The Year End Blessing ceremony for Tzu Chi donors from Barangay Tatalon was held at the Jing Si Hall, Quezon City on January 28. A total of 1,299 donors attended and received the blessings of Master Cheng Yen through the ang paos.
For the year 2018, Dharma Master Cheng Yen wants everyone to unite in great love toward a world of kindness and to protect the planet and all its inhabitants.
Donors from Barangay Tatalon numbering to 1,299 gathered at the Jing Si Hall in Quezon City on January 28 for a Year End Blessing ceremony.
Every year, Tzu Chi holds a series of Year End Blessings before the Chinese New Year. These events serve as Tzu Chi’s founder Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s way of thanking donors for putting their love into action through monetary and recyclable donations as well as a chance to look back on Tzu Chi’s charitable works in the year that was.
Seeing how Tzu Chi spent her donations to help calamity victims recover, assist poor patients receive treatment, and send underprivileged students to school, Aurora Siosen vows to continue donating as long as she lives.
“I look up to Master Cheng Yen. I always remember her teachings every day before I go to sleep and every morning when I wake up. That is why I am really happy to know that Master Cheng Yen appreciates us. Although she is far away from us, she sees what we do and she makes sure we feel her love for us,’ says Siosen.
The most awaited part of the ceremony is the distribution of ang paos, or red packets. These ang paos were produced from the royalties of Master Cheng Yen’s books. Inside each are four verses from the Buddhist teachings: to always be compassionate, soft-spoken and kind, humble, and to give selflessly.
“We can say that the ang pao is just a piece of paper with beautiful designs but what makes it special are the teachings it contains. I will not just treasure this ang pao, but will also keep in my heart the teachings written inside,” says Vienvenido Ato.
Tzu Chi volunteer Lugena Macaraeg bows as she hands the ang paos to the attendees. “Actually, my back hurts but the Dharma Master says, we must always practice humility when we give,” she says. “The smiles of the attendees are so genuine. They are really happy to receive the ang paosfrom Master Cheng Yen.”
In addition to giving monetary donations, Victoria Cutamora, a volunteer for seven years, has been joining disaster relief missions and promoting care for the planet through recycling in various communities.
“We encourage people to help by giving their recyclables. Their donations will help save the environment and at the same time generate funds for Tzu Chi’s charity programs,” she says.
As calamities and poverty continue to bring suffering to people every year, Tzu Chi volunteer Chieh Fang Uy, who hosted the ceremony, encouraged the attendees to be mindful and exercise their love, closely following this year’s theme: “Unite in Great Love toward a world of kindness. Pave the path at each step to protect the Earth.”
“Let us help those in suffering in any way we can. Master Cheng Yen said showing our compassion and love for others is a blessing – and that blessing is what will make our world a peaceful place to live in.”
To learn more on how you can help Tzu Chi help others, visit http://tzuchi.org.ph/how-to-help/donation/