma Master Cheng Yen made three vows in the early years when she first became... Read more...

Be a Well-rounded Person

“Be well-rounded in character;” “Be well-rounded when dealing with things;” and ... Read more...

Tzu Chi Dharma Teachings (Sutra of Immeasurable Meanings)

Forty years after Tzu Chi was established, Dharma Master Cheng Yen officially an... Read more...

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Special Reports

 

Inspiration to the Weary

Tzu Chi volunteers deliver words of wisdom as well as love and care.

 

Prescription Drugs: Safety First!

A pharmacist and Tzu Chi volunteer suggests guidelines for safely taking medicine.

 

Compost 101

Even inedible food scraps need not be wasted.

 

Bay Area Bread Rescue

Dedicated volunteers in North California give baked goods second life.