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 20170702開慈濟門廣度眾 Opening the Door of Tzu Chi to Deliver All Living Beings

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發表主題: 20170702開慈濟門廣度眾 Opening the Door of Tzu Chi to Deliver All Living Beings   周六 7月 22, 2017 6:04 am

20170702開慈濟門廣度眾 Opening the Door of Tzu Chi to Deliver All Living Beings

Seeing and hearing sharing’s of volunteers in Taoyuan, they are truly diligent. They do a wonderful job of caring for their fellow volunteers. They are truly role models.  

It’s the same with promoting Tzu Chi’s spirit and values and holding community classes. It’s been 52 years since Tzu Chi was founded. Actually, Tzu Chi Taoyuan started quite early. Our (first) commissioner in Taoyaun, Ms. Yang Jinxue, was very young when she joined Tzu Chi. She brought Tzu Chi’s spirit and values to Taoyuan and started our mission here.

Senior Tzu Chi volunteers here understand me well and want to pass down Tzu Chi’s spirit and values, so they inspire younger generations to join Tzu Chi and carry on our work; we see volunteers across ages. Especially in recent years, when they unite their hearts together, we can see the Dharma in the activities the held.

Volunteers here don’t just pray to the Buddha or volunteers with Tzu Chi, besides that, they put the Dharma into practice and walk the Bodhisattva Path. We have achieved this. I hope more people can join in. That’s why holding community classes are important. The things we do should truly benefit society.

We give of ourselves with selfless Great Love. We truly need to do this. We need to engage with society, whether it’s through our community classes, education programs, or our charitable work, etc. In carrying out Tzu Chi’s four missions and eight footprints, we must hold on to our principles without causing troubles to others.(This is our obligation.)So, I am truly grateful that we have achieved this.

In education, we heard school principals share they understand that our teaching materials on Jing Si Aphorisms have helped the children. We can rest assured that our teaching materials are not written in a religious tone. All we want to do is to purity people’s hearts.

I think character building education or life skill education has a tremendous influence on children. Especially at the end of each lesson, there are worksheets and feedback sheets to help students reflect on their behavior. I think it’s a well-rounded curriculum, much more than just a few lessons.

Our students’ demeanor and conduct have improved. The parents are also happy to see this change in their children. After one year, we received positive feedbacks, so more than 20 classes have signed up.

The game tells us unity is strength!

I think it’s wonderful because this game have the students solve problems together. I see students encourage one another and come up with solutions when facing problems.

Education is like nurturing saplings. When the kids are young, we should instill in them code of conduct. It’s more important than the knowledge they learn from the textbooks.

The principals are really sensible. We have held good community classes and have also held Jing Si Aphorisms classes in local schools. Volunteers in Tzu Chi Teachers’ Association and TIMA also perform their function well. In the Taoyuan region, I see that volunteers are very mindful is serving the community. We carry out Tzu Chi’s missions solidly in the community.

Thus, I hope all volunteers can keep on doing the right thing. We need to work hard to spread the power of love (regardless of criticisms.) Through the internet, we could see that (there is a lot of false information.)With untrue rumors circulating around, this leads to people’s ignorance. So, we shouldn’t be affected by this to obstruct ourselves.

If we are affected, it stops us from doing what we do. This is caused by our own ignorance not by the criticisms from others. Criticisms are not that devastating. We should have the wisdom to remain unaffected. (If we know we’re doing the right thing,) even when we hear criticisms, we will be very clear on what is right.

I often say that withdraw comes from not being clear on what we’ve been doing. That’s why I say we must review Tzu Chi’s history and understand our values and spirit. As Tzu Chi volunteers, we need to know what Tzu Chi is doing and be updated with the most current work. We need to do this.

If we know Tzu Chi’s history, values, and spirit combined with Tzu Chi’s latest work, we will not be affected by any kind of criticism. So, it comes down to whether we are diligent in learning about Tzu Chi.

The other day, a group of borough chiefs (visited me.) Tzu Chi volunteers in their communities have been providing vegetarian food to residents. They invited the borough chiefs and local residents to enjoy the food. The program has been going on for some times. The borough chiefs then came to understand more about Tzu Chi. They visited me to share their experience.

They visited me to share their experience. One of them said, “I have been trying to join Tzu Chi for 20-some years but I don’t know how.”  I told the volunteers, “You didn’t provide ways for those who wish to join.” This means we are too timid to open up for others to join. So, we should always welcome people to join Tzu Chi and inspire them.

If you act like you’ve been doing a good job but you haven’t inspire anybody, you have not fulfilled the role on the Bodhisattva Path because to walk the Path is to inspire others. We have to truly inspire people to join us. For donation members, we should inspire them to become commissioners so they can also walk the Bodhisattva Path.

We have to inspire people to walk the Bodhisattva Path. If people only donate money…I always say that what we want is not donation but their love and their dedication to serve others. If not, it will be hard for them make aspiration. We need to get people involved. So, our strength comes from everyone’s love.

What does it mean to purity people’s hearts? We have to first let people in so that we can purity their hearts and for them to give of themselves. Senior volunteers in their local communities should encourage their fellow volunteers to invite their donating members to become commissioners. After that, they can take up more responsibilities. This is how we deliver living beings. Do you understand? (Yes) This is the fundamental steps to purify people’s hearts.

I hope all the volunteers can shoulder the responsibility of guiding all living beings, showing them the Bodhisattva Path, and leading them on to this path. I believe you all understand this.

I am most happy to hear that you listen to my morning Dharma talks. But, in order to do so, you need to get up very early. So you must follow a routine. Don’t go to bed to late, understand? (Yes.) Thank you all. As we practice the true Dharma, we also need to follow a routine. Thank you.
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