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 20170809敬天愛地聚福緣Doing Good to Sow Blessings for the World

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發表主題: 20170809敬天愛地聚福緣Doing Good to Sow Blessings for the World   周四 9月 28, 2017 11:17 pm

20170809敬天愛地聚福緣Doing Good to Sow Blessings for the World

Life is indeed impermanent, and disasters may come about at any time. At 21:19 yesterday, Taiwan time, a magnitude seven earthquake hit Jiuzhaigou County of Sichuan Province, China. Many aftershocks have been reported, and in the following days, strong aftershocks are still likely to strike.

Locals are advised to remain alert. Indeed, faced with more and more natural disasters, we need to heighten our vigilance, and we also need to live with sincere piety (to quell disasters. )

Also in Sichuan, a landslide in Liangshan Prefecture has brought great damage. Nowadays, many disasters result from erratic weather patterns, and climate change is caused by pollution and the over-depletion of natural resources. We really need to be highly vigilant of this and be sincerely pious in protecting the Earth.

We see Mr. and Mrs. Lee, our senior volunteers. They're truly practicing the spirit of Tzu Chi volunteers by holding on to the aspiration of protecting the Earth through recycling. Natural resources on Earth are being over-depleted. Every one of us needs to cherish natural resources to show reverence to Mother Nature. We really need to save on what we have and count our blessings. It is also very important that we sow more blessings.

We live together on Earth, so instead of only a few people, everyone is responsible for protecting the Earth. Tzu Chi volunteers around the world are all working hard to promote recycling and energy conservation.

Indeed, living together on Earth, we all share the responsibility of protecting the Earth. We rely very much on the Earth and its natural resources to sustain our lives. How can we not care for the Earth and cherish its natural resources? I often say that we should revere Mother Nature and sow blessings by forming good affinities with people. By going amongst crowds, we can inspire people to do good and sow blessing with us.

We also see that our volunteers held a tea gathering for everyone to have an opportunity to get together and share the joy of reaching out to those in need. Indeed, one does not need to be rich to go to people's aid, as every little bit of our efforts can accumulate considerably to relieve suffering.

We also see a deadly outbreak of swine flu in Myanmar. In the next few days, our doctors may go there to provide guidance on strict quarantine and how to prevent the disease from spreading, which is an urgent issue to be addressed. Medical supplies, especially facial masks, are in great demand. Our volunteers in Malaysia have mobilized to offer supplies there.

Since we conducted relief work in Myanmar in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008, our volunteers have been offering care and aid there. Now, Tzu Chi's spirit has taken root there, and many locals have been inspired to join our rank. So, whenever there's a disaster, local volunteers can mobilize to help. They work together to better help those in need.

"Working together to do Tzu Chi's work  brings us great joy. Although we live in different regions, we contact one another before an event. We're still learning from volunteers in Yagon. I'm grateful for their help and support. "

"We're eager to learn Chinese because only if we can understand Chinese can we understand Master's Dharma talks more precisely. Also, while learning Chinese together, we become closer to one another. "

They are eager to learn Chinese, and they study very hard. Besides, a local Dharma master is also learning Chinese there.

"I like Master's Jing Si Aphorisms very much. They are all very inspiring. So, I never miss a class. I'd like to share with my students what I've learned here so that they can etter understand  Tzu Chi's spirit. "

The Dharma master set up a school in a remote village where there were originally no schools. However, there are more students than the classrooms can accommodate. So, our volunteers went there to offer aid.

"Such poor living conditions are rare in Malaysia. Their live are very difficult. " "I'm truly grateful for Tzu Chi's help in building classrooms for us. What sets Tzu Chi apart from other charities is that Tzu Chi volunteers offer aid to those in need in person. "

The Dharma master was impressed with the practice of saving rice to help the needy when he attended our Year-End Blessings Ceremony. So, when he went back, he started promoting the story behind the practice among the villagers.

" I took the rice bank home and told my mom that before preparing a meal, we could save a handful of rice to do good. My mom agreed, so we started saving rice. "

"Tzu Chi helps us in our time of need. Now there are people in need in other places. Although we can't offer aid in person, we hope to donate rice for Tzu Chi volunteers to reach out to more people in need. "

This is truly very touching. This is how we can give with love to help the needy. It isn't necessary to be rich to do good. The impoverished can also give with love. By saving coins and rice, they can do great good.

"In the beginning, I was hesitant to promote the practice of saving rice. I didn't know how to introduce it to villagers. So, I started with my neighbors. To my surprise, they're all interested and they're willing to join in the practice. "
"I think it's great to save rice. It can help those in need. I'll continue to do it. I'll fill up my rice bank every month. "

It is inconceivable how great the help can be as long as everyone gives with love. So, we mustn't think lightly of the power of everyone giving a little. We shouldn't think that a single person's improper acts won't affect the Earth. To curb climate change and bring peace to the Earth, we need each and every one working together. If we all ignore the effects of our actions, the Earth will be left in an even worse condition.

I all, I hope that everyone can give with love, sow blessings, and protect the Earth.
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