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 20170508清流典範信願行 Setting an Example for the World by Putting Vows into Action

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發表主題: 20170508清流典範信願行 Setting an Example for the World by Putting Vows into Action    周六 6月 24, 2017 3:14 am

20170508清流典範信願行 Setting an Example for the World by Putting Vows into Action

In August and October last year, powerful earthquakes struck Italy. After the earthquakes occurred, Tzu Chi volunteers in Europe gathered together their power of love and went to Italy several times to survey the disaster areas, care for the quake affectees, and conduct id distributions.

Later on, Tzu Chi volunteers in Europe went to Serbia several times to help Syrian refugees who were stranded there. After the relief work in Serbia was completed, volunteers in Europe made arrangements to go to Italy again.

Thus, several days ago, Tzu Chi volunteers from six countries in Europe went to Italy again to conduct aid distributions for earthquake affectees in Italy. After the aid distributions, this relief mission was completed.

When carrying out disaster relief, Tzu Chi volunteers treat everyone like their own family. Activities at the distribution cheered up the affectees and opened up their hearts that eased their worries since the earthquake.

This was what Tzu Chi volunteers did in Italy. Also, in Ecuador, before our relief mission was completed, the archbishop of Manabi Province called the priest of a church in Santa Ana and told him that Tzu Chi would like to hold a Buddha Day ceremony to commemorate the Buddha’s birthday.

The archbishop then asked the priest to help Tzu Chi volunteers hold the ceremony at the church in Santa Ana. The priest was very sincere and invited Tzu Chi volunteers to his church so they could familiarize themselves with the vunue.

Volunteers set up a screen in front of the status of Jesus in the church and used a projector to project the Buddha’s image and used a projector to project the Buddha’s image on screen.

A row of tables with fragrant flowers and trays of water were set up in the church. This showed the priest’s sincerity. I was very touched to see that different religions respect on another and work together harmoniously.

Tzu Chi volunteers work for Buddhism and for all living beings. They first helped with flood relief, then worked with the Catholic church harmoniously and respectfully for the Buddha Day ceremony.

Thus, the scene at the Buddha Day ceremony in Santa Ana was very peaceful. I am also very touched that some locals in Ecuador are willing to serve as volunteers with Tzu Chi.

Fernanda, ”First when I was invited to be part of Tzu Chi, to volunteer here, I did not think twice, because this is what I like. To be willing and able to help others is one of the greatest things we as people can do. Tzu Chi is a part of our family now, and of Ecuador.”

Fernanda’s daughter, “I want to be a volunteer for Tzu Chi, I love them.”

The words of these people come from the bottom of their hearts, and they’re truly heartwarming and touching. We also see that Tzu Chi volunteers in many countries are preparing to hold Buddha Day ceremonies.

For example, in Myanmar, Tzu Chi volunteers are preparing and promoting the Buddha Day ceremony. They also went to every household in the eight villages where people participate in Tzu Chi’s rice bank program and used posters to encourage people to participate in the Buddha Day ceremony.

This is what volunteers are doing in Myanmar. Also, on this date 12 years ago, Tzu Chi volunteers from 20 countries came to Taiwan to celebrate the Buddha Day.

Since these volunteers were in Taiwan, I thought it was a good time to inaugurate the Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital on this occasion. Thus, on this date 12 years ago, I was in Xindian to attend the hospital’s inauguration ceremony.

Twelve years have gone by quickly. It took five years to build the Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital. The construction of the hospital was delayed because a year after we started construction, the 921 Earthquake occurred in Taiwan.

After the quake occurred, Tzu Chi fully dedicated itself to conducting disaster relief in central Taiwan. After we finished rebuilding 51 schools, we continued with the construction of the Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital.

That was why it took five years to build the hospital. This year is the 12th anniversary of the Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital. There are so many things to be grateful for.

The hospital is grateful to Tzu Chi volunteers who have given of themselves for many years. It is also grateful toward the staff for working together in unity and harmony.

The hospital also held a ceremony to honor senior staff. In addition, it is grateful to volunteers serving as Tzu Chi Moms and Dads and all volunteers serving at Tzu Chi hospitals. Scenes of the celebration at the hospital were very heartwarming.

The personnel in Tzu Chi’s medical mission accomplished what I have wished for. I have told the doctors and volunteers of our medical mission that I hope our medical mission can bring purity to the medical field and set an example for being humane doctors.

We see that they have accomplished both of these goals. Besides safeguarding the patients in the hospital, the personnel of our medical mission also step out of the hospital and go to remote areas to hold free clinics.

Wherever there are people in suffering and who can’t go seek medical help, our doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and other medical personnel will go to them to provide medical care.

Whenever they have days off, they use that time to cultivate themselves diligently by going amongst people and caring for those in suffering. There are truly many things to be grateful for.

They all harbor gratitude and put their vows into action. The superintendents of Tzu Chi hospitals are all very diligent in cultivating themselves.

Besides working diligently to improve their medical skills and caring for patients with sincerity and love, they also diligently learn the Dharma by listening to Dharma talks like others every day.

They take the Dharma to heart and use it to benefit others. This is how they conduct inner and outer cultivation. They are truly great doctors who not only treat illnesses but also heal people’s hearts.

Besides saving people’s lives, they also cure patients’ illnesses and safeguard their hearts. They humble themselves and reach out to patients in their homes to care for them.

They serve willingly and with joy, and they have used their time and skills to provide medical care to all the patients they can. This is indeed very touching. I cannot praise them enough.

Doctors and patients are grateful toward one another. Medical personnel make vows, take action to help patients, and serve willingly and with joy. There is so much I want to say about our medical mission.

In Tzu Chi hospitals, every superintendent, doctor, and nurse who wears the white robe serves as a pure stream for the medical field and sets an example for their field. This is truly very touching.
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