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Volunteers experience spiritual cultivation through monthly seminars

March 03, 2019 | Charissa Tulinao

Volunteers participate in the sutra chanting during the monthly diligence seminar held in the Jing Si Hall on March 3, 2019. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

Story Highlights

  • On March 3, 2019, 120 volunteers attend the monthly diligence seminar at the Jing Si Hall. Guests were able to listen to talks from Dharma Masters and speakers in Taiwan through livestreams and video conferences.


To strengthen their dispositions and to remind our volunteers the true essence of volunteerism and its components, monthly seminars are held simultaneously in the Jing Si hall with participants in Taiwan through livestreams and video conferences.

A total of 120 volunteers attended the seminar held on March 3, 2019. Registration started as early as 7 in the morning.

The program proceeded with the Sutra chanting and talks with Dharma Masters and speakers from Taiwan together with our own volunteers and guests.

Julianna Lisa Lao is a 10-year old child of a volunteer. She was requested to share her good deed during the session.

During the holidays, she received red packets from her family and relatives. Instead of using the money for her own personal benefit, she donated them to the foundation for the development of the Sta. Mesa facilities.

Carmen Sy, a volunteer for 23 years shared that she joined the foundation after a chance encounter of a broadcast of Dharma Master Cheng Yen in DAAI TV. Upon listening to her talk, she was inspired by how gentle she speaks but that she was able to influence people.

She explained the purpose of the seminar.

“Nowadays, we have so many volunteers worldwide. Dharma Master Cheng Yen wants all the disciples be guided by the true principles. So we have a timetable for the seminars of spiritual cultivation. Today is the first session for the year 2019,” said Sy.

In 2006, Ligaya Ng volunteered by teaching parents and children Jing Si aphorisms. Due to health complications, she became inactive. In 2012, she encountered a volunteer who asked her if she can teach again for the children of the long-term beneficiaries.

Ng accumulated from the talks that listening to the teachings is important but it shouldn’t stop there.

 “We listen, we understand but we don’t do it. Our understanding of it is just shallow, we don’t deeply comprehend. So seminars like these help to remind us what we should do,” said Ng.

She learned that in order to fulfill the duties of a volunteer, one must gather more people, promote vegetarianism, give more love and lead the young.

Jinny Ong, her sister and her father are all volunteers of Tzu Chi. She finds happiness through helping which is why she joined the foundation.

From the seminar, she learned what it means to be a true commissioner and the importance of encouraging people especially the young ones to become a volunteer. 

  • Volunteer Carmen Sy introduces the next session to the participants. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Volunteer Lino Sy assists 10-year old Julianna Lisa Lao while she shares her story. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • During the sessions, Ligaya Ng take note of what was discussed. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • Participants enjoy and listen to the talks of the speakers in Taiwan. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • While viewing a presentation about the Water Repentance, volunteers do sign language. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】

  • The program ended with a livestream of Master’s Talk. 【Photo by Charissa Tulinao】