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.


Jing Si is Tzu Chi’s Ultimate Support

The Jing Si Abode is self-sufficient. Sometimes, I feel quite sorry when I think of these monastic disciples. They have to rise shortly before 4 a.m., they start to work after the morning recitation, and they work all the way until 10 or 11 p.m. before going to bed.


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. 


Discipline, Diligence, Frugality, and Perseverance

When we were constructing the hospital, not only did we face hardships, we also had to overcome difficulties when beginning our mission of education. At the time, the faculty members often had to transport materials; women did the work of men, and men did the work of superhumans. This is Tzu Chi’s motto and the Tzu Chi spirit. Every Tzu Chi volunteer walks the Bodhisattva Path with the spirit, willpower, and courage of a superhuman.


For Buddha’s Teachings, For Sentient Beings

From: Tainan Faith Corps Members and Commissioners’ Leadership Meeting, December 15, 2005.
Master Yin Shun told me, “Our causes and conditions as master and disciple are quite extraordinary. There is so much I wish to say to you, but there is no time. Please remember that once you become a monastic and have received the precepts, you must work ‘for Buddha’s teachings, for sentient beings.’” When he said these words, I immediately prostrated before him. At the very moment that I prostrated, in my heart, I vowed to act according to this teaching.


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.


The Sutras Are a Path; This Path Is a Road to Walk On

In his teachings, the Buddha spoke of the sutras, stating, “The sutras are a path. This path is a road to walk on.” This path is a road, but we have long since lost our way. When we are lost, it is easy to take a wrong step. There is a saying that goes, “A single misstep leads to a lifetime of regret.” Dharma masters teach the sutras so that we can learn to walk this path with ease and reach our destination. People who have lost their way do not know the direction of this path.