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'To achieve the peace we wish for tomorrow, start working on it today.'
'The path of life is difficult and rough, but as long as one is willing to give with joy, the path will not be arduous.'
~Master Cheng Yen ~
 
Master Cheng Yen said, if one wishes to improve oneself, one must start with 'the mind in a state of stillness or calm' (i.e., 'Jing Si' in Chinese). 'Jing Si' here means unshakable and unperturbed and being in a very quiet state. 'Jing Si' refers to calmly contemplating every worldly affair. This produces the purest thoughts from people. Such thoughts are very firm and full of wisdom. If we can have such thoughts in our daily lives, then we would not make mistakes or commit sins.

 
Dharma Master Cheng Yen is one whom millions of people around the world look up to as a wise teacher because with her teachings, they find the path for a more fulfilling life and lasting happiness. Named as one of the 2011's TIME 100 most influential people in the world, she shares her insights into the Buddha's teachings in simple and easy-to-understand language to help people in modern-day society understand the profound truth in life. Her teachings have been compiled and published as Jing Si Aphorisms. In this collection of Jing Si Aphorisms, you will find many tested and true lessons in life from Dharma Master Cheng Yen.
 
Dharma Master Cheng Yen's Jing Si Aphorisms was first published in 1989. Over 3.5million hard copies have since been printed in 15 languages, including traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Hindi, and Arabic.
 
Through the efforts of Tzu Chi volunteers, Jing Si Aphorisms have reached schools, offices, hotels, and stores in many communities. They have become course material for students' moral education. An elementary school student was about to step into a video game arcade after school when he suddenly remembered the Jing Si Aphorism he learned in class just earlier; it made him quickly change his mind, and he went home instead. See, a simple teaching can strengthen a person's will to be good, and a change in perspective can impact a person's future.
 
Reading these Jing Si Aphorisms, one feels as if having a heart-to-heart dialogue with the Master. Once there was a young man in Taiwan whose life was saved by a Jing Si Aphorism. He said, 'If not for the Jing Si Aphorism, I would have robbed a bank.' He used to be a very law-biding civil servant and enjoyed a comfortable life. However, due to a loan guarantee for his friend that went wrong, he found himself suddenly facing a huge debt, with debt collectors chasing after him. He didn't know what else to do but to rob a bank for money. But, he had no experience. So, he paced back and forth outside of the bank, indecisive as to what to do.
 
Just when he decided to go ahead with the robbery, a woman parked her motorcycle near him and went into the bank. There was a book lying in the basket on the bike. He reached out and picked up the book. When he opened it, the first line that jumped out and met his eyes said, 'In the tug-of-war between good and evil, the side of good can't do without me and the side of evil doesn't need me to join them.' That was a Jing Si Aphorism. Startled and taken aback, he quickly put the book back and ran home.
 
Over 140,000 people are held in prisons in California. They come from all backgrounds and ethnicities, but have one thing in common: an urgent need for good and wholesome teachings. After years of efforts, Tzu Chi volunteers could finally kick-start a program to deliver Master Cheng Yen's wisdom to inmates in 2013.
 
We need to live a simple and peaceful life to keep our minds calm and balanced. Then, we can face everything with wisdom and come through any crisis.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in Cingshuei Township, Taichung County, Taiwan in 1937. When she took refuge with Venerable Yin-shun in 1963, he gave her six simple words of instruction, “For Buddha’s teachings, for sentient beings.” In 1966 she established the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. She continues to tirelessly work to help people realize the Buddha’s compassion and the joy of the Dharma in their lives.
 
Under Master Cheng Yen’s kind and compassionate leadership, the Tzu Chi Foundation has grown into an international Buddhist charity recognized for its compassionate relief efforts. Following the teachings of the Tzu Chi School of Buddhism and the Jing Si Dharma lineage, the foundation’s four major missions are Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanistic Culture. These missions, along with International Relief, Environmental Protection, Community Volunteerism, and Bone Marrow Donation, comprise the Eight Great Dharma-footprints. Tzu Chi volunteers work directly with people in need, providing comfort and aid with the spirit of Great Love that transcends boundaries of race, nationality, and religion.

  • Other ebooks by Dharma Master Cheng Yen
  • About Dharma Master Cheng Yen
  • Chapter 1 – About Life
  • Chapter 2 – About Human Affairs
  • Chapter 3 – About Great Love
  • Chapter 4 – About Doing Good Deeds
  • Chapter 5 – About Practicing Filial Piety
  • Chapter 6 – About Action and Implementation
  • Chapter 7 – About Blessings and Wisdom
  • Chapter 8 – About the Practice of Buddhism
  • Chapter 9 – About the Human Mind
  • Chapter 10 – About Character and Virtue
  • Chapter 11 – About Purification of the Mind
  • Chapter 12 – About Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Chapter 13 – About the Art of Living
  • Chapter 14 – About Spiritual Cultivation
  • Chapter 15 – About Helping Others
  • Chapter 16 – About Choosing the Good
  • Chapter 17 – About Environmental Protection
  • Chapter 18 – About Living a Simple Life
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