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 20170602宏觀天下造福田Creating Blessings to Help Others and Protect the Earth

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發表主題: 20170602宏觀天下造福田Creating Blessings to Help Others and Protect the Earth   周一 6月 26, 2017 9:29 pm

20170602宏觀天下造福田Creating Blessings to Help Others and Protect the Earth

We need to be grateful every day for the peaceful and safe life we have now, and we also need to count our blessings and create blessings because there is much suffering in the world.

We see that there is severe flooding in Sri Lanka and many charity organization including Tzu Chi, are providing disaster relief. Several days ago, Tzu Chi volunteers started providing hot meals to flood affectees. Volunteers have gone to the disaster areas to survey the disaster situation. TIMA doctors also provided medical care. This is what Tzu Chi is doing in Sri Lanka.

To help others with the power of love, those of us living a peaceful and safe life should cherish what we have and create blessings in daily life. Looking at what is happening in the world, we truly need to be vigilant and sincerely pious.

We see that in Beijing, sandstorms occur quit often, which makes the air hazy. Human activities are the reason that our environment is polluted. It not only occurs in Beijing, but around the world. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep our environment clean. Each one of us must make efforts to create a cheaper living environment so we can have fresher air to breathe and a safer place to live in.

Take Mr. Zhang a volunteer in Beijing as an example. He has dedicated himself to doing recycling every day. He is focused on doing recycling. He says that, “For the right thing, we should just do it.” It is wonderful to see someone take the lead and inspire others to do the right thing. We see that the volunteers have sorted and organized the recyclables very well.

These volunteers have taken the initiative in doing recycling and have inspired others to do so as well. Their efforts are truly praiseworthy. Environmental protection can’t be done by one single person. It takes everyone to start recycling and inspire others to join. Thus, it is very important that everyone is involved in environmental protection.

We can also see what Ms. Deng, a volunteer from Changsha of China, did after she saw that the environment around where she lived was very unclean.
“Before, the environment here was quite dirty. I struggled with this and I was even thinking about selling our house and moving away from here, but my husband didn’t agree.”

“Since I have to live here, I felt that I needed to change this area for the better. So I aspired to do recycling here. Besides, as a Tzu Chi volunteer, wherever I go, I can be a seed of goodness. I want to be a seed of goodness that sprouts and inspires other people to do good things”

“Since I have to live here, I felt that I needed to change this are for the better.” Ms. Deng made this vow, and practiced a teaching that I gave in her daily life.

Ms. Deng also said that she heard me tell a story of a little sparrow and she used this story as her aspiration. She said, “In the story, there was a forest fire. No one came to put out the fire, so the little sparrow used its feathers to soak up water from the lake, then it flew back to the forest and sprinkled droplets of water on the fire. It repeated this process many times tirelessly.”

Ms. Deng said that she made a vow to be like the little sparrow. I’m very touched to hear that she made a vow like this. She has inspired people in the local community to recycle and keep the environment clean. Not only have many households joined in the recycling work, but they also organized their recyclables at home first before taking it to the recycling place.

“The Earth is gradually being destroyed. Therefore, we should do what we can to protect the Earth.

For the past two to three years, about half of the households in our community are actively participating in the recycling effort. I feel the relationship among the people in our community has become closer”

I can see they are very mindful in doing recycling work. At the same time, they also promote vegetarianism. They purify their bodies and minds as well as the world, and they also teach children about recycling and have them participate in recycling work.

Thus, aside from education in schools, there are many opportunities to educate children in daily life. Everyone should understand the importance of keeping the environment clean. If every community has a person that inspires others to do recycling, there will be less pollution in the world.

Environmental protection is a global issue that all humans have to deal with. Each of us should take on this responsibility and inspire one another to take action to protect the environment. Education is very important. Education has to be carried out with a pure mind and the ideals of sincerity, integrity, good faith and honesty to truly educate and transform living beings.

It is reported that, in Taiwan, the average age of drug users is getting younger and that drugs have entered schools. More than a decade ago, Tzu Chi had been aware of the drug problem. Thus, besides being more vigilant, Tzu Chi volunteers have provided spiritual support in prisons.

Because of this, some inmates have successfully quit drugs and regained their physical and mental health. Although it was hard to quit drugs, with the help of the Dharma and the support of Tzu Chi volunteers, they have made it despite the difficulties.


Now that they have a job, they have visited prisons to share their experiences and help addicts quit drugs. In helping the inmates, volunteers have planted wholesome seeds in their hearts.

Precepts, samadhi and wisdom are seeds of enlightenment that have been planted in people’s minds. All we need to do is mindfully nurture them. When afflictions and ignorance arise in the mind, one should eliminate them diligently.
For example, Tzu Chi volunteers are accompanying inmates in prisons and supporting them with love and goodness.

If any afflictions or ignorance arises in the minds of inmates, volunteers will provide them guidance to eliminate their ignorance and afflictions and nurture love and goodness in their minds. Over time, with volunteers’ guidance, the inmates manifest a religious spirit when presenting sutra adaptation presentation on stage. Look at how they all moved in sync.

Even though their hands and arms have tattoos that cannot be removed, their hearts have been purified. If they did not take the Dharma to heart, they would not be able to present the sutra adaptation presentation in such an orderly manner.

Seeing their presentation made me feel very grateful. Tzu Chi volunteers are selfless, and they have made pious vows to help all living beings with great sincerity.
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