Twelve minutes a day, 365 days a year, Life Wisdom encapsulates the essential messages from Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s talks to Tzu Chi volunteers worldwide. In this daily program, the Master shares with the audience her views on major world events, Tzu Chi’s work around the globe, inspiring stories of people and events, as well as the Buddha’s teachings and how they can be practiced in everyday life.
A production of ink-wash animation, Stories Told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen features the Master telling folktales or stories from Buddhist scriptures and concluding each episode with her words that offer the audience much food for thought. With captivating storylines and lifelike animated images, the program is welcomed by viewers both young and old alike.
Hailed as the king of all sutras, the Lotus Sutra contains the true Dharma expounded by the Buddha in his later years. In the Sutra, the Buddha affirms that all living beings can attain Buddhahood and encourages everyone to walk the Bodhisattva Path by benefiting others. Listen to Master Cheng Yen expounding the Lotus Sutra in Wisdom at Dawn and bathe in the Dharma bliss of one of the most important and influential teachings of the Buddha.
Essence of the Bodhi Mind is a weekly program that explores various topics from world events, social and environmental problems, to interpersonal relations, family issues, and more. Twenty-four minutes an episode, the program not only presents actual examples to illustrate the topic of the week, but also pinpoints the views of Dharma Master Cheng Yen, experts and scholars on the topic for viewers to reflect upon and derive insights from.
August 20, 2019
Awakening to Our Pure, True Nature for a Better World
August 19, 2019
The First Memories of the Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital
August 18, 2019
Recording the Wholesome Deeds in this World
August 17, 2019
Turning Desire into Aspiration of Helping People
August 16, 2019
Our Common Path, the Bodhisattva Path
August 15, 2019
Forming Good Affinities to Nurture Seeds of Goodness
August 14, 2019
Love in the Desert
August 13, 2019
Celebrating the 19th Anniversary of Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital
Stories Told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen
The True Meaning of the Seventh Lunar Month
August 1, 2019 is the first day of the seventh month on the Chinese lunar calendar. While most people refer to the month as the Ghost Month, it is considered a month of auspiciousness, gratitude and filial piety in Buddhism.
The Heavenly Being and the Ghost
A heavenly being saw a ghost lash a pile of bones and curse furiously at them. So she went over and asked the ghost what he was doing…
Kindness Begets Kindness
In ancient China, there was a wealthy family where the wife had tuberculosis. Her husband sought the help of a famous doctor who suggested that the wife eat the brains of 100 sparrows…
The Purple Golden Alms Bowl
In Ming Dynasty, there was an elderly monk who was very well cultivated. When the king of hell noticed that the monk’s life should have come to an end, he sent two hell wardens to bring the monk back to hell…
The Boy Who Found the Wellspring
A little faith goes a long way. This is a story of a little boy whose faith saved the people in his village from dying of drought.
The Loving Spiritual Cultivator
A spiritual cultivator went to the mountains and sat down to meditate. As he sat there, a mother bird came and laid eggs on the long hair he piled up on top of his head…
The Fisherman’s Trip to the Sea Palace
To thank a fisherman, Taro, for saving its life, a turtle took him to the Dragon King’s palace undersea. Taro spent three days in the palace, but when he returned home, it turned out that decades had passed…
The Black Rat and the White Rat
To flee from wolves, a hunter grabbed a vine hanging down from a tree into a well. As he was descending into the well, he saw snakes at the bottom of the well and two rats gnawing at the vine he was clinging to…
Wisdom at Dawn
Essence of the Bodhi Mind
August 17, 2019
The Love of Medical Care in Remote Areas
August 10, 2019
Moving Past That Year – 2009 Typhoon Morakot
August 3, 2019
Let’s Not Forget That Year – 2009 Typhoon Morakot
July 27, 2019
The Tzu Chi Story (48) – International Disaster Relief Effort
July 20, 2019
The Tzu Chi Story (47) – Venerable Yin Shun
July 13, 2019
Creating a Pure Land on Earth
July 6, 2019
Always Be Mindful
June 29, 2019
Exercising Both Compassion and Wisdom During Disaster Relief
Words of Wisdom for Life
by Dharma Master Cheng Yen
Everyone Has Unlimited Potential
Never underestimate yourself because we all have unlimited potential.
Where Is Your Mind?
When talking, focus your mind on your words. When walking, focus your mind on your steps.
By focusing our mind on what we’re doing in the here and now, we can avoid making mistakes.
When Someone Holds Us Back
When we’re running, if someone pulls us back from behind, they are actually helping us to push our limits. So, we should be grateful to those who try to hold us back, for without them, we wouldn’t be able to push our limits and become stronger.
How to Manage Our Time
Do the more important tasks first and then the less important ones. This is how we can well manage our time and won’t forget the work we should do. In the hustle and bustle of life, some may say, “I don’t have time.” But in truth, it’s up to us how we manage our time.
The Secret to Management
Many businesspeople are very curious about how I manage Tzu Chi. I always tell them, “Let everyone manage themselves instead of being managed. The greater your love, the more caring you’ll be. And the more caring you are, the more self-disciplined people will be.” So, management should be based on love and self-discipline.
Think Twice Before We Speak
Before we speak, we should take three things into consideration: the person, the time and the place. Before we speak to someone about something, think twice and consider whether it is the proper time and place to say what we’re going to say to that person.
An Eye for an Eye or Turn the Other Cheek?
When someone throws a ball at us, if we catch it with a blanket, the ball won’t bounce up. But if we catch the ball with an iron board, the ball will bounce high up. So, when we are as soft as a blanket, we will be less likely to get hurt by others.
Devil or Buddha?
If we have a devil’s mind, we’ll see everyone as a devil. If we have a Buddha’s mind, we’ll see everyone as a Buddha. So, rid the devil from your mind and give rise to a Buddha’s mind instead.
Wondrous Words, Wondrous Dharma