Tzu ChiÃƒâ€¢s missions focus on giving material aid to the needy and inspiring love and humanity to both givers and receivers.
Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen on the impecunious east coast of Taiwan. For over 42 years, the foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan and around the world. From the first 30 members, housewives who saved two cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor, the foundation has grown to over five million members in 45 countries. Master Cheng Yen firmly believes that suffering in this world is caused not only by material deprivation but, more importantly, also by spiritual poverty. She feels that the lack of altruistic love for others has been the root of many problems in this world. Thus, the foundationÃƒâ€¢s guiding principle on charity is to Ãƒâ€™help the poor and educate the rich.Ãƒâ€œ Tzu ChiÃƒâ€¢s missions focus on giving material aid to the needy and inspiring love and humanity to both givers and receivers. In addition to charity, the foundation dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief work and the establishment of the worldÃƒâ€¢s third largest marrow donor registry. It also promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. Through helping those in need, Tzu Chi volunteers take on the path of bodhisattva practices, the way to Buddhahood. In 1989, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation USA was established in California, as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Since then, 62 local offices have been established with 100,000 members in the U.S. working to make a difference in their local communities. Source: www.us.tzuchi.org