I just learned that one of the sponsors of this week’s health fair in Los Angeles is the Tzu Chi Foundation, a Buddhist charity headquartered in Taiwan. Tzu Chi was organized by a nun, the Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen, and now claims 5 million members in 45 countries.
So I’m saying that if health care reform falls through, there’s a silver lining. As more and more Americans sink into medical destitution for lack of health care, we can round up Tzu Chi, Dharma Drum, and other international Buddhist charities to set up free clinics with a little dharma on the side. Heh.
This is a rumor you are welcome to spread.
Update: Now I’ve learned that Tzu Chi already has a permanent free clinic in Los Angeles. Hey, it’s how the Christian missions got started in Asia and Africa. Why not?
Update: Tzu Chi has already infiltrated Massachusetts. This was low-hanging fruit, of course. Once we have Texas, it’s all over. On to Dallas!