Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
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1966-05 Hualien Taiwan
May 1966, Hualien (Taiwan), as Tzu Chi Merits Society by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen, as a humanitarian organization which started with 30 supporters, housewives who saved 2 cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor. Subsequently changed name to Tzu Chi Foundation. Tzu Chi means "compassion and relief".
Help the poor and educate the rich; give material aid to the needy and inspire love and humanity in both givers and receivers; relieve suffering for all living beings, regardless of nationality, religion, ethnicity or socio-economic status. As volunteers of the organizations, apply the Buddhist principle of "kindness, compassion, joy and selfless giving' when helping others, cultivate the virtues of "sincerity, integrity, trust and honesty", and treat everyone with gratitude, respect and love.
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