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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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Love is not bound by distance; compassion is free from aversion and passion.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Fear not the challenges on our path of spiritual cultivation, for they wear away our defilements to let our Buddha nature shine through.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

The true joy derived from the Buddha's teaching comes after putting them into practice.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

One cannot grasp the true meaning of joy without suffering. What's important is knowing how to transform suffering into joy.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Kindness helps to provide peace and happiness. Compassion serves to relieve suffering and benefit all living beings.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

A compassionate heart should be as wide as the sky and as bright as the sun and moon.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Buddhism teaches giving without expecting anything in return; achieving spiritual freedom is the highest state of Buddhism.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Compassion is inspired from within; blessing is created through action.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

A compassionate heart is a Buddha heart serving all humankind with love and perseverance is walking on the path of Bodhisattva.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Those who feel superior or inferior to others create an obstacle for themselves. They must remove this obstacle to achieve spiritual freedom.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

As a student of Buddhism, one needs to learn to understand principles, seize every moment in life, and act on one's belief.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Kindness and compassion are our guiding principles, to be propagated with the spirit of joy and selfless giving.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Realize the impermanence in life when times are good; accept our karma when times are bad.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Always keep gratitude in mind and greed shall give way to compassion.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Enlightenment is understanding what life is and what one should do.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Conquering ignorance is superior to conquering a hundred peaks.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation Founder

Realize and apply the Buddha's teaching in our daily life, for it is through interacting with the world that we cultivate ourselves spiritually.

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