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Protect Mother Earth for Our Very Own Future

Protect Mother Earth for Our Very Own Future

"As inhabitants of the Earth, we are nourished and sustained by Mother Earth who provides us our food and all the resources for life. If she is healthy and well, we will be healthy and well. Our fates are intertwined." — Dharma Master Cheng Yen

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Witnessing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness at the Festive Charity Fair

Witnessing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness at the Festive Charity Fair

I was also touched by the efforts of the recycling volunteers at the Charity Fair. I saw a quiet dignity in them and in the invaluable work they were doing to protect our environment and planet.

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Agony Up Close

Agony Up Close

Love is the most powerful antidote to the suffering in the world. As I witnessed Tzu Chi volunteers treating distribution recipients respectfully, I knew that the boundaries between religions and ethnicities can be dissolved and that the peoples of the wo

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What Would I Do?

What Would I Do?

The six people in her own family lived with close to 20 such fellow Burmese. They all lived on one salary, the 900 ringgits that her husband brought home every month. Refugees had to pay their own way at public hospitals, so she cried when she saw...

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Three Able Persons

Three Able Persons

These three people share one thing in common: Their hearts are full of hope for the future, and they want to encourage people with disabilities by personally setting good examples for them to follow. They are able persons indeed!

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The Needy Side of Hainan

The Needy Side of Hainan

The aid recipients were very warm to us. When my accent betrayed me, an old woman asked and discovered my Taiwanese roots. That knowledge prompted her to take my hand and blurt out a series of sentences that I did not understand...

Charity

My Passion in Tzu Chi Sign Language

My Passion in Tzu Chi Sign Language

Sign language is a significant part of Tzu Chi’s humanistic culture. I started to learn sign language in Tzu Chi since 2012...

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Walking the Talk ─ Green Practices at an Army Medical Centre

Walking the Talk ─ Green Practices at an Army Medical Centre

"Our society has become focused on the consumer, with a myriad of products manufactured to suit every palate and taste. This feeds on the underlying human traits of greed, ego, and ignorance. Our lifestyle is in strict contradiction to the Dharma, which f

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Happy Faces in Hambantota

Happy Faces in Hambantota

Thank you, Tzu Chi, for letting me be part of the Sri Lankan mission...

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My First Overseas Dental Mission

My First Overseas Dental Mission

"The Sri Lankan people are a beautiful lot ─ they are so soft spoken and full of grace and gratitude. It was such a pleasure to have this opportunity to serve them and to learn about humility."

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A Blessed Trip to Sri Lanka

A Blessed Trip to Sri Lanka

Last of all, I must say I only have praises for the way the mission trip was planned and carried out. As a dentist...

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My Journey in “Dharma Incense Permeation”

My Journey in “Dharma Incense Permeation”

One of the teachings that specially touched me was the Parable of the Burning House in the Lotus Sutra. In this parable, the Buddha...

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Rediscovering What It Means to be a Doctor

Rediscovering What It Means to be a Doctor

During one busy resuscitation shift at the Emergency Medicine Department, I was preoccupied with treating each patient who came along, while trying not to look too stupid in front of the senior doctor...

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Why Water Matters — Optimizing Our Water Consumption

Why Water Matters — Optimizing Our Water Consumption

In Singapore, where clean water is always readily available from the tap, it is difficult for people to understand the inconvenience caused by water shortage and how water scarcity can impact their lives…

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An Unfortunate but Meaningful Way of Counting Down to 2015

An Unfortunate but Meaningful Way of Counting Down to 2015

On the morning of 28 December 2014, while all focus was on the flood, news on the missing AirAsia flight was flashing everywhere too, alerting everyone. As a Tzu Chi volunteer, my heart weighed heavily even more so.

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By Speaking Kind and Positive Words, We are Empowering Ourselves

By Speaking Kind and Positive Words, We are Empowering Ourselves

The words that we speak express our inner voice, and they are also a reflection of our inner thoughts and emotions. We must be mindful of our speech, so that this becomes a habit and our character trait. If we can do this at all times, we will be able...

Spiritual

All About Food – Eating Mindfully and Responsibly

All About Food – Eating Mindfully and Responsibly

Try and picture this in your mind’s eye: After queueing up and purchasing food from a popular hawker stall, you go to a table where the leftover food is being poured into a waste bin, before you sit down to enjoy your meal. Sometimes, one-tenth of the...

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A Christian Shares His Perspective on the Sutra Adaptation of the Water Repentance Text

A Christian Shares His Perspective on the Sutra Adaptation of the Water Repentance Text

If we can walk the path and not deviate from it, with one mind and one heart, our minds will be clear and pure, we will be able to expand the horizons of our aspirations, and then we will surely be able to uphold our vows, never wavering over countless eo

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