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Chong Sok Fong deeply regretted and repented for not being understanding towards her students. [Photograph by Kevin Tan Kok Sieong]

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.

Through participating in sutra adaptation, Chang Chia Hwee (left) learnt the Law of Karma and is able to face the reality of impermanence, turning regrets into strength. [Photograph by Lai Nyok Chan]

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!”

By participating in sutra adaption, Neoh Hoe Keat learnt the true meaning of verses. He repented for his ignorance and unwholesome behaviour in the past which often hurt the feelings of his loved ones. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]

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.

Volunteer training-cum-“Water Repentance” thanksgiving took place at the hall of SRJK Kong Hoe. Participants are seen here singing a song, “Where the Sun Lingers”. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

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.

All performers held hands and sang to the heart-warming “We Are Family” song during the sharing session. [Photograph by Lee Eng Foo]

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.

On July 4, Hwang Peng Yeow (right) brought his wife’s photo and attended the sutra adaptation with his mother, Lee Ah Eng, and two daughters, thereby fulfilling Chua Chee Ling’s last wish. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]

“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.

Seated behind the audience in the arena, sound engineers worked closely with the screen control room to ensure a smooth performance. [Photograph by Yap Tsi Ti]

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.

Dr Ho Gwo Fuang found “The Mind is the Source of Afflictions” a true portrayal of life. [Photograph by Ivan Ooi Yoong Seong]

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.

Participation in the sutra adaptation gave Cheok Soh Tin a deep understanding of the Karmic Law of Cause and Effect. She repented for all her wrongs and took measures to mend all broken relationships. [Photograph by Wong Siew Chin]

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.

Chan Yuen Sum was grateful for the opportunity to learn the Dharma and feel the great compassion of the Buddha. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

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.

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