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Tzu Chi

"The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, founded in 1966 by the Taiwanese bhikkhunī Shih Cheng Yen, is a global humanitarian nongovernmental organization (NGO) in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC). Tzu Chi’s “Four Missions and Eight Footprints” comprise formidable phalanxes of volunteers and professionals in the fields of charity, relief, medicine, education, and cultural production as well as international relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism, and environmental protection..." – By Elise Anne DeVido


Liturgical and Ceremonial Art: Preaching and Visual Culture in the Early Modern World

"A challenging issue in the field of religious studies is the relationship between preaching and art, particularly the manner in which preachers used works of art in their preaching and described specific pictures in their sermons; the way theological discourse influenced religious architecture; and the form and function of the preaching platform, whether a pulpit in Christianity, the minbar in Islam, or the bima in Judaism..." – By Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby

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