The National Academy of Inventors Inducts New Fellow, Founder of Tzu Chi Dharma Master Cheng Yen

National Headquarters  |  June 21, 2022

Press Release

The Buddhist nun and founder of the global Tzu Chi humanitarian network, spanning 127 countries, has been recognized for her achievements in the field of medicine and new product techniques.

Phoenix, AZ, June 21, 2022 – Dharma Master Cheng Yen, the founder of Tzu Chi, has been inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors at its 11th annual meeting. It comes on the heels of her impacts in medicine and new product techniques in herbal medicine and holistic care through the Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology in Hualien, Taiwan.

Founded in 2010, the National Academy of Inventors is an association of the world’s premiere inventors in academia who have “made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.” It is the highest professional distinction awarded to academic inventors, with only 1,567 NAI Fellows worldwide. Among those represented are inventors from more than 300 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. This year, Master Cheng Yen is the sole individual representing a Buddhist institution. 

To accept this great honor, Tzu Chi USA Chief Executive Officer Debra Boudreaux and volunteers from the Tzu Chi Phoenix Service Center attended the induction ceremony, held on the evening of June 15, 2022. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Defining the Future: Inventing for Tomorrow.” Expressing gratitude on behalf of the Master, Boudreaux hopes that it sets an inspiring example for those who overcome adversity to put compassion into action and bring positive change into the world.


The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a global non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1966 by a Buddhist nun named Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Taiwan. Its missions of medicine, charity, education, and humanistic culture have brought relief to 127 countries and counting. In 1989, Tzu Chi USA was established and now has 65 offices across the US. The heart of Tzu Chi is embedded in its name: in Chinese, “tzu” means compassion and “chi,” relief.


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