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,” The Lifesaving Pockets contains three short stories: “The Chestnut Tree,” “The Lifesaving Pockets,” and “A Witty and Selfless Old Man.” Containing diverse characters and different cultures, these stories explain the following teachings in succinct and easy-to-understand language.
1. With harmony and respect among people, the world can be peaceful and harmonious.
2. We should learn to treat all living beings with contentment, gratitude, understanding and forgiveness.
3. If we always carefully listen, observe, and reflect, we can utilize our wisdom to help ourselves and others when emergencies arise.
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 not only ideal for non-Chinese readers to learn Chinese, but also for Chinese readers to learn English.
''The Lifesaving Pockets''
There was once a boy who liked to pick things up, put them in his pockets, and bring them home.
His mother did not like it when he did this. One day, his mother reached into one of his pockets and found something soft and warm. Startled, she pulled her hand out right away...What on earth did the boy have in his pocket?