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 Path to Truth presents the principles of the Jing Si Dharma-lineage and the Tzu Chi School of Buddhism in an organized manner so that readers can gain a more comprehensive understanding. The book is divided into three parts.
Part One: Pointing directly to the Bodhisattva-Path, the origins of the Tzu Chi School of Buddhism are explored, along with the gradual development of Tzu Chi's four missions.
Part Two: Principles and Practices of the Modern-day Bodhisattva explains how the sutras are practiced and understood in this lineage and school of Buddhism.
Part Three: From One to Infinity, Master Cheng Yen recounts twenty real-life stories as physical manifestations of the Sutra of Infinite Meanings. From this we can see that it is not necessary to seek enlightenment somewhere far away. We can all carry out the Buddha’s teachings of respecting life by relieving suffering and giving joy, and fully utilizing our abilities to do good deeds every second of our lives.