The 2015 Tzu Chi USA English Spiritual Resource Retreat took place on the weekend of July 17th-19th. 125 volunteers from all over the country gathered at Tzu Chi USA’s headquarters in San Dimas, California, for the 3-day retreat. Activities were designed around the theme of “Back to the Roots – Sincerity and Love,” providing participants with a deeper understanding of the spirit and teachings underpinning Tzu Chi’s work.
This 2nd annual English Spiritual Resource Retreat started out with an in-person sharing by some of the volunteers who founded Tzu Chi USA. It continued with interactive exercises where the participants got the opportunity to deeply experience Tzu Chi’s spirit of “Gratitude, Respect and Love.” A high point in the program was a video link meeting with Tzu Chi’s founder, Master Cheng Yen herself, in Hualien, Taiwan.
Thanks to the hard work of local volunteers, totaling more than 450 shifts for the 3-day retreat, participants truly felt like they were returning home. As the lyrics in the theme song for the retreat, “One Family,” express: Even though we might come from different backgrounds, with different religions, languages and culture, we are all one big family!