"Do not become an elephant!" Liao Wei Jun told his wife, Wu Mei Fang. In response,she said: "Do not become a suffering Arhat!" A funny dialogue it may sound, but it is their self-created “code” to encourage each other on. Wu and Liao are a happily married couple and also comrades on the Tzu Chi path, supporting one another as they cultivate wisdom and blessings.
“Is there anyone who can help me?” Calling home from his office to seek help marked the beginning of a homecoming of sorts for Liang Jia Sheng. Having led a muddle-headed existence over the last ten years, it was the incessant pleading of his mother and aunt, as well as the unconditional companionship of his wife, which made him wake up from a life of delusion – good karma was not completely absent in his life after all.
Wang Ren Yi used to spend lavishly and party the night away in his younger days, never once questioning his attitude towards life. Yet, when the high life ended, he was left to face the lows of failed business ventures and strained family relationships. Now in his sixties, he looks back upon the past and realizes that his losses were truly his gains; his business setbacks were the turning point that brought him into contact with Buddhism and opened up the opportunity for his spiritual cultivation.
Yang Zhong Gui repents the past where he had sown discord between his family members. He has sincerely apologized to his second eldest brother for the transgression and now frequently reminds himself that he must foster positive affinities with others through kind and benefic words. Working in a domestic maid agency, Yang has had the opportunity to share the positive teachings learnt from Tzu Chi with the maids, thereby planting the seeds of kind thoughts in the minds of these domestic helpers who came to find work in a foreign land.