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Sunday, 13 March 2016 10:48

Fun Learning on Life’s Experience

Written by  Tan Li Yit, Kuantan / Translated by Lee Yuk Suat

 

Liu Han Jie (3rd left) felt that the hidden “landmines” signify the difficulties in life. Though his examination results were not good, he told himself not to be beaten but to continue to work hard. [Photograph by Pei Xiao Yan]

The 2016 Tzu Shao development class began officially on March 13, 2016! With months of preparation by the education volunteers, Tzu Chi Kuantan Liaison Office started the first class with 20 parents accompanying 23 Tzu Shao learners participating in the course.


 
Tzu Shao, Wu Shi Hui led the paying of respect to the Buddha before the class commenced. Volunteers also led learners and parents in singing the Tzu Shao song while performing sign language. Volunteers prepared a “minefield” family game to help bridge the gap between parents and children. As the game progressed, parents and children were anxious and fearful while stepping on the boxes with hidden “mines”. Even though tension was high, everyone had great fun playing the game.
 
Tzu Shao, Liu Han Jie felt that the hidden “landmines” signify the difficulties in life. His March’s examination results were not good, however he told himself not to be discouraged, instead to continue moving forward to face his May examinations.
 
Knowing impermanence strengthens one’s belief
 
The theme of this course is “reflecting the mind”. Through entertainment games and real life movies, learners get to experience the wonder of feeling “peace within oneself”, and to appreciate the meaning of “impermanence” and “firm belief”.
 
Volunteer Liew Min Xiu quoted Jing Si Aphorisms from time to time: “If the heart is well taken care of, life will be happy; the contrary is vast sufferings.” This is to remind all learners that in the face of difficulties, one must protect one’s heart and stay optimistic.
 
Student Li Zheng Ping learnt to adjust his mindset: To persist and not give up when faced with difficulties, and continue to put in efforts to do better. Another student, Guan Jia Xuan shared that in times of difficulties, she will try to reflect on the issues and then work towards overcoming the problems.
 
To care with the heart and accompany with love
 
“I have two children, my son in Primary 6 and my daughter in Primary 5. It was through good blessings that I got to know about the commencement of the Tzu Shao and Parent-child Bonding Class (PCBC). My expectation, when I enrolled them was for both of them to keep a compassionate heart no matter what kind of temptations faced in future. I will be very contented with that,” Chen Li Hua, a single mother, shared.
 
Being a mother, she is constantly worried about the friends that her children relate to. Therefore no matter how busy and tired she was, she would bring her son to the morning Tzu Shao class and her daughter for the afternoon PCBC. She hopes that through Tzu Chi’s curriculum, her children would get to make more friends in a kind environment, and also learn to face life with wisdom.
 
Growing together towards being kind
 
Learners were most attracted to the movie “Wizard Gems” during the course, where it conveyed the eight types of Bodhisattva practices. In the first part of the story, the Wizard Queen used the wizards of Earth, water, fire and wind to nourish nature. However due to human’s increasing desires, the evil spirit of greed gradually took control.
 
The Earth was slowly destroyed and polluted, and the Wizard Queen lost her power as the gem was broken. This led to the wizards of Earth, water, fire and wind being manipulated by the evil spirit of greed, hence creating tremendous troubles for nature resulting in the imbalance of the ecosystem.
 
“Children are the hope of the Blue Planet!” In the movie, the two little main characters, with the guidance of a tree wizard, decided to embark on the journey to search for the eight broken gems to save the planet! While narrating, volunteer Chong Choy Lin illustrated the sequence of events on how disasters happened around the world by showing everyone the original beautiful and harmonious environment and how it was subsequently destroyed by humans. Choy Lin also called for everyone to work together for the greater good.
 
The Tzu Shao first class was successfully concluded after three hours. Volunteers shared with every learner a set of recyclable cutleries, to help educate them that caring for the Earth starts with bringing your own set of utensils. In addition, volunteers also gave each learner a bamboo bank to inspire them to raise a kind thought with each coin saved a day.
 
New volunteers bravely shouldered the mission
 
Gao Su Mei, a mother who was a past participant assumed the role of facilitator this time round. As she was tasked to supervise four new learners, she felt nervous initially but she was confident that they would eventually develop common understanding and better relationship amongst themselves. She was happy that her daughter had the courage to undertake the role of emcee and helped by encouraging her along the way. Their close interaction deeply touched the people around.
 
Volunteer Chan Yi Bing put his business aside to accompany his children to help out in the Tzu Shao class.
 
The Tzu Shao class was a success thanks to the commitment and dedication of every volunteer. Let every caring heart make a huge effort to pass on Tzu Chi’s educational philosophy for many years to come.
 

 

The first Tzu Shao development class in 2016 saw parents interacting with volunteers. [Photograph by Sam Yi Wei]   The game had enabled the learners to experience the wonder of “peace within oneself”, and appreciate the meaning of “impermanence” and “firm belief”. [Photograph by Pei Xiao Yan]

The first Tzu Shao development class in 2016 saw parents interacting with volunteers. [Photograph by Sam Yi Wei]
 
The game had enabled the learners to experience the wonder of “peace within oneself”, and appreciate the meaning of “impermanence” and “firm belief”. [Photograph by Pei Xiao Yan]
 
Leaners collected a bamboo bank each, hoping to drop a coin into the bamboo bank and raise a compassionate thought every day. [Photograph by Lee Chee Foong]   Gao Su Mei (middle) became a facilitator for the first time; she felt awkward when facing the timid learners. But she believed they will get to know each other better in future classes. [Photograph by Pei Xiao Yan]

Leaners collected a bamboo bank each, hoping to drop a coin into the bamboo bank and raise a compassionate thought every day. [Photograph by Lee Chee Foong]
 
 
Gao Su Mei (middle) became a facilitator for the first time; she felt awkward when facing the timid learners. But she believed they will get to know each other better in future classes. [Photograph by Pei Xiao Yan]
 
Guan Jia Xuan expressed that when faced with unhappy moment, she would first contemplate and then try to solve the problem. [Photograph by Pei Xiao Yan]   Li Zheng Ping learnt to adjust his mindset: Work hard and not to give up easily. [Photograph by Lee Chee Foong]

Guan Jia Xuan expressed that when faced with unhappy moment, she would first contemplate and then try to solve the problem. [Photograph by Pei Xiao Yan]
 
 
Li Zheng Ping learnt to adjust his mindset: Work hard and not to give up easily. [Photograph by Lee Chee Foong]