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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.

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.

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