Life Wisdom

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.

Stories Told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen

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.

Wisdom at Dawn

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

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.

Life Wisdom

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

E1610.Making Offerings Through Diligent Practice
E1609.Eliminating Hindrances and Liberation from Samsara
E1608.A Mind as Steady as the Earth Reveals the Truth
E1607.Spiritual Practitioners Benefit Others
E1606.Practice Right Dharma and Spread the Great Vehicle

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































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