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Saturday, 02 June 2018 00:00

Cordial Visit – Thrangu Dharma Society

Written by  Joyce Ng Kim Lean / KL & Selangor

Tulku Damcho Rinpoche visited KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall in the company of three Nepalese Lamas and over 40 members of Thrangu Dharma Society Malaysia. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]

On June 2, 2018, Tulku Damcho Rinpoche, accompanied by three Lamas from Nepal and more than 40 members of Thrangu Dharma Society Malaysia, visited KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. It was truly a significant visit with the hope of fostering better interaction between both parties.


Emcee Liew Kam Foong started off with a warm opening, citing a beautiful Buddhist quote: “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Thereafter, volunteer Robert Chong greeted visitors from the Thrangu Dharma Society with “Namaste” (greetings in Nepalese) and “Tashi Delek” (greetings in Tibetan). These warm greetings brought cheers and applause.

Volunteer Wong Siew Ching introduced the first Tzu Chi mission, the Charity Mission, with the screening of a video. The visitors were touched and felt the true existence of Master Cheng Yen as a teacher of the world.  They were amazed that Tzu Chi Foundation is moving forward year by year and has recorded a progressive rise in the number of volunteers and displayed team spirit.

The Venerables and members of the Society added that Tzu Chi has a wealth of Master Cheng Yen’s teachings as was shared with them when they first came to Jing Si Hall during Buddha Bathing Ceremony. Hence, they found it a necessity to visit Tzu Chi again.

Volunteer Loo Leong Teck then shared on Design Philosophy of Jing Si Hall, Lee Peng Sian on Tzu Chi Foundation and Jee Say Loo on Environmental Protection Mission.

John Leong Khai Yen, President of Thrangu Dharma Society Malaysia, was impressed especially when visiting the exhibition hall. He said, despite his knowledge and wisdom, he still has a lot to learn with an open and receptive mind. Moreover, he was delighted to be involved in recycling in his community and he has been actively involved for 18 years.

During the question & answer session, visitors Dr Tan Niap Kim, Jamie Lee and Joey Lim were similarly amazed that Tzu Chi Foundation is principally providing help to the poor and the disaster relief victims around the world. They also show interest in Jing Si Hall’s Green Building Design – the implementation of natural lighting, cross ventilation, and photovoltaic power as explained by volunteer Anthony Ng.

The itinerary included touring the Tzu Chi building before the visitors were led for lunch, which was prepared by members of the Tzu Chi culinary team, at the dining hall. At the end of the visit, the Thrangu Dharma Society reciprocated the meaningful visit by presenting a cheque donation to Tzu Chi Foundation.

 

The visitors were warmly welcomed by volunteers upon arrival. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]   A group photo at the main entrance of KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]

The visitors were warmly welcomed by volunteers upon arrival. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]
 
A group photo at the main entrance of KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]
 
Volunteer Antony Ng shared about Tzu Chi’s Mission of Environmental Protection. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]   John Leong, President of Thrangu Dharma Society Malaysia, was impressed especially when visiting the exhibition hall. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]

Volunteer Antony Ng shared about Tzu Chi’s Mission of Environmental Protection. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]
 
 
John Leong, President of Thrangu Dharma Society Malaysia, was impressed especially when visiting the exhibition hall. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]