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.
Tzu Chi volunteer Olga Vendivel greets her group members at the opening of the humanity class. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
A total of 268 scholars attended the humanity class. This month’s theme is gratitude, which aims to make the scholars realize the importance of being thankful and contented with what they have in life. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Tzu Chi volunteer Lino Sy talks about the seeds of love the foundation has spread out around the globe. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Scholars pray for a safer and more peaceful world. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
A scholar proudly shows his finished product at the towel folding activity. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Scholars are asked to list down the things they have to be thankful for. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Two Tzu Chi staffs facilitate the biometric registration of the scholars. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】