On 26 and 27 October 2013, Tzu Chi volunteers took up their places on each side of the stage tagged A and B. With 504 actors on each side of the stage, it was an opportunity for all to finally meet up during the first combined practice held at the North Zone. Sharing the limited space with each other, where twice as many people were congregating as compared to a routine practice session held in their own respective communities, was an opportunity for all to practice temperance and put others before self, even as they encouraged and learnt from each other. Everyone was in perfect agreement that their goal was to present the Dharma to a wide audience with purified hearts some seven weeks later.
When it comes to following a vegetarian diet, thirteen year old Fang Qiao is her mother Fang Yu Lan’s best buddy. Though of a tender age, Fang Qiao will not hesitate to do what is right; she has gotten over her habit of not touching greens, and this has in turn been the motivational force for her mother to change her culinary habits. Having left their hometown to pursue their Singapore dream, nothing preps them more for the day ahead than a vegetarian bento prepared at 5.30am every day!
Lin Jin Yan is a nursing coordinator of TIMA and also a sign language facilitator for TIMA members. Watching her singing and confidently using the accompanying sign language on stage as she knelt down and stood up as required in the “Dharma as Water” stage adaptation, one can never imagine how much struggle and pain she has gone through in order to do so.
For over ten years, Su Xiu Zhen had experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in her life due to an unhappy marriage. Despite the suffering in her heart, she did not confide in others; she did not know where to start, and neither did she feel like talking about it. Today, taking on the role of a sign language actor in the “Dharma as Water” stage adaptation, she has finally learnt to let go of the past with the realization that sunshine does indeed come after the rain.