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This drawing is proof of Agatiyan’s determination in pursuing knowledge and wisdom, which conveys a message that “knowledge can make a person wiser and triumph in his life”. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]

Accompanied by his mother, 14-year-old Agatiyan a/l Kanesan stood on stage in front of a large audience comprised of more than 200 students and 300 parents. He recited a poem entitled, “School”, to show the importance of knowledge and passion in pursuing studies.

Volunteers busy rolling the steamed buns and putting them in trays for steaming. [Photograph by Lai Sui Chin]

Spiritual cultivation of the Dharma can be in many forms, not just praying and chanting in the temples. Master Cheng Yen always reminds her disciples to put Buddhism into action and spiritual cultivation into practice, be it planting vegetables or making soaps in the Jing-Si Abode in Hualien. Volunteers from KL & Selangor Branch also followed the Master’s advice by fulfilling their spiritual practice through mindfully making “bao” (vegetarian steamed buns) from May 4 to May 9, 2014 for the coming Buddha Bathing ceremony.

It is hoped that all present have learnt about the compassion, kindness, joy and giving of the Buddha; and will constantly be reminded to purify own mind. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

On May 11, 2014, Melaka Tzu Chi volunteers held a grand Buddha Bathing Ceremony to celebrate a joint Buddha Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day at Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC). Some 3,264 attendees formed two lotus flowers – symbols of purity – at this event.

May 11 marked a historical milestone of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch. Apart from the 2014 Mass Buddha Bathing Ceremony, it was also the open day of KL Jing-Si Hall. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

May 11 marked a historical milestone of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch. Apart from the 2014 Mass Buddha Bathing Ceremony, it was also the open day of KL Jing-Si Hall, which is near completion after four years of construction work. More than 20,000 volunteers and members of the public were attracted to the 12-hour long event, and the volunteers prayed sincere piously under the lead of 28 Dharma masters from three main schools of Buddhism.

Tzu Chi volunteers handed the envelopes, filled with blessings, to the grant recipients respectfully. [Photograph by Woo Yoke Bee]

On November 2 & 9, 2014, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor held 21 sessions of Tzu Chi Study Grant Presentation Ceremony at various communities. A total of 3,698 students from 388 schools in Klang Valley, including 300-plus children of Tzu Chi care recipients, benefitted from the study grant.

Teacher Tay always cares for the needs of her students; and this has won her students’ love and respect. [Photograph byNg Saw Hua]

“Good morning, teacher!” Students would cordially and politely greet Teacher Tay Mei Geok. Always with a smile on her face, Teacher Tay would occasionally stop and greet her students warmly like a friend, putting her hand on their shoulder as she catches up with them on their recent life or encourages them to work harder. This scene can be seen daily at any corner in the school.

During the Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme Presentation Ceremony, Komathi brought the bamboo bank to donate, hoping the money can be used to help others. [Photograph by Loh Siew Chien]

“We can only afford to buy one kilogram of rice each time as we do not have any savings.” The dire predicament of Komathi and her children prompted Tzu Chi volunteers to offer help by providing household goods and helping the children with their studies. This had inspired the family to reciprocate the kindness they received.

The students were obviously very happy with the recognition given. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Since 2012, with the Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme replacing Tzu Chi Study Grant, the number of students benefitting from the scheme has increased over the years. The students have been working hard and are inspired to strive towards fulfilling their dreams.

Jodan Liong Tat Pou,who is planning to quit college despite having only started his class for less than a month, was grateful to be still able to continue studying with the help from Tzu Chi. Volunteer Yong Chee Ing, who also came from a poor family, gave Jodan his support and encouragement. [Photograph by Leong Im Chon]

“We had been poor for years, Tzu Chi was the first organization to give us a helping hand,” the mother, Chiam Chew Hong, poured out her years of grief. For the first time in March this year, Bintulu volunteers ventured into secondary schools to provide Education Sponsorship Scheme to students from low-income families. Christopher Liong Xio Ping, the second son of Chew Hong, who is currently in Form 4, is granted the monthly financial assistance. He spoke with gratitude, “I can use this money to buy reference books and subsidize the cost of petrol.”