On January 8 & 9, 2011, four sessions of Year-End Blessing Ceremony were held at Stadium Badminton Kuala Lumpur. About 8,800 people attended the event; and all present were urged to do recycling and reduce wastage in the New Year.
To show their appreciation to the long time recycling volunteers, Tzu Chi Selangor & KL Branch gave each of them an eco-shirt, made by DAAI Technology, to wear to the 2010 Year-End Blessing Ceremony.
Madam Yu Guang Jiao from Semenyeh said that she never intended to do more than the monthly recycling activity. However, after putting on the eco-shirt she felt that the recycling work she is doing is meaningful. As such, she has pledged to work harder in promoting recycling to her fellow villagers.
Sixteen volunteers put on the products made by DAAI Technology from recycled PET bottles and paraded on stage. It is hoped that the concept of recycling and reusing of resources has been instilled in the minds of the audience.
The PET bottles were collected, cleaned and sorted by our recycling volunteers in Taiwan.
Everyone does recycling
Approximately 8,800 volunteers and donors of Tzu Chi Selangor & KL gathered at Stadium Badminton Kuala Lumpur on January 8 and 9, 2011, for the 2010 Year-End Blessing Ceremony.
Master Cheng Yen reminded everyone that the Buddha had said the land is fragile. The many disasters we face nowadays are related to the imbalance of the four elements (earth, water, wind and fire) and this imbalance is a result of environmental pollution.
Master Cheng Yen continued to urge everyone to be vigilant and environmentally-friendly in their daily life. The theme for this year's Year-End Blessing encompassed the earnest call for all to conserve the environment and to purify our own minds to give rise to favourable weather amidst this disaster-stricken era.
"Rubbish, Rubbish, do not simply throw; Rubbish, Rubbish, really a nuisance... Dear friends, let's do recycling..." The performers on stage included the elderly in their 70s and the kindergarten children.
Regain the jest in life
Brother Cai Zhong Lin shared his lifestyle after joining Tzu Chi with the audience. He said that three years ago, he could not sleep without the air-conditioner and his family had created large quantities of rubbish. After learning about the importance of environmental protection in Tzu Chi, he started to observe an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. He conserves energy, stops using the air-conditioner, creates less rubbish and uses more natural light. In addition, he also collects rainwater and practises vegetarianism. Zhong Lin said his utility bills have been cut by half since then.
Sister Wu Mei Ping said she stopped buying new clothes five years ago; and she also used 'mix- and-match' furniture nowadays.
Sister Su Li Xia said recycling has helped her recover from her depression that resulted after the loss of her son in an accident. Her sister installed a Da Ai TV for her hoping that she could gain some inspirations from the programmes. Sister Su began to do recycling after watching "Guardian of Land" and listening to the Master's teachings.
After participating in recycling, whenever she found clothing still in good condition at the recycling station, she brought them home to wash and repair, and sold them to the residents at a nearby flat complex. All the proceeds went to Tzu Chi. Her husband was very happy to see her regaining her jest in life; and he also started to give her a hand with the work.
The blessed one
Chen Xiu Yue from Cheras said that she was deeply touched by the documentary of Haiti's Earthquake, and the words, "Irrespective of our skin colour, our blood is red in colour."
Madam Chen, a first timer at Tzu Chi activity, shed tears while watching the 2010 Global Report and the Malaysia Report. She was grateful to her friend for inviting her to this event because she was very happy with what she saw. She also signed up as a donor and a recycling volunteer on the spot.
Lin Xiang Fu said, "Master Cheng Yen is right when she said that Buddhists should not just chant sutras, but should put them into practice. I am learning to serve others and to give alms. Through recycling, I have come to understand Master's teaching better!"
With a volunteer's help, Wahab learnt that our Earth is being destroyed and that Recycling is one way to save Her. Moreover, the money we earn from selling recyclables goes to charity. Wahad said he must start to recycle; and he has also promised to invite his friends and relatives to join in the activity for a good cause.
Visually-impaired volunteer, Song Guo Yao, brought 19 friends, with the same disability as him, to this event. He hopes that his friends will be encouraged to do recycling through the programmes. He has also pledged to do more good deeds and recycling in this New Year.
Many threats and challenges are awaiting us in 2011. For this reason, Master Cheng Yen said that: "Although the present world is 'a world stained with the five defilements', but everything is created by our mind. If everyone's mind is good and pure, our world will become a pure land."
The Ceremony ended with the "Prayer" song sung amidst a sea of candles. Everyone placed their palms together and prayed fervently for a peaceful and auspicious year ahead. May 2011 be a year that everyone will do recycling, and be guardian of the land.
More than 8,000 people joined the four sessions of Year-End Blessing Ceremonies held at Stadium Badminton Kuala Lumpur.【Photograph by Wong Poh Fatt】
The recycling volunteers in DAAI Technology's eco-shirts.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】
Su Li Xia (right) said that recycling has helped her to overcome her grief of losing her son.【Photograph by Leong Chian Yee】
In a sea of lights, participants prayed for a peaceful and auspicious New Year.【Photograph by Cheong Huey Chiat】
Every participant received a "Fu-Hui (blessing & wisdom)" red packet from Master Cheng Yen.【Photograph by Tai Woon Kong】
Wahab (second from the left) wants to do recycling after learning of its importance.【Photograph by Leong Chian Yee】
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