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 20170703典範傳承人間渡 Being a Role Model to Inspire People

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發表主題: 20170703典範傳承人間渡 Being a Role Model to Inspire People    周日 7月 09, 2017 12:49 pm

20170703典範傳承人間渡 Being a Role Model to Inspire People

93-year-old volunteer Bo-Chen Wei,” My name is Bo-Chen Wei, and I’m 93 years old. I’ve benn doing recycling for 18 years.”

Master, “That’s impressive.”

84-year-old volunteer Bao-Fong Kao, “I’ve done recycling for more than 10 years. All I can do is sorting, rinsing, and washing plastic bags. From morning to evening, that’s the only thing I do.”

Master, “The amount of plastic bags is enough to keep you busy.”

84-year-old volunteer Bao-Fong Kao, “I’m not good at doing other things, but I’m good at sorting plastic bags. A whole bunch of senior volunteers like us are having a great time working together. Everyone looks after me. I don’t know what else to say.”

Master, “Look, you’re all doing a lot and made this trip to see me. Keep healthy, as there are still many things you can do. Do you enjoy doing recycling? Yes, we do. Thank you, Master. I give you my blessings.

91-year-old volunteer Zhao Zhi Lee, “I joined Tzu Chi because I was encouraged by volunteers Jinxue, Aizu, and others. They told me to join them. I said, “I don’t know what to do.”

She said, “By donating NT$50 or NT$100, you can help someone else. Then she gave me a donation registry. When I was recruiting donating members, When I was recruiting donating members, I said, “Would you join Tzu Chi?”, they agreed and signed up with me.

I’m grateful. I’m happy doing Tzu Chi. Thank you, Master.”

Master, “How’s your health?”

91-year-old volunteer Zhao Zhi Lee, “Though I’m old, I’m still in good health. I’m 91 years old. While you’re busy, years pass by very quickly.”

Master, “Keep healthy and happy.”

91-year-old volunteer Zhao Zhi Lee, “As Master has told us, being able to work is a blessing, because it means we’re still healthy.”

Some of our senior volunteers share with me how they give of themselves with love. I’m very touched. I’m touched by their dedication and commitment to spiritual cultivation for decades.

Despite their old age, they still remain firm to their aspiration. Even though we’re all getting on in years, it does not affect our strength and we are very useful.

The elderly don’t cause problems for society. In our old age, we can truly give of ourselves with Great Love to serve people and the environment. Therefore, never give in to our age.

We can acknowledge our age, but don’t give in to old age. Being old, we still have dignity. We have rich experience because we’ve done a lot. From now on, we should work to nurture our wisdom-life and give of ourselves for the environment and do our part to better the world.

In Taiwan, recycling is something we should do all the time. In addition to taking care of the environment, we also need to take care of our health and mind by promoting vegetarianism.

See how one volunteer inspires more than 2,000 people to partake in the Ethical Eating Day. If each one of these 2,000 people invites one person to join there will be 4,000 or even 5,000 people.

If people agree with the concept of this activity, have consensus, and take collective action to promote vegetarianism, soon our goal will be achieved. If we don’t encourage others to spread this concept it will be difficult to spread the words quickly.

I’m also very touched by our volunteers who promote Tzu Chi’s spirit at a construction site. Over one thousand volunteer shifts took turns to provide vegetarian lunch at the site, and over 90% of the construction workers stay for lunch.

This showed the mindful efforts of our culinary volunteers. With Tzu Chi’s spirit and doing recycling at the site, we can imagine the site to be very clean, with no fruit peels or kitchen scraps. The construction site must be quite clean.

This is Tzu Chi’s spirit at the construction site, with promoting vegetarianism and recycling. The workers enjoy the meal and some even take vegetarian food home to share with their family.

This is very successful. To do this, we mobilize many volunteers, who take turns daily giving of themselves selflessly. They devote their time and energy going to the construction site every day.

Their spirit of love is truly admirable. This year, volunteers in Taoyuan hosted a training camp for documenting volunteers. Experienced documenting volunteers shared with camp attendees their experience in documenting Tzu Chi events.

Their role is very important for they bear witness to our times, document events, and record Tzu Chi’s history. Take Ecuador for example. Even though it is far away, there are documentations of our cash-for-relief programs for last year’s earthquake and this year’s flood.

The time, location, people, and events were recorded in a timely manner by our documenting volunteers. It became a part of our history and bore witness to our times. They are archives for future generations.

We see the affectees of last year’s earthquake have become volunteers to do good deeds this year. By recording the people, events, time, and location, these records became part of Tzu Chi history, our sutra treasury.

The footage and articles are all dated, and they are all real. For documenting volunteers, they experience the event and record what they saw, what they heard, and what volunteers did.

This year, overseas documenting volunteers came to Taiwan for the training camp. We shared our experiences with them, so that they can take them back to their countries, inspire more people to join Tzu Chi, and give of themselves with love. For this, I am truly grateful. Everyone, we have made great vows.

Everyone, we have made great vows to help all living beings with sincerity. Now, we need to recruit more volunteers. We hope that everyone can be a living bodhisattva and everyone’s heart can be purified.

We need to take care of our environment, and take care of our hearts and be spiritually healthy. Promoting vegetarianism and protecting the environment go hand in hand. Both are what we need to promote.

As I have mentioned, don’t give in to old age. We can acknowledge our age, but we should keep our body healthy. Although ageing is part of nature, we should be at peace with it and do what we can do in the time given to us.

The good deeds that we do are ours. We give of our time and efforts to grow in wisdom-life. We should  strive to give more  at each given time. We need to cherish

We need to cherish and take good care of our body and mind. In my visit this, time, I am impressed by how the volunteers in Taoyuan. We must carry on like this. Do you understand?

Good, I cannot express all my gratitude. I will remember what the volunteers have shared with me here. I will also share your stories on my trip. There are many role models here that are worth sharing with volunteers in Taiwan and other countries.

You are role models, so carry on the exemplary work. Can you do this? Yes. Good. You are already doing good work, but we can always strive to do better because as living bodhisattvas, we cultivate ourselves by serving people.
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