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Monday, March 11, 2013

Our World - Tzu Chi Annual Blessings ceremony

During the Chinese New Year celebration, I was invited to  the annual Blessings ceremony of Tzu Chi Foundation at Penang International Sports Arena. With a crowded venue, I was glad that we arrived early for good seats.

I was first introduced to Tzu Chi Foundation a few years ago where my ex-boss was actively involved in many community projects. This non-profit organization provides help to local communities by delivering food and warm clothes to the homeless, recycling and protecting the environment, providing relief to the victims of international disaster, offering weekend schooling for young people and providing medical support to the less fortunate.

Pictured here are some of the highlights of the event. There are about 1,600 volunteers who had dedicated themselves to this ceremony.

Some of the activities include sign language performance, inspiring documentaries, choir singing, stage drama, dharma drum and verses of incense praise.

One can also view and admire the lights that popped all over the place in a spectacular way.

It amazed me seeing all these Tzu Chi members who had worked so hard to participate in this activity, hoping to inspire people to be grateful for the past year, and to welcome the year ahead with great love.

As can be seen on the big screen, The Great Awakened of the Universe is the depiction of Buddha of Tzu Chi Foundation. Within the statue, Buddha is letting the world witness his enlightenment. While I don't obtained deep knowledge in Buddhism, I was deeply touched by the story of hope and strength of Tzu Chi's dedicated efforts.

Together with thousands of other attendees we light candles and pray for world peace, happiness, and harmony of humankind.

The attendees went home with happiness and our prayers continue for a better world and hope the end of all suffering.

A heart full of love is the most beautiful thing in the world.
- Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi.

Our World


  1. It also amazed me a lot because of their hard work.
    Many people really move at the same pose.

  2. So inspiring and such lovely shots.

  3. What a lovely ceremony! I have high hopes we can make this a better world for everyone. Love the shot with everyone holding the candles. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day and week ahead.

  4. Inspiring indeed!! And your captures are terrific!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the information! Hopefully a better world indeed! I', too, love the shot with everyone holding a candle! Wonderful!! Hope you have a good week!

  5. Beautiful pictures from the event. It is organised very well.

  6. great post. thanks for sharing your world.

  7. Exquisite pictures, yes, I like the brightness of the past, are gorgeous!

  8. O like the blue colour. How long do they have to bend like this?

  9. Love the pixz with the laser lights and wow nice shot of the lights from the lotus candles.

  10. Beautiful & compassionate quote by Master Cheng Yen ~ A heart full of love is the most beautiful thing in the world. tQ for sharing

  11. What a splendid ceremony! These images are enchanted!
    I hope you have a good week!

  12. Wow ! what a ceremony ! must have been wonderful to watch !

  13. That last shot is absolutely beautiful!

  14. Dynamic lighting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  15. Enormous crowd, incredible the way you captured that and the beautiful effects of the lighting. I am impressed at the number of volunteers who work to put this wonderful event on!

  16. What a great organisation! They seem to do so much good. Your photos are spectacular especially of the light show and especially the second photo down.