Books by Dharma Master Cheng Yen

 TitlePublished inDescription 
A Heart of Joy and Ease
歡喜自在
2021In this collection of short teachings, Dharma Master Cheng Yen provides guidance on how we can have joy in our relationships and how we can face everything in life with a sense of ease.
A Second and A Lifetime
一秒鐘和一輩子
2019This book gathers many stories told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen that describe various situations we may encounter in our daily life and how our mindset, within the span of a second, leads us to experience suffering, afflictions, or joy. By always nurturing thoughts of goodness, we can prevent ourselves from going astray on our path and live a life of joy and ease.
A Steady Heart and Steady Practice: Stories for Living a Good Life
過關——實心‧實做‧好人生
2020Through the stories in this book, Dharma Master Cheng Yen hopes to help us learn to develop a steady heart of mindfulness and a steady practice on the Bodhisattva Path. With these tools, we can lead a pure and good life.
Being at Peace: Lessons on Living & Dying
生死皆自在
2016This book presents Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings on life and death. Through it, she hopes to expel misdirected beliefs about living and dying and bring clarity to their meaning, so that we may experience life and death in accord with their true nature.
Commentary on The Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters: Spoken by the Buddha
四十二章經
2018The Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters is a compilation of the essence of Buddhist teachings and is a good entry point for beginning spiritual practitioners. Topics covered include the sequence we should follow in our spiritual practice, guidelines for practitioners at different levels of cultivation, and ways to self-reflect, bring out their life’s full potential, and reach a pure state of peace and joy.
Dharma as Water: A Commentary on the Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance, Volumes 1-3
法譬如水──慈悲三昧水懺講記(上中下篇)
2013
2014
2020
Dharma Master Cheng Yen taught The Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance in the hopes that people would better understand the principles of repentance practice and apply the Dharma water to wash away the impurities in their hearts. By integrating the Tzu Chi spirit into the teachings of the Water Repentance, she sheds a new and unique light upon the Buddha's teachings and makes them relevant for modern living.
Free From Dust, Light Is Revealed: The Path to Wisdom
塵盡光生
2021In this compilation of true life stories, Dharma Master Cheng Yen communicates the profound Buddha Dharma through simple words. Like a pure stream, they wipe away the dust covering our minds and guide us to purify ourselves and bring harmony to our societies.
Friends from Afar: Conversations with Dharma Master Cheng Yen
有朋自遠方來——與證嚴上人對話
2015This collection of conversations between Dharma Master Cheng Yen and her visitors from many different fields and backgrounds give insight into how she utilizes her wisdom in a wide range of topics and how she always upholds her mission of working for the Buddha's teachings and for all sentient beings.
From Austerity to Prosperity
清貧致福
2013The pursuit of materialism and modern day conveniences has resulted in overdevelopment and the depletion of natural resources, creating a negative impact on the environment. In this book, Dharma Master Cheng Yen offers practical advice on how to return to a simple and natural lifestyle by curbing our desires. In doing so, we can not only help protect the environment but also find true prosperity through spiritual wealth.
Infinite Teachings, Infinite Meanings
說法無量義無量
2015In this book, Dharma Master Cheng Yen answers everyday questions such as parent-child relations, education, career, marriage, living and dying, etc., as well as offers guidance on the Buddhist faith, morality and ethics.The topics are organized based on the key concepts in Chapter Two of the Sutra of Infinite Meanings─Expounding the Dharma.
Jing Si Aphorisms, Volume One, Revised Edition
靜思語一(修訂版)
2014Dharma Master Cheng Yen shares her insights into the Buddha’s teachings in simple and easy-to-understand statements to help people in modern-day society understand the profound truth in life. Her words of wisdom are condensed and compiled into short teachings called Jing Si Aphorisms. "Jing Si" (literally "Still Thoughts" in Chinese), reflects Master Cheng Yen's hope for everyone to live their everyday life with tranquil and calm contemplation.
Still Thoughts: A Collection of Short Teachings and Jing Si Aphorisms, Volume Two, Revised Edition
靜思語二(修訂版)
2016Dharma Master Cheng Yen shares her insights into the Buddha’s teachings in simple and easy-to-understand statements to help people in modern-day society understand the profound truth in life. Her words of wisdom are condensed and compiled into short teachings called Jing Si Aphorisms. "Jing Si" (literally "Still Thoughts" in Chinese), reflects Master Cheng Yen's hope for everyone to live their everyday life with tranquil and calm contemplation.
Jing Si Aphorisms, Volume 3
靜思語三
2010Dharma Master Cheng Yen shares her insights into the Buddha’s teachings in simple and easy-to-understand statements to help people in modern-day society understand the profound truth in life. Her words of wisdom are condensed and compiled into short teachings called Jing Si Aphorisms. "Jing Si" (literally "Still Thoughts" in Chinese), reflects Master Cheng Yen's hope for everyone to live their everyday life with tranquil and calm contemplation.
Jing Si Aphorisms—The Fundamentals of Virtue
靜思語——孝為人本 世界和平的守護力量
2014Dharma Master Cheng Yen shares her insights into the Buddha’s teachings in simple and easy-to-understand statements to help people in modern-day society understand the profound truth in life. Her words of wisdom are condensed and compiled into short teachings called Jing Si Aphorisms. "Jing Si" (literally "Still Thoughts" in Chinese), reflects Master Cheng Yen's hope for everyone to live their everyday life with tranquil and calm contemplation. In this book, Master Cheng Yen shares her wisdom about the fundamentals of virtue in relation to individuals, family, society, and the earth.
Life Economics
人生經濟學
2013Concerned about increasing erratic climate changes and various natural and manmade disasters, Dharma Master Cheng Yen urges everyone to cherish our lives, this world, and our relationships with others, as well as seize the time to benefit others.
Mirror of the Heart: The Power of Mindfulness
心鏡.心境——愉悅的力量
2018Through eighty short teachings, Dharma Master Cheng Yen shares with the reader how to implement these lessons in our life through everyday practices.
Prayers of the Heart
年年三好三願
2016"May all people's hearts be purified; may all societies be in harmony; and may the world be free of disasters." Year after year, Dharma Master Cheng Yen offers these three prayers. In this book, she shares how her three prayers can become reality by practicing good speech, doing good deeds and making good vows.
Realizing Principles through Propriety: Cultivating a Humanistic Character
有禮達理──人文氣質的涵養
2017The state of peace and harmony is inherent in nature's ways. It should be the same for human life. In this book, Dharma Master Cheng Yen explains how the principles of propriety reflect the innate principles of humanity and can bring harmony to their daily lives and to those around them.
Reminders under the Sala Trees: A Commentary on the Sutra of the Buddha’s Bequeathed Teachings
佛遺教經
2017In the Sutra of the Buddha's Bequeathed Teachings, the Buddha reminded his disciples one final time how to take care of their own hearts and how to maintain their spiritual practice after he was gone. In her explanations, Dharma Master Cheng Yen relates this key teaching to our modern lives so that we may improve ourselves and grow in our own spiritual practice.
Return to Our Pure Nature
回歸清淨本性
2015In this collection of inspiring and enlightening stories, Dharma Master Cheng Yen shares how people, through understanding of their suffering and blessings, can become inspired to walk the Bodhisattva Path and return to their original, intrinsic, and pure nature.
Teachings and Commentary on the Sutra of Infinite Meanings (2 Volumes)
無量義經講述
2021This book is compiled from Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings on the Sutra of Infinite Meanings during Tzu Chi's seven-day Buddhist retreats in 1972 and 1973. The sutra is comprised of three chapters: the Chapter on Virtues, the Chapter on Expounding the Dharma, and the Chapter on the Ten Merits. The Buddha taught this sutra in the hopes that everyone in the state of unenlightened beings could develop great compassion and reach the Bodhisattva Path.
The Cycle of Beauty: Lifetime After Lifetime, Revised Edition
美的循環:談生生世世 (修訂版)
2022Through the stories in this book, Dharma Master Cheng Yen hopes to remind us to respect life and make use of our alturistic potential so that we can be worthy of the life that has been given to us.
The Essence of Filial Piety: The First Lesson to a Happy Life
孝的真諦
2013Dharma Master Cheng Yen frequently makes filial piety a key theme of her teachings, which is to recognize and be grateful for the hardship and dedication that our parents have experienced in bringing us into the world and raising us into adulthood. In this book, she shares several stories on the topic of filial piety.
The Essence of Infinite Meanings: Teachings on the Adapted Verses of the Sutra of Infinite Meanings
無量義經偈頌
2015In this book, Dharma Master Cheng Yen expounds each of the verses from the musical adaptation of the Sutra of Infinite Meanings, exemplifying the underlying spirit of the Jing Si Dharma Lineage and the Tzu Chi School of Buddhism as well as providing an instruction manual for the modern-day spiritual practitioner.
The Path to Awakening:
Teachings on the Adapted Verses of the Thirty-Seven Practices to Enlightenment
三十七道品偈頌釋義
2018The Thirty-Seven Practices to Enlightenment are practices through which we can attain wisdom and reach the state of awakening. In this book, Dharma Master Cheng Yen uses the verses from its musical adaptation to explain these essential practices, guiding practitioners onto the Bodhisattva Path.
The Path to Truth:
For the Modern-day Bodhisattva Practitioner
真實之路
2014This book presents the principles of the Jing Si Dharma Lineage and the Tzu Chi School of Buddhism in an organized manner. It explores the origins of Tzu Chi's four missions, explains how the principles are put into practice within Tzu Chi, and presents real-life stories to illustrate concepts expounded in the Sutra of Infinite Meanings.
The Power of the Heart
心的力量
2013In this book, Dharma Master Cheng Yen offers insight and guidance on basic Buddhist teachings to make them accessible to everyone. Master Cheng Yen also suggests ways we can bring purity to our hearts, apply the teachings to our everyday living, and help others as Tzu Chi volunteers.
The Principles of Master Cheng Yen’s Teachings, Volume 1
證嚴上人思想體系探究叢書
2020This book provides a chronological compilation of Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s teachings from the spring of 1996 to the winter of 1997. Coupled with descriptions of events which inspired these teachings, they remain relevant and beneficial to future generations of general readers and Tzu Chi volunteers alike.
The Spirit of Great Love, Volume One
生命的至情 第一集
2022This book showcases undefiled love in our world through short stories from everyday living or from Buddhist sutras. These stories are like musical notes that make up a symphony or brush strokes that create a painting, expressing great love in this world and chronicling our appreciation and celebration of life.
The Story of Tzu Chi, Volume 1:
Jing Si—The Journey Begins
慈濟的故事:信願行的實踐「壹」靜思
2021In 1966, Dharma Master Cheng Yen inspired a few housewives to set aside a mere few cents of grocery money every day to help those in suffering. What powerful vows and perseverance have enabled this operation to expand and persist for over half a century? Volume 1 covers events from 1937 to 1965, as Master Cheng Yen, became a monastic, and founded Tzu Chi.
The Ten Grounds of Bodhisattvas:
Advancing on the Path to Enlightenment
心靈十境──菩薩十地
2020Using examples from both present-day life and Buddhist classics, Dharma Master Cheng Yen describes the ten grounds that bodhisattvas go through in their spiritual practice. Each ground builds on the previous, from the ground of joy all the way to the ground of the Dharma cloud. By progressing through these grounds, ordinary beings can gradually proceed toward the stage of supreme, universal and perfect enlightenment.
Three Ways to the Pure Land:
The Three Essential Principles for Cultivating Pure Causes (Revised Edition)
淨因三要(修訂版)
2015Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings in this book are based on the "three blessings from pure actions" described in the Amitayurdhyana Sutra. These teachings guide us to first perfect our human nature and cultivate blessings through good deeds, to attain liberation from the suffering of birth and death, and to reach the state of Buddhahood through walking the Bodhisattva Path.
Transforming the Mind:
Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings
救世救心八大人覺經
2016The Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings contains the fundamental practices allowing us to make the most of our potential as human beings. In her explanations, Dharma Master Cheng Yen relates these teachings to modern life through stories from the Buddha's time and our days, laying out a path for how we can grow in compassion and wisdom by going among people to help those in suffering.

Children's Books by Dharma Master Cheng Yen

 TitlePublished inDescription 
An Honest Merchant—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 1 of 14)
誠實的商人──證嚴上人說故事
2014This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 1 includes two stories: An Honest Merchant and The Golden Bowl.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration
Grandma’s Mole–
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 2 of 14)
祖母的黑痣──證嚴上人說故事
2015"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 2 includes three stories: The Mountain Rats and the Leopard Cat, The Monkey Thieves, and Grandma’s Mole.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Loss of the Golden Feathers—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 3 of 14)
金毛不見了──證嚴上人說故事
2015"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 3 includes three stories: The Woman and the Wolfhound, The Greedy Couple, and The Loss of the Golden Feathers.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Deer Saves a Man—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 4 of 14)
靈鹿救人──證嚴上人說故事
2015"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 4 includes two stories: The Deer King Saves a Man and The Shoe Cobbler Becomes a King.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Weeping Ox—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 5 of 14)
轉世的老牛──證嚴上人說故事
2015"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 5 includes three stories: The Weeping Ox, The Stingy Bird, and Foolish Birds Go Up in Flames.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Promise of Spring—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 6 of 14)
春天的約定──證嚴上人說故事
2015"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 6 includes two stories: The Promise of Spring and The Bamboo Basket.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Elephant's Change of Heart—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories (Volume 7 of 14)
為大象變心──證嚴上人說故事
2015"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 7 includes four stories: The Elephant’s Change of Heart, The Little Novice Monk and the Old Monk, The Return Home, and The Gourd.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Saver of the Almond Tree—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 8 of 14)
杏樹的貴人──證嚴上人說故事
2015"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 8 includes three stories: The Man in White, Empress Komyo, and The Saver of the Almond Tree.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Greatest Wealth—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 9 of 14)
最好的傳家寶──證嚴上人說故事
2015"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 9 includes three stories: The Merchants and the Guide, The Father-and-Son Magicians, and The Greatest Wealth.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Lamb's Tears—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 10 of 14)
小小羊兒會流淚──證嚴上人說故事
2016"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 10 includes three stories: Pots in the River, The Lamb’s Tears, and Seeking Longevity.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Heaven and the Hell—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 11 of 14)
天堂與地獄──證嚴上人說故事
2016"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 11 includes three stories: The Treasure Hunt, The Guard Dog, and Heaven and Hell.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
Fragrant Fruit and Poisonous Fruit—Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 12 of 14)
香果與毒果──證嚴上人說故事
2016"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 12 includes three stories: The Gratitude of Birds and Beasts, Animals Repaying Gratitude, and Fragrant Fruit and Poisonous Fruit.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Duckling’s Mother—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 13 of 14)
小鴨的咕咕媽──證嚴上人說故事
2016"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 13 includes four stories: Buying Wisdom, The Duckling’s Mother, Keeping the Milk in the Cows’ Udders, and The Amalaka and the Stinky Well Water.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
The Lifesaving Pockets—
Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories
(Volume 14 of 14)
救命的口袋──證嚴上人說故事
2016"This children's book series is brought to life through colorful illustrations and teaches children wholesome values based on Dharma Master Cheng Yen's teachings. Volume 14 includes three stories: The Chestnut Tree, The Lifesaving Pockets, and A Witty and Selfless Old Man.
Hardcover, in bilingual text (English and Traditional Chinese with pinyin) with color illustration"
Buy Wisdom—The Master Tells Stories 1
買智慧——證嚴上人說故事1
2014"This book series in three volumes is a collection of stories told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen that reflect Buddhist teachings such as the karmic law of cause and effect and the benefits of cultivating right views and correct thinking. Vivid illustrations in the comic book style are very accessible and enjoyable for readers young and old alike. Volume 1 contains 19 stories.
Softcover, with illustrations in comic book format"
Jar in Water—The Master Tells Stories 2
水中壺——證嚴上人說故事2
2014"This book series in three volumes is a collection of stories told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen that reflect Buddhist teachings such as the karmic law of cause and effect and the benefits of cultivating right views and correct thinking. Vivid illustrations in the comic book style are very accessible and enjoyable for readers young and old alike. Volume 2 contains 12 stories.
Softcover, with illustrations in comic book format"
Fragrance of a Filial Heart—Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories 3
孝心香——證嚴上人說故事3
2015"This book series in three volumes is a collection of stories told by Dharma Master Cheng Yen that reflect Buddhist teachings such as the karmic law of cause and effect and the benefits of cultivating right views and correct thinking. Vivid illustrations in the comic book style are very accessible and enjoyable for readers young and old alike. Volume 3 contains 13 stories.
Softcover, with illustrations in comic book format"
I Love Vegetables
我愛蔬果‧我愛地球
2017"Do you know the earth is sick? Through lively illustrations and simple words, this book not only tells children the reason why the earth is getting hotter but also how important it is to love our earth, the only home we have, by eating vegetables instead of meat.
Paperboard picture book"
Water is Life
水是大生命
2016"Would our lives be the same without water? Through lively illustrations and simple words, this book not only tells children where water comes from but also how important water is for all living beings.
Paperboard picture book"