A Teenager Enters the Dharma

After having presented a segment from the "Dharma as Water" stage adaptation  entitled“The Four Evil Karmas of Speech” together with his class mates in August 2013, Cai Shun Yu, a student of the Tzu Chi Teenagers Class, realized that the repentance practice had indeed helped him to get rid of his negative habituations.  Wanting to enter the Dharma with his mother by participating in the full stage adaptation held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in December, Cai signed up as part of the sign language team. Though it was only two months to the opening of the stage adaptation, the facilitators were very patient and with their encouragement, Cai fulfilled his wish to participate in the stage adaptation.

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Cultivation in the Face of Impermanence and Illness

Husband and wife, Zhu Ming Ren and Lu Chuan Qing, have been involved in Tzu Chi activities for nearly twenty years. Having participated in the “Dharma as Water” stage adaptation, they had the opportunity to learn the teachings and deeply repented their past wrongdoings. The challenges of illness and impermanence have made them more vigilant of their actions and thoughts; in addition, they treasure every opportunity to practice the Dharma and sow seeds of goodness in their lives.

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Evoking Humanistic Dharma

In December 2013, the Singapore Indoor Stadium became the grounds of Tzu Chi’s “Dharma as Water” stage adaptation, a Dharma assembly that hosted ten thousand people. Apart from the V-shaped stage that was built by industry professionals, the thematic design and decorations off stage were the result of the creativity and hard work of Tzu Chi’s publicity and design team.  From the moment the audience walked into the Dharma assembly, they could experience Tzu Chi’s uniquely humanistic culture; the atmosphere was evocative of a pervasive serenity that enabled one’s heart to feel the joy of Dharma.

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Good Deeds are no Insurance Against Misfortune

Long-time Tzu Chi volunteer Khoo Khean Yee has been a distributer of herbs for 28 years. In 2013, he faced one of the biggest challenges in his life. Overnight, he learnt that he had suffered a bad debt of more than $200,000 in cash. The sudden news hit him hard, but with the support of his family and the wisdom of Dharma that had entered his heart over the years, Khoo was able to accept that this was the workings of the law of cause and effect and forgive those that had let him down.

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