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After the talk, Chea Li Hong strived to lower her expectations and not be too idealistic. [Photograph by Wong Siew Chin]

How to transform negative emotions of anger, sorrow, sadness and loss? Besides nutrients for the body, to have peace within, our heart also needs inner yearnings like love, unconditional acceptance, praise, recognition, learning, respect and sense of security to achieve an inner balance.

The Dharma Masters from Jing Si Abode visited volunteer, Lee Siew Fong, who was injured in a car accident. [Photograph by Tan Lian Hee]

“When will the Dharma Masters return to Taiwan?” asked volunteer Tan Geok Poo earnestly. When told they will be leaving the following day, she replied with disappointment, “Oh, so fast!” Another volunteer, Lee Siew Fong, who had had sleepless nights about the visit, felt the same. The visit by Dharma Masters’ from Jing Si Abode brought them new-found strength to embrace the challenges in life.

The videoconference with Master Cheng Yen during the morning volunteer assembly in Taiwan was held in the just completed Sutra Lecture Hall. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

The second day of the 4-in-1 Cadre Camp was still focused on “Universal Compassion through Joint Efforts” conducted by Taiwan’s veteran volunteers and staff. Each of the speakers delved deep into their experience and introduced practical application of this philosophy in all Tzu Chi’s charitable missions.

The sponsors hit the gong to offer their earnest blessings to the Muar Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. Photo shows the son of the land donor, Yeo Kok Han (1st right) and his mother (1st left). [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]

On August 31, 2015, which is also Malaysia’s National Day, Tzu Chi volunteers from Muar organized the “Tzu Chi’s Great Love Bazaar” at SJK(C) Pei Yang, to raise funds for the construction of Muar Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. Some 600 volunteers, including public members from different areas, worked together to ensure the event was a success. It was well-supported, with a turnout of more than 10,000 visitors.

Joy Lu, a senior Tzu Chi Commissioner from Taiwan, shared the challenges that she encountered when handling major events. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

At times laughter filled the room, at times many were moved to tears. That was how Joy Lu, a witty speaker captivated the participants on August 30, 2015. She shared on uplifting humanity as the essence in all Tzu Chi activities worldwide.

Organized by Tzu Chi Taiwan and hosted by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, the 3D2N 4-in-1 Cadre Camp was held at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall from August 29 to 31. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]

To localize the 4-in-1 Cadre Camp, coaches from Taiwan arrived in KL and Penang respectively to conduct scheduled courses arranged by Tzu Chi Taiwan. From August 29 to 31, 2015, KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall played host to over 2,000 cadres including volunteers who came from Central, Southern and East Malaysia and also Cambodia.

Participants engrossed in reciting the Earth Store Bodhisattva Sutra, praying for a peaceful world free from disasters. [Photograph by Lim Poh Choo]

Tzu Chi Klang held the Seventh Lunar Month blessing ceremony from August 14 – 16, 2015, with attendance from 1,220 participants. The solemn chanting of the Earth Store Bodhisattva Sutra was held together with Jing Si Abode via video-conferencing, to offer prayers for the deceased and to advocate the right views. Vegetarian meals were also served during the ceremony to encourage the participants to protect life and do good.

Kang Guay Hoon (2nd left) attended the new volunteer training course for the first time; her husband (1st left) had also invited two friends to join in, to have a better understanding on volunteerism. [Photograph by Lim Kar Guan]

On August 23, 2015, a woman, who wore a velvet hat, stepped into KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. She is Kang Guay Hoon. Sitting in the Gratitude Hall with eager anticipation, she focused on the words “Looking Back” on the screen, treading step by step into the world of Tzu Chi, a place she once ignored…

Artistes and volunteers performed sign language interpretation of the song, “We Are Family”. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

On August 9, 2015, a month after the conclusion of the Dharma as Water sutra adaptation performance, artistes from the entertainment industry, who participated in the performance, attended an appreciation tea party at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. Besides sharing experiences from the performance, they also witnessed the establishment of the Tzu Chi Performers’ Association, a historical moment in the development of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor.

Each working team gave their blessings to the new “Home” in their unique ways. [Photograph by Yap Tsi Ti]

With the blessings of 198 Tzu Chi volunteers and members of the public, the Petaling Jaya Community Centre was opened on August 2, 2015. The centre, situated in SS5, Petaling Jaya caters to the community a solemn venue to exercise their compassion.