Bringing Charity and Compassion to the Typhoon Victims in Taiwan


    


                                            (from left to right)
                                            Ven. Jian Ying , the abbess of Zhi-Cheng
                                            Monastery, Pingdong,Taiwan / Mr. Jing-cheng
                                            Yan, the President of the local council
                                            / Ven. Jian Hu , the abbot of Zen Center
                                            of Sunnyvale and Jewel Monastery in Seattle

Buddhism in Action

Ven. JianHu and 30 plus members from the United States, en route to Taiwan Chung Tai Chan Monastery on their pilgrimage trip, paid a visit to Zhi-Cheng Zen Center and delivered US$20,000 to the victims of Typhoon Morakot on August 27th. The donations came from the members of the Zen Center of Sunnyvale and Buddha Jewel Monastery in Seattle who responded generously to the Zen Center’s call for compassion.
 
Mr. Jing-cheng Yan, the President of the local council, accepted the donations on behalf of the victims. Mr. Yan is also the Chief of the Lu-Kai tribe in the area. All the donations will be used to rebuild the affected communities.

Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan

Typhoon Morakot left many people dead and thousands homeless when it hit Taiwan in early August. The flooding was the worst in a century. But statistics cannot even begin to describe the devastation this storm brought to the island’s residents and its environment.



         

 

Pingdong County, located in southern Taiwan, was one of the hardest hit regions. Floods and mud slides took away lives, homes and sometimes whole villages. This area houses a large population of indigenous tribes; none of the tribes escaped from the disaster unscathed, and many survivors were left with nothing.


Chung Tai Chan Monastery Responded

     

 

The Dharma Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery and its zen centers around the world, under the guidance of Grand Master Wei Chueh, led members in reciting the Medicine Buddha Sutra daily. They dedicated the merits to those who passed away and for those who are still suffering.


Shifus at the Zen Center of Sunnyvale conducted two special sessions of the Repentance Ceremony for the victims. Each session spanned three evenings and was attended by about one hundred members each night.

 


  

 

The Monastery donated US$640,000 to the “Disaster Relief Funds” set up by the Taiwan Department of the Interior.

Another US$960,000 was raised at a fundraising event where China’s most famous Shanghai Opera troupe headlined, and donations poured in from the people and government of Taiwan and China throughout the evening. 

The benefit was aptly titled: “ Two Sides of the Strait: Hearts and Hands Together.




Spotlight on Chung Tai Zhi-Cheng Monastery, Pingdong, Taiwan

The Ven. abbess JianYing for 10 years has been a champion of community services and charitable works. She has built a strong relationship with local indigenous tribes and was bestowed with the honorary title of “High Princess” as a tribute to her kind spirit and hard work. 

Shifus and members of the Monastery witnessed the destruction and its aftermath first hand. They sprung into action and gave away thousands of meals and water supplies to survivors on a daily basis.

 



 





   

 

 

    


                                            (from left to right)
                                            Ven. Jian Ying , the abbess of Zhi-Cheng
                                            Monastery, Pingdong,Taiwan / Mr. Jing-cheng
                                            Yan, the President of the local council
                                            / Ven. Jian Hu , the abbot of Zen Center
                                            of Sunnyvale and Jewel Monastery in Seattle

Buddhism in Action

Ven. JianHu and 30 plus members from the United States, en route to Taiwan Chung Tai Chan Monastery on their pilgrimage trip, paid a visit to Zhi-Cheng Zen Center and delivered US$20,000 to the victims of Typhoon Morakot on August 27th. The donations came from the members of the Zen Center of Sunnyvale and Buddha Jewel Monastery in Seattle who responded generously to the Zen Center’s call for compassion.
 
Mr. Jing-cheng Yan, the President of the local council, accepted the donations on behalf of the victims. Mr. Yan is also the Chief of the Lu-Kai tribe in the area. All the donations will be used to rebuild the affected communities.

Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan

Typhoon Morakot left many people dead and thousands homeless when it hit Taiwan in early August. The flooding was the worst in a century. But statistics cannot even begin to describe the devastation this storm brought to the island’s residents and its environment.



         

 

Pingdong County, located in southern Taiwan, was one of the hardest hit regions. Floods and mud slides took away lives, homes and sometimes whole villages. This area houses a large population of indigenous tribes; none of the tribes escaped from the disaster unscathed, and many survivors were left with nothing.


Chung Tai Chan Monastery Responded

     

 

The Dharma Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery and its zen centers around the world, under the guidance of Grand Master Wei Chueh, led members in reciting the Medicine Buddha Sutra daily. They dedicated the merits to those who passed away and for those who are still suffering.


Shifus at the Zen Center of Sunnyvale conducted two special sessions of the Repentance Ceremony for the victims. Each session spanned three evenings and was attended by about one hundred members each night.

 


  

 

The Monastery donated US$640,000 to the “Disaster Relief Funds” set up by the Taiwan Department of the Interior.

Another US$960,000 was raised at a fundraising event where China’s most famous Shanghai Opera troupe headlined, and donations poured in from the people and government of Taiwan and China throughout the evening. 

The benefit was aptly titled: “ Two Sides of the Strait: Hearts and Hands Together.




Spotlight on Chung Tai Zhi-Cheng Monastery, Pingdong, Taiwan

The Ven. abbess JianYing for 10 years has been a champion of community services and charitable works. She has built a strong relationship with local indigenous tribes and was bestowed with the honorary title of “High Princess” as a tribute to her kind spirit and hard work. 

Shifus and members of the Monastery witnessed the destruction and its aftermath first hand. They sprung into action and gave away thousands of meals and water supplies to survivors on a daily basis.

 



 





   
 
Upon seeing the collapsed houses and evacuated neighborhoods, Ven. JianHu commented “we must see this as a warning from the environment (that humans have abused)… a wake-up call for us to pay attention to the interdependency of humans and the environment… as Buddhists, we must extend our compassion for sentient beings to the earth and its environment. Chung Tai Zen Centers teach not only how to purify our minds but also to respect the environment. Ven. JianHu further stated: “Only when we all work together to take care of the environment, may a tragedy like Typhoon Morakot be avoided for the future generations.”
 

 

 

 

 

 


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