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Saturday, 07 March 2015 15:01

Joining Hearts in Support of Water Repentance Stage Performance

Written by  Lai Lee Yin & Siow Lee Ken, KL & Selangor / Translated by Ong Mooi Lin

Lotuses sprout from a seed, and then spread their effects of goodness to others.  Let us get together to support the July’s Water Repentance stage performance by sponsoring lotuses to have this meaningful event realized. [Photograph by Look Foot Seong]

Four sutra adaptation performances of Dharma as Water will be held on July 4 and 5, 2015 at Bukit Jalil Stadium. The costs for the performances are estimated to be high, hence Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Entrepreneurs initiated a fundraising programme, appealing for sponsorship through purchase of lotus lightings.


 
On March 7, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor invited entrepreneurs to a gathering themed, “Joining Hearts in Support of Water Repentance”, at KL Jing Si Hall. The organizer had prepared a sumptuous and enticing eight-course vegetarian feast to welcome the entrepreneurs to this event.
 
Ten entrepreneurs presented a drum performance with a zest of energy and with firm and stable position, manifesting their efforts of supporting the stage performance through their strength and time. The drum group leader, Lim Haw Sek informed that the greatest challenge was to gather everyone for practice at suitable times.
 
Initially, there were more than 40 people but the number was slowly reduced to about 30. A day before the event, the group members practised diligently till late evening, and rehearsals were carried out again the following morning, just to ensure they gave their best to the audience.
 
In order to enable 210 audience members to gain a better understanding of the roles of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Entrepreneurs’ Division, there was a sharing of 2014 events, such as, sutra performance, East Coast flood relief and repenting moments, showing their selfless contribution to society.
 
Dissolving suspicion through loving-kindness
 
Volunteer Ng Cheng Wee shared his experience in Pahang’s Kuala Krau flood relief last year, where more than two thousand volunteers participated in various activities, such as, surveyance, aid relief, visits to the most critical flood affected areas and appeals for participants in the cash-for-work programme.
 
Cheng Wee recalled, “As a sub-group leader, when I was tasked with the aid relief at a Malay religious school, my mind was immediately filled with challenges awaiting me.”
 
At first, the religious leader was wary and kept watchful eyes over the volunteers, because no Chinese volunteer had visited the school in the past 40 years. However, after seeing how volunteers cleared and tidied up the messy flood affected areas untiringly, he was relieved and was no longer suspicious.
 
With better understanding of volunteers’ genuine contribution, the religious leader brought more than 30 students and teachers to participate in the cash-for-work programme the following day. He even led a group of people to clean up the kitchen and promised to carry out recycling campaign in the school.
 
Cheng Wee believed that loving-kindness could turn crisis into opportunity, transform suspicion into trust and respect, and dissolve racism conflicts with gratitude, respect and love. He made a vow to use his body given by his parents to serve society with kindness as commemoration to his mother, who passed away a year ago on March 8. He also sponsored two lotus lightings in his late parents’ names.
 
Chen Xian Long, who serves in the police force felt, “It is not easy for Chinese to enter into any Malay community, more so for them to accept the help of volunteers.” He wished that the selfless love would circulate and transcend all races just like the lyrics of the sign language, “Let’s Share Our Love”, which touched him deeply.
 
Eradicating bad habits through Water Repentance
 
Volunteer Tan Soon Hock talked about the history of Water Repentance, by using the story of ancient China Minister, Wu Da and his composition of Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance, to explain the intention of the performance in educating the public to start repenting over misconduct and getting rid of ignorance.
 
He said, “The purpose of Water Repentance is aimed at mind purification and initiating repentance, in order to create a peaceful and harmonious society. It is hoped that everyone could join together and make this movement nationwide; 500,000 participants are anticipated for the four stage performances.”
 
Hwong You Chuaang, a Sabahan, courageously repented for his past misconduct in front of the audience. He also reminded himself to eradicate his bad attitudes and habits. He attends Master’s discourse at dawn every morning, and is determined to eliminate his negative habitual tendencies.
 
He also shared how he has changed his life due to Master Cheng Yen. Master had once said to him sincerely and earnestly, “In this lifetime, if you come and leave this world with muddle-headedness and bewilderedness, be that the case then; but if you get to know Tzu Chi and yet is still unwilling to change, that is really uncalled for.”
 
He admitted honestly that as a wealthy timber businessman, he is one of the culprits causing the flood in East Coast. You Chuaang participated in the aid relief and cash-for-work programme during the flood, and donated generously and sincerely. After turning into a new leaf, he seized every opportunity to create and cherish blessings by doing good deeds and helping others.
 
With no interest in his studies, Tan Sin Hin left school after completing his primary education. He started work immediately, and through his friends’ influence, he was introduced to the underworld in his teens. From thence, he started drinking and sometimes for 30 days in a month.
 
After marriage and fearing his wife’s nagging, his drinking pattern changed. He would start drinking in the afternoon instead of at night. He made it a point to get others deadly drunk. To him, that was an achievement; and often as a result, he would be drunk too.
 
Later, upon seeing the unbelievable change in his friend, Tan Boon Seng, from a person, who would not be able to survive without meat to become a vegetarian after joining Tzu Chi, Sin Hin wanted to give it a try and find out more about the organization. He first participated in the Wesak Day’s Buddha Bathing Ceremony, and was overwhelmed by the solemnity of the ritual carried out. Hence, he started joining the volunteer’s training programme in August 2014.
 
To abide by the Ten Precepts of Tzu Chi, he made a vow and stopped his 30-year drinking habit. Since then, he has not touched a single drop of alcohol despite temptations from friends. He has maintained a strong will power and has never wavered.
 
As a registered performer in the stage performance, he shared that the verse “losing true-self in the delusionary world; greed, anger and delusion created undue worries” had made him feel as if it was describing his ridiculous life in the past.
 
Thus, he repented for his past misconduct, which arose from his ignorance of the Karmic Law of Cause and Effect, and was determined to make a fresh start. He joined volunteers for home visits and East Coast flood relief, and made a vow to walk on the Bodhisattva Path forever.
 
Local Artist, Kelvin Liew expressed, “Strangely, there was an urge to repent from within.” He repented from the bottom of his heart for being verbally rude and showing bad attitude towards family members, friends and colleagues. He strongly believes that the Water Repentance stage performance will inspire many more to repent and change positively. He hoped he could participate in the stage performance in July.
 
Blossoming of lotuses 
 
“Watching everyone sponsoring 100 units, 50 units and also increasing the number from the initial 20 units to 50 units of lotus lightings, has boosted our confidence and motivated us,” coordinator Chong Chin Look expressed joyfully.
 
This Entrepreneur Group Gathering, which was prepared and planned for since November 2014, was postponed till March this year due to the East Coast flood. The reformed four-in-one structure was also implemented in the Entrepreneurs’ Division, which led to a further sub-division of Northeast, North, Central and West Klang. He said, “The new set-up has made our job easier because we will have a divisional group leader in charge of invitation and donation target.”
 
Chin Look was initially worried and pressured over his inability to meet the target, as the fundraising for the East Coast flood had continued till the beginning of this year. “Alas, just do it and it will be alright! The team members have tried their best to extend invitations, hold meetings and follow up with every sub-division. We made an effort to stay back after the Master’s discourse at dawn, to discuss how to gather and appeal to the public for sponsorship,” added Chin Look.
 
CEO of KL & Selangor Branch, Echo Chien, used the lotus lightings as metaphor of pure and untainted lotus, and appealed to the audience to lighten up their own hearts and volunteer with free will to inspire people around them to sponsor. She said, “Open the room for more people to participate in Tzu Chi, and to continue supporting Tzu Chi with love and kindness Let us develop and grow together.”
 
Lotuses sprout from a seed, and then the ripples of goodness are spread to others. Let us get together to support the July’s Water Repentance stage performance by sponsoring lotuses to have this meaningful event realized.
 
 
A sumptuous and enticing eight-course vegetarian feast had been prepared for the Entrepreneur Group Gathering. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]   Ten volunteers from the Entrepreneurs’ Division manifested their efforts in supporting the stage performance by presenting a thrilling and exciting drum performance. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]

A sumptuous and enticing eight-course vegetarian feast had been prepared for the Entrepreneur Group Gathering. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]
 
Ten volunteers from the Entrepreneurs’ Division manifested their efforts in supporting the stage performance by presenting a thrilling and exciting drum performance. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]
 
Sign language performance of “Let’s Share Our Love” touched the hearts of audience with its meaningful lyrics, and made them contribute for the goodness. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]   Volunteer Ng Cheng Wee shared how love had transformed the suspicion of the cash-for-work programme during the East Coast flood relief, and brought out the harmony and cooperation among different races. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]

Sign language performance of “Let’s Share Our Love” touched the hearts of audience with its meaningful lyrics, and made them contribute for the goodness. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]
 
 
Volunteer Ng Cheng Wee shared how love had transformed the suspicion of the cash-for-work programme during the East Coast flood relief, and brought out the harmony and cooperation among different races. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]
 
Hwong You Chuaang (centre) repented in front of the audience, and is determined to eradicate bad habits vigilantly. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]   Tan Sin Hin, an alcoholic for more than 30 years, made a vow to quit drinking in August 2014, and with his strong determination and strong will, he has not touched alcohol to-date. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]

Hwong You Chuaang (centre) repented in front of the audience, and is determined to eradicate bad habits vigilantly. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]
 
 
Tan Sin Hin, an alcoholic for more than 30 years, made a vow to quit drinking in August 2014, and with his strong determination and strong will, he has not touched alcohol to-date. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]
 
Coordinator Chong Chin Look was motivated by the overwhelming response from the audience in sponsoring the lotus lightings. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]   Local artist, Kelvin Liew believes that the Water Repentance stage performance would inspire many more to repent over their past misconduct and eventually change their attitude. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]

Coordinator Chong Chin Look was motivated by the overwhelming response from the audience in sponsoring the lotus lightings. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]
 
 
Local artist, Kelvin Liew believes that the Water Repentance stage performance would inspire many more to repent over their past misconduct and eventually change their attitude. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]