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Shanmugam (right) received the Academic Progress Award and held up his award during the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme presentation ceremony. [Photograph by Tan Yen Pack]

Being a well-behaved and thoughtful boy, Shanmugam would return home immediately after school to help his mum with household chores, clean his grandfather’s wounds, and reduce the burden for his uncle. His family is the centre of his life, and they have high hopes for him. Though this means that Shanmugam would not have much time for his friends or entertainment, he is willing to make that sacrifice.

Daarvin was happy to receive the Deepavali gift pack for his family. [Photograph by Hong Geok Hui]

With bright smiles on their faces, the children did not mind carrying the heavy gift packs because each of them was filled with love from Tzu Chi to the less fortunate families so that they too could celebrate the upcoming Deepavali with festive joy.

A totem of Tzu Chi logo, Chinese characters of “Great Love”, the letters “TC”, and the number “51” was formed by 2,500 people, symbolizing Tzu Chi’s Great Love for more than half a century. [Photograph by Lim Siow Keat]

Morning rays penetrated through the clouds, shining upon the devotees, who were waiting for the commencement of the Buddha bathing ceremony. The blossoming flowers, moistened by the morning dews, emanated a pleasant fragrance, while the Lucite Buddha statues on the platform illuminated a soft glow, permeating the venue with Dharma incense. After a six years’ gap, Tzu Chi Klang organized the Buddha bathing ceremony in Klang once again, with the vow of carrying the Dharma lineage and reinforcing Great Love.

Tzu Chi volunteers prayed piously and respectfully; the solemn Buddha bathing ceremony and genuine atmosphere touched many hearts. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

Tzu Chi Foundation has been in Taiwan for 51 years, and in Malaysia for over 20. Years of emphasis on Buddhism in action has gained widespread recognition from the public. At the Buddha bathing ceremony, the invited representative of the National Society of St Vincent De Paul Malaysia turned up and sponsored some vegetables for the vegetarian reception; Hindu volunteers vowed to follow Master Cheng Yen; and Dharma Masters and Catholic nuns supported the Bamboo Bank Era, proving that kindness could cross boundaries of religions!

Kuan Siew Yeng felt blessed to be able to accompany her father in sutra transcription during the Buddha’s Day event. She hopes that it will be a memorable day for her parents. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

This year, members of the Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association (Tzu Ching) were entrusted with the roles of planning the foot-bathing activity. For the first time, it was conducted at the more spacious Gratitude Hall, thus was able to accommodate 210 pairs of parent and child at one go. The true love and affection between the parents and children were clearly displayed in the warm embraces and tears of gratefulness. The two-day foot-bathing activity witnessed 11 sessions and attracted the participation of over 1,700 pairs of parent and child.

3,250 participants formed this year’s totem design of sun, moon, tiny particles, mountains, rivers and “Jing Si Dharma Lineage” in Chinese characters, representing 2017’s theme and preserving the Dharma Lineage. It also serves as a reminder to volunteers to create blessings and nurture wisdom. [Photograph by Lim Heng Lai]

Master Cheng Yen’s message to Tzu Chi volunteers for 2017 is: “Create blessings: every grain of rice delivers eternal love; nurture wisdom: each tiny particle holds life’s truth.” In conjunction with this year’s theme, a grand magnificent totem was designed to represent the sun, moon, tiny particles, mountains, rivers and Jing Si Dharma Lineage, depicting the 51 years of Tzu Chi Foundation from its humble beginnings. It is also a reminder for everyone to always remember the perseverance and compassion of Tzu Chi.

A total of 183 primary and secondary students from low-income families received study grants from Tzu Chi Miri, Sarawak. [Photograph by Koo Han Wu]

On December 4, 2016, Tzu Chi Miri Chapter held the Happy Schooling Scheme’s Study Grant Presentation Ceremony at its Liaison Office. The event benefitted 44 students from Chinese primary schools, 82 from national primary schools and 40 from national secondary schools. Among the 183 recipients, 8 primary and 9 secondary students are children of Tzu Chi’s care recipients.


Tzu Chi Study Grant is like a timely rain during drought, calming the students’ mind on their studies, as well as easing the parents’ financial burdens. [Photograph by Edmond Khaw Jeun Shian]

“I have not changed my school uniform since Form 1 because (my family has) no extra money for it. I am going to utilize the study grant from Tzu Chi for my school uniform, stationery, and other school supplies,” Jackline Rangkong expressed delightfully at the Tzu Chi Study Grant Presentation Ceremony held at Bintulu, Sarawak.

Photo shows the Village Chief (left) presenting the cash relief sincerely to the victims with other volunteers. [Photograph by Tang Chee Onn]

The collapse of the river embankment at Kapar Batu 5 due to huge tidal waves had caused flooding to residences in Kampung Sementak. Upon learning the news on October 18, 2016, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately visited the fire-fighters stationed at the disaster site, the temporary shelter and the victims’ home. An aid distribution was held on the morning of October 22 to soothe the aching hearts of 44 affected families.

The Syrian civil war erupted in 2011 has claimed 200,000 lives and displaced an estimated 4 million people, most of whom are now refugees. As Turkey shares the border with Syria, and due to its geographical locality, it has become the stepping stone for the refugees to enter Europe. Ever since the start of the civil war, Turkey has housed the most Syrians refugees, up to 2.73 million.

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