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Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:00

Gathering of TC Collegiate Youth Leaders from 16 Universities

Written by  By Sia Chee Chai & Lim Beng Cin, Kuala Lumpur / Translated by Peggy Lee

Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth (Tzu Qing) from KL and Selangor attending a one-day camp to begin the new year.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth's Leaders from 16 universities attended a one-day course at Tzu Chi Bukit Bintang Activity Centre, KL, on January 19, 2013. Themed 'Direction', this first Leader's Camp for 2013 was aimed at establishing mutual understanding in a team and to be briefed on the whole year's direction in promoting good moral values at the campus.


Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth (Tzu Qing) realize that they are the role-models of today's youth; and the sharing during this course has strengthened their belief that they can make a difference.

Recognizing the value of young people

Through "Dai Ai Documentary", the youth members were encouraged to always have clarity of thought, so that should there be confusion and erosion of moral values, they are able to lead by example. Senior member, Keong Chee Hoe shared a video showing uniformed Tzu Qing all over the world sharing similar mindset and working together with the community in shaping a better tomorrow.

"Young people of today are easily influenced by peer pressure and their surroundings. I think we should learn to stay focused, learn to take up responsibilities, and show our innate ability. Then we will be a better person," said Lin Hui Wen from Dasein Academy of Art. Her wish for the year is to work hard together with her team in sowing the seeds of goodness in the college.

The repentance story of Senior member, Xu Bin Long, has inspired Luo Chu Jun to become a more filial daughter.

"Why do you join Tzu Qing?"

This simple, yet in-depth question encouraged the youth members to self-reflect. Some were there because they wanted to do good deeds; some joined because they wanted to be part of the Tzu Qing family. Zheng Zi Jing from UCSI was at this event to look for happiness and a goal in life. Suffering from bad health, she has been in and out of hospital numerous times and is quite lost as to what her future would bring. With her mother's encouragement to walk the Bodhisatva Path, she joined Tzu Chi in their charitable activities and finally found a goal in life. She is determined to be a hospital volunteer and spread the Great Love.

Spreading good words

In the activity, "Small Ants, Great Power", the participants went to the streets to share and distribute Jing-Si Aphorism cards to the public and ask for their signatures.

Chen Si Xian and her team were ignored by the public; and some even looked down on them, but they were undeterred. Si Xian believes that as long as she is doing something good, it does not matter what others think, say or behave.

Zhou Ting, an international student from China, realizes that not everyone will appreciate you or your good deeds; but she has since learnt to accept it. Her hometown Sichuan, received Tzu Chi's aid after being struck by an earthquake in 2008. She was very touched by the generosity shown. But since joining Tzu Qing, she discovered that the simple act of giving has touched her even more, besides the joy of giving.

Upon receiving a Jing-Si Aphorism card and explanation from a Tzu Qing member, Huang Yu Fung, a member of the public, thought it was a very meaningful saying, so much so she even shared it with a neighbour who happened to be passing by. This shows that the good words and wisdom of Master Cheng Yen do get disseminated through this activity.

Think differently

"Hello, hello sister, I'm so sorry! Something urgent came up, I can't join the activity tomorrow..."

Hi Brother, can you please arrange transport for me, if not I can't go."

"No, I haven't invited my friends yet, maybe later."

"Hello mom, please prepare food for 50 people for my activity tomorrow, ya!"

The above play was humorous but aptly pointed out the attitude of Tzu Qing members when called upon to attend activities and the challenges faced by the organizer.

"I realize now that we shouldn't impede the spiritual growth of our friends because of our laziness!" says Tinesh from Lim Kok Wing University of Creative Technology. He regretted that his inertia has resulted in his classmates missing out on the opportunity to take part in Tzu Chi's activities.

Luo Chu Jun from UCSI shared that she once changed her mind at the very last minute before the start of an activity, causing unnecessary inconvenience to her partners. She has now learnt how to manage her time properly. Another Tzu Qing, Huang Shu-Yi felt that the behaviour and self-cultivation she has learnt in Tzu Qing are very beneficial as her life is now more disciplined.

The act of living is a lifelong task

Another Tzu Qing, Zheng Lin Fei was very grateful to have met Master Cheng Yen during the 2012 Overseas Tzu Qing Camp. The Master had a back injury but she still turned up towards the end of the ceremony!

"Grand Master said she came to see us because she heard our calling. At that instant, I asked myself, do we hear the calling of Grand Master?" With that realization, Lin Fei vowed to lead more friends to join Tzu Chi.

Senior member, Lin Sheng Yong shared that he joined Tzu Qing to do good deeds and was still there after 4 years because he felt 'touched'. But feeling 'touched' is very transient, thus he had doubts about being a member of Tzu Qing and Tzu Chi. But during the Overseas Tzu Qing Camp last year, he witnessed Master's perseverance in leading her disciples in walking the Bodhisattva Path with love and kindness, and thus found his answer and his mission in life!

Huang Jian Jing made a vow to repay the love and care she received while in Tzu Qing by bestowing the same love and care to her juniors and to be certified as a Tzu Chi Commissioner. She achieved the latter in 2012 and was given the Dharma name 'Yi Jing'. The ever cheerful Jian Jing did not allow the challenges to deter her from her path. Instead, she used them as a test to overcome her own bad habits and also for her own self-cultivation. Her philosophy is that an activity is done in a day, but living takes a whole lifetime.


From being a Tzu Qing while studying in universities and colleges, and to continue in Tzu Chi after graduation, these youth members have been given a consistent and assured direction in life. Like other Tzu Qing from all over the world, they will be pioneers and like a breath of fresh air in their own community.

 

Presenting challenges faced during activities through skits.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】 Tzu Qing vowed to exert power, like small ants, in soliciting for more people.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Presenting challenges faced during activities through skits.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Tzu Qing vowed to exert power, like small ants, in soliciting for more people.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】
In the activity, 'Small Ants, Great Power', the youth members distributed Jing-Si Aphorism Cards to the public and asked for their signatures.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】 Seeing the love given by Master to Tzu Qing children, Lin Fei questioned herself if she has truly lived up to the Master's expectation.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

In the activity, 'Small Ants, Great Power', the youth members distributed Jing-Si Aphorism Cards to the public and asked for their signatures.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Seeing the love given by Master to Tzu Qing children, Lin Fei questioned herself if she has truly lived up to the Master's expectation.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】
Sheng Yong has finally found his calling in Tzu Chi after attending the Overseas Tzu Qing Camp.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Sheng Yong has finally found his calling in Tzu Chi after attending the Overseas Tzu Qing Camp.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

 

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