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 20171004開拓生命大意義Living a Life of Depth and Breadth Through Giving

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發表主題: 20171004開拓生命大意義Living a Life of Depth and Breadth Through Giving    周五 10月 20, 2017 6:38 am

20171004開拓生命大意義Living a Life of Depth and Breadth Through Giving

Because of scoliosis, I have difficulty breathing. This is especially the case when I walk home. It’s also hard for me to roll over when in bed, and I often feel pain in my back.

This young lady has suffered from severe scoliosis of unknown cause since childhood, but she couldn’t receive treatment.

Have you ever sought treatment or help from a doctor? No. why? Because of my grandma could not afford it.

She said that she hadn’t sought medical treatment because she knew they couldn’t afford it. She’d come to terms with her illness and harbored little hope for recovery. Yet, affinities are inconceivable. About four years ago, a strong quake hit Bohol. Our volunteers in the Philippines have been caring for those affected after the relief work. For the past three years or so, we’ve brought patients with rare diseases to Taiwan for better treatment. This young lady is one of them. Our volunteer Joseph Co., who’s an entrepreneur accompanied her to Taiwan. Her cardiovascular function had been affected, so she had to receive surgery.

First, we will perform osteotomy on the most rigid parts. This is not ot remove some spine bones entirely. Rather, we’ll cut off parts of the bones from the back of the spine to make the spine more flexible for partial spinal alignment.

Yesterday, Supt. Chao and she met with me at the Abode. She can now stand upright. She was very happy yesterday. She is really a pretty, brave young lady, and she is also very optimistic. Although her family is financially pressed, she is very resilient. My heart truly goes to her. Thanks to the surgery, her condition has improved, bringing hope to her life. I hope that she can recover well as she still has to undergo surgery in the future.

Regardless of medical costs, our medical staffs take care of her like their own family. I often say that we need to care for people who are not related to us and feel others’ pain as our very own. Our medical staffs have realized this spirit, and they give of themselves with gratitude without expecting anything in return. Doctors, nurses, and staff members from several departments of our hospital have joined forces to take care of her with gratitude in their hearts.

They’ve also learned a lot from her medical case so they feel grateful asking for nothing in return. What they did has truly brought breadth and depth to their lives. They respect patients as their teachers and care for them as their own families.

Today is the Moon Festival. Around this time every year, members of TIMA Tzu Chi International Med. Assn. come to Hualien for the annual TIMA event. Their hearts are truly as clear as the full moon. This year, there are TIMA members coming from 20 countries and regions. In their countries of residence they give of themselves with love to safeguard people’s health and offer free clinics even in remote areas.

Forty-five years ago in 1972, Tzu Chi began to provide free medical service. In the very beginning, we offered free clinics twice a week at a site on Ranai Street, Hualien. Later, we also held free medical outreaches in remote areas. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of TIMA in the Philippines. Thanks to our TIMA members in the Philippines more than 400,000 people there have received medical treatments.

It’s in the Philippines that our TIMA originated. Dr. Leh, Dr. Qua, Dr. Say, and Dr, Sy were among the volunteer doctors when we launched free clinics in the Philippines. Back then, when they visited Taiwan, it happened to be the Moon Festival. So, this is how the gathering of volunteer doctors with me at this time of the year started. There are many stories to share.

In the Philippines alone, over 400,000 people have been relieved of illnesses. And there are far more TIMA members saving and protecting lives around the world. Our volunteer doctors give of themselves with love to safeguard people’s health, living out their great value in life. In addition to doctors, TIMA members also include nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians, medical administrators, etc. I cannot express my gratitude to them enough.

TIMA members in Taiwan also help clean teeth for PVS patients on a regular basis. To clean teeth for PVS patients involves many medical professionals and special equipment. It’s truly hard work, and I’m really grateful to them. We also see our mission of charity unfolding in Mexico like miracle.

Through a video conference yesterday, Tani and Lily took refuge in me. Both of them said when they learned about Tzu Chi they realized that Tzu Chi’s values are exactly all they wish to uphold and practice. We’ve turned a new page in our charity mission with volunteers serving in Mexico.

Recently, I have often mentioned that the Buddha pointed out a right path with his teachings. Yet, we need to walk the path ourselves. The breadth and depth of our lives is in our hands and depends on how each one of us paves and walks on their own path in life.
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