The 18th Jing-Si Books & Cafe in Malaysia was officially opened in Puchong Jaya on October 26, 2011. This is indeed good news for Tzu Chi volunteers and local residents in the area.
After a year of searching, Tzu Chi volunteers finally found a suitable place in Puchong area to set up a Jing-Si Books & Cafe. Officially opened on October 26, 2011, it is the 18th and 57th shop in Malaysia and the world respectively.
Datuk Loo Yeng Peng, Special Officer to the Home Minister; Dato' Leong Kin Mun, the landlord; Madam Ruan Bao Chu, rental sponsor's representative; and Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi Selangor & Kuala Lumpur, jointly unveiled the red curtain to mark the opening.
This shop is located in a prime commercial area, opposite the IOI Mall, along the Damansara-Puchong Highway. Many people had visited the shop since its opening a week ago.
Welcome to Puchong Jing-Si
On the day of the official opening, a few young children in Jing-Si uniform and Tzu Chi volunteers were at the entrance to welcome guests and hand out souvenirs in the form of candies and Jing-Si Aphorism bookmarks.
Echo Chien thanked all sponsors of the Cafe and urged all present to bring their friends and family to the shop for a cup of "wisdom tea".
Distinguished guest, Datuk Loo, could feel the love and compassion transmitted by the Tzu Chi volunteers. He said that love will help resolve many social problems. It was also a good idea to have a shop like Jing-Si in Puchong area where the local residents can find guidance in life.
A spiritual sanctuary
Dato' Leong, the landlord, said, "Jing-Si makes people feel good and tranquil. Besides giving city dwellers a place to self-reflect, it will also educate people to have kind thoughts."
Dato' Leong, who likes the Jing-Si Aphorisms very much, said, "One's spirit can be recharged and uplifted by Jing-Si Aphorisms, which are also useful in our daily life"; and he hopes to pass on Master Cheng Yen's values to the younger generation. He also hopes that everyone will benefit from the Jing-Si Aphorisms and the Cafe.
Mr Wen Shun Qiang, a guest, liked the Cafe's ambience very much. He said, "Environment is very important as it can greatly influence people's moods. Puchong Jaya is a relatively new community, and it needs a shop like this to enable young people to be uplifted spiritually."
Madam Wang Wen Shan said, "It is a very difficult task to calm our minds in our daily routine. But, I could feel a sense of calmness whenever I come to the Cafe to read a book and enjoy a cup of tea in serenity." Madam Wang also brought her children along to the Cafe with the hope of encouraging them to cultivate the habit of reading.
Zhou Sha Luan was thrilled to know that the Cafe is in Puchong as this means she can make frequent visits. She was very happy to have found and bought a copy of her favourite book, "Jing-Si Aphorisms", in this outlet. She also hoped for a Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre to be set up in her community soon so that she could send her children there.
Madam Zhou's son, Wu Miao Jin, also liked the Cafe very much. He said he will visit again with his friends or just to read books.
A community living room
The Jing-Si Books and Cafe is a community living room for the community volunteers, as well as, members of the public.
Tay Yiing Jye is one of the local Tzu Chi volunteers who helped to set up the Cafe.
Since the opening, Yiing Jye has been visiting the Cafe almost daily during her lunch break and after work. She would bring lunch for the staff and volunteers on duty or give them a lift home.
Yiing Jye was not well. In fact, on the official opening day, she was scheduled to go to Taiwan for a check-up at Tzu Chi Hospital. Fortunately, she and her family managed to attend the opening prior to her departure.
Another volunteer, Yapp Pet Yee, was responsible for the staff's meals and other needs besides helping to manage the Cafe. Being part of the Cafe's team, she has learnt that "One gains joy and wisdom through serving and being understanding."
It is hoped that the community residents will find this community living room a place where they can truly relax and reflect, besides gaining wisdom.
The adorable young volunteers welcoming the guests to the opening ceremony at the entrance.【Photograph by Aw Lee Ching】
More than 200 people had come for the opening ceremony.【Photograph by Leong Chian Yee】
Landlord Dato' Leong Kin Mun (centre) said, "Jing-Si Books & Cafe provides an environment for the city dwellers to self-reflect, besides educating people to have kind thoughts."【Photograph by Aw Lee Ching】
Tay Yiing Jye (right) and family at the opening ceremony.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】
Wang Wen Shan reads Jing-Si Aphorisms when she has worries.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】
Echo Chien delivering her welcoming speech at the opening.【Photograph by Aw Lee Ching】
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