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A Buddhist Nun

I remember the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Catholic nun who in the early 70s became an international celebrity as a result of the 1969 Malcolm Muggeridge's documentary and  1971 book, Something Beautiful for God. Mother Teresa who declared herself to be Albanian by blood, Indian by citizenship and Catholic by faith had for over 45 years, ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation consisting of  thousands of sisters  who adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and  to give Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor. In Taiwan, there is a Buddhist monk. Cheng Yen (证严法师) who is often dubbed the Mother Teresa of Asia. Just as Mother Teresa had founded the Missionaries of Charity, Cheng Yen had founded the international humanitarian organization and the largest non-governmental organization in the Chinese-speaking world,  Tzu Chi.. Tzu Chi's motto is  to …