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Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

“Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance” Sutra Launched in Melaka

Written by  Loh Siew Chien, Melaka / Translated by Wong Mun Heng

On October 24, 2014, Tzu Chi Melaka launched “Dharma as Water” sutra adaptation performance by briefing all volunteers and inviting them and the public to partake in the sutra presentation. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]

Next year, Tzu Chi volunteers from Central and Southern Malaysia will be presenting the Master with a gift. In an effort to promote the Dharma and purify the mind, volunteers have been aggressively inviting the public to partake in the sign language interpretation of the “Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance” Sutra. Through fellowships and group cultivation, everyone has been led into the Dharma and experienced the joy of Dharma.


Since 2003, Master Cheng Yen has been preaching to her disciples at her morning Dharma sermon, the “Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance” Sutra, especially the usage of Dharma water to purify the mind by removing mental defilements that are clouded by avijja (unconsciousness). In 2011, a musical sign language performance on “Dharma as Water” was staged by Tzu Chi volunteers in Taiwan to enhance the understanding of the meaning of the sutra, “Dharma as Water”. In that same year, and in response to the Master’s call, Tzu Chi Melaka presented the same sutra musical at their Year-end Blessing Ceremony, where the hearts of 4,000 attendees were cleansed by the Dharma.
 
Tzu Chi KL & Selangor is also planning to stage the “Dharma as Water” musical sign language performance in 2015, to enable Malaysians to see and feel for themselves and be enlightened to become Bodhisattvas, thus pooling together greater resonance of kindness in the country. With Master Cheng Yen’s blessings, the scale of this sutra performance has been enlarged, from the initial two stage platforms to four. Tzu Chi KL & Selangor will present three shows, while their Melaka counterpart, with some 2,000 volunteers from Southern Malaysia, will be responsible for one show.
 
This great sutra performance will be held at Bukit Jalil Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, on July 4 to 5, 2015. About 50,000 attendees are expected to attend the four shows.
 
Observe vegetarianism with utmost piousness
 
Master Cheng Yen has emphasized that the purpose of staging the “Dharma as Water” performance is to give everyone a chance to repent; and this must be done in all sincerity by observing vegetarianism. Without peace in the people’s minds, tranquillity cannot possibly exist in the world. Only through Dharma learning and the right attitude of life, will the souls be cleansed and the world can, therefore, see a positive change in the future.
 
On October 24, 2014, Tzu Chi Melaka launched “Dharma as Water” sutra study by briefing all volunteers and inviting them and the public to partake in the sutra presentation. All participants were reminded to observe vegetarianism for 108 days and attend the study group to gain an in-depth understanding of the sutra.
 
Lim Geok Choe, CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka, urged all volunteers to capitalize on this rare opportunity. She quoted Ebola as an example of a major epidemic that calls for even greater repentance and hopes that everyone will cleanse their hearts with the Dharma and rid their bad habits. Ultimately, the one to benefit most is oneself. Only when one has great understanding of the Dharma would one be able to transform oneself and inspire others to do the same, thus advancing towards the vow of recruiting “Million Earthly Bodhisattvas”.
 
Sharing the Dharma
 
When volunteer Tan Sok Keng first heard of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor’s plan to hold the “Dharma as Water” musical sign language performance, she wanted to participate. Unfortunately, due to time and distance constraints, she would not be able to do so. But, when she learnt that Melaka would be involved, she was extremely elated.
 
Being a community team leader, Tan Sok Keng had pondered as to how she could invite the public to partake. She said, “Initially, I was worried because it is not easy to ask them to observe vegetarianism. Later, I told myself I must not put up constraints. Let it be. Get people in first and tackle the challenges as they come.” With her wisdom, she would place the positioning according to the individual’s preference and strength.When there is a will, there is a way; and she is confident of recruiting many participants.
 
In 2011, Tiu Siew Lan watched the “Dharma as Water” performance in Taiwan and was very impressed and overwhelmed by the solemn scenes. She cried as she sang along. She then hoped that one day Melaka would host a similar Dharma interpretation. Her dream has finally been realized and she is very excited about it.
 
Siew Lan said, “With so much turmoil and social ills happening around the world, it is definitely time for great repentance. Hopefully, with the hearts cleansed, peace and stability to the country will prevail.” She added that generally people chant repentance at the temple, but Tzu Chi is staging the sutra for everyone to get involved and immerse themselves in the sutra. In this way, it is hoped that they can better understand the Dharma and therefore apply it in their daily life.
 
Lau Bok Lan has been a Tzu Chi volunteer for 18 years. For the initial eight years, she was just contributing physically and did not really take the Dharma to heart. Due to her temperament, she did not remember and apply the Dharma teachings at all times. In 2011, she had the chance to be involved in the sutra performance from which she learnt to repent and improve her temperament. In the course of running the community activities, she has learnt to apply the Dharma teachings and since then has less trouble. Although she faces the issue with tight deadlines, she is, nevertheless, confident that things will turn out fine for a good course. She said, “This time round, the attraction is not so much on stage performance but rather the use of Dharma to get more to participate; and thus, more will benefit from the Dharma.”
 
 
 
Lim Geok Choe, CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka, urged all volunteers to capitalize on this rare opportunity to learn the Dharma and purify the mind. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]   Volunteers responsible for guiding the performers in the sutra presentation also taught some sign language gestures during the briefing. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Lim Geok Choe, CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka, urged all volunteers to capitalize on this rare opportunity to learn the Dharma and purify the mind. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]
 
Volunteers responsible for guiding the performers in the sutra presentation also taught some sign language gestures during the briefing. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]
 
Luo Xiu Zeng, Vice CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka, presenting a booklet on “Dharma as Water” to each attendee, hoping that they will all cultivate diligently and benefit from the sutra performance. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]   Hua Jing Min, Vice CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka, briefing the audience on the “Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance” Sutra. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]

Luo Xiu Zeng, Vice CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka, presenting a booklet on “Dharma as Water” to each attendee, hoping that they will all cultivate diligently and benefit from the sutra performance. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]
 
 
Hua Jing Min, Vice CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka, briefing the audience on the “Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance” Sutra. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]
 
Tan Sok Keng (1st right) is very happy to have the chance to participate in the “Dharma as Water” sutra performance. She heedfully thought of ways to invite the public to take part in the performance and experience for themselves the joy of Dharma. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]    

Tan Sok Keng (1st right) is very happy to have the chance to participate in the “Dharma as Water” sutra performance. She heedfully thought of ways to invite the public to take part in the performance and experience for themselves the joy of Dharma. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]