Education is divinely challenging, with the school teachers shouldering the responsibility of passing knowledge to the students. But a teacher is not an expert in all things, and this was what Chong Sok Fong had realized when she participated in the sutra adaptation. Realizing the negative karma she had created through her faults and defilements, she decided to change for the better.
At the appreciation tea party held by Tzu Chi Temerloh, participants recalled the preparation process once again. When footages of the sutra adaptation were shown, participants could not help but exclaimed joyfully, “We did it!”
Since participating in the Dharma as Water sutra adaptation performance, 22-year old Neoh Hoe Keat, who was once a rebellious youth, repented for the unwholesome karma created in the past. Each verse is like water that helps purified his mind and cleansed his defilements. He vowed to cultivate good affinity and to diligently tread the Bodhisattva Path.
In the 3-day 6-show “Dharma as Water” sutra adaptation performance presented by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, performers, who have had a deep study of the sutra, gave a highly and spiritually evoking performance, awakening the intrinsic Buddha-nature in the audience.
The accomplishment of the three-day Dharma as Water stage adaptation was all thanks to the participants’ year-long dedication in attending sutra study sessions, observing vegetarianism, and practising sign language and body movements. During the breaks between presentations, performers took time to ponder on the experience, with some openly repenting themselves in front of their counterparts.
“Mum, I have finally fulfilled your last wish! I did it,” said an emotional 13-year-old Hwang Yin Ni as she stood on stage and cried out to her late mum, Chua Chee Ling. She also dedicated the merits accrued to her mum, hoping that she could be reborn as a Tzu Chi person again.
The successful staging of six sutra adaptations was made possible not only by the cast, but also the crew behind the scenes. The lightings, sound control and video screening were all coordinated by a group of gaffers, audio engineers, videographers, director and so on, to accomplish the Dharma assembly.
A group of doctors and entrepreneurs assumed the role of painters for the scene, “The Mind is the Source of Afflictions”, in the Dharma as Water sutra adaptation performance. Through their paintings and body language, they produced pictures that illustrated human desires and the resulting afflictions.
The teachings of “Dharma as Water” had profoundly impacted Cheok Soh Tin to repent sincerely for her wrongdoings to her mother-in-law. She has since re-established a strong relationship with the former.
On July 4, 2015, as Chan Yuen Sum was praying with a lotus torch in her hand, a sense of gratitude filled her heart. She was astonished by the spectacular performance, and was thankful for the blessings to experience the Dharma joy and the great compassion of the Buddha.