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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tzu Chi Still Thought Philosophy

The Tzu Chi Foundation (traditional Chinese: 慈濟基金會; simplified Chinese: 慈济基金会; pinyin: Cí Jì; Wade-Giles: Tz'u Chi) is one of the three largest Buddhist organizations in Taiwan (the others being Fo Guang Shan and Dharma Drum Mountain).
Whereas many Buddhist societies focus on personal enlightenment and meditation, Tzu Chi focuses on community service and outreach (especially medical, educational, and disaster relief).

Tzu Chi Still Thought

A person with a generous heart and compassion for all beings leads the most blessed life.

* As we put the front foot down, we lift the back foot up. We let yesterday go, and focus on today.

* To willingly undergo hardship for the sake of others is compassion.

* Transform greed into contentment, and contentment into compassion.

* One who is content is immensely broadhearted. Abroadhearted person will not be in dispute with others over any matter.

* Abide by your principles in everything you do. Never act purely to satisfy others. For rather than satisfying others, you may be in over your head.

* Realize you are blessed, and cherish these blessing. Then continue to cultivate more blessings.

* People who are preoccupied with past achievements cannot humble themselves.

* Giving vent to anger is temporary insanity.

* When doing any task, have the innocence of a child, the endurance of a camel, and the courage of a lion.

* The beauty of a group lies in the refinement of its individuals.

* Material objects are meant to be used. Yet people who lack wisdom become discontent and enslaved by material objects.

* One who is content finds great happiness even sleeping on the ground. One who is discontent will never find happiness even in heaven.

* In handling matters, let your mind influence your heart. In dealing with people, let your heart influence your mind.

* A refined disposition is naturally expressed in the way a person walks, lives, sits, and sleeps.

* If we can reduce our desires, there is nothing really worth getting upset about.

* We must carry out our tasks according to principles, and not let out principles be compromised by our tasks.

* We start to slacken the minute, we find excuses for ourselves.

* A wise person must be humble and unassuming. Like the rice stalk that bows under the weight of ripe grain.

* When we treat others with loving-kindness, we will not stir up ill feelings. And we will be able to form good relationships with others.

* It is easy to reflect on major mistakes, and hard to eliminate small bad habits. It is easy to reflect on major mistakes. And hard to eliminate small bad habits.

* To regard ourselves lightly is wisdom. To regard ourselves highly is attachment.

* Everyone has a Buddha nature, and a Bodhisattva's strength and spirit.

* The behavior of a person during his lifetime, be it good or evil, is accumulated over time.

* People who are preoccupied with past achievements cannot humble themselves.

* To give without joy, carries no merit and increases distress.

* A kind heart enjoys heavenly bliss; an evil mind experience hell.

* Life is like walking a tightrope; if we do not focus on what is ahead, but keep looking behind, we are sure to fall.

* When we can wake up and open our eyes, each day is a birth of new life, a new beginning to start our life afresh.

* Equanimity nurtures wisdom. When we concentrate wholeheartedly on the task at hand and perceive the truth behind shifting phenomenon wisdom will naturally grow.

* We must practice right mindfulness. The right state of mind strengthens us; and a happy mind attracts good fortune.

* Be careful and mindful when dealing with others, but do not be narrow-minded.

* There is no need to learn many teachings. If we can put one simple verse into practice, we can awaken our true nature of goodness.

* Repentance purifies the mind; a purified mind is free of worry.

* It is through the daily cultivation of tolerance and humility that we become refined in demeanor and conduct.

* To appreciate others is to dignify oneself.

* To win the hearts of others and always be welcomed, we must be cautious of our tone of voice and facial expression.

* Even the tiniest bolt must be screwed on tightly in order to perform its best.

* When you perform a task, do it wholeheartedly; when you refuse a task, leave it without regret.

* Be honest and truthful in everything you do. Be gentle and forgiving in your relationships with others.

* In dealing with others, learn how to compromise and give others a little more love. This is the way to live happily.

* A true Buddhist family places emphasis on etiquette. Etiquette is the most beautiful form of conduct in life.

* With wisdom, we can discern good from evil, right from wrong; with humility, we will have a happy life.

* Continue even when it is hard to go on; release even when it is hard to let go; endure even when it is hard to bear; this is how we build our character.


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