With Great Loving-Kindness, We Have No Regrets; Our Love Is Infinite

The Tzu Chi School of Buddhism requires us to have loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. “With great loving-kindness, we have no regrets; our love is infinite. With great compassion, we have no complaints; our vows are infinite. With great joy, we have no worries; our happiness is infinite. With great equanimity, we give with no expectations; we realize infinite gratitude.”

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 Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters

Although the text of the Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters is relatively short, its contents encompass the essence of the Buddha’s teachings, making this sutra an optimal entry point to the profound Buddha Dharma. For Chinese readers, the Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters can be compared to the Analects of Confucius. Apart from helping people to establish their own ways of thinking and norms of personal conduct, it guides practitioners in their contemplative practice.

Teachings and Commentary on the Earth Treasury Sutra

The Sutra of Earth Treasury Bodhisattva’s Vows, also known by the abbreviated title, The Earth Treasury Sutra, is classified as one of the Mahayana sutras. This sutra primarily focuses on explaining filial piety, the law of karma, and the practice of great vows as exemplified by Earth Treasury Bodhisattva. Although the sutra text is easy to understand, the principles it contains are profound.

Teachings and Commentary on the Sutra of the Buddha’s Bequeathed Teachings

This sutra describes the Buddha’s instructions to his disciples before he entered Parinirvana. When the Buddha entered Parinirvana, the disciples were to regard the precepts as their teachers. Moreover, they were also to distance themselves from anger, arrogance, and so on. He encouraged everyone to have self-discipline and to remain diligent in their spiritual cultivation.

Teachings and Commentary on the Sutra of Profound Gratitude to Parents

The main theme of the Sutra of Profound Gratitude to Parents is the practice of filial piety. Master Cheng Yen feels very strongly about filial piety and emphasizes that “doing good deeds and being filial cannot wait.” This teaching integrates the Buddhist concepts of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity with traditional Chinese ethics and morals. Her hope is that this teaching will not only serve as a standard for Tzu Chi volunteers, but that it will also become a principle which people around the world will hold in high esteem. Master Cheng Yen teaches that doing good deeds must begin with filial piety, for this is our duty as human beings. Thus, filial piety is also considered foremost among all good deeds and the key to planting pure causes.

Teachings and Commentary on the Thirty-Seven Practices to Enlightenment

The Thirty-Seven Practices to Enlightenment is not a sutra, but a description of the thirty-seven practices needed to advance on the path toward liberation and attain awakening. The Thirty-Seven Practices to Enlightenment are considered a foundational teaching of the Buddha Dharma, and they are the essential supporting practices of the path.