Contemplative Wisdom

Thoughts for meditation, contemplation, and reflection Dharma Master Cheng YenFounder of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue SHARE Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Life is the most valuable thing in the world. By seizing every second and giving of ourselves, we can make our lives much more valuable. When we are immersed in an abundance of Dharma joy

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With You by My Side

Chinese Lyrics & Music: Patrick Chou Translation: Dharma as Water Team, Tzu Chi USA Illustrations: Iris Yeh Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue SHARE Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email While we each come from a different place And we all are used to different ways Now the gap between us is erased For there is a common dream we chase With you by

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Dharma Q&A

Translated by the Dharma as Water Team Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue SHARE Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Dharma Master Cheng Yen responds to questions from visitors, volunteers, staff, and disciples. A Direction in Life Q: “How do I form an aspiration that benefits my career and family?” A: “Everyone has aspirations, but many people are merely in pursuit of fame, fortune,

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Reaching Out Our Hands to Help Others

Translated by the Dharma as Water Team Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue SHARE Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email The most joyful and fulfilling life is a life of giving. Dharma Master Cheng Yen Under the same sky, at the same moment, there are many people in different countries suffering from disaster and hardship. Yet, there are also many diligent Bodhisattvas traveling back

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The Vegetarian/Vegan Diaries

PORTRAIT By Dilber Shatursun Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue SHARE Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Hear me out: deciding to change one’s lifestyle is easy. Making it last is a whole other ball game. As part of the Very Veggie Movement, we’ve decided to ask vegetarians and vegans (both former and current) for their raw, honest feedback on their dietary journeys. What’s

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Still Thoughts: Your Favorites Right Now

Edited by Dilber Shatursun Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue SHARE Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Throughout the pandemic, many of us have had the chance to reflect more carefully on our lives and what brings it meaning. This spring, we asked our readers to share which Jing Si Aphorisms by Dharma Master Cheng Yen have connected with them most in this ‘season’

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55 Years and Going Strong: Tzu Chi Celebrates a Mighty Ocean of Love

By Ida Eva Zielinska Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue SHARE Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Fifty-five years ago, a devout Buddhist monastic living in an undeveloped and impoverished region on the east coast of Taiwan set out on a heartfelt mission. She committed to assisting those in need by providing charity aid. Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen was 29 when she founded

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Community, Film, Meaning: Introducing Gaetano Kazuo Maida

By Ida Eva Zielinska Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue Gaetano Kazuo Maida, Executive Director of the Buddhist Film Foundation and International Buddhist Film Festival. Photo: Bart Nagel SHARE Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Film producer and international film festival organizer Gaetano Kazuo Maida is Executive Director of the Buddhist Film Foundation/International Buddhist Film Festival. He was one of the founding directors of the

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Look Within to Reach Out: Reflective Practices in Spiritual Care

By Allen Chung and Devin Makizuru Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue Photo/Penny Liu SHARE: Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Providing spiritual care is a service that many people in Tzu Chi are interested in learning about. When we imagine a person who is providing spiritual care, we may picture someone who is doing something for another: having a conversation, guiding another in

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Helping Camp Fire Survivors Rediscover the Joy of “Home Sweet Home”

By Ida Eva Zielinska Published #61 | Summer 2021 Issue SHARE Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Home Sweet Home.” We all appreciate coming home after being away, yet many wildfire disaster survivors who escaped the flames return only to discover ash and debris on their land in place of the house that once stood there.  This certainly holds true for numerous survivors of

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