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A Case Study:The Outcome and Meaning of the International Assistance of Buddhism Tzu Chi Foundation



By Christina Hsu
Submitted to
Aiden Yeh






Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages
Abstract
There are many NGOs (non-government organizations) to do humanitarian aid in the world. Buddhism Tzu Chi Foundation is a big religious NGO in Taiwan. Why does Tzu Chi also provide international assistance? After Tzu Chi started the international assistance, what are the meaning and outcomes of doing international assistance? Who gets the profit? Is it possible that the world peace come true?
Therefore, this research paper will collect all information from books, research paper and so on about large-scale international assistances activities of Tzu Chi, such as China Assistance, 911 Assistance, Katrina Assistance, and Indonesia Tsunami Assistance. After that, I will try to find out the main belief of Buddhism, analyze these cases, and give suggestions about international assistance. It will include three points about outcomes and meaning, and two suggestions for international assistance.

Introduction
Buddhism Tzu Chi Foundation has provided a lot of international assistances for fifteen years. I am curious about what Tzu Chi did and what people are influenced. Being a big religious NGO organization, Tzu Chi is a stable power to society. Trying find out the outcomes and meaning of assistance, I will first focus on what the deep power providing Tzu Chi to do international assistance. What is the mainstream belief? This is also discussed in one part of this paper. Then, what these outcomes and meaning is the main point discussion in this research paper. Finally, the two suggestions will be stated in the paper.

Statement of the Problem
1. What is the mainstream belief of Buddhism? Is it possible that the world peace come true?
2. What outcomes and meaning does Tzu Chi provide international assistance?
3. How to do the belief of helping and educating poor people and educating rich people?

Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this study is to find out the meaning and outcomes of Tzu Chi doing international assistances. After that, I will give suggestions. The meaning and outcomes will be included three points which are self-accomplishment, promotion of world peace, and invisible diplomacy. Finally, the suggestions will be included two points which are professional workers’ training of Tzu Chi Foundation and seek the local government’s support.

Literature Review
This study will begin on Maggie Black’s book. (2003) (Hsu Heng Shu translate (2005). This book divides four parts of international development. I will mention the first part which is the beginning and definition of international development because the international development is related to the international assistance. After understanding the beginning of NGO’s international assistance, I will focus on the six characters of NGO which is mentioned in Chung Pei Sin’s research paper (2004).
The second part of the paper, I will enter the Tzu Chi’s international assistance history, which talks about the beginning of Tzu Chi Foundation and when Tzu Chi Foundation started to do international assistance. Lin Mei Ling (2004) together with how the organization does the policy-decision to international assistance. In other professor’s research paper, Yon Sho Shin (2003), the author mentions the process, the principles, and five strategy forms of international assistance of Tzu Chi. After that, in Cho Su Chang’s article from magazine (2005, December), the author says that the process of assistance in Indonesia tsunami and what Tzu Chi provides and comforts is mentioned in the article. In Tzu Chi Monthly, the author Pon Shan (2006 April) mentions three steps which means short-term plan, mid-term plan, and long-term plan in disaster assistance.
Lee Yo Lan (2002) mentions that the activities of international assistance in Tzu Chi and tries to find out the outcomes and effects of international assistance after she did the survey. In discussion part, Wu Mei Huei, Wu Zung Yon, Wu Sin Sian (1995), the book is talking about the system and theory of volunteers related to the cause and inner motivation of being volunteers. This part will explain how the victims of tsunami become the volunteers who help other victims.

The Design-Methods and Procedures
This research paper will adopt method of information collection. I will collect all information about Tzu Chi Foundation done in the area of international assistance, including China Assistance, 911 Assistance, Katrina Assistance, and Indonesia Tsunami Assistance. After that, I will try to find out and analyze what outcomes and meaning after Tzu Chi provide assistances as well as the suggestions about international assistances of Tzu Chi.

Results
Self-accomplishment, world peace, and invisible diplomacy will be the main points of outcomes and meaning. In addition, professional workers’ training of Tzu Chi Foundation and seek the local government’s support are brought up to improve the international assistance. And the world peace may be come true.

Limitations
I think the best way of doing research paper is to involve in the situation about international assistance. That will discover more questions and the point of view will be deeper than what I just collect all information to analyze.

Significance of the Study
There are two points of contribution in this research paper. First, it will encourage people who work in international assistance and give them some suggestions to do better in the future. Second, I hope that this paper will enlightenment more people to help suffering people.
References
1. Chung Pei Sin. 2004. From Electronic Theses and Dissertations System:https://etds.ncl.edu.tw/theabs/service/detail_result.jsp
2. Cho Su Chang. (2005, December). The follow-up Report:After Indonesia Tsunami. (pp. 147-161) Taipei:Rhythms Publishing Co.
3. Lee Yo Lan. 2002. From Electronic Theses and Dissertations System:https://etds.ncl.edu.tw/theabs/site/sh/detail_result.jsp?id=090NTU02227012
4. Lin Mei Ling. 2004. From Electronic Theses and Dissertations System:https://etds.ncl.edu.tw/theabs/service/detail_result.jsp
5. Maggie Black. (2003) (Hsu Heng Shu translate (2005). The No-Nonsense Guide to International Development. Taipei:Bookman Publishing Co.
6. Pon Shan. (2006 April). Tzu Chi Forty Years Report. (pp. 26~55). Taipei:Chong Hua Publishing Co.
7. Wu Mei Huei, Wu Zung Yon, Wu Sin Sian. (1995). The Theory and Practice of Volunteers System. Taipei:Psychology Publishing Co.
8. Yon Sho Shin. 2003. Tzu Chi Strategy Research of Internationalization for non-profit Religious Organizations in Taiwan—Example of Tzu Chi Foundation. Retrieved June 6, 2003, from eThesys Online:https://etds.ncl.edu.tw/theabs/service/ft_result.jsp?FT=Y&id=091NHU05698032

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