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Through humanity, a better way to live life

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 13:1 PM | ARTICLE BY | Jonas Trinidad
Broken pieces of a heart come together in this group of students' expression of compassion. During the party, each group is tasked with making a short play about their assigned Jing Si wisdom to portray. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

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  • The students of the Machine Operation Course (MOC) share the drastic changes in them after learning so much about Jing Si wisdom as part of their curriculum. In just a month, they’ve felt more inspired to achieve greatness in their lives through values like respect and compassion.

From ill-willed mouths to words of empathy, students of the first Machine Operation Class (MOC) share the drastic changes they’ve felt over the course of the program.

At the MOC’s Christmas Party at the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus on December 19, the 21 students reveal to their classmates and Tzu Chi volunteers how the Buddhist organization has changed them. There were no reservations among the students as to how they used to get angry easily or didn’t care about the world. Due to Tzu Chi’s humanity classes in addition to the MOC, they’ve learned to look at life from another point of view.

“I’ve seen much improvement in them physically and mentally. They’ve learned to take life more seriously and even have set goals. They finally have a mission to take,” remarks Tzu Chi volunteer Theresa Samala, one of the teachers for the humanity classes every Monday.

In November, Tzu Chi formally opened the MOC as part of an expansion of its Mission of Education. For two months, students will learn the basics of operating industrial machinery such as lathes and mills. But as Tzu Chi believes that discipline is as important as skill, the MOC adds values formation in its curriculum. Under the tutelage of Tzu Chi volunteers, the students are taught core values such as filial piety and respect for life (i.e. adopting vegetarianism).

“The [values] development we gave them has been an eye opener for them. They saw what they could still do with their future,” Samala adds.

Alexis De Guzman, 27 years old from Navotas City, spared no word from sharing how the course has changed him. He enrolled into the MOC barely interested at all, although he could use the education to help him qualify for a job. After watching a few of Master Cheng Yen’s daily wisdom programs, not only has he made many friends in the class but has also learned to eat vegetables.

“I really didn’t want to eat vegetables, but after watching one of the Life Wisdom episodes I was worried about food going to waste,” De Guzman shares.

Some of the students like Eleazer Verano from San Mateo, Rizal have families to feed, yet hardly feels the love. They were once so focused on making ends meet that they would set aside little to no time for family time. Verano admits to this, going straight to bed upon arriving home and putting off other matters for the next day. Due in no small part of Tzu Chi’s humanity classes, he has learned that his life doesn’t necessarily have to be this way.

“One-and-a-half months into the MOC, I realized the value of family. Now, for me, my family is my first life. If not for my family, I probably would be at some roadside right now,” he narrates.

“I realized then that what I was doing was wrong. I also realized that the MOC is not just about how to operate machines but also about shaping your character,” shares 21-year-old Paul John Santos from Quezon City, once easily irritated over trivial things.

“After listening to the teachings of Master Cheng Yen in the morning, I’ve realized that I shouldn’t answer anger with anger. I can’t totally say that I’ve fully changed, but I’m getting there slowly,” shares 26-year-old Rodolfo Tolitol III from Manila, whose past bad habit involved bickering with his wife almost every day.

Others, in the past, suffered from avoiding responsibility, if not managing their time poorly. One such example by 21-year-old Iris Duhay stems from her fear of failing. With supportive friends surround her, however, she gained enough confidence to start on the path to become a role model in society.

“After Tzu Chi, through the efforts of my classmates, I realized that they have faith in me and my abilities. I’ve slowly begun taking responsibilities to become a better person and a better leader,” says Duhay.

“After Tzu Chi, I realized that this wasn’t the case. I’ve learned how to make friends and mingle with others. That’s why I’m glad that I knew about Tzu Chi,” shares 24-year-old Aimmie Gaviola from Pasay City, who once feared that people around her would hurt her.

After graduation, which is a month away, the students will go their separate ways with the lessons imparted on them by Jing Si wisdom. For now, their education continues into on-the-job training courtesy of Tzu Chi volunteers who operate factories in the metro. An educational tour in Cavite is also scheduled for next year for students to learn more about computer numerical control (CNC).

Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2017 13:1 PM

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