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Guide of body, heart, and spirit, disaster relief, poverty relief,
and help for the weak
       Bodhi Abode founder Li Li-hsueh was born in 1957. When she was young, since she was physically weak and frequently ill, she could not carry out many of her interests and ideals. From when she was young, Teacher Li knew about the importance of physical health. When she first started working, she was working in finances at a trade company with a good income. Later, in order to spend time with her children as they grew up, she quit her job to take care of them at home. When she was at home for a few years, she still part-timed as an accountant, but the income was low and so the family was not wealthy. Later, friends took her money, and the family’s finances were in dire straits. In facing major problems in family finances, Teacher Li is deeply aware that she needed to understand her mistakes in order to fix them. In meditation, Teacher Li came to understand the structure of the physical body and understood why people get sick. She used wisdom to face adversity and worry, use loved to feel this world, and used obstacles to push herself forward. She diligently reflected upon the reasons for her mistakes, and realized that she could only be truly happy in helping people, so she founded “Bodhi Abode,” leading more students struggling on the margins of life to regain their own health from vegetarianism, meditation, fasting, and Qigong, further leading students to support the physically disabled, make donations for minority groups, care for poor students, participate in disaster relief, give back to society, and she is certainly a “Bodhi Angel.”

Economic woes and health crisis
      Li Li-hsueh is a woman born in 1957.When she first started working, she was working in finances at a trade company with a good income. Later, in order to spend time with her children as they grew up, she quit her job to take care of them at home. When she was at home for a few years, she still worked part-time as an accountant, but the income was low. For a family with two children, the family finances were not good, and they saved what they can. However, Teacher Li enjoyed this frugal life, because peace is happiness. Unfortunately, this sort of frugal life did not last too long.Teacher Li wanted to help friends by participating in a “mutual aid association,” but her money was taken, and she lost her hard-earned money. The family’s finances sunk into a more serious crisis. 

Crisis is opportunity for change – founding Bodhi Abode 
      Teacher Li felt great pain when she lost her money. She diligently used methods of self-reflection such as meditation and Qigong to find the answer. She carefully reflected upon herself and observed her own behavior, and listened to her own voice, sensing bad habits, which were the greatest reason for her pain. So her biggest enemy was “herself.”

      She started to change her own thinking, her own bad habits, so she could be free from the bonds of body, heart, and soul, so she would be less insistent on things, because insistence is the source of pain.In meditation, Teacher Li understood the structure of the physical body, and understood the reason for sickness, to resolve her own financial problems. At the same time, she learned the great spirit from Teacher Shi Qingwen, founder of Chinese Culture Qigong Association, insisting on leading students to resolve difficulties in life in family love, friendship, and romantic love through the process of serving others. She also enriched and developed her own life experiences. She also founded “Bodhi Abode,” leading and helping more students to be liberated from the chains of “self-insistence.”

Resolution of many difficult problems
      For the last decade, under the guidance of Teacher Li, innumerable students who have experienced difficulties have removed the bad habits in their lives through meditation, Qigong, food and drink, and self-cultivation. Gradually, their bodies improved, and in meditation students can face difficulties and worries with wisdom. They can think positively, naturally resolving difficulties and worries. 

Leading students to engage in public welfare
      She gathered students to devote themselves in social and public welfare, helping various minority groups. In order to improve the job opportunities for physically disabled people, Teacher Li and students provided funding and occupational capabilities training, so that the disabled can have a skill and become employed; in order to assist various minorities groups in Taiwan to operate smoothly and provide care for sick children, she and her students also jointly donated to Catholic Good Shepherd Social Welfare Services, Arts Promotion Association for the Disabled, Christian Good Friend Mission, Mercy and Love Orphanage, and another twenty public welfare groups.She also sponsored the tuition, post-class counseling fees, and lunch fees for poor students at Shizhi Middle School, Fuan Middle School, and other schools, contributing her share to the education of students. She further established a scholarship for disabled people at school, providing care and assistance for many physically disabled students.

      For a decade, Teacher Li has led the students of “Bodhi Abode” in donating tens of millions of dollars to society. The influence of “Bodhi Abode” can be seen in care for minorities, care for life, assistance in educational culture, earthquake disaster relief, and various prayer meetings. 

Heading toward a broad way of Bodhi 
      Teacher Li was a simple and ordinary woman, who has continued to practice and grow. Now she leads a group of students as they continue to work hard and create their own broad way of Bodhi. She also paid to publish a spirit CD, hoping to use music to awaken the conscience of each person, and has created relationships with thousands of CDs.

      Her ambition was to express extraordinary vitality in ordinary life, she does not “only serve herself,” and thus she leads students of Bodhi Abode to maintain balanced body and heart. She also hopes to “bring good to the world,” thus she calls upon her students to do public welfare, and work hard to sense the world with love. Through continuously doing good, she gives back to society.