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Monday, 04 May 2015 17:18

Care Recipient Sent Love to Nepal after Buddha Bathing

Written by  Tsze Hut Sea, Kota Tinggi / Translated by Tan Hooi Chien

Volunteers guided Peng Ming Hua in offering his sincere prayer. [Photograph by Cheong Siew Wai]

May is the month to celebrate Buddha’s Day. To enable care recipients staying on the outskirts to have the grace of Buddha blessing, and be lifted from their pain, Tzu Chi volunteers brought the crystal Buddha image to their homes. Three simple, yet solemn Buddha Bathing Ceremonies were held, and the care recipients even donated for the quake victims in Nepal.

On a sunny morning of May 4, 2015, four volunteers from Tzu Chi Kota Tinggi drove about 86 km to Pengkalan, the most southern village in Johor, to carry out a mobile Buddha Bathing Ceremony at the home of three care recipients, thereby allowing them to be immersed in the blessing of Buddha.
Sutra chanting for world peace
They first visited Peng Ming Hua, who is immobilized and wheelchair-bound after a car accident 34 years ago. Now 55, he has diabetes, which is controlled with medication and proper diet. Volunteers have visited him monthly, and he has always greeted them pleasantly.
When asked about his optimism, he said, “I only think of what I have, and am never bothered by my disability.” After his father, who took care of him, passed away two years ago, his neighbour was kind enough to assist him in his daily life.
Volunteers explained to him the purpose of the mobile Buddha bathing, hoping that he could receive Buddha’s blessing at home. With his permission, volunteers immediately set up the table and furnished it with plates, Bodhi leaves, lotus flowers and the crystal Buddha image, a simple yet solemn mini Buddha bathing platform.
In the heavens above, and in all that is below, nothing compares to the Buddha.
Throughout the worlds of the ten directions, He is beyond compare.
Of all I have seen in the world, there is nothing at all like the Buddha.
After singing the above verses of “Praise to Buddha”, Ming Hua offered his sincere respect to the Buddha under volunteers’ guidance.
With frequent calamities lately, including the Nepal earthquake, he realized that all disasters are created by the unwholesome minds of human beings. He is chanting day and night, hoping to dedicate the merits from his small act to the affected ones, and to pray for a peaceful world and the happiness of all beings. Though he is a monthly donor, he had happily donated into the box for the victims in Nepal.
The ability to work is a blessing
Next, volunteers went to the house of Lin Yu Ying, a dialysis patient, who stays with her daughter-in-law and grandchildren. She has two sons, who work outstation; and her only daughter had perished in a fiery car accident in November 2014, at the age of 37. 
Yu Ying was heartbroken and could not help but delve deeply in the misery of losing her daughter. Volunteers have continuously been comforting and accompanying her ever since.
Today, volunteers arrived at her house and set up a simple platform after a brief description and demonstration to the family. The whole family took turns to pay their respect, by “bowing to the Buddha, and receiving the scented flower and blessing”. This experience has lifted Yu Ying from her sorrow and pain.
Volunteers then gave her an ornament with the words “In Peace” (平安) and a card printed with a Jing Si Aphorism: “A broad mind is a blessing; a happy mind is a blessing; being able to work is a blessing; being at peace is a blessing”. They also wished her good health and safety for the whole family.
The daughter-in-law joyfully hung the “gifts” at the main door. Volunteer Tsze Hut Sea then took the opportunity to explain to Yu Ying that she has to learn to broaden her mind, live a joyful life and stop indulging in flights of fancy.
Yu Ying was grateful to Tzu Chi’s support for her dialysis, which helped lessen her financial burden and eliminate her earlier intention of committing suicide. She said, “Tzu Chi is my saviour and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Otherwise, I would not be here to bathe the Buddha today.”
She would like to transfer the merits from the Buddha bathing to her beloved daughter. After learning the Nepal’s tragedy, she immediately dropped RM50 into the donation box and experienced the joy of giving.
Love for the quake victims
Finally, volunteers reached the house of 77-year-old Grandma Shuang Mei, who lives with her Vietnamese daughter-in-law, Ruan Shi Xia, and five-year-old granddaughter. 
One morning in 2014, her second son and Vietnamese daughter-in-law were on the way to their noodle store in Sungai Rengit, where their motorcycle was run over by a drunk driver. The son died in hospital a few days after the accident, while the daughter-in-law sustained severe pelvic and wrist fractures.
Unfortunately, as a foreigner, the Vietnamese daughter-in-law had to pay for her surgical costs. She was hospitalized for two weeks, and was operated only on her pelvic fracture after the brother-in-law managed to collect a few thousand ringgit to cover this surgery.
Since then, the family had found themselves in dire financial problems. They had to borrow from neighbours and were in debt with the grocery shop until their case was referred to Tzu Chi. As her wrist was not properly treated, Shi Xia had to resort to painkillers to ease the pain. Finally, with the help of relatives and Tzu Chi, she went through another operation that eventually alleviated her from all pain.
Both the grandma and daughter-in-law were extremely grateful for Tzu Chi’s help. For this reason, they have taken out a small amount from their monthly subsidy to donate to the needy. When they received the insurance compensation for her son last month, they requested Tzu Chi to stop the subsidy allocated to them, and instead channel it to those who are more in need.
Volunteers set up the Buddha bathing platform to let them have the opportunity to bathe the Buddha and be doused in Dharma joy. As this was their first Buddha bathing, they made vows sincerely in front of the Buddha.
When volunteers took out the donation box to raise funds for the Nepal quake victims, they each donated RM50 without hesitation. Shuang Mei said, “Because I had been poor, I will try my best to help them.”
The mobile Buddha Bathing Ceremony had allowed the care recipients to have a chance of appreciating the Buddha’s virtue and wisdom. Although they are suffering physically, they are willing to give help to the needy, breathing love into the world.
Lin Yu Ying (in orange shirt) participated in the Buddha bathing for the first time, and wished to transfer the merits to her youngest daughter, who died in a car accident. [Photograph by Chong Lih Jiun]   Shuang Mei (sitting) and her Vietnamese daughter-in-law (standing) each donated RM50 without hesitation to help the victims in Nepal. [Photograph by Chong Lih Jiun]

Lin Yu Ying (in orange shirt) participated in the Buddha bathing for the first time, and wished to transfer the merits to her youngest daughter, who died in a car accident. [Photograph by Chong Lih Jiun]
Shuang Mei (sitting) and her Vietnamese daughter-in-law (standing) each donated RM50 without hesitation to help the victims in Nepal. [Photograph by Chong Lih Jiun]