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

March 2, 2021

Relieving Suffering with Compassion

March 1, 2021

Saving Ourselves by Eating a Vegetarian Diet

February 28, 2021

Promoting Vegetarianism with Great Courage and Great Compassion

February 27, 2021

Using Our Time to Spread the Dharma

February 26, 2021

Growing a Forest of Great Love to Protect the World

February 25, 2021

Transforming Lives in Africa

February 24, 2021

Working in Unity for Truth, Goodness and Beauty

February 23, 2021

Key to Mitigating Disasters: Giving Rise to Sincere Love

Stories Told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen

The Inner Light

In Japan, a Buddhist nun had been lighting up a light every day as told by her master. It wasn't until 50 years later when she was on her deathbed that she finally realized why her master had asked her to do that.

Two Friends Who Saved the Eels

On their way back from an imperial examination, two friends bought all the eels caught by a fisherman just to set them free again. Little did they know that their act of kindness was rewarded in a big way…

The Herd Boy

A herd boy and his ox passed by a graveyard where a family was making offerings to their deceased father. Suddenly, the ox dropped and died. As the boy wailed in disbelief, something unexpected happened…

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 Laborer Who Upheld the Five Precepts

On a ship that was violently struck by a raging storm, a laborer who was a devout Buddhist chanted prayers until the storm abated. However, the ship stood still and couldn't move forward again…

The Jealous Elephant The Jealous Elephant

Deep in the mountains, there was an elephant king who had two wives. One day, when the second wife saw the elephant king present a flower to the first wife, her jealousy got the better of her…

The Buffalo King The Buffalo King The Buffalo

A buffalo king led a herd of buffalos through a forest to find water. On their way, a monkey threw sand and stones at them, but the buffalo king was not offended at all. Why?

The Grateful Turtle The Grateful Turtle The Grateful

A couple ordered their maid to kill a turtle for lunch, but the maid felt for the turtle and set it free. When her master found out, he whipped her and left her to die. Miraculously, she recovered the next day…

Wisdom at Dawn

E708.Encouraging Goodness and Guiding Us to Propriety
E707.The Body Is Impure; Karmic Seeds Are the Cause
E706.Wearing Poverty and Illness as Garments
E705.The Suffering from Slandering the Dharma
E704.The Eight Difficulties Arise from Negative Karma
E703.Giving Is the Sturdy Ship Offering Deliverance
E702.Negative Effects Come from Deviating toward Evil
E701.Facing the Retributions of One's Karma

Essence of the Bodhi Mind

Peace Talks with Planet Earth
Promoting Vegetarianism During the Epidemic
Entering Our Communities with Hearts in Unity
Problem-free Communication
Strategies in Sharing Joy
Transforming Knowledge into Wisdom
Changing the World Begins at the Dining Table
As One Foot Steps Forward, the Other Must Let Go

Words of Wisdom for Life

by Dharma Master Cheng Yen