Teachings and Commentary on the Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings

Containing only 381 Chinese characters in total, the Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings is succinct, to the point, and easy to study. Although this sutra lacks the features which most commonly characterize other Buddhist sutras, it is highly esteemed in Chinese Buddhism. The Eight Realizations of Great Beings are the eight methods for bodhisattvas to become enlightened and attain buddhahood.


We Take the Buddha’s Heart as Our Own and Take Our Teacher’s Mission as Our Own

Everyone’s help is needed to spread the mission of Tzu Chi. Every day, the housewives set aside fifty cents of their grocery money before going to the market. As soon as they arrived at the market and saw someone they knew, they would tell them, “I save fifty cents of my grocery money every day.” Thus, the housewives began to spread the message of saving fifty cents every day whenever they went to the market, and the number of regular donors gradually increased.


Walking the Bodhisattva Path

Forming bodhisattva aspirations and walking the Bodhisattva Path are not difficult. The challenge is to maintain a persistent, unwavering resolve and enduring patience.


With Sincerity, We Vow to Deliver All Sentient Beings

We need to cherish our causes and conditions, maintain our resolve, give rise to deep faith and understanding, take the Dharma to heart, and put it into action.

The Jing Si Dharma Lineage is a path of diligent practice. We must inwardly cultivate sincerity, integrity, faith, and steadfastness.


The Jing Si Dharma Lineage and Tzu Chi School of Buddhism represent two complementary aspects of spiritual cultivation, internal cultivation and external practice, both of which must be fulfilled by those on the path of spiritual awakening. 


Thirty Housewives Saving Fifty Cents a Day to Support Tzu Chi

In February of 1966, thirty housewives jointly petitioned for Master Cheng Yen to stay in Hualien. One day when visiting the sick, she saw a pool of blood from an indigenous woman who had a miscarriage. Later on, three Catholic nuns came to visit her. These were the causes and conditions that lead Master Cheng Yen to make a vow to “bring together 500 people to form one Guanyin Bodhisattva with 1,000 hands and 1,000 eyes.” It was with this spirit that she established a bodhisattva network that could respond to the calls for help and save those who are suffering.


Being Self-Sufficient and Not Accepting Offerings

Context for the Teaching: Master Cheng Yen left her family and the lay life to become a monastic, setting goals for her spiritual practice and establishing the Jing Si Family Tradition.