Happiness comes from selflessness, from devoting one’s time in benefitting others, because everything we do comes back around.
Selfless giving is the theme for the afternoon session of Tzu Chi Foundation’s first Humanity Class for college scholars this 2018. The program is held at the Jing Si Hall in Quezon City on January 14, an hour after the humanity class for elementary and high school scholars.
A total of 416 scholars attend the event, 146 are senior high school and 270 are college students.
During the program, Tzu Chi volunteer Judy Lao talks about selfless giving, showing photos and videos of Tzu Chi volunteers in Leyte in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Lao reminisces the struggles that the volunteers have encountered during their relief workto make the typhoon survivors feel loved.
“In Tzu Chi Foundation, we save lives, change lives, empower lives and we believe in the dignity of human lives,” says Lao.
Lao wants the scholars to have the same mindset. She believes that aside from educating them, Tzu Chi must also instill in their hearts selfless giving. Aside from earning college diplomas and titles, Lao says Tzu Chi will be much happier if the students practice Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s teachings in their daily life.
Kristina Bala, a senior high school student, shares her realization about helping people.
“I realized that even when we are poor, we are still capable of helping other people. The help that we give won’t be measured. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big thing or a small thing. What matters is that it comes from the heart. It doesn’t require monetary help as well. You can help by helping an old man cross the road andthat already means a lot,” says Bala.
Bala also promises to start practicing selflessness and spreading what she has learned from this month’s Humanity Class.
“I will start by helping at home. I will help my mother in the household chores and at the same time, I will share what I have learnedwith my friends so that the teachings of Tzu Chi will spread to more children,” adds Bala.
The scholars are grateful to Tzu Chi volunteersfor organizing activities such as the Humanity Class, which shapes them to become good individualsand contribute in the society.
Julius Roman, a third year college student, shares how Tzu Chi changed his character.
“The former Julius is always in the computer shop, hanging out with peers, and has no direction life. But when I became a scholar of Tzu Chi, everything has changed. I am now paying attention to my studies. Before, I was easily angered. But now, I can manage my temper,”says Roman.
For Roman, he can’t say that he is a perfect role model but he is trying. He wants to carry the title “Tzu Chi scholar” and become an inspiration to other youth like him.
“I’ll make sure to attend the humanity class every month and at the same time, I will continue being a better version of myself. I can’t say that I am totally changed, but I can say that I am improving, getting better, and a work in progress,” adds Roman.
Preparing for ‘the real world’
While the Humanity Class is ongoing, graduating college scholars gather in a separate room where they watch moviesand documentaries to help them find the job that they really want and to help themcope up with the life of a young adult.
Conrad Chua, the speaker of the film viewing and career orientation, gives tips onhow they can become independent and reliable at work.
Aira Jane Marbella, a fourth year Business Administration student, shares the lessons she gained from today’s film viewing, “The Founder”.
The Founder is a 2016 American biographical drama film that portrays the story of the creation of a famous fast food chain. It narrates the challenges and sacrifices that the main character had to do in order for his business to be successful.
“We must have the determination and persistence, and we must take a risk in order for us to succeed. This is such a big help to usespecially that we are graduating students. The lessons we gained here are what we are going to apply as we go into the real world after graduation,” narrates Marbella.
Marbella assures that she will apply and spread the teachings of Master Cheng Yen to other people and will donate as soon as she lands a job after college. This will be her way of giving back the help she received.
Before the Humanity Class starts, the scholars sing the Tzu Chi Hymn.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Humanity Class’ host Tzu Chi volunteer Frances Lim reminds the scholars to practice Master Cheng Yen’s teaching: say good words, think good thoughts and do good deeds. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The scholars watch the story of Kasyapa and Melon, which is a reminder about the importance of nurturing a pure heart and clean intentions in everything that we do.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi volunteer Cecille Go talks about the five poisons to human’s heart: greed, anger, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt. She warns the students to avoid having these five within them.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Graduating Tzu Chi scholars gather in a separate area to watch the film “The Founder”. They have been doing film viewing for four months now. The movies that they are watching are intended to guide them as they go to “real world” after college. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Conrad Chua, the speaker during the film viewing and career orientation, gives the scholars tips on how they can become independent and reliable at work. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Aira Jane Marbella shares what she has learned after watching the movie, “The Founder”.She emphasizes that one of the things she has learned from attending Humanity Classes for four years is that no matter how intelligent and successful a person is, what is most important is the purity and goodness of his heart. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi volunteer Judy Lao talks about importance of selfless giving and shares stories about Tzu Chi volunteers devoting their time and efforts in helping people in suffering. Lao wants the scholars to be inspired and carry out the teachings of Tzu Chi even after they have graduated from college. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
As part of the Humanity Class activity, Kristina Bala writes down all the resentment she has in her heart, and promises to do her best to replace all these negativities with optimism. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The scholars offer a sincere prayer as the Humanity Class comes to a close. Included in their prayers is the hope that may the Lord guide them as they devote their self in doing good deeds and may all the negative things in their hearts be removed. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The Humanity Class ends with the scholars paying their respect to the Buddha. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】