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 20170915人間菩提:傳愛扎根遍非洲SpreadingLoveAcrossAfrica

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發表主題: 20170915人間菩提:傳愛扎根遍非洲SpreadingLoveAcrossAfrica   周五 10月 06, 2017 2:13 pm

20170915人間菩提:傳愛扎根遍非洲SpreadingLoveAcrossAfrica

Thefootage we see is volunteers in Africa. I truly feel for them. They have been my disciples for over twenty years. Over twenty years ago, they walked on uneven roads to carry out Tzu Chi’s work. Even though their physique made it hard for them to walk. But, when there’s a will, there’s a way. They still made it up the hills.

Back then, when they came down, they took a cardboard and sled down the hill. But now, their body cannot do this anymore. Their knees are deteriorating.

“One time, we were going to visit a care recipient. There were only a few steps. As we were walking down, the grandma looked at me, a bit embarrassed. She said, “Sister Yachi, my knees have gotten old, I cannot walk these few, short steps.”

Look how hard they’ve worked and how much distance they have traveled. From South Africa, they travelled in four directions to spread Tzu Chi’s missions.

“We have an international volunteer team formed by local grandmother volunteers. These are the footprints they have made so far. They went 800 km north, to Swaziland and 1000km northwest, to Botswana. Southbound, 1000 km along the coast, they went to Eastern Cape. Next was the most recent trip westbound, more than 2000 km away, to Namibia. All these places have our grandmothers’ footprints.”

“From 2012 to the present, these grandmothers’ international footsteps have covered a total of nearly 150,000 km, which means that they have travelled Earth’s circumference 4 times.”

They travelled to many neighboring countries. They have been doing this for many years.

“Granny Ci Lei, who is over 80 years’ old, because of her poor health, has not been volunteering for a while. Now, finally she is taking the time to come out. I was so happy to see her. I said, “Granny, why haven’t you come for so long. I really missed you!” Granny calmly looked at me, and with a gentle smile, she said, “Yachi, don’t worry. If someday I’m not here anymore, it means I shall return on my vows again. I will again return to the Tzu Chi world and do Tzu Chi work with you again.”  

For the past twenty-some years, they have continued doing this, and are very close to my heart. Although they don’t speak Taiwanese and I don’t speak English or Zulu, through translations, they are able to take in my teachings.

Looking at them now, they have grown old. Their bodies are aging. This saddens me and I feel for them. But, what can they do?

With each passing day, their life diminishes, yet, their wisdom-life grows. This is something joyous. They tell others, “Don’t worry, I will return to the Tzu Chi world and do Tzu Chi work with everyone again.”

Look, she has so much faith and has established a correct faith. She encourages others as well as herself. How much has she travelled? It’s about four times the Earth’s circumference. This is how far they’ve travelled.

Everyone, far away from us, there is a group of volunteers in Africa. They don’t have money. Some are not in perfect health. Their living conditions are not good. They face many challenges in daily life and have to overcome many difficulties to reach out and inspire others.

In order to attend the weekly study group to learn the Dharma, one volunteer has to walk for four hours. She starts before the sun is up to get to the local Tzu Chi office. After the study group, she walked four hours to go home. She has blisters on her feet from the long walk.

Local volunteers cherish the Dharma and practice it in their daily life. They transform their life by using the Dharma. Think about it. For us who are already cultivating with determination, when compared to them, we are still lacking in many aspects. They put the Dharma they learned into action. I am also very happy to see that younger volunteers are taking up the responsibility.

Young volunteers are inspired and guided by the elder volunteers. Isn’t it very touching? I often think of them and find it hard to describe these disciples of mine. Seeing them grow old makes my heart ache, but I rejoice when I see them grow in wisdom.

I admire the volunteers who have inspired and guided the local volunteers, such as Mr. Michael Pan, Ms. Jennifer Chen, Mr. Wu, Mr. Huang, Mr. Zhang. There are many of them. They went there to do business and became Tzu Chi’s seeds of volunteers.

Together, they sow seeds of love, cultivate fields of blessings and turn deserts into oases. Volunteers in Africa truly carry out the Buddha’s teachings. It is hard to describe their work in words.

Look, there is hope. They cannot change their environment, which is their circumstantial retribution. But, they can change their mindset and their ways of life. See, isn’t Africa full of hope?

So, everyone, we should all emulate their spirit.
“My Master, please hold my hand so that I won’t get burn in the fire. If I leave this organization, who will preach to me.”
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