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Shai Hwee Chong made a sign language of a heart confidently. She is grateful to be part of the sutra adaptation performance. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

By participating in the sutra adaptation performance, Shai Hwee Chong has progressed from performing sign language and chanting of sutra verses to repenting; and eventually, her wounded heart was healed. She has finally understood that chanting verses on repentance does not eradicate one’s delusion. It is only when one repents reverently and makes a vow for change will one’s defilements be cleansed.

Chew Li Hsia decided to change her lifestyle so as to form good affinities with others through the sutra adaptation. She would try her best to attend each rehearsal. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

Participants for “Dharma as Water” sutra adaptation have represented all walks of life, including a group of English-speaking volunteers. The sutra verses in the Chinese characters have indeed proven challenging, requiring more time and patience to decipher.

Tzu Chi KL & Selangor was the first overseas branch to stage a large-scale sutra adaptation with participation by over 4,000 volunteers and artistes at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

On July 4, 2015, the long awaited “Dharma as Water” sutra adaptation was finally staged at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil. Tens of thousands joined in the Dharma assembly, which was first initiated in Taiwan. Now, the cycle of goodness has spread to Malaysia.

In order to have more time rehearsing, Wong Yong Geng (front) has turned his tuition centre into a practice ground. [Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat]

Since October 2014, students of Wong Yong Geng have joined the team of Dharma Accompaniments at Banting Community Centre for the upcoming “Dharma as Water” performance. After months of practising, both teacher and students have overcome many difficulties together, and realized their own shortcomings through the sutra, which allows them to find the missing part of their life.

Entering the final week before the premiere, volunteers have been practising every day to ensure a solemn event. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

After a year of preparation, the “Dharma as Water” sutra adaptation has seen a participation of over 4,600 volunteers and public members. Since August 2014, study groups have been held in communities, and volunteers have observed a vegetarian diet and deeply repented. With three days to the premiere, preparations are entering the final phases to the staging of a solemn Dharma assembly.

“We will surely reap what we sow” was Chiew Yong Meng’s biggest realization from the sutra adaptation. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]

Three years ago, Tzu Chi lent a helping hand to Chiew Yong Meng’s family. To Yong Meng, who turns 18 this year, Tzu Chi means humanistic love. When invited to join the “Dharma as Water” sutra adaptation, he started practising vegetarianism, and understood the principle of “we will surely reap what we sow”.

Despite their different religious beliefs, Thiru and wife, Rita have participated in the sutra adaptation together. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

With music in full blast, he sped past other vehicles, ignoring the shouts from other drivers near him. When the other vehicles are out of sight, and with sunglasses on, he would proudly said, “Hey, you can’t beat me!”

Li Jia Ying indicated that the act “Repenting the Obstacle of Afflictions” has reminded her to resist temptations and curb cravings so as to free the mind from worries. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

Since May this year, 12-year-old Li Jia Ying has followed her parents’ footsteps in joining the sutra performance. With only two months away from the premiere, she has worked very hard to catch up, and stunned everyone with her focused expression, precise gestures and fluent chanting.

Ng Lay Hoon understood the importance of harbouring a virtuous thought after participating in the sutra performance. She sincerely repented for her past wrongs and used the Dharma to cleanse her defilements. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]

Ng Lay Hoon’s life deteriorated in 2009, followed by her cancer diagnosis in 2014. She then adopted a vegetarian lifestyle but her body continues to be tested. After joining the “Dharma as Water” sutra performance and learning the story of Master Wu Da, she repented sincerely for her past wrongdoings and cleansed her defilements with the Dharma.

Although unfamiliar with the verses, Shammugawali has learnt to reflect upon herself. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Besides learning to comprehend the Dharma and cultivate themselves with the wisdom of the Buddha, the participants, including the Indian volunteers, of the Dharma as Water sutra adaptation performance also shoulder an important mission to convey and promulgate the Dharma.

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