Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in a small town called Chingshui in central Taiwan in 1937.When she was twenty-three years old, she left home to become a Buddhist nun.
Dharma Master Cheng Yen has always led a simple and virtuous life. In her frugality, she made candles and bean powder to maintain a living. In 1966, she established the Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, and over the years this organization has concentrated its activities in the major areas of charity, medicine, education, culture, international Institute's FDR Distinguished Public Service Award relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism, and environmental protection．
In recent years, Master Chenoe Yen's contributions have been increasingly recognized by the global community.In 2011, she was recognized with the Roosevelt lnstitute's FDR Distinguished Public Service Award and was named to the 2011 TIME 100 list of the world's most influential people. Living a simple life with only the basic necessities, she has actively pursued her work of helping the poor and educating the rich.