Actualizing Dharma With Vegetarianism and Compassion

Chen Xing Rong, is a typical 44 year old Singaporean. He not only studies the Buddhist Dharma but also assumes the responsibility to support and spread the Dharma. In 2010, he got in touch with Tzu Chi and took part in the “Water as Dharma” sutra adaptation. From the experience, he became determined to curb his appetite for meat, adopt vegetarianism to protect lives, and develop compassion; his spiritual path has now become clear to him.

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A Mother and Daughter’s Spiritual Path

Living an ordinary life studded with challenges, Tay Lee Khim may have undergone much trials and tribulations, yet armed with a firm belief in the karmic law of cause and effect, she joyfully accepts what comes her way as she works out her karma. The simple act of reciting the Buddha’s name has helped her in overcoming the problems presented by her painful knees and her daughter’s epileptic condition. Today, Tay wants to re-prioritise her life, and harbours the hope that her daughter can help fulfil a small wish of hers to follow a vegetarian fast.

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To be Grateful and Forgiving in the Face of Misfortune

If he had not participated in the “Dharma as Water” study sessions and  learned about the teachings in the Water Repentance Text, Joo Yeow Sing would not have been able to be so forgiving for the unfathomable injury inflicted on him. At the combined practice for the “Dharma as Water” stage adaptation (a.k.a. sutra adaptation of the Water Repentance Text) held on Oct. 13, he voluntarily shared with everyone present his personal experience of how he cleansed and purified his mind through learning the Buddhist teachings.

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“Dharma as Water” in the Lion City

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) and with the blessings of Master Cheng Yen, volunteers in the Lion City piously observed vegetarian fasts and attended Dharma sharing sessions with great diligence, their efforts culminating in the successful presentation of the “Dharma as Water”stage adaptation held on 13 to 15 December 2013. In four presentations over three days, a total of 18,000 people participated in the Dharma assembly. They witnessed for themselves, the dignified sanctity of Buddhism, and together, made aspirations to engage in good deeds and kind thoughts.

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