About the Author
Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in 1937 in a small town in Taichung County, Taiwan. When she was twenty-three years old, she left home to become a Buddhist nun, and was instructed by her mentor, Venerable Master Yin Shun, to work “for Buddha’s teachings, for sentient beings.” In 1966, she founded a charity, which later turned into the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, to “help the poor and educate the rich”—to give material aid to the needy and inspire love and humanity in both givers and recipients.
In recent years, Master Cheng Yen’s contributions have been increasingly recognized by the global community. In 2011, she was recognized with the Roosevelt Institute’s FDR Distinguished Public Service Award and was named to the 2011 TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2014, she was presented with Rotary International’s Award of Honor in recognition of her humanitarian efforts and contributions to world peace.
The latest book from the series, “Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories,” Heaven and Hell contains three short stories: “The Treasure Hunt,” “The Guard Dog,” and “Heaven and Hell.” Involving diverse characters and different cultures, these stories explain the following teachings in succinct and easy-to-understand language.
1.We should use our material possessions wisely and make good use of our bodies when we are healthy. If we work to benefit others, we will not waste our lives.
2.If we cannot rein in our thoughts and desires, our attachments will become deeply rooted. Once this happens, we will not only have negative habitual tendencies in this life, we may even bring them to our future lives!
3.We must not become arrogant when people praise us, and we must also not be discouraged by unfair criticisms. Only then are we truly practicing spiritual cultivation.
4.Our thoughts and actions create heaven or hell. Instead of worrying whether we will end up in heaven or hell, we should set our hearts and minds in the right direction.
Filled with interesting and colorful illustrations that appeal to children, the stories seek to inculcate wholesome values and virtues in the young. With easy-to-understand bilingual text (Traditional Chinese with pinyin and English), this book is ideal for non-Chinese readers to learn Chinese and Chinese readers, to learn English.
(1) 在「有」的 時候， 要知道如何應用物資；身體健康時， 要懂得如何發揮身體的使用權，做利益人群的事，不要讓人生空過。
(4) 天堂和地獄都是用心和行為造作的。不要怕天堂與地獄，要怕的是心的偏向 。