No.1, Ln. 88, Jingshe St., Xincheng Township, Hualien County 971, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
The four major Buddhist organizations based in Taiwan are Dharma Drum Mountain (法鼓山) in Taipei, Tzu Chi (慈濟) in Hualien, Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) in Kaohsiung, and Chung Tai Chan Monastery (中台禪寺) in Nantou. Based in the beautiful Hualien, Tzu Chi was founded in 1966 by Master Cheng Yen (證嚴上人) and is an internationally renowned non-profit, humanitarian organization with four major missions: charity, medical care, education, and humanistic culture.
With 45 branches in 36 countries and still counting, Tzu Chi hopes to instill tranquility in every person and inspire peace and harmony in the world. Serving with compassion and love, volunteers around the world deliver emergency relief supplies directly into the hands of survivors as soon as a disaster occurs. The headquarter of Tzu Chi in Hualien is visited by thousands of disciples from different parts of the world. If you want to have a deeper insight into the spirit of Tzu Chi, a visit to its headquarter in Hualien will do.
Those who would like to visit Tzu Chi could try Jingsi Meditation Center (靜思堂) or Jingsi Abode (靜思精舍).
Located in downtown Hualien, Jingsi Meditation Center is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., where free guided tours can be booked in advance by phone: +886-3-8561995
Located in the Xincheng Township of Hualien and in proximity of Qixingtan (七星潭), Jingsi Abode is where Master Cheng Yen practices and open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.. The free guided tours can also be booked in advance by phone: +886-3-8266779#80
- There are two place you can visit in Tzu Chi:
- Jingsi Medication Center (in Hualien City): 0600~1800, with exhibition room and volunteer guide. You can reserve a volunteer guide in advance by +886-3-8561995
- Jing Si Abode (Xincheng Township near Qixingtan): 0600~1800, this place is where the founder Dharma Master Cheng Yen lives and disciple visit from all over the world. You can reserve a volunteer guide in advance by +886-3-8266779#80