Vol. 11  No. 1
Spring 2004
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[ CONTENTS ]

FROM DEATH TO NIRVANA
There is more to nirvana than simply kicking the bucket.
HONEYBEES MAKE A COMEBACK
We are still making discoverise about bees and their value to human beings.
DRUMMING WITH LIFE FORCE
The U Theater troupe is noted for its unique blend of martial arts, dance, acting and sacred durmming.
MY FIRST STEP
A young photography buff finds himself in Tzu Chi.
HEROES BEHIND THE SCENES
Despite anti-Chinese riots in Indonesia, Tzu Chi volunteers continue to engage in relief efforts for the needy without asking for anything in return.
SALAAM ALEIKHEM!
After a severe earthquake levels an ancient city in Iran, Tzu Chi volunteers rush to help.
PRACTICING MEDICINE FROM TENT TO TENT
A doctor and nurse from Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital do what they can to help Iranian earthquake survivors.
THE FOUR IMMEASURABLE MINDS
Tzu Chi emphasizes putting the Buddha's teachings into action.
A TRULY MEMORABLE MORNING
There is a remarkable group of volunteers at Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne, Australia.
THE POET DOCTOR
Dr. Chien Sou-hsin is a doctor, a poet, an idealist, a real Renaissance man.
I WANT TO LIVE
When a young schoolgirl is afflicted with an inherited blood disease, she and her classmates must all make adjustments.
GIVING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT NEW LIFE
Wu Hsi-chiao recycles used medical equipment in order to help alleviate financial burdens on patients' families.
HER TRANSFORMATION
Stricken with polio and having no formal education, Tsai Shu-chi worried about her future. But then she met Tzu Chi.
HUI KE
Lin Sen-shou introduces China's second Ch'an patriarch.
THE OLD FISH SELLER
We humans must pay attention to other living creatures, because someday we may be reincarnated as one of them!
LUNAR FESTIVITY
The Lantern Festival brings bright decorations and special foods to the streets of Taipei.
STILL THOUGHTS: THE CARTOON VERSION
Suffering is a normal part of life.
EVENTS IN THE TZU CHI WORLD
Tzu Chi briefs from around the world.