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 20170726教菩薩法互薰習Embracing All with Great Loving-kindness

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發表主題: 20170726教菩薩法互薰習Embracing All with Great Loving-kindness    周日 8月 20, 2017 6:21 am

20170726教菩薩法互薰習Embracing All with Great Loving-kindness

Starting from March this year, our overseas volunteers from around the world had come in to Taiwan for various training camps. Many of them took part in the camps in Hualien. In June, I embarked on my tour around Taiwan. During the tour, I saw some of our overseas volunteers from 28 countries and regions share their experiences as team leaders.

With our overseas volunteers coming to Taiwan from different countries and regions at different times a great number of volunteers in Taiwan mobilized to plan and organize the reception and relevant events for thousands of overseas volunteers coming to Taiwan this time. Our volunteers in Taiwan truly went all out to receive our volunteers from abroad.

Their dedication is indeed admirable. When the Buddha was expounding his teachings, bodhisattvas from other worlds also came to the Saha world to listen to his teachings, wishing to practice the Dharma to benefit all living beings.

Likewise, our overseas volunteers came from various countries and regions in great numbers to learn about Tzu Chi’s spirit and missions so as to move forward for our shared goals. Seeing our volunteers from around the world gathering together, I’m truly very touched.

This time, the overseas volunteers at our Jing Si Hall in Sanchong were all from Malaysia, proving that many people in Malaysia have been inspired to give with love. At our Jing Si Hall in Banqiao, on the other hand, were volunteers from over 20 countries and regions. All the events were attended by many. I’m grateful to our volunteers in Taiwan.

Every day, the programs they organized were very well-planned. Also, we had volunteers from Ecuador, Bosnia, and Serbia. They attended the camps for the first time.

We also see our volunteer, Ji Duo. He went to Ecuador many times for relief work. In the aftermath of last year’s earthquake and this year’s flooding, he, and another volunteer, Ji Jue, as well as our volunteers in the U.S. went to Ecuador to offer aid and launched a cash-for-work program for post-disaster reconstruction. This time, Ji Duo accompanied local volunteers in Ecuador to come to Taiwan.

At a training camp in Taipei, Ji Duo gave sharings with great joy. Out of familiarity, he has close interactions with our volunteers from Ecuador. To help them better understand Tzu Chi’s spirit so as to inspire more locals to join Tzu Chi he accompanied them when they shared with me their work as a show of support.

I always encourage all Tzu Chi members to receive regular health checkups. This time, he had a checkup and was found to have cardiovascular disease. This was really inconceivable. We wondered why he didn’t notice anything wrong. It turned out that he already knew his health problem eight years ago, but he hid it from those around him, even his family.

Regardless of the illness, he was so brave and dedicated to carrying out international relief. The relief work was full of challenge and difficulties, and he often had to travel a long distance, but he chose to keep his illness a secret. So, I insisted that he receive surgery when he came back this time. I’ve been very worried about him. Thanks to the joint efforts of our doctors, he is recovering to the point that he can sing a Tzu Chi song. It is truly a relief to me. I hope that he can fully recover soon.

Also, Jilin Province, China, was struck by floods. Over 200 Tzu Chi volunteers from different districts went to Jilin to bring aid and care to those affected. They’ve truly cared for people who are not related to them and felt others’ pain as their very own.

Though our volunteers don’t know those affected personally, and they often have to travel a long distance to offer aid, they are willing to relieve those affected from suffering, and get their lives back on track. Such is a great compassion--- feeling others’ pain as our very own. With great compassion, our hearts ache when we see others in pain. The Buddha teaches us to have great compassion.

We should have a broad heart that can embrace the entire universe, and reach out to those who are not related to us by giving of ourselves with love. And most importantly, we should first bring peace to the minds of those affected so that they can face the hardship brought by disasters with optimism and hope.

To relieve suffering, we need more people who are willing to give and inspire people to give, we should first give of ourselves with love. And I hope that people all over the world can all share this same aspiration.

We also see this day in history. On July 26, 2010, a minor planet was officially named “Tzu Chi.” The minor planet was discovered by the observatory of National Central University in Taiwan. To appreciate Tzu Chi for its long-term work to benefit mankind and the world, scholars who discovered the minor planet hoped to name it Tzu Chi. It wasn’t until 2010 that this minor planet was officially named.

For the past 50 years, Tzu Chi has reached out to countless people without showing off its achievements. Yet, these achievements are self-evident so the scholars hoped to name the minor planet after our foundation. As the minor planet will continue to rotate so will Tzu Chi carry on with its missions.

In all, I’m grateful to the academia for recognizing Tzu Chi’s contributions and making today a memorable day in Tzu Chi’s history.
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