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Tatuvaa (fourth from left) wants to go vegetarian for her lifetime.【Photograph by Tan Lian Hee】

Tzu Chi volunteers in Melaka held a total of 8 blessing ceremonies for the Seventh Lunar Month in various communities on August 14, 20, 21 and 22, 2010, respectively, with one more scheduled for August 28. The aim was to advocate the true meaning of this festival.

Everyone praying for peace in this world.【Photograph by Leong Chian Yee】

On August 21, 2010, four "Auspicious Seventh Lunar Month Blessing Ceremonies" were held simultaneously at the Kuala Lumpur Jing-Si Hall site, Tzu Chi's Subang Activity Centre, Kuen Cheng High School and Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Resort. Another 3 have been scheduled for August 28.

Brother Goh is also a dedicated recycling volunteer.【Photograph by Kang Meow Ting】

His favorite food before joining Tzu Chi was pork trotters soup, and his wish was to go to Western Paradise after death. After being certified as a Faith Corp member of Tzu Chi, he became vegetarian and began to serve free vegetarian meals. He also stopped burning joss paper.

A scene from the Musical Drama

On August 15, 2010, Tzu Chi Kuching held two successful sessions of "Dawn of Awakening" Book Launch, together with the "The Sutra of Filial Piety" Musical Drama, at the Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching. Some 2,500 people attended this event.

Customers donated whatever amounts they desired into the charity box, the proceeds of which will go towards the building funds for the new Jing Si Hall.【Photograph by Chow Wing Kong】

Poh Ling Hair Saloon in Kepong held a "Charity Haircut" activity to raise funds for the Kuala Lumpur Jing Si Hall's Building Fund. The response was encouraging, with support from their regular clientele and walk-ins as well.

At the end of the visit, visitors and volunteers took a group photo.【Photograph by Tan Sin Fatt】

More than 80 Buddhist youths from eight countries visited Tzu Chi Melaka on January 7, 2009. The visitors were introduced to Tzu Chi on their guided tour and shown video clips in addition to the sharing by volunteers and presentation of Tzu Chi songs.

The Four-in-One Cadre Camp for volunteers in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Klang was held at Melaka Jing-Si Hall on January 1, 2010.【Photograph by Tan Lian Hee】

On January 1, 2010, more than 900 volunteers from Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Klang Chapters chose to come to Melaka Jing-Si Hall to learn from the success of their fellow teams in recruiting new donating members and volunteers.

Brother Stephen Huang, Director of Global Operations of Tzu Chi, shared his life's experiences with some 300 entrepreneurs at Empire Hotel, Subang Jaya.【Photograph by Lim Yen Kuan】

Brother Stephen Huang shared his experiences as a Tzu Chi volunteer with about 300 entrepreneurs. Many came out of curiosity of Tzu Chi but left with the promise to give back to society what society has given them.

The Blissful Life Talk by David Liu in Seremban was held after a lapse of 4 years.【Photograph by Ng Eng Wei】

In his book, "Dawn of Awakening", David Liu, CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka & Singapore, recorded many of his observations of people and experiences in Tzu Chi. With humour, he pointed out that Dharma is everywhere in our daily life.

Chang Chi-duo, executive director of foundation's New York branch, brings back the good news. (Photo provided by Tzu Chi Foundation)

On Monday, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) awarded 'Special Consultative Status' to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, an acknowledgement of its outstanding charity and medical work across the world. ECOSOC is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. It made the announcement of the award at a meeting of its board of directors on Monday morning, 19 July, 2010, New York time.

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