Charity, Hope, and Love are the core values of Chilin Foundation.
On February 28, 1980, Lin I-hsiung and his wife, Fang Su-min, lost their beloved mother, Lin Yu A-mei, and their twin daughters Liang-chun and Ting-chun. Lin I-hsiung and other democratic movement members were arrested by the KMT government at the time; this cold-blooded murder took place at Lin I-hsiung’s residence.
On March 31, 1991, Mr. and Mrs. Lin I-hsiung, together with their relatives and close friends, established the Chilin Foundation. In the eleven years prior to the founding of the Chilin Foundation, the sorrow of loved ones lost, the loneliness of imprisonment, the sadness of exile, and the worry about the future of the nation weighed deeply upon Mr. and Mrs. Lin I-hsiung. These emotions tortured, but also strengthened, their spirits. They walked through the valley of the shadow of the death and saw life. They saw hope in the Taiwanese people’s suffering. Thus, they have dedicated themselves to the Chilin Foundation to show their love for the island nation of Taiwan and her people.
The Foundation’s Mission
The Chilin Foundation believes: The human heart affects the happiness, peace, and harmony of the world. Relieving suffering and distress is not the responsibility of Bodhisattva, and paradise is not simply a gift from above. Deliverance from suffering and distress requires the constant polishing and elevation of one’s spiritual spirit through cultural and educational pursuits can mitigate suffering and distress.
Based upon the above beliefs, the foundation built Chilin Educational Center in 1994, which incorporates the Chilin Academy, The Archives Center of Taiwan Social Movement, and also built Chilin New Center in 2015, which incorporates Taiwan Democracy Movement Museum and The Chilin Art Gallery. These programs aim to expand people’s worldview and enrich their souls through experience and reflection.
The Foundation’s Projects
1. The Chilin Academy was established to expand the minds and vision of the citizens by providing a place and opportunities for advanced research and study. We hope to establish a society based on life-long learning, to encourage the continual growth of its people’s wisdom. The Chilin Academy sponsors activities including international youth cultural exchanges, youth leadership and cultural camps, political and cultural study groups, book tours, a choir, and musical concerts.
2. The main function of the Taiwan Social Movement Archives Center is to systematically gather and preserve documents related to social groups and movements in Taiwan. The Center preserves and manages a record of Taiwan’s social movement, and is a library dedicated to Taiwan studies.
3. The Taiwan Democracy Movement Museum displays the history of Taiwan’s democratic movement and archives records of the movement’s past one hundred years. The museum aims todeepen and strengthen democratic values through education.
4. The Chilin Art Gallery display more than 80 works of art which were donated by Taiwan artists and friends of Chilin Foundation in the past 20 years. Most of these works are oil painting, aquarelle and engraving.
5. The Chilin Calligraphy Museum is preparing to open in 2016 and it will locate on the third and the fourth floor of Chilin Educational Center. It will display calligraphy from three famous calligraphers, Yun Cheng Chen, Yan Cyuan Kang and Chong Ci Wu and also from some other Taiwan calligraphers.
In the future, the Chilin Foundation will continue to rely upon its friends’ wisdom and experiences to continue its good work and develop programs in keeping with its mission to shape the minds of the Taiwanese people.
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