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Yong Kum Thong (2nd left) and his family shared their stories on stage during the Year-end Blessing Ceremony in the company of volunteer, Lim Lea Kuai. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

With ten months of financial aid from Tzu Chi, Yong Kum Thong, a former care recipient, has fully recovered from tuberculosis and returned to work. Now, he is not only able to cope with his living expenses himself, but he also donates towards Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur.

Yong Mun Fei (left) accompanied Chan Peng Chee (right) at the Year-end Blessing Ceremony. The latter happily donated his savings in the bamboo bank. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

“I am such a blessed man. Although I own nothing, I lack nothing either,” Tzu Chi care recipient Chan Peng Chee said smilingly. Poverty and illness did not make him feel unfortunate, instead, he taps into the wellspring of love within and asks for nothing more.

Holding the red envelopes from Master Cheng Yen prompted the volunteers to reflect on whether they have put compassion into action and grown in wisdom. [Photograph by Charlie Kam How Chan]

The Year-end Blessing Ceremony held annually by Tzu Chi Chapters worldwide is an extra meaningful event for the volunteers. While receiving Master Cheng Yen’s red envelopes, they also reflect on whether they have put compassion into action and grown in wisdom in the past one year.

Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:00

Striving for Great Love towards a Blessed New Year

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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 Indonesian-Malaysian Entrepreneur Interactive Camp co-organized by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and Tzu Chi Indonesia, served as an avenue for the entrepreneurs to share their life-enriching experiences and to promote Tzu Chi’s missions. [Photograph by Gan Cheah Teck]

At 8 am on October 14, 2017, volunteers welcomed over 500 entrepreneurs from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia to the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, for the inaugural Indonesian-Malaysian Entrepreneur Interactive Camp co-organized by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and Tzu Chi Indonesia. The objective of the two-day camp is to inspire the participants to realize their social responsibilities and enrich their lives through selfless giving, as practised by some successful and altruistic entrepreneurs.

Everyone prayed sincerely for peace and harmony. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

To truly liberate sentient beings from suffering, we must uphold the right faith and sow blessings. If we have the right thinking and refrain from practices like animal sacrifices and burning of paper money during the Seventh Lunar month, we will find peace within.

Yong Teck Pey enjoyed volunteering in Tzu Chi’s missions, and Tzu Chi has been the focus of his life since he joined seven years ago. [Photograph by Ngow Judy]

He is dearly referred to as “Yes Man”, for he is always ready to help, no matter how busy he is; and the best thing is, he never fails in his missions. In a way, he is like Superman but unlike Superman, he is never in the limelight, and no applause accompanies him. He assumes any task given without complaints, and completes mission after mission quietly. The glow on his face never fades despite all that.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00

Love Makes Life More Meaningful

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Loo Mei Fong is not calculative and spends a lot of time to ensure the care recipients are well-taken care of, both physically and emotionally. [Photography by Chin Fook Kuen]

Quiet-natured Loo Mei Fong used to have two jobs and work seven days a week, shuttling between her house and office only. Now, with her motorbike, she moves around every corner of Malacca not because of work or pleasure, but to give love and care to those who are underprivileged.

Tzu Chi Muar held a “Love Permeates the World” charity dinner at Bakri Junction Ballroom to raise funds for the construction of Muar Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. The guests are seen here raising up high the lotus light in their hands, signifying that love lights up the world. [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]

While a person cannot do much, the strength of everyone when pooled together, could achieve any goals. With joint efforts and support from many, the “Love Permeates the World” charity dinner was a success, with love blooming in the hearts of the attendees and beyond.

In conjunction with the Seventh Lunar Month, Tzu Chi Malacca organized a blessing ceremony to promote right understanding of “deliverance from suffering” and instil right views. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

It is a folklore that the Seventh Lunar Month is a “Ghost Month” and many would organize ritual of offering with extravagant spread. In order to transform such superstitious belief, volunteers of Tzu Chi Malacca visited the local community and invited them to participate in the Auspicious Seventh Lunar Month Blessing Ceremony at the Malacca Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, with the mission of spreading the right view and right practice.

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