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Tzu Chi’s Eight Footprints

Tzu Chi volunteers selflessly contribute through a mindset of gratitude, expressing their sincerest care and support to each and every individual in need.

The shared goal of Tzu Chi volunteers is to cultivate sincerity, integrity, faith, and honesty within while exercising kindness, compassion, joy, and selflessness to humanity through concrete actions. Transcending the bounds of race, nationality, language, and religion, they serve the world under the notion that “when others are hurting, we feel their pain; when others suffer, we feel their sorrow”. Not only do the volunteers endeavor to promote the universal value of “Great Love,” they also fully employ the humanitarian spirit of Chinese culture to its utmost.

Tzu Chi Foundation’s “Four Major Missions” consist of Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanity. Adding the efforts in Bone Marrow Donation, Environmental Protection, Community Volunteerism, and International Relief, the undertakings are now collectively known as “Tzu Chi’s Eight Footprints”.

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“There is great strength when everyone does good deeds. There is good fortune when everyone creates blessings.” ~ Dharma Master Cheng Yen

About Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines

In 1991, founder of Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation, Master Cheng Yen received The Magsaysay Community Leadership Award from the Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. This is the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Asia. Along with the award came a prize money of US $30,000 (worth approximately Php 825,000 then) which the Master distributed to two beneficiaries - the victims of the China flooding and of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. The award paved way to the exposure of the Master’s compassion to the Chinese community in the Philippines.

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A broad and forgiving heart is the foundation of happiness.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

If we take good care of our mind, we will be happy, otherwise, we will experience more suffering.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Be willing to give and happy to accept whatever comes.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

The living must be at peace for the deceased to depart in peace.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

If we mindful, the truth is near us; otherwise, the truth is distant.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Thoughts will inevitably rise and fall, but one must tame them with perseverance and allow the mind to be pure and ease.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Optimism and pessimism are one. By changing our thoughts, we can turn pessimism into optimism.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Do not let the environment influence our mind. We need to improve the environment with diligence and perseverance.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Rather than searching for a path, search within own mind; instead of asking for directions; ask our heart.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Only by being mindful can we realize our true nature.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

The body can tire but the spirit must not tire, for the spirit is the fountain of wisdom.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Physical illness is not frightening; what is frightening is illness of the mind. Lacking material goods is not devastating; what is devastating is poverty of the spirit.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

It is better to have big heart than a big house.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Natural disasters are caused by human wrong doings that originated from the human mind.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Enlightenment is understanding what life is and what one should do.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Conquering ignorance is superior to conquering a hundred peaks.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Realize and apply the Buddha's teachings in our daily life, for it is through interacting with the world that we cultivate ourselves spiritually.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

The first step towards enlightenment begins with the first vow we take to help all living beings.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

The act of repentance is tantamount to the purification of the heart, like a clear stream flowing over the heart cleansing away its defilements.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Always observe propriety at heart and evil shall find no breeding ground within one's Buddha nature.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Only by opening one's heart can on give with great compassion and gain true wisdom and virtue.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Realize the Buddha's teaching through daily life experience. Realize worldly Dharma through human interactions.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

To be a real life Bodhisattva, one must first undergo spiritual self-cultivation.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

The Buddha's teachings are not only to be studied but realized through actual practice and compassionate acts of giving.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Loving others and loving oneself is to have a Buddha heart or a Bodhisattva heart.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Ordinary people are governed by their karma, while the enlightened ones dictate their own life.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Instead of asking for blessing from Bodhisattva, we should search within our own heart.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Be grateful and compassionate at all times. Enlightened compassion is selfless love.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Live with Buddha in one's heart, Dharma in one's action, Zen in one's Dharma.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Great love manifest itself through practicing great compassion; wisdom manifest itself through transcending worries.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Kindness and compassion bear neither regret nor complaint; joy and equanimity are free of want and worry.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Gratitude is wisdom; giving is compassion.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Vegetarianism cultivates perseverance, compassion and wisdom.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

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