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 20170603風雨送愛‧演繹聚善 Providing Timely Help with Love

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發表主題: 20170603風雨送愛‧演繹聚善 Providing Timely Help with Love   周日 7月 16, 2017 11:08 pm

20170603風雨送愛‧演繹聚善 Providing Timely Help with Love

In Taiwan, it rained all day yesterday and caused a number of disasters. The most severe disasters were landslides, and there were flooding in many places. I was very concerned. Seeing news footage of disasters throughout the day, I was worried.

However, I am very grateful to volunteers from communities around Taiwan for staying at their regional disaster coordination centers. When they received news of disasters, they would immediately report to Tzu Chi’s headquarters in Hualien.

Our Qing Xiu Shis stayed up all night last night at the coordination center at the Abode. They were there to collect information reported from volunteers.

Early this morning, a Qing Xiu Shi reported to me that last night, they received a message fromthe Department of Social Welfare hoping Tzu Chi to provide hot meals to groups of residents who cannot cook due to lack of water, electricity, or gas. They hoped Tzu Chi could help them.

The severity of the storm in Taipei was worst seen in the past 200 years. The drainage system couldn’t cope with the heavy rain, causing flooding in certain areas, so far these two neighborhoods, water got into their basements very quickly, causing the residents much inconvenience.

So, volunteers from Neihu, Taipei immediately mobilized, prepared hot noodle soup, and delivered it to the shelter.

When our neighbors have trouble, as Tzu Chi volunteers, we need to help them quickly.

Thank you very much. Everyone is helping each other. Thank you.

While delivering hot meals, they saw flooding in some households. So, they quickly cleaned up the houses for these families. This is how Tzu Chi volunteers gave timely help in cleaning up these houses. They did so until nearly 11 o’clock last night.

There were also workers working in the heavy rain and fierce wind to repair water pipes. When we need water, we just turn on the faucet and the water comes. But does water really come so easily? Actually, it requires a lot of work to deliver clean water to every household.

Our lives and health depend on having clean water. To have clean water to use in our daily lives, we must be grateful to those who work hard to repair pipes in bad weather.

It is the same with electricity sometimes. Some people cannot live without electricity. People nowadays rely on electricity, but they don’t cherish it.

Evert time electricity cables require repairment, workers need to climb up high in the wind and rain. It is very dangerous. But, do electricity users know the efforts of the workers in repairing and restoring electricity? Do they have gratitude towards them?

The best way to repay such efforts is to conserve water and electricity, and stop wasting resources. Doing this is the best way to show our gratitude and repay the kindness of Mother Nature.

Indeed, we should be grateful for everything. Having a grateful heart is very important; to have gratitude is to cherish our blessings. To give of ourselves is to repay the kindness of others.

We have received so much in our lives, how could we not give of ourselves?To serve the world, we can give of ourselves while not affecting our life. When everyone has blessings, that’s the blessings for the world, society, and humankind.

Yesterday in Taichung, we held a prayer concert with nearly 3,000 attendees in the audience and more than 200 performers, including performing artists as well as volunteers from northern and southern Taiwan who went to Taichung to be a part of the bell and drum presentation. Seeing a group of young people presenting, it was truly touching.

I was even more touching to see six Dharma masters participate on stage. Through their movements, they showed us the story of Ven. Jian Zhen’s persistence and resolve for spreading the Dharma. It was very touching indeed.

There were volunteer firefighters, coast guards, and a local rescue organization joining together on stage to present the Dharma. The venue in Taichung was quite unique; there were two stages, one for Tzu Chi honorary board members, the other for the police, coast guards, and rescuers.

There were also doctors and nurses of our hospital presenting the thousand-hand bodhisattva onstage. There was also a doctor, who sang with Mr. Jonny Yin. It was quite touching to see them sing together.

All in all, this power of love comes from their sincere hearts. Harboring good thoughts, their presentation showed truth, goodness, and beauty.

There were many performing artists yesterday. I was very touched to see that. Truly, living in times of safety with abundant resources, giving of ourselves to benefit the world can be so easy.

In daily living, by giving rise to a good thought, we can create blessings. Why trouble our minds and make our life difficult? Why accumulate collective negative karma which brings disasters?

We should share this concept with one another, encourage people to give of themselves every day while asking nothing in return, and remain grateful all the time. This is the goal we should strive to do.
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