Good Luck to Myself

Monday, December 18, 2006

introduction

There are many NGOs (non-government organizations) that do humanitarian aid in the world. The largest religious NGO in Taiwan is Buddhism Tzu Chi Foundation which has been established for forty years since 1966 (Douglas, 2003). Dharma Master Cheng Yen is the founder of Tzu Chi Foundation. Tzu Chi members observe the Master’s teachings, follow her steps, and diligently carry out the eight Tzu Chi missions of charity, medicine, education, culture, bone marrow donation, international relief, environmental protection, and community volunteers. The number of Tzu Chi member has grown to over millions compared to only thirty members in the beginning (Tzu Chi, 2006). It is generally believed that Master Cheng Yen influences numerous people to contribute their lives to help poor people in the society (Tu, 2006).
Germen sociologist Max Weber (Chung, 2004) coined the term charisma leadership, which he defined as pilgrims who look up to the leader as perfect as god. This theory is used by scholars to explain the blooming phenomenon in Tzu Chi Foundation, too. However, Master Cheng Yen is seventy years old now. In the future, all members in Tzu Chi have to face this issue that Master Cheng Yen would pass away. Would Tzu Chi Foundation exist in the future? Would these volunteers continually dedicate their lives to promote the eight missions in order to deliver all creatures from suffering if Master Cheng Yen would pass away? The purpose of this paper is to find out the loyalty of certificated volunteers, including Tzu Chi commissioners, and Tzu Cheng Faith Corps members. The questionnaires are spread to certificated volunteers in north (Taipei), middle (Taichung), and south (Kaohsiung) of Taiwan during the winter vacation of 2007. These members’ age ranges from 25 to 70 years old. After that, I did data analysis, and discussed what I found. The result proved whether the hypothesis of this paper is correct or not.

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