A universe in a grain of rice
The pure and untainted rice with fragrance and sweetness of the earth.
With a simple thought and a compassionate vow, Jing Si factory developed instant rice with creativity and Dharma wisdom.
Every grain of rice contains aroma and warmth；Every grain of rice comes with gratitude and blessings.
On August 7th, 2009, typhoon Morakot passed Northern Taiwan. On August 8th, with violent wind, and torrential downpour the typhoon devastated central and southern Taiwan. Countless homes were destroyed by mudslides. The landscape was forever changed.
In the aftermath of typhoon Morakot, affected areas lacked water and electricity. Monastics and volunteers at the Jing Si Abode manufactured instant rice and sent them to affected areas in central and Southern Taiwan immediately. A total of 34 tons of instant rice and more than 57,000 boxes of instant soup were sent to people affected by typhoon Morakot.
Instant rice helped to relieve the hunger. . However, its inventor, Master De Han was not relieved. She said, “People appreciated the utility of the instant rice due to the disaster .However, I could not bear to see this. I’d rather let people know the convenience and delicacy of instant rice in safe times.”
Jing Si Abode started developing instant rice for international disaster relief work. Once, an elderly grandma received some rice but she was too feeble to start a fire and cook the rice. When Master Cheng Yen learned about this, she felt for the woman. She thought if we could turn rice into dehydrated rice that can be easily prepared, then Grandma did not have to go hungry.
Master Cheng Yen’s kind thought inspired the monastics at Jing Si Abode and they started developing instant rice. After countless trials and errors, they developed instant rice, which immediately served important function. When Tzu Chi volunteers go abroad to carry out international disaster relief work, they need to prepare food that do not need to be cooked and can provide adequate nutrients. Instant rice can be prepared even with cold water, so it is the best energy source for disaster victims and relief workers.
Besides during the time of disaster relief, instant rice serves important function in other times. Many families choose to buy prepared food or eat out, rather than cooking. Therefore, they spend a lot of money on food and create much kitchen waste. If people can use multi-grain powder or instant rice to prepare meals, they do not have to eat out all the time. They can cut down food expenses and reduce carbon emission, usage of water and gas. This is truly a way to save energy and reduce carbon emission!
In big events or meetings, with instant rice, we can easily prepare meals in 20 to 40 minutes with hot water. People just need to bring their own utensils, so it is very convenient!
Many temptations of modern society lure people to desire more. If we want to return to a simple and pure lifestyle, we have to start with daily life habits. If we can try to replace one meal with instant rice a day, then our body and mind would both be at ease. Let’s start the new life with simple vegetarian dishes.