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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.

Lin Yue Ping explained various categories of hurt feelings and their remedy. [Photograph by Yee Mei Yen]

In our childhood, we depended much on our caretaker and the living environment for our needs, like being loved, feeling secured, being taken care of, being noticed and being recognized. If mishandled, all these complexes will directly hurt the child right into adulthood.

During 2014 Year-end Blessing Ceremony for volunteers, a total of 669 people attended and received the “Wisdom and Blessing” red packet. [Photograph by Ng Hock Thai]

The annual Year-end Blessing Ceremony was a day to be thankful for the past and look forward to the future. Besides receiving blessings from Master, it was also a day to welcome new members into the Tzu Chi family. Tzu Chi volunteers practise the Bodhisattva way by taking the Dharma to heart and using the supreme teachings to benefit others, with the hope of purifying their minds for a peaceful society and a world free from disasters.

Tzu Chi volunteers presented a gift pack to each audience member, as a token of blessings and appreciation for their continued support. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]

Tzu Chi Chapters around the world have started holding their annual Year-end Blessing Ceremony in their respective countries since December 2014. In retrospect, it had been a gloomy year for Malaysians, with heart-wrenching air tragedies, severe floods, and so on. As we usher in a new year, let us fill our hearts with love and faith, and play our part to make this world a better place.

Volunteers presented each audience member with a blessing card from the Master, wishing everyone blessings and wisdom in the coming year. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

On December 28, 2014, Tzu Chi Klang held two sessions of Year-end Blessing Ceremony in SJK(C) Pin Hwa 2. Thirty-four volunteers presented a performance entitled, “Jing-Si, Jing Si”, to demonstrate the spirit of the Great White Ox-cart that delivers all sentient beings from suffering through the Dharma.

Diallo (right), who is about to leave for France, attended the Tzu Chi Year-end Blessing Ceremony and took a photo with volunteer Ng Poh Eng (left), who has been caring for him in the past. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]

Alhassane Diallo, a Muslim undergraduate from Guinea, Africa, received a scholarship three years ago to pursue his Master’s Degree in Malaysia. Three months upon his arrival, he was diagnosed with double kidney failure that requires lifelong dialysis. After much struggle, his case was referred to Tzu Chi, which provided financial aid and caring for him to complete his Masters. On Christmas Day 2014, he and his friends attended the Year-end Blessing Ceremony organized by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor; and with blessings from all, he looks forward to further his studies in France.