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Kuala Lumpur’s Jing-Si Books and Café participated in BookFest @ Malaysia 2015 to encourage reading and to help purify people’s minds. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]

During the festive Hari Raya holidays, POPULAR Bookstore organized BookFest @ Malaysia 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), from July 11 to 19. Tzu Chi was one of the participants.

Sim Ah Chai (2nd right) approved with Jing Si Hall being a spiritual fortress, hence donated RM5,000 for the building fund. [Photograph by Low Chung Chin]

Tzu Chi Muar held an entrepreneurs’ fellowship to launch the fundraising appeal for the building of Muar Jing Si Hall. Sim Ah Chai said, “I am deeply touched when I heard from Master Cheng Yen that Jing Si Hall is not a memorial, but a spiritual home for all.”

Tzu Chi Kota Kinabalu held a prayer service to calm people’s minds after the earthquake. [Photograph by Ong Zhong Hui]

Known as the “Land below the Wind”, Sabah was once a tourist paradise. With its summit standing at 4,095 metres above sea level, Mount Kinabalu had drawn avid climbers from around the world to conquer its crown.


As Lai Thai Moey opened her notebooks one by one, she was grateful for the insights gained. A brave first step forward has brought forth boundless spiritual splendour. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

A Dharma sharing by Chen Qiu Hua, a volunteer from Jordan, had inspired Lai Thai Moey to attend Master’s Dharma lecture at dawn. After listening to the Dharma, she attributed her suffering to the Karmic Law of Cause and Effect without anger and hatred; and has blessed those who wished to harm her. She credits the Dharma talk for the change in thoughts and the calmness in her.

Tzu Chi volunteers guided care recipient Lim Ah Juat (in red shirt) in Buddha bathing, to fulfil her wish. [Photograph by Tay Jee Un]

With an impaired vision and with both legs amputated, Tzu Chi’s care recipient Lim Ah Juat has not been able to participate in the Buddha Bathing Ceremony for many years. Upon learning about her yearning, volunteers brought along a statue of the Buddha to the dialysis centre so that kidney patients of other faith may also draw strength and be comforted.

Volunteers were commissioned by Dharma Masters of the Abode on behalf of Master Cheng Yen. [Photograph by Ng Hock Thai]

As the melodious song, “Thinking-of-Master Beans”, filled the Melaka Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, the new batch of Tzu Chi Commissioners and Tzu Cheng Faith Corps (Tzu Cheng) proceeded to the stage orderly to be commissioned by Dharma Masters of the Abode. It signifies that more people have vowed to tread the Bodhisattva Path resolutely, and have undertaken the mission to purify minds and relieve suffering.

More than 2,000 volunteers gathered at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall for the Four-in-One Cadre Training. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]

Master Cheng Yen constantly reminds Tzu Chi volunteers to work together with unity, harmony and mutual love; and when the teams complement one another selflessly, then the Bodhisattva Path will become a thoroughfare. The Master further reminds that in times of great complexities, volunteers must be able to differentiate the rights from wrongs, and be mindful of our thoughts.

Gan Wat Ngo demonstrated simple vegetarian food cooking, which was an eye-opener for the parents and teachers. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]

Following the Graduation’s Appreciation Ceremony last year, SJK(C) Chung Hua, Klang, once again coordinated with Tzu Chi in organizing a medical talk on vegetarianism on March 28, 2015. A total of 64 participants, comprising parents and residents in the neighbourhood, were present that night.

During the Year-end Blessing Ceremony held at Temerloh Liaison Office, Indian flood victims had turned up after witnessing volunteers’ contribution at the flood affected areas that touched their hearts. [Photograph by Lai Nyok Chan]

Due to the recent flooding, Tzu Chi Temerloh Liaison Office had to postpone its 2014 Year-end Blessing Ceremony scheduled for January 2015. However, this did not affect the volunteers’ joy in preparing for the sign-language performance, decorations, venue set-up and the promotion of the event.

Witnessed by all guests, Yo Bee Kiow (1st left) and her brothers donated a classroom for the Tzu Chi International School under their mother’s name. The latter handed the money to Tzu Chi’s representative, Luo Xiu Zhen. [Photograph by Lee Chin Seong]

On March 8, 2015, Uni1 Food Industries celebrated its 23rd Anniversary and the opening of a new factory. At the event, its Director, Yo Bee Kiow, and her brothers, served their guests with vegetarian food. They also declined all gifts, and instead encouraged their guests to donate towards the building fund of the Tzu Chi International Primary and Secondary Schools.