Venerable Master Cheng Yen was born in a small town called Ching-shui in central Taiwan in 1937. When she was twenty-three years old, she left home to become a Buddhist nun.
Master Cheng Yen has always led a simple and virtuous life. In her frugality, she made candles and bean powder to maintain a living. In 1966, she established the Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, and for thirty-five years this organization has concentrated its activities in the areas of charity, medicine, education, culture, international relief and bone marrow donation.
In 1991, Master Cheng Yen received the Philippine Magsaysay Award, the “Asian Nobel Prize.” Living a simple life with only the basic necessities, she has actively pursued her work of helping the poor and educating the rich.
“Legend has it that the Goddess of Mercy has a thousand eyes watching over those in need of help and a thousand hands reaching out with love and mercy. We will become her watchful eyes as well as useful hands....”
Table of Contents
Part One: The Pure Abode of Still Thoughts
Part Two: Wisdom of the Master
Part Three: Memory of a Mother
Part Four: Gong of Love
Still Thoughts Publications, 2002
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