Thursday, Dec 14th

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3,250 participants formed this year’s totem design of sun, moon, tiny particles, mountains, rivers and “Jing Si Dharma Lineage” in Chinese characters, representing 2017’s theme and preserving the Dharma Lineage. It also serves as a reminder to volunteers to create blessings and nurture wisdom. [Photograph by Lim Heng Lai]

Master Cheng Yen’s message to Tzu Chi volunteers for 2017 is: “Create blessings: every grain of rice delivers eternal love; nurture wisdom: each tiny particle holds life’s truth.” In conjunction with this year’s theme, a grand magnificent totem was designed to represent the sun, moon, tiny particles, mountains, rivers and Jing Si Dharma Lineage, depicting the 51 years of Tzu Chi Foundation from its humble beginnings. It is also a reminder for everyone to always remember the perseverance and compassion of Tzu Chi.

Kuan Siew Yeng felt blessed to be able to accompany her father in sutra transcription during the Buddha’s Day event. She hopes that it will be a memorable day for her parents. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

This year, members of the Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association (Tzu Ching) were entrusted with the roles of planning the foot-bathing activity. For the first time, it was conducted at the more spacious Gratitude Hall, thus was able to accommodate 210 pairs of parent and child at one go. The true love and affection between the parents and children were clearly displayed in the warm embraces and tears of gratefulness. The two-day foot-bathing activity witnessed 11 sessions and attracted the participation of over 1,700 pairs of parent and child.

Tzu Chi volunteers prayed piously and respectfully; the solemn Buddha bathing ceremony and genuine atmosphere touched many hearts. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

Tzu Chi Foundation has been in Taiwan for 51 years, and in Malaysia for over 20. Years of emphasis on Buddhism in action has gained widespread recognition from the public. At the Buddha bathing ceremony, the invited representative of the National Society of St Vincent De Paul Malaysia turned up and sponsored some vegetables for the vegetarian reception; Hindu volunteers vowed to follow Master Cheng Yen; and Dharma Masters and Catholic nuns supported the Bamboo Bank Era, proving that kindness could cross boundaries of religions!

A totem of Tzu Chi logo, Chinese characters of “Great Love”, the letters “TC”, and the number “51” was formed by 2,500 people, symbolizing Tzu Chi’s Great Love for more than half a century. [Photograph by Lim Siow Keat]

Morning rays penetrated through the clouds, shining upon the devotees, who were waiting for the commencement of the Buddha bathing ceremony. The blossoming flowers, moistened by the morning dews, emanated a pleasant fragrance, while the Lucite Buddha statues on the platform illuminated a soft glow, permeating the venue with Dharma incense. After a six years’ gap, Tzu Chi Klang organized the Buddha bathing ceremony in Klang once again, with the vow of carrying the Dharma lineage and reinforcing Great Love.