About the Author
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 latest book from the series, “Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories,” The Duckling’s Mother contains four short stories: “Buying Wisdom,” “The Duckling’s Mother,” “Keeping the Milk in the Cows’ Udders,” and “The Amalaka and the Stinky Well Water.” Involving diverse characters and different cultures, these stories explain the following teachings in succinct and easy-to-understand language.
1.To attain peace of mind and joyous freedom, we must put our good potential into action. This is the most valuable treasure of life.
2.We should learn to treat all living beings with contentment, gratitude, understanding and forgiveness.
3.“Never leave today’s work for tomorrow.” This will not only benefit ourselves and others but also enable us to fully enjoy our lives.
4.Only by putting the teachings into action can we realize the truth in life, and wisdom will grow from within.
Filled with interesting and colorful illustrations that appeal to children, the stories seek to inculcate wholesome values and virtues in the young. With easy-to-understand bilingual text (Traditional Chinese with pinyin and English), this book is not only ideal for non-Chinese readers to learn Chinese, but also for Chinese readers to learn English.
“The Duckling’s Mother”
There was a professor who did experiments on chickens. He took pheasant eggs and placed them next to a hen. The hen hesitated for a second but then sat on the eggs. Then the professor placed some duck eggs near the hen. Will the hen also sit on them?