April 21, 2011
"Top 100" lists are all the rave these days. A few weeks ago the Watkins Review released their "100 Spiritual Power List" and now there's a TIME list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Surprisingly, you won't find the Dalai Lama or Thich Nhat Hanh on this list, however, there is a slightly lesser known Buddhist figure: Dharma Master Cheng Yen.
Buddhism teaches that suffering is inescapable but that everyone has the potential to overcome it. Taiwan's Dharma Master Cheng Yen is the embodiment of such a soul. As a spiritual guru, Cheng Yen, 73, has an ethereal quality. Yet the Buddhist nun is also the well-grounded, no-nonsense head of a non-profit humanitarian machine with divisions in 50 countries and nearly 10 million supporters and volunteers.
We've written about Cheng Yen on this blog before, and we covered her Tzu Chi Foundation in the magazine. While we're not necessarily the biggest fans of Top 100 lists, we're thrilled to see such an impressive figure get some deserved attention.
Read the rest of the TIME article on Cheng Yen here.