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Sincere prayers from all participants in welcoming the New Year with gratitude. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]

Time flies. It’s the time for the Year-end Blessing Ceremony again. Everyone bade farewell to the year 2016 with a most grateful heart and welcomed a great new year ahead. At this time of the year, Tzu Chi’s donors would have mixed feelings; some looked forward to attending, some were first timers, some became volunteers while some vowed to join the ranks of Great Love. Sessions of the Ceremony represented a form of thanksgiving and continuity of Great Love.

Tzu Chi KL & Selangor staged six sessions of Year-end Blessing Ceremony for three consecutive days from December 31, 2016, with the first session for volunteers. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

Tzu Chi KL & Selangor staged six sessions of Year-end Blessing Ceremony, from December 31, 2016 to January 2, 2017. More than 10,000 people participated in the event marking the end of 2016. Touching moments with Dharma joy filled the atmosphere at this yearly event.

The theme for Tzu Chi’s 2016 Year-end Blessing Ceremony is: “Create blessings, every gain of rice delivers eternal love; nurture wisdom: each tiny particle holds life’s truth.” [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

From the original intention to do good deeds, volunteers gradually realize that “life is enriched as one contributes to benefit others, and wisdom grows as one awakens to life’s truths”. As 2016 comes to an end, they reflect upon themselves and make resolutions for the year ahead.

Taiwanese Tzu Chi volunteer, Chen Zhong Hou shared how he took over Jing Si San Yi Tea Estate. Even though he was new to tea planting, because of his mindfulness and conviction to respect nature, he managed to turn around the tea estate and give it a new lease of life. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

“When Master entrusted me with the job, I told Master frankly: ‘Master, tea planting is new to me!’ Master replied: ‘Just because it’s new, you surrender?’ Because of this, I then decided to be more mindful and commit my life to the mission!”

Volunteer Siew Yuen Lan (centre) and her husband, Ong Boon Hock (right, grey shirt), are seen here participating in a Dharma sharing session. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

Is language a barrier to listening to the Master’s Dharma lecture at dawn? English-speaking volunteers of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor broke through the language barrier and initiated the “Weekend Dharma Session in English” for the benefit of the English-speaking volunteers. The aim is to enable them to gain a better understanding of the Dharma and to grow in wisdom.

Volunteers welcomed others with rounds of applause during the opening ceremony. [Photograph by Zhan Jin De]

From October 20, a delegation of 250 trainee commissioners accompanied by 47 volunteers and staff from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor successively set out for Taiwan to partake in 2016 Certification Training Camp for overseas Tzu Chi Commissioners-to-be. The 7D6N programme that took place at Banqiao Jing Si Hall saw the first batch of Master’s Jing Si disciples.

Through sutra copying, volunteers learnt to calm down their body and mind. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

Ever since Taiwanese Tzu Chi volunteer, Huang Yi Qiao, conducted a sutra copying class in August, volunteers, Lai Shao Bin and Phua Sook May decided to hold a similar session at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall as they felt it was a good way for people to calm their minds.

Participants went on stage one by one to receive blessings from Dharma Masters. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

After two days one night, the 2016 KL & Selangor 4-in-1 Cadre Camp came to an end. It is hoped that the 1,600-plus participants would return home with abundant blessings and share the learning in the community. Let kindness spread far and wide, and let’s get ready for the next 50 years!

Master De Rang walked everyone through the history and development of Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

Master De Rang is one of the many early disciples of Master Cheng Yen when Tzu Chi was still budding. In a riveting session, Master De Rang walked everyone through the history and development of Tzu Chi while also sharing a handful of little-known anecdotes about Master Cheng Yen.

David Liu shared his learning from Master Cheng Yen over the years. [Photograph by Ong See Lim]

David Liu, former CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka and Tzu Chi Singapore, is currently residing at the Jing Si Abode and staying close by the Master’s side. In the recent cadre training, his wise words were delivered with wit and humour. Started from the five ways to keep the initial aspiration going, he shared his thoughts on how to be a diligent follower of the Master.