Friday, Sep 21st

Last updateWed, 11 Nov 2015 11am

Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:00

Striving for Great Love towards a Blessed New Year

Written by  Chai Soo Ai

Every year during the Year-end Blessing Ceremony, each volunteer would receive a red envelope from Master Cheng Yen. [Photograph by Ng Shie Yuh]

“Joining efforts together, we give Great Love to the world. Step by step, we will pave a path that protects Mother Earth” was the theme of the 2017 Year-end Blessing session. The Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Year-end Blessing session was held on December 30, 2017. More than 2,450 volunteers gathered at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall to celebrate this auspicious ceremony to mark the end of 2017 and to usher in a better 2018 ahead. It was the fourth year that the Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Year-end Blessing session was held in the Jing Si Hall and it was filled with Dharma joy.


The year 2017 marked the 52nd year of the Tzu Chi establishment. Over the years, the Foundation has been contributing to social and community services, medical care, education and humanism, among others, in Taiwan and around the world. Today, Tzu Chi has its global footprints across the five continents spreading Tzu Chi’s Four Missions and Eight Footprints.

This year’s Year-end Blessing session was themed “Joining efforts together, we give Great Love to the world. Step by step, we will pave a path that protects Mother Earth”. The theme aims to aspire and bring together the spirit of love and compassion in everyone. It is hoped that the power of Great Love can be spread to every corner of the world to create peace and harmony for mankind.

A purified mind, a peaceful future

The “Tzu Chi 2017 Year in Review” highlighted Tzu Chi’s work and major events over the year. It recalled various global natural and man-made disasters like the floods which had caused a lot of casualties throughout North America, Australia and Asia. Tzu Chi volunteers worldwide had relentlessly set foot in disaster areas to provide relief and comfort regardless of religion, nationality, ethnicity and culture.

Master Cheng Yen calls on all volunteers to purify their mind and reduce their materialistic desires to rebalance Nature’s pattern. Nature’s elements will continue to be in imbalance with our material indulgence and climate change will worsen. We need to be alert and change our wrong ways. With each little change made, there will be less consumption and when everyone has the correct mindset and lead a grounded life without deviating from the right path, Nature’s element will be in balance. In all, only when people’s minds are purified will there be peace in our family, society and the world.

Full spirited newly certified volunteers

“Include me when doing good deeds, exclude me when doing evil deeds,” said newly certified volunteer, Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai during his volunteer sharing session. Although he is busy as the Founder and Chairman of Top Glove Corporation, he always finds time to devote himself to Tzu Chi’s activities. In order to participate in these activities, he reduces his golf playing time during the weekends. However, he is very happy to be able to learn new things through the Tzu Chi’s activities that he has participated in. Tan Sri Lim is a very humble and down-to-earth person despite his success and social status in the country. He has participated in many activities including the recent fundraising campaign for the Penang flood victims. He said that good things cannot be done by only one person, but when we are united, we are stronger.

He also stresses that history is very important; and with the establishment of KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, all volunteers have the chance to gather and make good use of the premises. With the upcoming Tzu Chi International School KL (TCISKL), we are also paving a bright future for our coming generations. He also hopes that there will be more Tzu Chi schools and hospitals in Malaysia to benefit society.

Another newly certified volunteer, Gan Siew Geok, accompanied by her children and family members during the session, shared her gratitude of walking the Bodhisattva Path as a family. Eighteen of her family members were commissioned in the 2017 Commissioning Ceremony in Taiwan. Siew Geok’s affinity for Tzu Chi started with recycling activities which she is still very diligently involved in. Siew Geok leads a modest lifestyle and her big family of 42 members is part of the Tzu Chi family. All of them are united and they participate in Tzu Chi activities together. Before ending their sharing, Siew Geok encouraged all volunteers to actively participate in recycling and all other Tzu Chi’s activities.

Great affinity, greater power of love

“Times flies and in a blink of an eye, we are now approaching another new year. I hereby wish everyone present here today good health, happiness, wealth and blessings for the new year,” the CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, Echo Chien, wished every volunteer in her speech. She reminded all the volunteers to receive the Master’s red envelope with appreciation and keep them as part of their family heirlooms. She encouraged volunteers to always uphold an untainted and pure heart, and to keep the Master’s teachings in mind and action at all times.

She also said that walking the path in Tzu Chi was not hard and it was not done for nothing. “There are many things in life that are impermanent,” she quoted Master Cheng Yen, who had advised the Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi New York to have a body check-up during his visit to Taiwan. True enough, doctors found that his heart arteries were blocked and needed to be operated on immediately.

Echo Chien also reminded volunteers that it is not difficult to walk the Bodhisattva Path together with Master’s teachings, and with a grateful and mindful heart. Even a care recipient of Tzu Chi, who was a dialysis patient, could contribute monthly to Tzu Chi. Volunteers should not be stressed by the million donor target because ultimately, this is for the benefit of society, nation and world. As Master’s good disciples, we should always be resilient, diligent and never steer away from our initial path in the Bodhisattva Path.

Echo Chien ended her speech by wishing everyone a blessed new year and to do more good deeds in the coming year; and may we be enriched with blessings and wisdom.

A total of 386 newly certified volunteers performed the hand signage performance to the tune of the “Direction”. They were full of energy and life, vowing to follow the Jing Si Dharma lineage and carry out the Dharma essence with compassion and wisdom.

Before the end of ceremony, all volunteers knelt and sang the song, “The Vow” wholeheartedly. They vowed to carry and pass on the Jing Si Dharma lineage and to cherish the karmic affinity with Tzu Chi. As disciples of the Master, they would never forget to have a pure heart and contribute with selfless dedication, and neither would they forget their infinite karmic affinity for the Master.

The Year-end Blessing session ended with all volunteers receiving their much anticipated red envelope from the Master. It was a joyous ceremony where all volunteers gathered together as one big Tzu Chi family to celebrate and welcome a blessed new year.

 

Volunteer Lai Chin Tong attended the ceremony in the company of volunteer Goh Chee Tiong. [Photograph by Cheng Chee Mun]   The attendees recollected Tzu Chi’s humanitarian relief work and major events throughout the year through a video footage, “Tzu Chi 2017 Year in Review”. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

Volunteer Lai Chin Tong attended the ceremony in the company of volunteer Goh Chee Tiong. [Photograph by Cheng Chee Mun]
 
The attendees recollected Tzu Chi’s humanitarian relief work and major events throughout the year through a video footage, “Tzu Chi 2017 Year in Review”. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]
 
Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai, a newly certified Tzu Cheng Faith Corps member, reduces his golf playing time for Tzu Chi’s activities and cultivates himself along the process. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]   Accompanied by her daughter, Lee Kuan Yem (2nd left), Gan Siew Geok (2nd right) shared about the secrets to a happy and harmonious family. [Photograph by Ch’ng Kooi Tick]

Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai, a newly certified Tzu Cheng Faith Corps member, reduces his golf playing time for Tzu Chi’s activities and cultivates himself along the process. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]
 
 
Accompanied by her daughter, Lee Kuan Yem (2nd left), Gan Siew Geok (2nd right) shared about the secrets to a happy and harmonious family. [Photograph by Ch’ng Kooi Tick]
 
Three-hundred-and-eighty-six newly certified volunteers vowed to walk the Bodhisattva Path diligently and resolutely through the hand signage performance of the “Direction”. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]

Three-hundred-and-eighty-six newly certified volunteers vowed to walk the Bodhisattva Path diligently and resolutely through the hand signage performance of the “Direction”. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]