Jing Si Rice
The development of Jing Si Instant Rice is based on the principles of the Jing Si Path: self-discipline, overcoming difficulties, diligence, and frugality.
During a flood relief effort in China, Dharma Master Cheng Yen was dismayed to see the elderly walking many miles to find relief of hunger. Also hoping to prevent disciples from spending too much time laboring over meal preparation and thus sacrificing valuable time that could be spent in Dharma lessons, Dharma Master Cheng Yen entrusted Master De Han to start the development of Jing Si Instant Rice.
Overcoming difficulties: The very first Jing Si Instant Rice Research & Development facility was just a trough under an olive tree. The 2nd R&D facility was two wood planks from a stairway with a wooden plank and pot set up for cooking. Master De Han explained that as long as there was water, she could experiment with cooking anywhere.
Diligence: Though she lacks professional training, Master De Han always believes that with a hard-working attitude, anyone can overcome difficulties and solve problems in life. All it takes is a sincere heart; there is nothing that cannot be done. Furthermore, because she was not professionally trained, she did not add any additives, keeping the food completely natural and completely handmade.
Frugality: Cooked in an environmentally-conscious manner by using less water, electricity, and manpower, Jing Si Instant Rice is not only very effective in disaster relief situations, but can also provide a variety of rice dishes at home as well.
Self-discipline: One time, when Master De Han was experimenting with Jing Si Instant Rice, Dharma Master Cheng Yen stopped by for emotional support. Master De Han complained of having too many chores that distracted her from focusing on the development of Jing Si Instant Rice. Dharma Master Cheng Yen did not respond until just before she left when she said to accept whatever is coming at you and accept it happily. At that moment, Master De Han felt a splash of cold water that cleared away all her troubles and concerns. Master De Han realized that one should not be blinded by the work itself but learn to do everything happily and willingly. Only then is there no frustration, no one can overcome any difficulties ahead. Master De Han says that we should all make strong vows to act willingly.