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Volunteers and public members received a red envelope signifying blessing from Master Cheng Yen. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]

“I’ve received much help in the past, now is time to give instead.” “We need more people to spread the spirit of selfless love.” These were the echoes at Tzu Chi Year-end Blessing Ceremony, where the power of love and kindness rippled around the audiences.

CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, Echo Chien (middle) and two community group leaders, Eo Mooi Yan (right) and Chin Chew Ying (left) officiated at the opening ceremony of Rawang Community Centre. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

After seven years of determined efforts, the Rawang activity centre was elevated to a community centre on December 12, 2015. It is a place to call “home” for many within the Rawang community. It is here that kind thoughts and actions resonant with each other.

The Dharma interpretation team mindfully designed the learning outcome forms, with key points to help the attendees grasp and apply the Dharma in their daily lives. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Following the successful staging of the “Dharma as Water” sutra adaptation performance in July 2015, Tzu Chi Melaka has moved on to hold sutra study sessions on “The 37 Principles of Enlightenment”. Through continuous Dharma learning and sign language practices, it is hoped that everyone can reflect, repent and reform themselves, thereby bringing peace and bliss to family and society.

The artificial “dump site” with countless amount of rubbish brought about an unpleasant experience. The aim was to awaken all to support recycling to protect Mother Earth. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]

Tzu Chi Taiwan is entering its 50th Anniversary stepping into 2016. The Mission of Environmental Protection in Malaysia has also attained its 20-year milestone. During the 2015 Year-end-Blessing Ceremony, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor held a major recycling exhibition for the public to appreciate volunteers’ dedication and achievements.

Public members received the red envelope from volunteers which signifies growth in blessings and wisdom. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]

The thunderous drum beats vibrated in the hall represented the rising of a kind thought and positive energy… At the corner of the parking lot of SJK(C) Kong Hoe was the Bamboo Bank Corner with its arched shape entrance made from bamboo. Beyond that was a map of Taiwan made from paper pulp, symbolizing the birth place of Tzu Chi Foundation – Hualien – where its charity mission has spanned 52 countries for half a century!

At the special session for those in the teaching profession, teacher commissioners presented the sign language for “World of Thousands Hands”. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

In view of the 20th Anniversary of Tzu Chi Teachers’ Association in KL & Selangor, a special session of the Year-end Blessing Ceremony carrying an education theme was held. Members of the Association, Great Love Mothers and parents from the Parent-child Bonding Class had gathered for the occasion; and teachers from various communities were also invited to enhance their knowledge on Tzu Chi’s love-based education.

To cheer her up, volunteers had passed the red envelope to Tan Geok Poo at her home. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

As volunteer Tan Geok Poo and care recipient, Tey Lai Ti, could not attend the Year-end Blessing Ceremony held on January 10, 2016, volunteers had thoughtfully delivered Master’s red envelope to their respective homes, and offered their most sincere blessings.

After the performance of “Everyone Recycles”, the elders gathered at the exhibition area to continue promoting recycling. [Photograph by Ivan Ooi Yoong Seong]

The growing need for environmental protection has led a group of elderly to put their love for Mother Earth into action, by taking on recycling in their respective community. They appealed for everyone to recycle, hoping to create a better place for future generations.

Sim Kim Lian (left) handed out red envelopes to all members, offering Master’s deepest blessings and love. [Photograph by Koo Han Wu]

After two months of preparations, the Year-end Blessing Ceremony in Miri was successfully held on January 2, 2016 at Dewan Suarah. It was attended by more than 200 volunteers and over 400 members from Miri, Bintulu and neighbouring country, Brunei. The arena was enveloped in a relaxed atmosphere, cleansing one’s mental defilements.

Hasni bte Hassan would drop some coins into the bamboo bank after work every day, hoping to help more people in need. [Photograph by Teng Swee Ueng]

“We have waited for you for a year! Many villagers could not wait to return the bamboo banks to you!” The affinity between Tzu Chi volunteers and the villagers of Batu 9 Belas Pondok Kempas was formed after a flood relief. The villagers were subsequently inspired to contribute back to society.