Reminder for oneself to constantly reflect on life's direction,
and inspire each other towards kindness and goodness.
Prior to being ordained as a nun, Master Cheng Yen gave herself the Dharma name, “靜思” (Jing Si), which means “silent contemplation”.
It was a constant reminder to mindfully cultivate the purity of the heart and contemplate the deeper meaning of life, while being of benefit to others and protecting the environment.
Master Cheng Yen went on to establish Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in 1966, an international humanitarian charity organisation with its global base in Taiwan. Master Cheng Yen and 30 local housewives (her lay disciples) began their humble work of helping the poor.
To raise funds for their charity work, the Master asked them to save NT$0.50 each day in a bamboo coin bank. While at the Jing Si Abode in Hualien, Taiwan, the Master and her monastic disciples make an effort to maintain self-sufficiency, without drawing a cent from Tzu Chi’s charity funds.
The Jing Si Abode also plays a vital role in the humanitarian charity work of Tzu Chi Foundation, as it is spiritual home for all Tzu Chi volunteers and supporters worldwide. From the very start, Master and her nuns took a vow of “no work, no meal”, sustaining their livelihood by making various handicrafts, farm work, etc. Most of our products are made by the nuns at the abode and Tzu Chi volunteers, and carry a spiritual and environmental message. Their mission is to spread love, help those in need, and protect Mother Earth. It is thanks to their steadfast volunteer work and generosity that Tzu Chi can continuously offer disaster relief, charity, and free medical care around the globe.
Within the world of Tzu Chi, Jing Si has come to represent the founder’s lineage and teachings, many of which are published as Jing Si Aphorisms - pithy observations that reveal the essence of the Buddhist path, inspire wisdom, and provide guidance for daily living.
Your purchase of Jing Si products contributes to this noble heartfelt mission.
A rare glimpse of daily life at the Jing Si Abode in Taiwan where she resides, and where her monastic followers work for their keep, grateful that the profits earned from the things they make are used to help others.
Jing Si Tea is produced on the rolling hills of Taiwan under optimal environmental conditions and cultivated by hand. Only organic farming techniques are used. No chemical fertilizers, insecticides or herbicides are involved in growing these tea leaves. Leaves are picked at optimal times according to the season. No preservatives, artificial colorings, and fragrances are added.
While Jing Si soap is utterly pure and simple, the environmentally-conscious production process is complex to ensure that it’s entirely non-polluting and respects the precious life force of nature.