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Teaching Tzu Chi scholars with the importance of gratitude

Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:10 AM | ARTICLE BY | Luisa Cabato
Tzu Chi college scholars enjoy making animal shapes like a dog, frog, and bear using rubber bands and face towels. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】

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  • The topic of the September humanity class, gratitude, teaches 268 Tzu Chi college scholars the importance of being thankful for even little blessings in life.

Happiness is a choice. Everyone has to decide whether to live each day with sadness or with a heart that sees the good in what life brings. As Dharma Master Cheng Yen teaches, being thankful for even little blessings will bring contentment amidst suffering.

The 268 Tzu Chi college scholars on September 10 learned this essential life wisdom during the monthly humanity class.

A video discussing the recent war in Syria is shown. Students’ feel deep compassion and concern as they see the war victims’ situation.  A Muslim Tzu Chi volunteer share in a video his experiences on doing relief works in Jordan. Olga Vendivel, a volunteer, reads a letter from the Muslim volunteer narrating his hardships in Jordan during and after the war. It makes the scholars realize how lucky they are for not experiencing those wars and terrorism that children from other countries are going through.

Tzu Chi volunteer Dan Jeremy Cua enlightens the scholars with the foundation’s goal of spreading love to people of different races, beliefs, and nations. He explains that the seeds of love that the foundation has already planted on places damaged by disasters light up the fire of volunteerism in their hearts and the desire to help even in small ways. The scholars pray for the people’s peace and safety after the presentation.

The college scholars are taught about the importance of being grateful in life. Some of them even get emotional as they share to the whole class their list of the things they have in life and thankful for.

“I am thankful for my family and friends. I wrote them down because they are the ones who help me, just like in catching up with school activities. What they are giving me now I can return it back to them in the future someday. Being grateful everyday helps achieve peaceful mind,” shares Haydee Jain, a first-year ICT student at the Asian Institute of Computer Studies.

The scholars bring home lessons in gratitude and contentment, which will mold them into better individuals.



Last Updated: Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:10 AM

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