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Tribute Circle | RELIEF | Tzu Chi

My first exposure to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation wasn’t random but was a pleasant, heartwarming and serendipitous surprise. My involvement in social and environmental justice education basically planted me in this tranquil San Diego downtown cafe and bookstore called EcoVerse: Jing Si Books & Cafe. Upon entering, I felt a calming effect. Perhaps, it was the warm smiles? The beautiful artwork? The zen decor? The smell of freshly brewed tea? The soft music? Whatever the reason, I felt at home.

Tzu Chi Environmental AdvocateMy original intention was to use their knowledgable staff and inspirational learning space for an upcoming “Zero-Waste Living-Party” to promote the sustainable lifestyle in our community. Then, in the future, I had hoped to plan other educational events there. I had no idea what else this experience had in store for me.

Pure. Authentic. Inspiration.

What inspired me

"Tzu Chi’s core values in disaster relief included a deep respect for the environment and an emphasis on personal connections."

— www.us.tzuchi.org
I learned that the blue and white clad volunteers of Tzu Chi were first responders in many worldwide disasters. What seemed incredible to me was their sustainable methods used in disaster relief. They pitched tents, ate sustainably and left no trash behind. They entered quietly and left just as quietly. I am still surprised that there is no fanfare, no publicity … just immediate service to those in need.  I was touched by a story of how each handout is given with both hands, accompanied by a smile, with a bow or hug ensuring the dignity and respect for each recipient. The blankets given are made from recycled bottles. The rice only needs water (doesn’t matter whether it’s hot or cold). The mattresses are portable. Mostly, I was, and still am, impressed at how this organization is able to offer impactful assistance with incredible compassion.

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