Pure Heart: A Young Boy’s Spiritual Journey

This is a story about a young boy and his mother’s journey between two worlds: one with conflicting life values and one that fosters compassion and alleviates suffering. Despite their differences, the mother-son pair, through abundant love and respect, finally came to embrace a new vision together.

Born and raised in Northern California, Christopher Yang, nicknamed Xiao Niu(Little Calf), is gentle, kind-hearted, and soft-spoken. His mother, Jessica Su, worried that her son’s innocence would not fare well with the individualistic values of society, and she hoped to shape him into a more well-rounded and “street smart” person.

At the age of four, Christopher attended Tzu Chi Academy in San Jose, California, to begin his Mandarin lessons; in class, he became fascinated by Tzu Chi’s charity missions, and he found his place at the Jing Si Abode, the spiritual home of all Tzu Chi volunteers. Twelve-year-old Christopher, inspired by the teachings of Master Cheng Yen, grew determined to carry out Master’s great vow as his own lifelong mission—to work “for Buddha’s teachings, for sentient beings.”

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About the Author

Shu-Yi Chiu holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from National Chengchi University and has worked for many years at the United Evening News. She is currently a freelance writer.

Contents

  • A Sincere Hope
  • The Pure Wisdom of a Young Child
  • Words from Christopher’s Teacher

Part 1
A Pure Nature

  • Chapter One
    Christopher’s First Encounter with Tzu Chi
  • Chapter Two
    Forming Karmic Connections
  • Chapter Three
    Mindful Living in Hualien
  • Chapter Four
    A Spiritual Home

Part 2
A Destiny in Conflict

  • Chapter Five
    Jessica’s Emotional Struggle
  • Chapter Six
    The Failed Reform Project
  • Chapter Seven
    A Mother’s Blessings
  • Chapter Eight
    A Mother’s Gratitude

Part 3
Finding Peace from Letting Go

  • Chapter Nine
    A Mother’s Devotion
  • Chapter Ten
    The Art of Social Harmony
  • Chapter Eleven
    Humanistic Education is the Ideal Pedagogy 141

Part 4
A Pure and Innocent Heart

  • Chapter Twelve
    Master Cheng Yen and Xiao Niu
  • Chapter Thirteen
    The Youngest Disciple
  • Chapter Fourteen
    A True Understanding
  • Chapter Fifteen
    An Example of Compassion and Discipline

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