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 Promise of Spring is one of the Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories series. This book contains two stories: “The Promise of Spring” and “The Bamboo Basket”. Each of these stories is brought to life through colorful illustrations and it teaches children wholesome values based on the Master’s teachings. Only by recognizing the immortality of life and fulfilling filial obligation to our parents, can we grow in wisdom and blessing. Through simple text and colorful illustrations, basic values are passed down to the next generation. With easy-to-understand bilingual text (Traditional Chinese with pinyin and English), this book helps non-Chinese readers to learn Chinese and Chinese readers to learn English.
“The Promise of Spring”
A little boy wished to walk in the moonlight, but his wish could not come true because his body was growing weaker day by day. One night, in a dream, the little boy felt his body become lighter. He got up from his bed, walked into the yard and saw beautiful flowers…