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Saturday, 27 February 2016 00:00

Create Good Affinity through Jing Si Aphorisms

Written by  Lee Yoke Ling, Lai Sou Chang & Gan Geok Chew, KL & Selangor / Translated by Chew Chiau Ping

Tzu Chi volunteers in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam initiated the “Good Words of Jing Si Aphorisms along the Streets” event to stimulate benevolent thoughts and for volunteers to build rapport with business operators in the area. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]

On the sunny morning of February 27, 2016, a group of Tzu Chi volunteers from Shah Alam had gathered at the business district in Kota Kemuning. With around 30 framed Jing Si Aphorisms in hand, they went from shop to shop and distributed all of them within three hours.


Jing Si Aphorisms are compilation of Master Cheng Yen’s words of wisdom on life lessons, presented in simple language, leading the readers to eradicate unwholesome thoughts and liberate their minds. That had inspired the volunteers to initiate the “Good Words of Jing Si Aphorisms along the Streets” event to spread the good words to a greater audience.

Community leader of Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, Law Teng How, revealed that the event was meant to stimulate benevolent thoughts and for volunteers to build rapport with business operators in the area, thus promoting Tzu Chi’s missions and activities like recycling and others.

Early in the morning, 18 volunteers from Bukit Rimau, Kota Kemuning, Sri Muda and USJ gathered at Tzu Chi’s Kota Kemuning Community Centre to prepare for the event. They had framed each Jing Si Aphorism poster using leftover wood from a factory.

Event coordinator, Ong Siew Ling, divided the volunteers into three groups of five to six volunteers each. Each volunteer was assigned with a different task ranging from promotion, recording, photography to setting up of the posters. The group leaders – Khow Siew Moi, Ding Kung Jen and Liao Shu Yu, led their respective teams to visit the nearby business premises  to promote the Jing Si Aphorisms.

Undeterred by the hot weather, the volunteers visited various business operators of different races. Master Cheng Yen once said, “Good deeds can be accomplished through collective effort.” Within two and a half hours, the event had received overwhelming response from them. Not only could they admire the meaningful aphorisms in their premises, passers-by could do likewise and in turn, spread those good words.

Words of wisdom cleanse the mind

Thirty-five-year old Sabahan, Eddie, is a manager at a car wash outlet. Although not well-versed in Mandarin, he happily picked one poster with English subtitles that read, “One must overcome difficulties and not be overcome by them”. After learning the meaning of that phrase from the volunteers, he happily shared the aphorism with his employees.

Jia Hui, a young mechanic from Klang, has worked in the car accessory store for the past two years. He picked the same poster as a reminder to remain undeterred by failure. He had thought of doing kind deeds before but has yet to act on it. As he knew little about Tzu Chi, volunteers took the time to enlighten him about Tzu Chi’s missions, hoping he will participate in recycling in future.

Good words are like refreshing breeze in spring

The owner of Grain & Beans, Cheng Zhi Zhong, warmly greeted the volunteers who explained about their purpose of visit. Although he has never heard of Jing Si Aphorisms, he happily picked one poster as well. Having been in business in that area for the past three years, he knew that Tzu Chi community centre is right next door to him, and had donated to Tzu Chi before.

The poster he picked read, “A heart of joy is a virtue that brings happiness to others like a spring breeze.” He agreed that one must keep a joyful mind before influencing others. The volunteers also informed him about Tzu Chi’s four major missions and the availability of classes for children and teenagers. With two children, aged five and thirteen, he was keen to find out more about these classes from the community centre later.

Leong Nam Man, a manager in kitchen and cabinet design business, was hesitant at first as he mistook the volunteers for salesmen. After clarification, he happily browsed through the posters and remarked, “Jing Si Aphorisms are like words of wisdoms that teach us the right conduct.” Having been with the company for the past five years, he was transferred to this outlet three years ago. He and his wife are familiar with Tzu Chi as they had been sending recyclables to Tzu Chi recycling centre.

“Although I can’t contribute much financially, but I would like to help out using my expertise. I can help to fix furniture or make some woodwork,” Nam Man took the opportunity to offer his help in making some wooden furniture for Tzu Chi’s care recipients.

Promoting good words benefit oneself and others

The owner of a local eatery, Huang Zi Hua, gave a warm reception to the volunteers who came with the framed Jing Si Aphorism posters. He picked three Aphorisms – two for his shops and one for his friend. Having studied Buddha’s teachings, the sharp-minded and friendly owner spoke of his appreciation for Tzu Chi’s charitable efforts. Being an advocate of recycling, he agreed that recycling should start from home. The volunteers informed him of the community centre and recycling centre in the area.

Zi Hua hopes that his customers, while waiting, could savour the Jing Si Aphorisms on the wall as food for thought and spiritual nourishment, thus leaving a deep imprint in their hearts.

This event was a success, thanks to the volunteers’ collective effort. Hopefully these Jing Si Aphorisms could exert positive energy in the area and inspire a community of Bodhisattvas.

 

Volunteers went from shop to shop to share the purpose of the event and the meaning behind Jing Si Aphorisms. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]   Prior to the event, volunteers framed each Jing Si Aphorism poster using leftover wood from a factory. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]

Volunteers went from shop to shop to share the purpose of the event and the meaning behind Jing Si Aphorisms. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]
 
Prior to the event, volunteers framed each Jing Si Aphorism poster using leftover wood from a factory. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]
 
Business owner, Cheng Zhi Zhong (right) felt that one must keep a joyful mind before influencing others. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]   Sabahan, Eddie (left) was happy to see the Jing Si Aphorism poster in the car wash outlet. He was keen to share the Aphorism with his colleagues. [Photograph by Lai Sou Chang]

Business owner, Cheng Zhi Zhong (right) felt that one must keep a joyful mind before influencing others. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]
 
 
Sabahan, Eddie (left) was happy to see the Jing Si Aphorism poster in the car wash outlet. He was keen to share the Aphorism with his colleagues. [Photograph by Lai Sou Chang]
 
Owner of a local eatery, Huang Zi Hua (right) hopes the Jing Si Aphorisms could leave a deep imprint in his customers’ hearts. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]   A car mechanic, Jia Hui, loved the poster he picked. The Aphorism served as a reminder for him to remain undeterred by failure. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]

Owner of a local eatery, Huang Zi Hua (right) hopes the Jing Si Aphorisms could leave a deep imprint in his customers’ hearts. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]
 
 
A car mechanic, Jia Hui, loved the poster he picked. The Aphorism served as a reminder for him to remain undeterred by failure. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]
 
Leong Nam Man (left), a manager in kitchen and cabinet design business, spoke of his recognition for Tzu Chi’s contribution in the community. He said, “I can’t contribute much financially, but I would like to help out using my expertise.” [Photograph by Lai Sou Chang]  

Leong Nam Man (left), a manager in kitchen and cabinet design business, spoke of his recognition for Tzu Chi’s contribution in the community. He said, “I can’t contribute much financially, but I would like to help out using my expertise.” [Photograph by Lai Sou Chang]