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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 00:00

A Mind-purifying Stream in Office Tower

Written by  Koh Poo Leng, Klang / Translated by Goh Hwe Yong

Its strategic location in the office building made the Jing-Si Books & Café a great get-away place to relax and to learn. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

Tzu Chi’s 127th Jing-Si Books & Café internationally and the 24th in Malaysia, opened its doors to the public in Setia Alam, in Shah Alam township recently. It is located on the first floor of Top Glove Tower building, which is owned by Top Glove Corporation. Jing-Si means “Still Thoughts”, hence the Café’s thoughtful decor exudes a cosy and peaceful ambience promoting calmness of spirit and mind.


This historical moment on August 7, 2018, was witnessed by 138 guests. The opening ceremony was presided by Echo Chien (CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor), Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai (Founder of Top Glove Corporation), Tan Sri Vincent Tan (Founder of Berjaya Corporation), Tan Sri Dato’ Barry Goh (Founder of MCT Group), Tan Sri Dato’ Kong Hon Kong (Founder of Nirvana Group), Dato’ Alwin Chang, Ang Kim Sing (person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Klang) and last but not least, Tien Chin Hsiang (volunteer-in-charge of Jing-Si Publications).

It was with great joy shared by all present on this very auspicious occasion but for Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai, its significance was even greater; it was “his wish fulfilled, his dream realized”!

A humble introduction to garner kindness

For Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai, a Tzu Chi volunteer, the opening of the Jing-Si Books & Café in his corporate office tower block took three years to materialize. He magnanimously and sincerely contributed the Café premises and also a major part of the renovation cost. Tan Sri feels he is indeed truly honoured to have the Café in the vicinity of this corporate office as he wants Tzu Chi’s missions and Master’s teachings to be easily accessible to more people especially his employees.

Tan Sri Lim said with earnestness, “My purpose of having a Jing-Si Books & Café in Top Glove Tower is to promote humanitarian values and influence more people so that we can create a positive social environment for all. When a good man is born, a bad man is gone; likewise, where a good activity is created, malice is avoided. It is thus very important to encourage or promote good activities to more people, which will in turn create a culture of goodwill and kindness. Peace and security in such a society shall then prevail.”

Tan Sri Lim has taken to heart what Master Cheng Yen has always taught, “It is important to do good and it is more significant when more people are involved in going good.”

Alwin Chang’s kind and generous donation of all electrical equipment and furniture in the Café helped to complement the interior design reflecting tranquillity, peacefulness and simplicity – elements which promote mindful reflection and inner realizations. He also hopes that the Café will help more and more people to understand Tzu Chi and its humanitarian missions which will ultimately bring out the inner beauty of mankind. Alwin Chang was accompanied by his wife to share this joyful and auspicious moment.

He also remarked, “Just as what Master Cheng Yen always reminds us, there should be more good deeds done by more people. With many more of such cafes opening, Tzu Chi will be able to reach out to more people at its local community and to inspire them to join Tzu Chi’s missions of Great Love and compassion.

Echo Chien, in her speech, thanked all for being present and conveyed her wish for the Jing-Si Books & Café to act as a link to the local community, a place for wholesome knowledge and spiritual enrichment.

A blessed vow came true

This new Jing-Si Books & Café outlet is unique because of its location, i.e. within an office building. How did it come about in the first place? This is Tien Chin Hsiang’s account of how it all began.

The Top Glove Tower building in Setia Alam was completed and occupied three years ago. Tan Sri Lim was keen to launch the Jing-Si Books & Café within his premises and expressed his intentions to Tien Chin Hsiang (person-in-charge of Jing-Si Publications). However, due to the low occupancy rate of the building, Tan Sri’s request was kept-in-view until a later date.

With a pure heart, i.e. a heart with good intentions, Tan Sri requested for another assessment early this year, and this time his vow was realized.

Tien Chin Hsiang said, “When we were told by Tan Sri that the Tower building had reached an occupancy rate of 85%, and in view of the fact that in the Setia Alam vicinity, there was no Jing-Si Books & Café, we agreed that the time was right for a Café outlet to be launched’.

Tien Chin Hsiang believes that the Café is a good platform for people to know and understand the teachings of Master Cheng Yen which is the corner stone of Tzu Chi Foundation; promoting Great Love and compassion through our actions of charity and giving. It is thus every Tzu Chi volunteer’s sincere mission to spread the seeds of love and goodwill through Master’s teachings.

This Café will be opened from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 7 pm, as office workers do not work on weekends. In order to reach out to more office workers, Tien Chin Hsiang said, “I hope to employ delivery services to delivery coffee/tea to offices in the building, a special service to enhance ties with our customers.” Taking care of the office workers and the community’s spiritual needs draws parallel to “a flowing stream that can cool and cleanse hearts and minds”.

Go slow and keep calm

Philip Choo, invited by his friend to attend the opening ceremony, was very happy he came although he was not expecting anything. He felt such warmth from the earnest reception and felt calm and serene inside the Café.

“People are always very busy doing work, there is hardly any time to slow down to learn new things in a calm and serene environment. This Café provides such a good atmosphere for rest, reflection and contemplation,” Philip said smilingly. The videos he watched moved him emotionally and probably triggered his spiritual reflection. Thoughtfully, he commented that life would be meaningless if one were to focus solely on earning money and be shackled by busy work routines one has created for oneself.

Philip envisaged that browsing through a book over a cup of coffee/tea in such an idyllic atmosphere makes it easier to grasp new knowledge for self-consumption or use it to help others. Through this process one becomes much wiser. True to his words, he bought the first edition of Jing-Si Aphorisms.


As a closing programme, volunteers presented a gentle sign language interpretation of a song that expressed the significance of a clear and tranquil mind for an enriching life. From the very moment of its opening, the Jing-Si Books & Café was ready to assume its role in allowing a comforting environment for spiritual enrichment.

 

Witnessed by about 138 guests, the Jing-Si Books & Café (Setia Alam outlet) was officially opened on August 7, 2018. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]   The elegant layout of the Jing-Si Books & Café would be a meeting point where Tzu Chi volunteers are able to introduce members of the local community as well as office workers within the building to get to know and follow the missions of Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

Witnessed by about 138 guests, the Jing-Si Books & Café (Setia Alam outlet) was officially opened on August 7, 2018. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
The elegant layout of the Jing-Si Books & Café would be a meeting point where Tzu Chi volunteers are able to introduce members of the local community as well as office workers within the building to get to know and follow the missions of Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
A group photograph of VIPs was taken at the entrance to the Jing-Si Books & Café. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]   Documentary videos were played to present to the guests the true role of the Jing-Si Books & Café. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

A group photograph of VIPs was taken at the entrance to the Jing-Si Books & Café. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
 
Documentary videos were played to present to the guests the true role of the Jing-Si Books & Café. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
Dato Alwin Chang (left) hoped that his donation could lead to more people joining the ranks of Great Love. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]   Tien Chin Hsiang (right) hoped that with the launch of the Jing-Si Books & Café, the values of humanities as promoted by Tzu Chi could find their way to reach offices in the building. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

Dato Alwin Chang (left) hoped that his donation could lead to more people joining the ranks of Great Love. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
 
Tien Chin Hsiang (right) hoped that with the launch of the Jing-Si Books & Café, the values of humanities as promoted by Tzu Chi could find their way to reach offices in the building. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai showed the red ribbon bundle after the opening ceremony. His wish to have a clear stream that cleansed the hearts and mind at his office building was realized finally. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]   Philip Choo (2nd right), as a first-timer to any Jing-Si Books & Café, liked the cosy atmosphere of the Café. He was of the opinion that the Café would be an ideal place to relax and to learn. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai showed the red ribbon bundle after the opening ceremony. His wish to have a clear stream that cleansed the hearts and mind at his office building was realized finally. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
 
Philip Choo (2nd right), as a first-timer to any Jing-Si Books & Café, liked the cosy atmosphere of the Café. He was of the opinion that the Café would be an ideal place to relax and to learn. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]