Happy Thanksgiving!

With all the tragedies that have been happening around the world recently and hardships of daily life, it can be simple to become cynical and forget to be grateful. But in the aftermath, we can see people come together despite their differences, and just how loving people can be to one another. When there is love, there is hope. But with hope, there must be productive action to create meaningful relationships and a better world for all.

On this Thanksgiving Day, we hope that you are able to spend some quality time with those who are important in your life. If you are unable to spend time with them in person, we encourage you to take the initiative and give the people you love a phone call. ❤

With this sign language song, we wish to give thanks to our family, our teachers, our friends, and the environment that we are so lucky to have. We are grateful for all the blessings in our lives that nurture us to become better individuals who can make a meaningful impact on society. We wish you a happy Thanksgiving and hope that you can carry gratitude in your hearts every day, because even through adversity we can grow as individuals.

With Gratitude,

UCSD Tzu Ching Officer Cabinet

“Melt away all barriers and obstacles with love. With love in our heart, there is nothing we cannot overcome.” -Dharma Master Cheng Yen

用愛化礙心中有愛, 就沒有障礙.” –證嚴上人靜思語


#WeeklyWisdoms Update!

What is #WeeklyWisdoms?

#WeeklyWisdoms is a project that UCSD Tzu Ching started in order to spread and share Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s wisdom at least once a week, hence Weekly Wisdoms :).


  1. While working, learn; while learning, awaken to the many truths of life.
  2. Over time, we can build great character, achieve great success, and cultivate great virtue.
  3. Use wisdom to contemplate the meaning of life. Use resolve to organize the time you are given.
  4. When walking, as we step one foot forward, we life the other foot up. In the same way, we should let go of yesterday and focus on today.
  5. The future is an illusion, the past is a memory. Hold on to the goodness that is in our heart at this present moment and take care to fulfill the duties that we have at hand.
  6. Transient through life may be, one’s contributions will love on; as love knows no boundaries, its spirit will always remain.
  7. A person with a generous heart and compassion for all beings leads the most blessed life.
  8. To willingly undergo hardship for the sake of helping others is compassion.

Do you have a favorite Jing Si Aphorism you want us to create a graphic for :)?  Leave a comment below :D.

Want to get involved with #WeeklyWisdoms? Message us on our Facebook page!

FALL Quarter Updates Part 2!

Dear Tzu Chings,
Hope everyone is doing well!
Holidays are coming up soon and we have something special planned for you! On Friday, December 4th, we will have our annual semi-formal Holiday Party! You can also participate in our Super Secret Santa Exchange and the deadline to sign up is this Saturday, November 7th. Please visit our event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1518089988513104/) for more information or click here to sign up directly.
Here is the remaining events for this quarter:
Happy Campus
Fridays, Nov 6, 13, 20 & Dec 4 and 11 @ Croutons at the Student Service Center for rides, 12:30 PM
Every Friday, Tzu Chings mentor students from first to fifth grade at Herbert Ibarra Elementary School. Our goal is to teach them the meaning of love, respect, and gratitude and integrate it into their lifestyle no matter what their family background.
Nov 9 (Mon) PC West Ballroom, 5 PM
Tzu Chings will be passing out flyers at HMP3’s Annual Pre-Health Fair. Come and help us promote Tzu Ching and recruit new members, or just stop by to say hi and hang out with us. We would love to see your beautiful faces!
Convalescent Home
Nov 28 (Sat) @ Peterson Loop for rides, 9 AM
Every month, Tzu Chings pay a visit to the Convalescent Home to brighten the day of the elderly by performing musical and dance numbers, playing interactive games (such as charades), and chatting with them.
Everybody Reads
Dec 6 (Sun) @ Peterson Loop for rides, 8 AM

Twice a month, Tzu Chings tutor grades 1-12 children from low-income families in math, English, and/or other school subjects at the Crown Heights Community Resource Center in Oceanside. We also help promote Ji Sing Aphorisms to help the students learn good habits to incorporate into their lives.
For more event details, please check our Facebook page (UCSD Tzu Chingor our website (ucsdtzuching.wordpress.com) for how to sign up for an event if you don’t have Facebook.
Don’t forget to click “going” on the event page so that we can provide free rides for you.
Good luck on your remaining midterms and hope to see you soon!
UCSD Tzu Ching

Fall Orientation 2015

Thank you everyone who came out to our Fall Orientation!

Welcome to our GBM :)

Welcome to our GBM 🙂

Hope you had a great time just as much as we did ❤ ! We’d really appreciate if you gave us feedback by filling out this survey… RIGHT HERE …,  so we can make our GBMs the very best they can be :D.

Stay posted on our Facebook Group Page for pictures of GBM :D!

Here are a couple of sneak previews from tonight :).

Sharing Time !

Sharing Time !



End group picture ~


If you missed out or just wanted to review our slides, here they are ~

Fall Orientation 2015 PowerPoint Slides


Dear Tzu Chings,
Welcome back! Thank you for always supporting us and we look forward to bringing you another great year of fun and inspiring events.
We also want to extend a warm welcome to our new members. To learn more about our organization and events, come to our Fall Orientation this Friday (Oct 9th)! We will meet at Round Table Pizza at 6 PM for dinner, and then head over to Thurgood Marshall Room at 6:30 PM
If you could not join us on Friday, don’t worry! Meet our lovely officers and members at the upcoming events:
Happy Campus
Fridays, Oct 9, 16, 23, and 30 @ Croutons at the Student Service Center for rides, 1 PM
Every Friday, Tzu Chings tutor students in math and English at Herbert Ibarra Elementary School. Our goal is to teach them the meaning of love, respect, and gratitude and integrate it into their lifestyle.
Everybody Reads
Oct 18 (Sun) @ Peterson Loop for rides, 8 AM

Twice a month, Tzu Chings tutor K-12 children from low-income families in math, English, and/or other school subjects at the Crown Heights Community Resource Center in Oceanside. We also help promote Still Thoughts.
Convalescent Home
Oct 24 (Sat) @ Peterson Loop for rides, 9 AM
Every month, Tzu Chings pay a visit to the Convalescent Home to brighten the day of the elderly by performing musical and dance numbers, playing interactive games (such as charades), and chatting with them.
More TC opportunities:
Care Harbor Medical Outreach
Oct 17 (Sat), 7AM-5PMLos Angeles Sports Arena 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

The Care Harbor Medical Outreach is the largest annual Tzu Chi medical event held in the U.S. You will be able to volunteer alongside medical professionals to help out provide free medical services for people without insurance. Also meet Tzu Ching from different chapters, such as from UCLA and UCI!

  • How to sign up: https://goo.gl/QvQUSp
  • Check to make sure that you signed up on both forms.
  • Deadline: October 9, 2015 9:00pm PST
International Tzu Ching Leadership Conference
December 20-27, 2015 @ Hualien, Taiwan

This is a week-long leadership camp where you can meet Tzu Ching from all over the world at the origin and birthplace of Tzu Chi Foundation. Come to learn a lot about Tzu Chi and networking with students and alumni on an international scale!

  • How to sign up: You can send an email to ucsdtzuching@gmail.com or ask an exec officer.
  • FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITY: 2015 Travel Expense Aid Program for USA Tzu Ching. This Aid program is designed to help ease the costs of the expensive plane tickets and to encourage USA Tzu Ching to attend this camp.
  • Deadline: October 20, 2015
US TCCA Career Mentor Program

This is a new program designed to help bridge the gap between generations, while helping college students find relatable career guidance. You will be matched with a Tzu Chi Alumni/SG/SB in their career field of interest. Your mentor serves as a resource for career advice, can provide guidance regarding interviews/resumes/cover letters/etc. within their industry.

  • How to sign up: If you’ve been with Tzu Chi or Tzu Ching for at least six months, please send an email of interest to ucsdtzuching@gmail.com or contact an exec officer so we can give you more specifics on the application process.
  • Deadline: October 15, 2015 8:00pm PST
Can’t wait to see you all on Friday at Fall Orientation (https://www.facebook.com/events/904197992983299/)!
For more event details, please check our Facebook page (UCSD Tzu Ching).
Don’t forget to click “going” on the event page so that we can provide free rides for you!
UCSD Tzu Ching

Compassionate Eating Challenge – 7 Days (9/21 – 9/27)

Hey Superstars! 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Compassionate Eating Challenge, aka challenging yourselves to being vegetarian for a week! As you may all know, the purpose of this challenge was to see how much carbon dioxide we could reduce by eating meatless meals for 7 days. TOGETHER, we have reduced ~ 10,349 lbs. carbon dioxide.

We asked some of our UCSD Participants to share what it was like to be vegetarian for a week by answering the following questions: 

  1. Were you a vegetarian before you started this challenge?
    • If yes, what is your reason for being vegetarian?
    • If no, how did it feel being vegetarian for a week? Are you going to continue?
  2. What was your favorite meal of this week?
  3. As well as anything else they wanted to add 🙂
Let’s check out what our Tritons had to say!
Eric Horng (4th Year, Electrical Engineering)
12087021_10203571786455222_1632101518_n1. Were you a vegetarian before you started this challenge? No, but I’ve been vegetarian for a long period of time before. It felt good to be vegetarian again, and I felt cleaner and healthier. I will not continue to be vegetarian, but I will reduce my meat intake.

2. Favorite meal was potato pancake. I used onions, mushrooms, broccoli, eggs, hash browns, v. sausage, cheese, and taco seasoning to create a heterogeneous mixture of awesome. However, I had a garlic mashed potato, spinach and avocado personal pizza which was just outstanding, but I had it on the 28th so I don’t know if that counts.

3. Going to restaurants to eat with friends is a tricky matter. I went through it for two years, and this week while I was vegetarian I remembered how it was again. It was a nostalgic feeling. I felt that I couldn’t eat anything, yet it was liberating in the fact that I didn’t have to choose from so many options. It’s a sacrifice that you have to make, but that’s why vegetarianism is not just a way to preserve life, it is also a form of self-discipline. Overall, it was a great week, and a powerful reminder for myself to eat more vegetarian meals.

Mandy Lai (2nd Year, Physiology and Neuroscience)
1. I wasn’t vegetarian before climate week, but not eating meat felt very refreshing and I really enjoyed it. It was like a small way I could make my difference for our Earth. Also, I feel like being vegetarian forced me to think more about the food I was putting in my body, which just made me healthier. Haha! I’m not going to strictly continue to be vegetarian after this, but I will definitely lean towards more veggie meals. All in all, being vegetarian for a week was very fun and it wasn’t hard at all! As a disclaimer I guess I should say I wasn’t this huge meat lover in the past, but I would still definitely encourage people to try going vegetarian for awhile!

2. My favorite meal was at the during moon cake festival at the San Diego Tzu Chi Service Center. I just really enjoy eating with people and good company! For taste is better when it is shared with friends and family.

3. Oh and I guess I had a pretty good veggie burger at Phil’s BBQ too! Go try it out if you’re vegetarian! It’s not very healthy, but yum!!

Christine Diao (Alumni)

12071347_953187428061425_240880554_n1) Were you a vegetarian before you started this challenge? Yes and no… I don’t eat a lot of meat
in general (currently trying to be pescatarian), but I have tried being vegetarian before since I wanted experience what it was like and in general reduce my carbon footprint. TC was one of the main influences that made me realize that eating less meat is better for the body and our planet in general. Since TC always emphasizes compassion for all living beings, I became more aware and mindful of this message. Although I’m 12042288_953187421394759_114917442_nnot always fully vegetarian, I’ll keep trying to reduce my carbon footprint as much as I can. Sometimes it can be hard to order vegetarian dishes at restaurants because your options will be quite limited sometimes. However, it just allows plenty of room for you to be more creative in food hunting and buying the right groceries! Plus, you can always look online for some veggie cooking ideas.


Victoria Low (4th Year, Public Health)
12053110_10153648432134104_398848849_n1) I was eating vegetarian before the challenge started but I am not a vegetarian… school just started and when I’m at home I eat meat because filial piety > vegetarianism for me. I just got back to school so I had already started eating vegetarian. I broke it today (the 28th) because salmon is my weakness but ordinarily when I’m eating I choose to eat vegetarian meals.
2) The tacos at Puesto. I got one each: Potato Soy Chorizo, Zucchini & Cactus, Rajas tacos 🙂 It’s so much easier to feel satisfied choosing vegetarian options when they taste so good too.
12048944_10153648432859104_545194147_n3) I don’t really have a problem feeling full when eating vegetarian meals but because American and family culture is so meat-centered, it’s hard to eat with people and be vegetarian at the same time without hurting feelings or inconveniencing others. For that reason, I choose to eat meat when I’m with my family, although I have never really enjoyed eating meat. I hope that environmental awareness and activism can help facilitate a kind of social norm where it is acceptable and not so difficult to choose vegetarian options.
Nicolette Valicenti (4th Year, Visual Arts ICAM-Music)12083759_10208032833965078_12148958_n
1) I was not a vegetarian. I have been before a couple years ago but for a short period of time. It was a little challenging at first, but I found it easy and I felt like I had more energy after a while. I am continuing it, at least for now. I don’t want to give it up yet.
2) My favorite meal was quinoa with sautéed onion, tomato, blank beans, and steamed broccoli. With a loaf of beer bread – just add beer to a flour mixture and cook it to make bread. (This whole delicious meal is actually vegan! But so delicious)
Kathy Lam (2nd Year, Visual Arts ICAM)
12071713_10203571785255192_196685626_n1. I was not a vegetarian before I started this challenge, but I have been cutting down on meat after my whole summer experience. I was able to be vegetarian for a whole month straight by working for Tzu Chi Summer Camp, so it wasn’t too bad to just do it for a week. However, trying to be vegetarian on campus is kind of difficult as the options are very limiting. Also made me realize how much more I need to learn how to cook and eat healthily because this week I kind of just ate out A LOT.
2. My favorite meal this week was the Tzu Chi Food prepared at San Diego Service Center for Mid-Autumn Festival. TC Food is the best food ❤

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Roger Chou (1st Year, Environmental Engineering)
1. I have been a vegetarian before this challenge. I want to reduce the emission of CO2 and help sustain our environment!
2. My favorite meal this week was the Tzu Chi meal at the service center.
3.This challenge is very worthy to try again as a chance to turn people to vegetarian diet.
Tiffany Chen (3rd Year, Chemistry)
12081332_10203570106173297_371252920_n1. No, I was not vegetarian. Being vegetarian for a week was fun and challenging. The fun part was that I found some delicious vegetarian food and recipes. The challenging part was trying to cook. I think I would like to be partially vegetarian, like eating vegetarian food more often.
2. My favorite meal was the potato salad that I made. My parents make it all the time, but I didn’t realize the how difficult it was to make until now. I think that’s why it’s more delicious.
12087472_10203576671777433_1066262378_n3. Honestly, I am not a meat lover, so being vegetarian wasn’t hard. But because I live on campus, there’s not much variety, to eat vegetarian food, I will either have to cook or eat out. I think that’s probably the hardest part for me.
Tiffany Ho (4th Year, Human Biology)

1. No, I was not a vegetarian before I started this challenge. This week was both a challenge and an inspiring experience for me. It was definitely difficult to find a variety of vegetarian dishes to eat. In order to prevent eating merely salad all week, I had to really think about each meal I had. However, the process of doing so also allowed me to be more conscious of my food choices. This challenge inspired me to consume less meat and make healthier food choices. Even though I am not continuing the vegetarianism, I plan to include more vegetarian meals in my weekly menu.

IMG_42602. My favorite meal this week was the tofu avocado salad that I made from a recipe suggested on the event page. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly since I didn’t have sesame oil or soy sauce paste. Instead, I used a honey mustard dressing that I found in my fridge. I was skeptical at first at how this dish would turn out, but it turned out to be really tasty and filling at the same time. This dish was super easy to make and I would definitely make it again in the future.
3. The beginning of the week was a bit rough since it coincided with move-in weekend and I had to attend to many things after moving back on campus. I was indecisive whether it was a good time to do this challenge. However, after some thought I decided that this challenge would actually be a fantastic way to start of this school year. I am proud of my choice because I feel healthier and learned more about vegetarianism after this week.
Bryan Yang (3rd Year, Computer Science Engineering)

20150928_1035131)  No, I wasn’t a vegetarian before I started this challenge. However, I have been eating less meat since the beginning of this summer. It felt nice being a vegetarian for a week or even just eating less meat in general. I am glad that I was able to contribute to a better and healthier earth by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide produced and emitted. I might not continue to be a vegetarian, but I will definitely try to eat less meat in general!

2) Lemon Grass Tofu Salad/Grilled Plate with brown rice and some veggies that I made by myself 😀! (No pictures because I was too hungry to take pictures LOL.. sorry)

3) I ate out a lot during the challenge and I noticed that vegetarian food was actually pretty expensive. Therefore, I think it probably would’ve been better if I had time to cook/make my own food than to eat out.

John Combs (3rd Year, Environmental Chemistry)
1. Yes, I’m a vegetarian because morally I want to reduce the amount of animals being used to feed the population. I also do it because it is a more sustainable diet and has less impact on the environment.
2. My favorite food was a Caesar salad with tofu instead of chicken.
3. The most difficult part for me is when my friends and I go out to eat and we decide on a place that’s not vegetarian friendly. This is why I’m pescatarian normally so that there are a lot more options for me when going out. ^-^
In response to asking for pictures of food, “And my food is usually gone by the time a picture can be taken.”
Wow there were a lot of Tritons that participated in the Compassionate Eating Challenge, hopefully next time we’ll have even more 🙂. We hope this inspires you to become vegetarian, if not at the very least cut down on some meat consumption ^_^. If you made it through the whole post we give you kudos 😀.

If you haven’t checked out this amazing informational video yet: