On 1st of January 2005, Tzu Chi Humanitarian Centre began its operation in Taipei, Taiwan. It is an integrated support centre for the publication of Da Ai TV station, Da Ai Radio, Tzu Chi and Rhythms Monthly magazine, all housed under one roof. The centre provides a competitive edge over its global peers in the humanitarian media, with a goal to promote the examples of goodness and integration for future generations to purify human mind and to harmonise our society.
Tzu Chi New Zealand has organised various events and ceremonies to promote humanitarianism. Jing Si (Still Thoughts) book store opened for business in 2004, apart from serving hot and cold beverages to visitors, the book store stocks numerous genre of books and frequently hosts free seminars and talks on the subject of wellbeing, environmental protection, health education and many more. The book store strive to quench thirst with beverages while nourish heart and soul with transcending humanistic culture.
New Years Blessing Event
Throughout the year, Tzu Chi receives support from many donors and volunteers, Tzu Chi Year End Blessing Ceremony is held in appreciation of the continuous support from these donors and volunteers.Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 and started with Master Cheng Yen and her disciples working hard with making various hand crafted items to support their livelihood.
Master Cheng Yen explains to her disciples that we should never underestimate the power of little kindness, with the accumulation of many little kindnesses; and with mindfulness included, one will see subtle and wondrous Dharma in little things which grow into wisdom. The Master encourages all her volunteers to work among the crowd and while serving others, to cultivate blessings and nurture wisdom.
Lunar July Blessing Ceremony
In Buddhism, the 7th month in the lunar calendar is a joyful and auspicious month as well as to observe filial piety. Master Cheng Yen says: “When we bear kindness and charity in our hearts, every day is a blessed day. By keeping kind thoughts each day and every month, we will be blessed with peace and good fortune every moment every day.”
To truly relieve suffering of all living beings, Tzu Chi advocates Right Faith, Right Knowledge and Right Views. Our volunteers begin to actively and widely promote a vegetarian lifestyle during the 7th lunar month, the hope is that everyone can extend their love to all living beings and help to protect life.
Buddha Day Ceremony
The second Sunday of May is a very special day set aside by various Tzu Chi Chapters globally is the annual Tzu Chi Buddha Bath Day Ceremony. Tzu Chi Buddha Bath Day is a three-in-one ceremony to celebrate Mother's Day, Global Tzu Chi Day and Buddha's Day together. It is the day we express our most sincere gratitude towards the Buddha, our parents and all sentient beings. Through harmonious singing and coordinated action, we express our deepest respect to all Buddha’s, voice our most sincere gratitude to all parents, as well as pray for all sentient beings.
Master Cheng Yen says the 5th month of the year is the month of gratitude and filial piety; it is the auspicious month that everyone hopes Tzu Chi volunteers around the globe will bring in people from their own neighborhood to cleanse their heart of ignorance and show the beauty of the Buddhist ceremony. On this auspicious day we celebrate Buddha Day, Mother's Day and Global Tzu Chi Day, we gather the benevolent thoughts of all and express our gratitude towards the Buddha, our parents and all sentient beings.