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How to avoid becoming jealous and hateful of others?

How to avoid becoming jealous and hateful of others?

Someone asked Master Cheng Yen, “How can I avoid becoming jealous and hateful of others? How can I be more soft-spoken?”

How to persevere in doing something without getting over attached?

How to persevere in doing something without getting over attached?

A visitor asked, “Buddha has taught us to let go of attachments in order to not give rise to mental afflictions. Master Cheng Yen has so many missions to complete and many challenges along the way. How do you remain persistent in Tzu Chi’s missions withou

What are the ways to eradicate bad karma?

What are the ways to eradicate bad karma?

Someone asked, “I have been living a life full of bitterness, how can I clear my bad karma so that I can enjoy a better life?”

Does doing good deed make you a good person?

Does doing good deed make you a good person?

Someone asked, “I have done a lot of good deeds, I should be considered a good person, but why don’t I have good affinity and good relationship with others?”

Why is there still conflict when having no desire already makes a person firm?

Why is there still conflict when having no desire already makes a person firm?

A Tzu Chi Faith Corps member asked Master Cheng Yen, "There is a saying that people without desire are firm and not easily shaken. But why do conflicts arising from differences still happen among a group of people who are selflessly dedicated...

The pain of separating from loved ones

The pain of separating from loved ones

Someone asked Master Cheng Yen, “How did you view life when your foster father passed away?”

How to stop being a calculating person?

How to stop being a calculating person?

Someone asked Master Cheng Yen, “How do we stop being calculating and petty?”

Feeling overwhelmed with self-guilt for failing to save lives

Feeling overwhelmed with self-guilt for failing to save lives

A doctor visited Tzu Chi and mentioned about the huge responsibility and great pressure of being a doctor. He was left with self-blame and guilt sometimes when patients pass away……

Desireless state of mind

Desireless state of mind

Someone asked, “How to live without desire?”

How do I face death peacefully?

How do I face death peacefully?

Someone asked, “Our minds take refuge in religion. According to Buddhist scripture, “Faith is the source of morality and virtues, nurturing within us all that is good.” Therefore, as Buddhists, we must show our faith by treating Buddha and the sangha with

Why is it rare to be born a human being?

Why is it rare to be born a human being?

Someone asked, “Why is it rare to be born a human being?”

How to talk about life and death with ease of mind?

How to talk about life and death with ease of mind?

Someone asked, “When people are approaching the end of their lives, how can they maintain a peaceful mind and be comfortable discussing their own death?”

How to find joy despite misery?

How to find joy despite misery?

Someone asked,” As a cancer patient, I feel miserable every day, how do I minimize my suffering?”

Is the world really that nice and wonderful?

Is the world really that nice and wonderful?

Someone asked, “How should we perceive the world?”

How do you accept your fate and change your destiny?

How do you accept your fate and change your destiny?

Someone asked Master Cheng Yen, “How do you accept your fate? How do you change your destiny?

How to be free from worries?

How to be free from worries?

Someone asked Dharma Master Cheng Yen, “Master, aren’t you disturbed by the heaps of matters you have to deal with every day? How do you resolve your worries and troubles?”

How to have respect for life?

How to have respect for life?

Someone asked Master Cheng Yen, “What is your view on “respect for life”?

How do we eradicate afflictions and gain enlightenment?

How do we eradicate afflictions and gain enlightenment?

Someone asked, “How do we eradicate afflictions and become enlightened?”