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The environmental mission for Tzu Chi KL & Selangor has achieved a 20-year milestone. At the 2015 Year-end Blessing Ceremony, recycling volunteers from the early days shared their stories on stage. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

The extreme weather has caused various disasters that resulted in food and clean water crisis and the emergence of new diseases which seriously affected the ecosystem of Planet Earth. Hence, environmental protection is a must and not merely a kind act in saving the Mother Nature and humankind.

On January 1, 2016, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor held the first session of Year-end Blessing Ceremony meant for volunteers at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Wong Poh Fatt]

On January 1 to 3, 2016, six sessions of Year-end Blessing Ceremony were held at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. The event attracted more than thousand participants.

The musical concert served to promote Tzu Chi’s philosophies through Tzu Chi’s songs. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

On October 25, 2015, a total of 1,028 entrepreneurs were introduced to Tzu Chi as they immersed themselves in the beautiful songs at the first musical concert organized by Tzu Chi Entrepreneurs’ Group at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. By pooling their kindness, it is hoped that Tzu Chi’s Great Love could be spread far and wide.

Part of the training is for trainees to visit care recipient and experience helping others in need. [Photograph by Edmond Khaw Jeun Shian]

“I hope to be able to participate more in Tzu Chi activities rather than whiled away time sleeping,” Xu Chuan Ru shared her feelings at the training class. She appreciated the need to take the teachings and put it into practice in the daily life. Having understood the Tzu Chi ideology, she decided to become a volunteer and the very next day, she brought a friend to the recycling centre.

The three children shared about their vegetarianism experiences during the volunteers’ development class, hoping to inspire the adults to follow suit. [Photograph by Chong Kam Wa]

Three children vowed to be vegetarians. Despite objections from their elders or when tempted with meat dishes, they are undeterred and have persisted in upholding vegetarianism. They have manifested the true spirit of compassion and are safeguarding the Earth through action. By so doing, their health has also improved.

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.

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