#MeetTheOfficers: Lydia Kung, Executive Team ’16-’17

12967550_496535893880744_2467572450670358762_oMeet Lydia Kung, our Co-President for the ’16-’17 school year.

Lydia is currently a 4th year Human Biology major. She secretly has a hidden artistic talent and has been recently reading many fiction titles. Her favorite past time consists of drawing and playing video games, all the while being a master troll. If you asked her who her favorite person was, it would have to be Emma Watson. She likes the color “apple green” and her favorite animal is a cat. Also, if you have any leftovers, she’s the one you want to ask to finish them to make sure we don’t waste any of that precious food :).

“I wanted to be a doctor when I was little. Now I think it’d be pretty cool to work for NASA.”


I joined TC as a Tzu Shao in high school. Back then, I didn’t feel like anyone wanted to be there, so I didn’t join TC my first year of college, thinking that it’d be the same. I’m so glad I gave it another chance my second year of college. TCCA has been such a cheerful and supportive influence in my life, I stayed because the Tzu Ching inspired me to inspire those around me to spread great love.
12970838_496547483879585_2451199002757527216_o.jpgMy favorite aspect of TC is our all-inclusiveness. We’re friendly to everyone, despite their backgrounds and appearances. We try to accommodate for people and try to take complications away through compassion. I love how everyone wants to learn the Bodhisattva way, so we can practice good deeds and learn from each other. This isn’t restricted to the SD chapter either; we have connections everywhere, both in this nation and outside of it. Together, we’re like one big family with the solitary goal to ease suffering throughout the world.

My favorite event is Everybody Reads. After going a few consecutive times and working with the same kids, we get to form connections on a personal level. Although they may not remember the individual volunteers, it’s still great to see their learning progress and have fun with them, knowing I had an impact on their early life and education. I think it’s great that TC volunteers get the opportunity to practice Tzu Chi’s missions (Mission of Education, Mission of Charity) especially for these underserved children.

12841358_480333668834300_4268556300168130817_o.jpgFor the 2016-2017 school year, I am the co-president of TC. I plan events together with the rest of the executive team and make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. I will be presenting a lot in the front of the room, so you’ll be seeing me quite a bit!

I decided to become an officer because I wanted to take on more responsibility and feel closer to the org members. This was also inspired by another Jing Si Aphorism, “Do not wish for less responsibility in order to enjoy a life of leisure. Ask for more strength to take on more responsibilities.” By putting myself in a position with more responsibilities, I can learn to cultivate stronger friendships and manage my time/priorities better. I believe that this was a necessary step to build a more fulfilling personal life.

I hope to inspire more people to spread great love and strengthen UCSD Tzu Ching. Tzu Chi roots are important to how we operate, so in the upcoming year, I want to educate others about these origins and help them understand why we do things in a modern way. Through this kind of education, I hope members can see Tzu Chi’s intentions for our traditional practices.

“Many seek illumination by lighting a lamp, when the true light is within our hearts.”

This is my favorite Jing Si Aphorism because it reminds me to view everyone as intrinsically good people who are capable of spreading great love. It tells me to be mindful of my own actions to inspire the light in those around me.


Ecoverse Workshop Summary & Upcoming Events

Hi Superstars!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Ecoverse Workshop :). Hopefully everyone learned a little bit more about minimizing their carbon footprint, how to be more sustainable, and practice a “Zero Waste” lifestyle. Also, thank you to Tracy SG for teaching the above. Make sure to take care of those plants by watering them once a week and keep those “Jing Si Aphorisms” in mind!

We held this workshop as a way to uphold one of Tzu Chi’s 4 missions and 8 footprints of Environmental Protection. Also, we wanted to address a very big issue with our generation.  A lot of us have accepted that there is climate change, but we are not proactive about it.

Climate change may feel like such a large scale problem, that we cannot deal with it. However, every movement starts from the individual. Therefore, we hope that this workshop has inspired you to be that individual that takes action and will continue a cycle of inspiration. Whether it’s carrying around a reusable bottle or refusing a single straw, every little bit counts :).

It definitely will be a big change and long process to fully adopt a “Zero Waste Lifestyle”but the point is to be mindful of your everyday actions and their consequences!

Society has made it very easy for us to take the convenient, but not so environmentally friendly, route. It may seem troublesome to do “all these things” to work towards a “Zero Waste Lifestyle” but think about the impact that you are making.

If we don’t change our behavior now, then when? Let’s not wait until it is too late.

In addition, let’s continue to send our blessings, prayers, and good thoughts towards the victims of Japan’s double earthquake as of 4/15/16. Efforts are currently being made to deal with the aftermath of the earthquakes and rescue residents of the region. We wish the victims and those affected by the earthquakes a speedy recovery from this disaster.

We also talked about all the upcoming events with UCSD Tzu Ching for the next 5 weeks so you can check out the PowerPoint (or our google calendar) to see what is coming up!

You can see the Powerpoint here: Upcoming Events (Ecoverse 4-15-16)

With Gratitude,

UCSD Tzu Ching


*Pictures from the workshop will be uploaded on our Facebook page as well as this post sometime later this week 🙂 4/17-4/20*

April 2016 Newsletter

Dear Tzu Chings,
Welcome back! We have a lot of exciting events coming up for you:
Ecoverse Bottle Planting
4/15 (Fri) @ Red Shoe Room, 6 PM
Join us as we learn how to be sustainable by reusing bottles to create a planter. You will also get to keep your plants! Free food will be served.
Everybody Reads
4/17 (Sun) @ Peterson Loop for rides, 8 AM

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.
Happy Campus
4/22, 4/29 (Fri) @ 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.
Convalescent Home
4/23 (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.
*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.
**If you are a new member, please fill out the following registration form so that we can confirm your attendance during eventshttp://goo.gl/forms/z395gEQ45G
UCSD Tzu Ching