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Twenty Challenges to Enlightenment

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We encounter many difficulties when deal with worldly affairs, and even more difficulties when we are learning the ways of the Buddha. Some difficult lie in carrying out the Buddhist teachings one has learned, some lie in saying the proper things, and some difficulties, perhaps the biggest, pertain to keeping one's mind sincere and respectful. These difficulties are included in what the Buddha pointed out as the "Twenty Difficulties on the Way to Attaining Buddhahood" in Chapter Twelve of the Forty-Two Chapter Sutra.

Venerable Master Cheng Yen was born in a small town called Chingshui in Central Taiwan in 1937. When she was twenty-three years old, she left home to become a Buddhist nun. The Master has always led a simple and virtuous life. In her frugality, she made candles and bean powder to maintain a living. In 1966, she established the Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, and for more than forty years this organization has concentrated its activities in the major areas of charity, medicine, education, culture, environmental protection, community volunteers, international relief and bone marrow donation. In 1991, the Master received the Philippine Magsaysay Award, the “Asian Nobel Prize.” Living a simple life with only the basic necessities, the Master has actively pursued her work of helping the poor and educating the rich.

Product Details
Pub. Date: March 2001, Fifth Printing May 2006
Publisher: Tzu Chi Cultural Publishing Co.
ISBN: 957-8300-74-3
Copyright © 2001 by the Tzu Chi Cultural Publishing Co.


" Birds have nests; people have homes. If family members live far apart, how can they have a happy family life? "
Jing-Si Aphorism