Jing Si Aphorisms Book
When I went to Hsinchu, Taiwan last 2008 to attend a conference, I had the opportunity to meet then Hsinchu’s Mayor Lin Cheng-tse, who gave us an inspiring book called “Jing Si Aphorisms” as souvenir.
“Jing Si Aphorisms” or “Still Thoughts” by author Master Cheng Yen is a collection of her thoughts on Buddhist teachings and life lessons. Master Cheng Yen is a Buddhist nun who has always led a simple and virtuous life. Living a simple life with only the basic necessities, she has actively pursued her work of helping the poor and educating the rich.
Quoting some information found in the book:
“In 1966, Master Cheng Yen founded the Tzu Chi Merits Society in Hualien with thirty followers, mostly housewives, who put aside fifty cents a day of their grocery money to establish a charity fund. Their objective was to provide relief and assistance to the poor.
During the first five years, they helped a total of 31 elders and sickly poor people from fifteen families. As word got around, more people participated and the program gathered strength. It spread beyond Hualien to other parts of Taiwan, including nearby islands.”
Master Cheng Yen received the Philippine Magsaysay Award, the Asian Nobel Prize, in 1991, for her work on charity, medicine, education, culture, international relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism and environmental protection.
I may not be a Buddhist but I find Master Cheng Yen’s words undeniably thought provoking. It transcends religion as it teaches about life, love and goodness to which everyone can relate. The book, in fact, contains her quotations translated in English, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.
Master Cheng Yen Quotes
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