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.
May 20, 2019
Carrying Out the Sutra’s Teachings to Alleviate Suffering
May 19, 2019
Understanding the Buddha’s Knowledge and Views
May 18, 2019
To Develop Fields of Merits
May 17, 2019
Practicing the Buddha’s Teachings to Relieve Suffering in the World
May 16, 2019
Showing Gratitude to the Buddha and Our Parents
May 15, 2019
Buddha Day Ceremonies in Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia
May 14, 2019
Celebrating Buddha Day Around the World
May 13, 2019
Observing Buddha Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day
Stories Told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen
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…
The Benevolent Deer King
Man claims himself to be the most intelligent of animals. But is man also the most loving creature on earth? Watch the story and see how animals share the same Buddha nature as human beings’.
Wisdom at Dawn
E1613．The Benefits and Merits of Upholding the Dharma
E1612．Uphold the Dharma with Faith and Understanding
E1611．Uphold the Sutra in the Era of Dharma-degeneration
Essence of the Bodhi Mind
May 18, 2019
1000 Hands and Eyes in the World
May 11, 2019
Wisely Exercising Our Privilege to Use This Life
May 4, 2019
Carrying the Rice Basket for the World Together
April 27, 2019
The Source of the Jing Si Dharma-lineage
April 20, 2019
The Spirit of Great Love
April 13, 2019
Drops of Water Form an Endless Ocean
April 6, 2019
Grateful to Give
March 30, 2019
As One Foot Steps Forward, the Other Must Let Go
Words of Wisdom for Life
by Dharma Master Cheng Yen
The Chipped Cup
One time, a volunteer was serving me tea. When I was going to take the cup, she held on to it. So I asked, “Is anything wrong?” She replied, “I’m sorry. I just noticed that the cup is chipped.” I examined the cup and said, “It looks like a fine cup to me.”
If we don’t focus on the chipped part, the cup is still perfect. It’s the same with people. If we don’t focus on faults, we’ll see only the good in others.
Do You Get Angry Easily?
We often hear people say, “He is a good person. It’s just that he has a quick temper.” When we lose our temper, we look ugly and leave a bad impression on others. So, getting angry is actually punishing ourselves with the mistakes of others. It’s like temporary insanity. Who will suffer because of that?
Do You Like to Speak Ill of Others?
When we try to throw a handful of sand at others against the wind, who will get the sand? When we do that, the wind will blow the sand back to us, not to the others in front of us. So, when we slander or speak ill of others, we tarnish our character and end up harming ourselves only.
Speaking ill of others is like throwing sand against the wind—it will come back at us.
Don't Fuss or Compare
In life, we should not fuss over petty things or compare with others. If we fuss, we might end up losing everything. And if we like to compare with others, we’d often feel dissatisfied and resentful. So, fussing and comparing are two things that we should never do.
Wondrous Words, Wondrous Dharma