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Tan Oon Han and Tan Sok Keng support and encourage each other to advance on the Bodhisattva Path resolutely. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

What is a blessed life? A luxurious life with abundance of wealth and properties... The answer is always inseparable from tangible assets. However, for successful entrepreneur, Tan Oon Han, a life that is full of the intangible spiritual wealth is a truly blessed life.

With humour and wit, Ms Hong Jing Yuan related string after string of Jing Si Aphorisms in conjunction with her personal family and career experiences which trained and tested her. This allowed the audience to witness the ways in which Master Cheng Yen’s wisdom could be applied in everyday life. [Photograph by Huang Jia Yuan]

On August 24, 2014, the Jing-Si Books & Cafe outlet at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall held its first public talk entitled, “Jing Si Aphorisms and Their Influence Across 25 Years”. Delivered by Hong Jing Yuan, Head of Tzu Chi Dharma Lineage Historical Archival and Research Centre and lecturer in Centre for General Education of Tzu Chi University, Taiwan, it received positive response from some 250 members of the public and Tzu Chi volunteers.

Zhang Wei Hao (right) played an unfilial son, who was jailed for committing crime after getting into bad company. He was rebellious during his high school days but after attending three months of sutra class, he has changed. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]

Tzu Chi Kota Tinggi successfully staged the “Profound Parental Love” musical drama with concerted efforts from approximately 400 cast and crew members. Volunteered performers had greatly benefited from their participation and appreciated the unconditional parental love which can hardly be reciprocated.

Sugianto, Wu Qi Shun and Zeng Guo Kui from Tzu Chi Indonesia, gave a sharing at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall on their visions of Great Love. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]

Sugianto Kusuma, Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi Indonesia, led a group of 12 Indonesian entrepreneurs to KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall on August 16, 2014. They shared with about 350 local entrepreneurs on their involvement in the development of Tzu Chi’s missions in Indonesia.

Volunteers presented a drama titled, “From Ignorance to Enlightenment” to convey the messages. [Photograph by Liew Cheong Yen]

According to Chinese tradition, the seventh lunar month is regarded as the “Hungry Ghost” festival, during which hell’s gate is believed to be open wide. Adults and children are discouraged from travelling or hosting auspicious events. Many will burn incense and/or joss paper by the road side or at the offering ceremonies commonly organized by the management of the temples or through community associations. In doing so, they hope to be protected by spiritual beings and prosper.

Tsia Verdurya Sastri shared her experience on the Tzu Chi path with much humour and humility. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, Echo Chien, invited a fellow Tzu Chi volunteer from Indonesia to give a sharing to members of the public and local volunteers. Her interesting story captured and broadened the minds of the audience.

Volunteer Pubalan (left) and Murugan (right) affixed the Jing Si Aphorism poster on a pillar after getting approval from the shop owner. [Photograph by Wu Shu Lian]

Tzu Chi volunteers conducted their first door-to-door visit on shoplots along the “Indian Street” in Klang and sought permission from the shop owners to display a Jing Si Aphorism poster in their respective shops. The response was positive and now, the street is filled with an air of great love.

On August 6, 2014, volunteers organized a tea party at a flat at Padang Jawa in Klang. After the tea party, participants pose for a group photo with each holding a bamboo bank. [Photograph by Sia Loke]

In 1966, Master Cheng Yen promoted the values of “self-discipline, diligence, frugality and perseverance” as founding principles of Tzu Chi Foundation, and then initiated the Era of the Bamboo Bank. To enable non-Chinese to better understand the Foundation, volunteers introduced the Era of the Bamboo Bank to residents at Klang’s Padang Jawa Flats to promote good deeds to alleviate all disasters.

“The chance to don the Tzu Chi uniform does not come by easily. How could I slow down because of illness? It must be that I have not done enough. So, I must continue doing Tzu Chi.” The advent of impermanence has only strengthened Awe Yong Kie’s initial aspiration to contribute in Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Volunteer Awe Yong Kie has trodden on the Tzu Chi Bodhisattva Path for a decade, undeterred by his illness. In the process, he has become more resolute in learning the Dharma and facing challenges with repentance.

While in hell, the rich (kneeling duo) tried to bribe King Yama, the Bull-head and Horse-face but got lashings instead. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]

Is hell very dark and dreadful? Do King Yama (the King of Hell) and the demons with bull head and horse face look fearsome? What would happen when one departs to the underworld? At the stage performance in conjunction with the auspicious seventh lunar month activity, six volunteers broke the tradition and instead, presented a rather comical perspective of the otherwise very horrible scenes of the underworld. The audience laughed non-stop, but to King Yama and the Bull-head, it was an unforgettable experience of their life.