Master of Love and Mercy
“Legend has it that the Goddess of Mercy has a thousand eyes watching over those in need of help and a thousand hands reaching out with love and mercy. We will become her watchful eyes as well as useful hands….”
“When you are determined to do something, now is as good a time as any.”
“Life can start anew at any moment, any day.”
“We will send our love and care to wherever help is needed, transcending the differences of race, religion and nationality.”
“Human beings, by nature, tend to take things for granted and think that they would last forever. But life is short and all things are impermanent, so we must treasure the moments where there is peace and when we are with our loved ones.”
Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in 1937 in Qingshui, a small town in Taichung County. When she was 23, she left home to become a Buddhist monastic.
In 1966, at the age of 29, Dharma Master Cheng Yen founded Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. And for 45 years this organization has concentrated its activities in the major areas of charity, medicine, education, culture, international relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism and environmental protection.
Dharma Master Cheng Yen deeply believes that all people are capable of the same great compassion as the Buddha. True compassion, however, is not just having sympathy for another's suffering—it is to reach out to relieve that suffering with concrete actions. In founding Tzu Chi, Dharma Master Cheng Yen wished to give ordinary citizens the chance to actualize this compassion, which will bring inner peace and happiness to the individual, and pave the way for world peace and harmony.