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.