The Pure Heart of an Innocent Child-Yang Kai-Chen (nicknamed Xiao Niu, meaning “calf”) and Tzu Chi’s Humanistic Education
How did a mother who did not understand Buddha’s Dharma changed her mind, from initial opposition to full support for her child to learn Buddhism?
Let’s take a look at how Xiao Niu carries out his great vow at a tender age.
This story describes how a mother and her son express mutual love and respect, and learn to let go.
Yang Kai-Chen, nicknamed Xiao Niu, was born and raised in Northern California, USA. He is inherently kind and gentle, as well as meticulous and mindful. Worrying that her child would not be able to survive in today’s utilitarian society, Xiao Niu’s mother hoped that he could learn to be tougher or even more socialized into the norms of society at large. He went to Tzu Chi Academy to learn Chinese, where he found a deep sense of belongingness and then determined to pursue a path in the Buddha Dharma. 12-year-old Kai-Chen has aspired to live out Master Cheng Yens great vow,“ working for Buddhism and for all living beings,”and regards it as his lifelong mission.
Initially, his mother, Su Mei-Chuan, who did not understand about the Buddha Dharma, couldn’t accept her son’s decision; she felt anxious and uncertain, and was very much against it. She even deliberately arranged a series of lessons for Kai-Chen to try and reform him. But after getting to know more about Tzu Chi, out of love and respect for Kai-Chen, she decided to “let go,” so that he could walk on the path he has chosen, and gave him her sincere blessings.
Su Mei-Chuan’s life became broader after she released herself from her worries. She realized that no matter how society changes, the best education for the next generation is to nurture children in an environment full of good will, where they can learn to develop tactful “soft power”to get along with others.
The wondrous karmic affinity between Kai-Chen and Tzu Chi keeps going and progressing. Through watching Da Ai TV, he immerses himself in Master Cheng Yen’s teachings and learns them diligently. Kai-Chen’s diligent and pure heart has moved and inspired his friends and the adults around him. His stories are a reflection of Tzu Chi’s unique humanistic education. There are also many interesting stories depicting how Kai-Chen interacts and gets along with his mother. Let’s read the book to find out how Xiao Niu applies the Buddha Dharma in his daily life!
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