I decided to visit Ipoh’s Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia after meeting the society’s volunteers at Festival Walk Night Street Market last weekend. This Buddhist society was established by a Taiwanese nun, Dharma Master Cheng Yen and in the early 1990s, made its way to Malaysia, first in Penang, consequently in Ipoh.
You may wonder why I am writing about them today. Well, I want more readers to know that they provide financial aid to the people. There are four categories that they assist, irrespective of race or religion:
1) the old and lonely
2) single parents
3) kidney patients
4) the disabled
Those who are in need can personally apply for aid from the society. Otherwise, application can be made by family members or friends on behalf of the needy, and even through the phone.
Each case will be investigated by Ipoh’s Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia, before approval of subsidy is granted. Financial aid comes in various classifications: living, emergency and dialysis subsidies.
To support this cause, Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia collect recyclables from the public, in the form of electronics and electrical appliances, used clothes, glass bottles, aluminum cans and paper products such as newspapers and carton boxes.
Apart from assisting the needy, particularly kidney patients on dialysis, another mission of Dharma Master Cheng Yen is to educate people. To do so, various books on Buddhism, Life and even vegetarian dietary books, are published by her foundation.
This called for the setting up of Jing-Si Books & Café, where patrons can order a drink and immerse themselves in the many books available. These books are for sale, alongside in-house chemical-free food and drinks products like noodles, cereal, tea, soup and crackers. To financially support the cause of education, the foundation also produce their own line of daily-use items e.g. bags, food storage containers, flasks and chopsticks.
The café, which is named Jing-Si, meaning “still thoughts” or aphorisms, is open from 11am to 7pm daily. It closes an hour earlier on Wednesdays.
Since its establishment in the early 1990s in Ipoh, this Buddhist foundation has financially assisted some 900 families throughout Perak. Those who would like to contribute recyclables are more than welcome to drop them off at the society premises at No. 47, Jalan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah (Jalan Gopeng), 30250 Ipoh, Perak.
On the other hand, cash donations can be made directly to the society at: Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society Malaysia, Maybank account No: 5080 3850 9333. Receipts are issued.
Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia (Ipoh)
Add: 47, Jalan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah (Jalan Gopeng), 30250 Ipoh, Perak.
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