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Tzu Chi’s Eight Footprints

Tzu Chi volunteers selflessly contribute through a mindset of gratitude, expressing their sincerest care and support to each and every individual in need.

The shared goal of Tzu Chi volunteers is to cultivate sincerity, integrity, faith, and honesty within while exercising kindness, compassion, joy, and selflessness to humanity through concrete actions. Transcending the bounds of race, nationality, language, and religion, they serve the world under the notion that “when others are hurting, we feel their pain; when others suffer, we feel their sorrow”. Not only do the volunteers endeavor to promote the universal value of “Great Love,” they also fully employ the humanitarian spirit of Chinese culture to its utmost.

Tzu Chi Foundation’s “Four Major Missions” consist of Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanity. Adding the efforts in Bone Marrow Donation, Environmental Protection, Community Volunteerism, and International Relief, the undertakings are now collectively known as “Tzu Chi’s Eight Footprints”.

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“There is great strength when everyone does good deeds. There is good fortune when everyone creates blessings.” ~Dharma Master Cheng Yen

About Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines

In 1991, founder of Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation, Master Cheng Yen received The Magsaysay Community Leadership Award from the Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. This is the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Asia. Along with the award came a prize money of US $30,000 (worth approximately Php 825,000 then) which the Master distributed to two beneficiaries - the victims of the China flooding and of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. The award paved way to the exposure of the Master’s compassion to the Chinese community in the Philippines.

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We must purify our own hearts in order to attract auspiciousness.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Kind words are like pure lotus flowers. Mean words are like poisonous snakes.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Contemplate the real significance of life with wisdom.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Arrange the time in life with perseverance.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Walk the right path in life with the power of faith.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Overcome the difficulties in life with courage.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Lead the fate in life with the power of will.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Impermanence of life is unstoppable; whether we get to see tomorrow.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Time is also unstoppable; with every minute and second flowing rapidly away.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

In order to have a standing in society, one must be able to win the trust of others; if we can be devout in our belief, be honest and careful with our words, then we can establish our own character.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Through transformation of afflictions into wisdom, then such an affliction in worthy for concern.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Eliminate greediness with simplicity, so our soul could attain boundless peace and liberation.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Love is an effective prescription.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Apply love to purify filthy environments and brighten the dark and gloomy human mind.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Cultivate our temper to eliminate negative karma.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Form a good affinity with pure thoughts and broad-heartedness.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Live our days well with an understanding and open mind.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

The first step towards enlightenment begins with the first vow we take to help all living beings.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

The act of repentance is tantamount to the purification of the heart, like clear stream flowing over the heart, cleansing away it defilements.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Always observe propriety at heart and evil shall find no breeding ground within one's Buddha nature.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Only by opening one's heart can one give with great compassion and gain true wisdom and virtue.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Realize the Buddha's teaching through daily life experience. Realize worldly dharma through human interactions.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

To be a real life Bodhisattva, one must first undergo spiritual self-cultivation.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

The Buddha's teachings are not only to be studied but realized through actual practice and compassionate acts of giving

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Loving others and loving oneself is to have a Buddha heart or a Bodhisattva heart.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Ordinary people are governed by their karma, while the enlightened ones dictate their own life.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Instead of asking for blessing from the Bodhisattva, we should search within our own heart.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen , Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Be grateful and compassionate at all times. Enlightened compassion is selfless love.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Live with Buddha in one's heart, Dharma in one's action, Zen in one's Dharma.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Great love manifest itself through practicing great compassion; wisdom manifest itself through transcending worries.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Kindness and compassion bear neither regret nor complaint; joy and equanimity are free of want and worry.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Gratitude is wisdom; giving is compassion.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder

Vegetarianism cultivates perseverance, compassion and wisdom.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Founder