In 1966, Dharma Master Cheng Yen inspired a few housewives to set aside a couple of cents of grocery money every day to establish a charity fund and led them into the dark corners of remote villages to comfort those in suffering.
This little lifeboat has its humble origins in Hualien, Taiwan. From the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century, it has expanded to become the Great Dharma Ship that sails to the furthest corners of the earth, reaching nearly a hundred countries worldwide.
What karmic conditions and faith led to the beginning of such a great journey?
What powerful vows and perseverance have enabled this operation to persist for over half a century?
What sort of hardships had to be overcome to cultivate such unwavering, courageous resolve?
Tzu Chi’s history of “one giving rise to infinity” is a precious testament to the practice of “faith, vows and practice” from the Buddha Dharma.
Volume 1( 1937-1965): The journey as Master Cheng Yen grew up, became a monastic, and founded Tzu Chi.