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 11, 2021
Vegetarianism—The Key to Easing the Pandemic
May 10, 2021
Celebrating the Buddha Day with Dharma Joy
May 9, 2021
Following the Path of Bodhisattvas
May 8, 2021
Vows that are Everlasting and True for Life After Life
May 7, 2021
Let Us Pray Together for the World to be Safe and Well
May 6, 2021
Benefiting Humanity with Tzu Chi's Four Missions
May 5, 2021
Observing the 55th Anniversary of Tzu Chi
May 4, 2021
Bringing the Essence of the Lotus Sutra to Life
Stories Told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen
The Old Monk and the Nails
An old monk and his disciples were building a temple. One day, when they were about to use nails, the old monk kicked and mixed all the nails together and asked his disciples to sort them out…
The Five Hundred Monkeys
In a forest lived 500 monkeys. When they saw a group of monks prostrate respectfully to a pagoda, they also did the same. One day, it rained torrentially and the monkeys were all drowned…
The Fragrance of Virtue
The Buddha asked Ananda to pick up a string and a piece of paper. The string was made of fragrant grass but smelled fishy, and the piece of paper was made of cow dung but smelled fragrant. Why was that?
The King's Reward
Two guards of a king were discussing what exactly it was that had given them a good life. One said it was the king and the other said it was the law of karma. Overhearing their conversation, the king decided to do something…
Emperor Ashoka and the Child Monk
One day, Emperor Ashoka saw a child monk and wanted to prostrate to him to show his respect. Yet, thinking that it was unbecoming for a king to do so in public, he called the child monk aside…
The Monk and the Rich Man
A wealthy man went to a temple he never visited before and was surprised to find his name written on a tablet meant to pray for his longevity. Who did this for him?
The Deer and the King
A benevolent king had banned deer hunting in his kingdom. To test the king whether he would keep his word, the King of Gods sent deer to eat up all the crops…
The Upside Down Basin
The Buddha's son, Rahula, was very mischievous and liked to prank people. To correct his son's behavior, the Buddha asked Rahula to bring him a basin of water…
Wisdom at Dawn
Essence of the Bodhi Mind
Words of Wisdom for Life
by Dharma Master Cheng Yen