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Due to the heavy rain, volunteers moved the construction model of Muar Jing Si Hall to the back of a van, so that they could continue to explain to the visitors about the project. [Photograph by Kang Miew Tiang]

Tzu Chi volunteers organized a fund-raising activity at Taman Temiang Jaya in aid of the construction of a Jing Si Hall in Muar. Local resident Ng Lay Eng said that every donation, regardless of the amount, represented the well wishes and love of the local community.

Sevagunathan (1st right) and his daughter, Mahaletchumi (2nd right) joyfully dropped some coins into the bamboo bank at the end of the event. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

“Sampah, sampah, jangan buang saja. Sampah, sampah, sakit kepala…” These were lyrics from the Malay version of song, “Everyone Recycles”, presented by a group of 12 Indian volunteers. The sign language and melodious rhythm drew big smiles from the audience, who also imitated the hand gestures.

The sutra adaptation performance was the highlight of Tzu Chi Kuching’s 2015 Year-end Blessing Ceremony, as Tzu Chi’s humanistic culture was portrayed beautifully by the performers. [Photograph by Ng Hsiung Hsiung]

Tzu Chi’s Year-end Blessing Ceremony is held annually to express appreciation to the volunteers and members for their contribution and continued support, and to reminisce about the past and wish for a better future. On this day, they have come to receive blessings from Master Cheng Yen and leave with a purified heart and mind.

The visitors received the packets of blessings with great joy. [Photograph by Chin Nyuk Phin]

The theme for the 2015 Year-end Blessing Ceremony was “Pave a path of love around the world; walk the path of compassion life after life”. As in previous years, Tzu Chi volunteers in Tawau put in concerted efforts to ensure that the spirit of Great Love will touch the hearts of every attendee.

On January10, 2016, volunteers from Tzu Chi Melaka presented the sign language on “37 Principles of Enlightenment” at the Year-end Blessing Ceremony. [Photograph by Heng Ching Chuan]

The Year-end Blessing Ceremony is a great event for Tzu Chi annually. The objective of this event is to honour members’ support for the past one year and offer blessing to all for the New Year. A good event definitely requires a lot of manpower, resources and time contributions. Likewise for the blessing ceremony, there was a group of crew members working hand-in-hand in planning and execution to ensure the success of the event.

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!