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.