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Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

Volunteerism and Cultivation

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Dr Her Rey Sheng, Director of Tzu Chi Foundation’s Humanity Development Department, shared on the topic, “Tzu Chi: Igniting the Power of Civilization”. [Photograph by Chua Teck Ching]

Dr Her Rey Sheng, Director of Tzu Chi Foundation’s Humanity Development Department, a PhD holder in Philosophy & Buddhism (Peking University) and a veteran speaker at top-notch universities including Harvard University, Oxford University and the like, opened his talk entitled, “Tzu Chi: Igniting the Power of Civilization”, to over 900 volunteers and public members at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall on August 14, 2017, by stating that he would share on Tzu Chi stories but not quite the version the audience had already known. Indeed, it was a talk that filled the audience with newer and deeper insights of what they thought they already knew.

Participants performed some light exercises to refresh their minds. [Photograph by Gary Kong]

At the one-day camp themed, “Volunteerism beyond Boundaries”, organized by Tzu Chi English Group (held at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall on July 22, 2017), the speakers gave good insights to the core of Tzu Chi Four Major Missions.

Twenty-six parents and children from the Parent-child Bonding Class presented a sign language performance entitled “We Are Family”. [Photograph by Wong Mun Heng]

On July 22, 2017, KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall welcomed over 250 people from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds, to the inaugural one-day camp organized by the English Group. It was a true reflection of the theme, “Volunteerism beyond Boundaries”.

Volunteer Tan Shay Kiat presented the books to Siti Saliha, representative of Raja Tun Uda Library, in a joyous atmosphere. [Photograph by Chia Heen Kheow]

Since February this year, discussions regarding book donation have been ongoing between Tzu Chi volunteer, Ang Sok Kim, and staff of Selangor State Library. After four months of discussions and deliberation, the library authority finally granted their approval. On June 8, 2017, volunteers sent tens of books from Jing-Si Publications to the library. Not only has this donation enriched the library’s collection of Mandarin books, but it has also paved the way for Master Cheng Yen’s words of wisdom and Tzu Chi’s humanistic culture to enter the library, thereby touching more souls.

The non-Mandarin-speaking participants of the new volunteers’ training session from English Group and TIMA posed for a group photo towards the end of the training. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

The first English Group’s new volunteers’ training session in 2017 has recorded the highest number of participants as compared to the previous years. They are mostly participants of the 2017 TIMA Conference held in March this year.

With her parents’ guidance, Lim Mei Ching touched the water with her fingertips and completed her first Buddha bathing in the call for the “blessings of auspiciousness”. [Photograph by Ng Shie Yuh]

Tzu Chi volunteers brought a Buddha statue and blessings to the Lim family. When Lim Mei Ching presented a bouquet of little flowers to her mother, the latter gave her a warm embrace with tears in her eyes. Volunteers also assisted Mei Ching as she offered tea to her parents. All three of them embraced one another, emotionally and joyfully.

Tzu Cheng Faith Corps members marched in while holding reverently the Buddhist flag, Tzu Chi flag and Jing Si Hall model, marking the commencement of the groundbreaking ceremony. [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]

May 27, 2017, was a significant and historical day. On this day, Dharma Masters of the Jing Si Abode and volunteers from various Tzu Chi Chapters, including Taiwan, Singapore, KL & Selangor and Malacca, as well as, public members, gathered to witness the groundbreaking ceremony of the Muar Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall.

Soh Yee Siang (left) was diagnosed with bone cancer and had completed his surgery, chemotherapy and electrotherapy. He expressed his gratitude towards his mother, Chin Loi Tai (centre) for her company; and volunteer Ong Saw Tin for her encouragement and care. [Photograph by Yong Mun Fei]

Love is an indescribable language; love is abstract. For Soh Yee Siang, he has never thought that love could be so warm and important. Having been diagnosed with bone cancer has caused him physical pain but it has also made him realize that love plays a positive role in his life.

Some 3,500 people performed the prostrating pilgrimage in an orderly manner. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]

In conjunction with Tzu Chi Foundation’s 51st Anniversary, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor organized a prostrating pilgrimage on April 23, 2017. It was followed by a volunteers’ training session, where Hong Jing Yuan, Head of Tzu Chi Dharma Lineage Historical Archival and Research Centre, was invited to share on the archival and spirit of Jing Si Dharma Lineage.

A recurring knee injury did not stop Thiru (centre) from performing as he played a significant role as the leader of the Dharma vessel. Enduring his pain to make the performance a success, his spirit was admired by all. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

All the performers on stage bowed synchronously with palms together when the song, “Putting Vows into Action” was over. After retreating to the backstage, all of them were hugging each over with joy and relief that the performance came through successfully.

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