"The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances."
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation at One World Day
The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation was a popular destination for the 24,000 attendees of the 2106 One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation at One World Day
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Quan Am Temple Ten Year Anniversary
The Quan Am Temple in Cleveland, Ohio celebrated its 10 year Anniversary on July 20, 2014. Thanks to Le Nguyen for this video.
Asian Heritage Day CelebrationCleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 28, 2014
The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, led by Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen, hosted an Asian Heritage Day Celebration on May 28, 2014 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.
Over 60 Asian community groups and organizations participated. Chia-Min Chen called them up to the stage one at a time and each gave an elevator speech explaining their organization.
This included the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation, Cleveland Center and Quan Am Temple of Vietnamese Buddhists of Ohio
The shared goal of Tzu Chi volunteers is to cultivate sincerity, integrity, faith, and honesty within while exercising kindness, compassion, joy, and selflessness to humanity through concrete actions. Transcending the bounds of race, nationality, language, and religion, they serve the world under the notion that "when others are hurting, we feel their pain; when others suffer, we feel their sorrow".
Not only do the volunteers endeavor to promote the universal value of "Great Love," they also fully employ the humanitarian spirit of Chinese culture to its utmost.
Tzu Chi Foundation's "Four Major Missions" consist of Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanity.
Learn more about each organization including photos and videos of the group leaders at the Asian Organizations in Cleveland pages.
Tzu Chi foundation ships 200,000 instant rice meals, 30,000 blankets to PhilippinesTyphoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, left behind a wide swath of destruction in the Philippines on November 8, with the highly populated city of Tacloban hit hardest. Currently, death toll estimates reach as high as 10,000, and as rescue efforts have been slowed by the enormous scope of the disaster region, casualties may continue to rise. In addition, countless people have been left without homes, in dire need of food and clean drinking water.
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has already launched its disaster relief effort and prepared 200,000 individual servings of instant rice meals and 30,000 blankets to be shipped to the disaster region. On November 12, the first shipment of 30,000 blankets and 60,000 instant rice meals departed for the disaster region via C-130 military transport aircraft.
From November 13, disaster assessment and medical teams comprised of 40 Tzu Chi Philippines volunteers will fly from Manila to Cebu and then to the disaster region to begin the first stage of disaster assessment and relief for survivors. The disaster assessment team will be carrying 1500 packs of toiletries and daily necessities to meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors. The medical team, comprised of 10 doctors and nurses from Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA), will help provide immediate medical services to those who need them. Following initial assessment, volunteers will provide care and relief according to the specific needs of disaster survivors.
According to Tzu Chi Department of Religious Affairs Deputy Director Wang Yun-jing, “We have established command centers in both Manila and Cebu. Since Cebu is closest to the disaster area, Tzu Chi can use our local offices in that area to store relief goods and make arrangements for volunteers’ transportation into the disaster area.”
Disaster relief on such a massive scale is not new to Tzu Chi, whose volunteers in the United States have provided relief after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, among other major and minor disasters. In just the first two months after last October’s devastating Hurricane Sandy, volunteers provided nearly $10 million in emergency cash aid and more than 9,000 blankets to approximately 16,000 affected families throughout New York and New Jersey. Following the principle of “first to arrive and last to leave,” volunteers continue to support especially vulnerable communities even one year later.
Tzu Chi National Headquarters in San Dimas, CA, invites donations of relief funds and kind thoughts from individuals across the United States to send to disaster survivors in the Philippines.
Please make checks payable to “Tzu Chi” and write “Disaster Fund” on the memo line. Send the check to:
Tzu Chi Foundation
1076 Ford Road,
Highland Height, OH 44143
Questions may be directed to Tzu Chi Foundation USA, Cleveland Service Center at (440) 646-9292. Web: www.us.tzuchi.org
Please visit our websites for the latest Typhoon Haiyan Relief activities:
Indian and Southeast Asian Art Collection
Cleveland Museum of Art
February 27, 2013
At a reception on February 27, 2013 The Cleveland Museum of Art introduced Sonya Rhie Quintanilla as Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art. Dr. Quintanilla gave previews of the collection, including the Ganesh and Tantra in Buddhist Art, that will be featured starting in May.
Services were held in members' homes until a building on East 81st Street was purchased in 1955. After extensive damage to the building during the Hough riots in 1966, the Temple's current residence was acquired in 1968.
Affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America, the Temple serves the Jodo Shinshu Tradition of Buddhism.
In 1979, the Temple under the direction of Sensei Koshin Ogui introduced the Zen Shin meditation practice in response to public wishes. The Temple welcomes all those wishing to study the teachings of the Buddha.
Cleveland Asian Festival is a collaborative effort by many organizations and communities in Greater Cleveland. It is coordinated by volunteer leaders within the Asian Pacific communities to foster, educate, and promote Asian culture and traditions, while celebrating Asian Heritage Month.
The event is free to the public and will run from 11am till 7pm on both days with ethnic performances on two stages throughout the day. This unique event provides an opportunity to learn and experience diverse Asian cultures, heritage and traditions through visual performance arts, cultural displays and demonstrations, educational materials, and interactive workshops.
He is recognized by adherents as an awakened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end suffering (or dukkha), achieve nirvana, and escape what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth.
Two major branches of Buddhism are recognized: Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle"). Theravada—the oldest surviving branch—has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, and Mahayana is found throughout East Asia and includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Shingon, Tendai and Shinnyo-en.
In some classifications Vajrayana, a subcategory of Mahayana, is recognized as a third branch. While Buddhism remains most popular within Asia, both branches are now found throughout the world. Various sources put the number of Buddhists in the world at between 230 million and 500 million,making it the world's fourth-largest religion.