Tzu Chi is 50 years old! For half a century, Master Cheng Yen has upheld the principles of “for Buddhism and all beings” in leading her disciples to propagate the missions. Aiming to spread true Buddha’s teachings and to aid the poor and needy, the four major missions on charity, medical, education and humanistic culture are carried out. Through daily savings in bamboo banks, the kindness evoked helps create a sense of love in this self-centred society!
The Buddha Bathing Ceremony in Miri was coincidentally held on the following day after the 11th State Election. After 12 days of tensed atmosphere, the event helped calm people’s minds and bring them peace of mind.
With Mother’s Day fell on the second Sunday of May, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor held a joint celebration for Mother’s Day, Buddha Day and Tzu Chi Day at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. A foot bathing session was arranged for children to express their love to their parents – a truly memorable gift indeed.
Upon stepping into Jing Si Hall, one would immediately see a large bamboo bank area with a big urn surrounded by many bamboo drains on top. Public members had brought their bamboo banks along to the Buddha Bathing Ceremony on May 8 to donate their savings. The crisp sound of coins being poured into the urn was heard non-stop during the day; everyone realized the power of accumulation and knew they could contribute even with small savings. More than 5,000 bamboo banks were “returned home” on the day itself.
Having a deep gratitude for the Buddha and Tzu Chi, 48-year-old Yang Ngip May thought hard on how to reciprocate the kindness. She suddenly had an idea with the approach of the Buddha Bathing Ceremony…
After a series of activities, videos and sharing, Tee Ya Di thought of her late mum. Learning the greatness of motherly love and yet she no longer had the opportunity to repay her mum, she could not control her emotions.
“My mind was scattered, I focused on the chanting to calm down my mind,” said Wong Yu Hoi, a Tzu Chi teenager who learnt how to tame his mind during the pilgrimage. People from all walks of life immersed themselves in the serene atmosphere. With a sincere heart amid the chanting, the participants began their pilgrimage.
On April 30,2016, while solemnly reciting “Namo Sakyamuni Buddha”, pilgrims took each step with steadfastness. With earnest hearts, they moved forward slowly towards KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, bowing and prostrating after every three steps. The pilgrims included not only Tzu Chi volunteers, but also the elderly, the handicapped and the young children.
Volunteers of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor rushed to produce 30,000 longevity peach buns for the public attending the Buddha Bathing Ceremony held on May 8. The countdown began in mid-April 2016, and volunteers were very careful in making each and every bun.