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.

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.

Teachings and Commentary on the Medicine Buddha Sutra

The Medicine Buddha made twelve great vows, including the vow to lead sentient beings away from all kinds of hardships and disasters and guide them toward liberation. Sentient beings suffer from many physical and mental afflictions, especially from the Three Poisons of greed, anger, and ignorance. Sentient beings’ mental tribulations thus result in the 404 ailments, which bring anguish and suffering to their bodies and minds.

Teachings and Commentary on the Sutra of Infinite Meanings

In Sanskrit, the Sutra of Infinite Meanings (also known as the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings) is called the Amitarthasutra. This sutra is one volume comprised of three chapters: the Chapter on Virtues, the Chapter on Expounding the Dharma, and the Chapter on the Ten Merits. Together with the Wondrous Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra and the Sutra of Meditation on Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, they form the Threefold Lotus Sutra. Before expounding the True Dharma of the Wondrous Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra, the Buddha first taught the Sutra of Infinite Meanings in the hopes that everyone in the state of unenlightened beings could develop great compassion and reach the Bodhisattva Path.

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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. 

PRACTICE

PRACTICE This section highlights how Dharma Master Cheng Yen and Tzu Chi volunteers put the Buddha’s teachings into practice, exercising

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ABOUT ABOUT THE WEBSITE For over fifty years, Dharma Master Cheng Yen has led Tzu Chi’s volunteers in putting the

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FAITH “The sutras are a path, and this path is a road to walk on.” This section contains the editors’

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