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United by dedication, driven by love

May 12, 2018 | Grace Limbher Daigdigan

For days, the Tzu Chi community in the Greater Manila Area gathered themselves for rehearsals to achieve perfection in the upcoming threefold event: Tzu Chi Day, Buddha Day, and Mother’s Day. 【Photo by Ken Yacuan】

Story Highlights

  • From May 5 to May 12, preparations are in full swing for the most awaited celebration in the Tzu Chi community, the 3-in1 event: Tzu Chi Day, Buddha Day, and Mother’s Day.

 

From floor markings and carpentry to the exhausting formation rehearsals, Tzu Chi volunteers and staff aimed for the grandest celebration in the Tzu Chi community, the 3-in-1 event: Tzu Chi Day, Buddha Day, and Mother’s Day on May 13 to 14 at the Jing Si grounds in Quezon City.

Preparations entailed blood and sweat but their dedication to the foundation has kept them motivated to be part of the pious ceremony.

In the Chinese tradition, festive drumbeats are used to eradicate bad elements. But in the 3-in-1 ceremony, it will be different.

“The drum performance that we will execute will be in a calm tone because we want everyone who will hear to have a peaceful mind and soul,” says Lyndon Yu, a member of the staff who has been playing drums even before entering Tzu Chi Foundation.

While it was a challenge to set rehearsal schedules for his group, everyone’s cooperation made the rest of the job easy.

“I’m thankful to Tzu Chi because I was chosen to be part of one of he important segments of the ceremony. That’s why my team is putting a great effort into this, it is the least we can do for all the opportunities Tzu Chi has opened to us,” he adds.

Apart from the drumming ceremony, one of the highlights of the event is the Buddha bathing which is intended to cleanse the inner impurities of the soul by dipping fingers in a bowl of water and taking with them a white flower which signifies purity.

One of the participants of this ceremony is Tzu Chi volunteer Luis Diamante. Judging from his face during the formation rehearsal, he was clearly exhausted. He remained optimistic that his sacrifice will surely pay off during the event.

“This is not a big deal to me because it has brought me to the right place. I was enlightened to live in the right path,” volunteer Luis shares.

Another participant is Tzu Chi volunteer Terry Fan, who wasn’t able to attend the Buddha Day last year due to a prior commitment. In this Buddha bathing, she will seize the opportunity to thank the Buddha for all the blessings.

Of all she received, a family member surviving a car accident is what she considers the greatest.

Terry believes that all is well in her family because of their strong faith in Buddha.

“Apart from giving thanks, I also pray to the Buddha for protection and good health for my whole family while we continuously live on the Buddha’s teachings,” ends volunteer Terry.

  • Tzu Chi volunteer Terry Fan makes it a point to attend the rehearsals for the triple event despite her busy schedule as a Chinese teacher in Saint Jude Catholic School. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】

  • Tzu Chi volunteers take a break to relieve their weariness after the long formation rehearsal for the Buddha Day. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

  • “Master Cheng Yen and Buddha’s teaching is like a life manual. It guides us to the right path and on the things we must do to help in the prosperity of the society,” shares Tzu Chi volunteer Luis Diamante【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

  • Volunteers prepared floor markings to avoid congestion during the Buddha bathing ceremony. 【Photo by Ken Yacuan】

  • As part of the Buddha Day ceremony, there will be a drum performance of calm beats to bring peace to the hearts and minds of the attendees. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

  • Tzu Chi volunteers raise their candles as they dedicate a song to Buddha.【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

  • In commemoration of Mother’s Day, the steering committee of the 3-in-1 event prepared for Carnation and Ontarium flowers which are commonly given to moms on that day.【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

  • Lyndon Yu confessed that it was hard for him to play a drum piece in slow beats, however, he gladly accepts the challenge because he was given an opportunity to perform in the prestigious ceremony.【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

  • Tzu Chi staff double-checked the wirings to avoid technical difficulties on the day of the 3-in-1 event.【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】