Study Room in a Forest

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Scholar’s Library was designed by architect Peter Gluck and is located in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York, USA. This unusual building accommodates over 10,000 books belonging to the architect and his wife, a scholar of Japanese history.

You can look at the incredible looking studying refuge as a 20 feet cube filled with knowledge. While the ground floor has no windows as it was especially developed for storing books, the upper level is open towards the inspiring natural environment. The large windows offer panoramic views of the surrounding forest and contribute to creating a charming retreat, perfect for studying and relaxation. There is plenty of space within the beautiful studio, enough to shelter a comfy sofa, work spaces and bookshelves. Could you imagine a better office? ( Photos by Paul Warchol )





















Dear friends,

I love this type of setting. I love this type of room, where you are indoors but as if you are living outdoors. I wanted to share this with everyone. Lovely study room. Tsem Rinpoche



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  1. Jacinta Goh on Jul 23, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I wonder whether this study room concept will be manifested in KFR? I prefer the view from inside. It should be a cosy place to be in. Perhaps, this is the future modern cave for great meditators….Who knows?

  2. Vinnie Tan on Oct 3, 2013 at 2:54 am

    The setting of the library is just beautiful! It is just so nice to have an environment like this to chill and read up on some books, improving ourselves in such a beautiful place.

    Just by looking at the photos, it looks as though I am looking at a painting, and whatever is there is all fake. I really hope one day I would have a place like this as well, away from everything.

  3. andrew on Mar 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    imagine kechara forest retreat had everything you needed forever and you never ever needed to go any where ever again

  4. Andrew Boon on Mar 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Looking back at this post, pics 3-6 seem to be manifesting in Enchanted Forest in KFR. There is a library space within the Forest Ladrang that has a similar feel and view!

    In fact the one in Enchanted Forest has floor to ceiling windows which makes the view even more spectacular. The Ladrang construction headed by Liaison JP Thong is shaping into a spectacular architectural beauty in the middle of forest right by a hill… Well done JP!

    Fact: JP was also the person that was in charge of the building of TTDI Tsem Ladrang.

    Here are some interesting snippets of JP, a look at another side to JP:

  5. Joy on Mar 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Amazing and superb… this is perhaps the most beautiful forest space I’ve ever seen! It may look very small but it certainly gives you the feel of being inside a forest and all that green space is so refreshing! What I like about it is its simplicity and how modern lifestyle is blend in and not challenging nature!

    Rinpoche’s library in KFR looks just like this! Soon Rinpoche will not feel claustrophobic anymore and will be able to get clean fresh air daily which is also good for the health! Thank you JP and KFR team for bringing our Guru’s own personal wish come true!!!

  6. Sean Wang on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    This would be a great idea for a meditation hut or an office. It would be wonderful to be surrounded by forests while working or meditating. It is said that by looking at plants, one’s creative side of the brain will become more active and work will become more productive and creative.

  7. Jutika Lam on Feb 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Wow!!! This idea of a house cum an office is so cool! It is amazing how creative people can get when it comes to going green.

    If i had the money i would definitively find the sponsors, sources as well as the resources and build one of this for Rinpoche to stay and do Rinpoche’s work in this cube.

    It looks quite small but taking a look at the inside it has actually quite a lot of space. How nice if we could have this cubes as a place for people to rent and stay in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    I also went to visit there website and i found out that they have a lot of ideas on housing designs, really creative….

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article!


  8. Albert Ratchaga on Jan 7, 2013 at 2:29 am

    The design is very simple, and yet, very nice and comfortable.

    Some times in the world, we do not need to have luxury things to make us happy, things can be very simple, it is just to see whether we put effort in it or not.

    Having a library in the forest, hehe, what a life, reading have to be in peace, getting peace in the forest which hear no other sound except nature. isn’t it fun?

  9. Sharon Saw on Jan 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    This is a very simple yet beautiful concept, bringing the forest into the living space. I know this is something Rinpoche loves very much and i hope that Rinpoche will be able to have something similar to this in the Enchanted Forest at KFR.

  10. Jessica Yap on Dec 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I love this room! I wouldn’t mind staying here to spend the remaining natural years of my life. But i don’t think i will like the insects though, hehe.

    Hopefully we’d be able to have this in KFR! May Rinpoche’s visions come true..

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  11. ysun on Sep 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

    wow… lovely place to enjoy a book and the environment at the same time…

  12. k g nawkar on Aug 15, 2012 at 12:47 am

    thanks for beautiful idea…. really zen is language of heart……!

  13. Jamie Puon on Jul 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Not scare of orang utan?

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Amazing place, you are in nature yet with the comforts of life. It would be great if there is abundant wildlife too one gets to see them too.

  15. Bengkooi on Jul 12, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Rinpoche has always loved mountains and hills since he was a child, and one of Rinpoche’s dearest wishes is to retreat to a mountain or forest cave to meditate and do extensive retreats. In Rinpoche’s own words, he always feels a strong inclination to mountains, hills and mountain lakes, and this has been the case since he was younger.

    During interviews in Tibet with some of Rinpoche’s previous lives students, we learned that the scenery in eastern Tibet, where Kentrul Thubten Lamsang (immediate previous incarnation of Rinpoche) had scenery exactly like that. For that reason, the pull of the mountains and hills is very strong in Rinpoche’s current life.

    This study room is beautiful and inspiring. I love the sweeping green views of the forest, the coziness of the room, and particularly the idea of a cube filled with knowledge…. I so wish to create something similar in the Kechara Forest Retreat someday… And offer it to Rinpoche…

  16. patsy on Jul 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    What a beautiful library. We can have one built in Kechara Forest Retreat. We can be inside reading a book and yet able to enjoy the serene, lush greenery outside. This type of room is also ideal for meditation.

  17. nicholas on Jul 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Wow, this is really cool!
    People go to library to look for books and enjoy the quietness of the environment for reading.
    Imagine this place where we can enjoy the same facility with the extra of the green, woods and nature environment, it really gives a different mood from the city library.

    KFR will be the perfect place. People driving to KFR passing by the forest and walking through the nature. What a wonderful place that free our mind from our busy life and just let us find peace.

  18. lucy yap on Jul 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    A creative ,elegant and amazing library!Visitors to KFR will be spellbound.A great place to relax and enjoy the delightful surroundings.It is spacious too.It’ll be wonderful to have a library like this at KFR.Thank you Rinpoche for these lovely pictures.

  19. Sean Wang on Jun 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    This is such a beautiful library. It would be such an ideal place for a writer. Usually, writers will get a ‘writer’s block’ in the city. I think that that ‘block’ will not occur in such a beautiful place. I hope that in Kechara Forest Retreat and KWPC, we will be able to have something like this. It would so wonderful to be surrounded constantly by the everlasting tranquility of nature.

  20. Han on Jun 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Simple yet modern and innovative library. Imagine we also have one in Malaysia, would be fabulous!
    The whole environment embodies the nature of the forest, the lights, the sun and the fresh air, very peaceful and zen feel!

  21. su an on Jun 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    wow so nice! i feel so peaceful just looking at the photos. so conducive environment for reading or meditating. and can have such a pleasant view to rest our eyes after looking at the computer :D

  22. Lim Han Nee on Jun 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    What a lovely concept!Bringing the forest into one’s study! Having a study retreat in the forest! The large windows open out to receive a panoramic view of forest trees. Build this in Kechara Forest Retreat and there will be the view of lake and hills as well.

    How perfect, how serene and blissfully quiet it will be: this study for Rinpoche built in KFR – a retreat within a retreat!

  23. Thierry Janssens on Jun 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    What a wonderful piece of design, very inspiring, serene, the kind of place that frees the mind so one can focus on his study or practice, no distraction, only visula surrounding that supports the working of the mind….
    Very beautiful, thank you Rinpoche!

  24. Irene Lim on Jun 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    This is what I called living in the woods in simplicity and yet comfortably. Good design.

  25. Pastor Ngeow on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Can I imagine a better reading room/office ? i can but its not going to improve on it very much. I believe some more rustic treatment to the grey concrete walls may blend the bldg better into the environment.
    I believe the attractive feature is in its simplicity of design – both in form and function. The cuboid shape is most appropriate. It reminds me of my university days when its huge multi storey library building have a special floor where little cubicles with soft lighting are available for research students. A relaxing reading room environment do make a difference in one’s concentration and sense of pleasantness.

  26. Victor Phang on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    A library in forest. I love the room and environment very much. Very clean and neat design plus Reading, learning and meditating with the nature. This is the ideal paradise… hehe!
    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche :)

  27. Yoke Fui on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:57 am

    This is a simple and functional library. User of this library is connected to nature through the glassed windows.

    This can be easily put up at KFR at any time by ourselves.
    How nice it would be to receive knowledge and gain wisdom in a natural surrounding like this,

  28. Martin on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Perfect design for those of us who love nature and the outdoors and at the same time would like to have all the mod cons. I love how the design offers enough light and a sense of seclusiveness. Of course the land plays a crucial part.

    The 5_ acre land at KFR is perfect for something like this, with the addition of a beautiful view of the hills.

    Nice place. Just looking at it makes my bp drop.

  29. Cynthia Ng on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:38 am


  30. Paul Yap on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:10 am

    this house is so cool! i wish to live inside also

  31. Helena Chin on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing Rnpoche. This is a very very beautiful study room hehehe…imagine reading in the woods, forest, listen to the bird singing, the sound of the breeze and the smell of the greens….awesome!!!

  32. EricLee KHJB on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm


  33. June Tang (KH-JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Absolutely beautiful,nice and comfortable place,,,,can hear the sounds of wind,insects,bird…!can see the green….and with a cup of coffeeee……..^_^just very nice…no more other word can discribe…can’t wait,must have one library like this at KFR!! Yeah!!

  34. Uncle Eddie on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    A very unique unusual design, very ideal for serene and peaceful concentration and meditation. With the large windows creating a panoramic view of the forestry surroundings, it of course does create a very natural magnificient charming retreat environment for studies and relaxation. What could make a better office than this. Its really a dream, which makes you feel out when you are really indoors!

  35. pat on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    WOW!!!Truly beautiful and excellent idea .. i don’t mind staying there,can leave the hectic life,just relax and read Dharma books ….Even if we turn to four corners of the library we are sure to see greens… and the colour green always make us feel calm, balanced,relaxing and harmonious…and it’s good to have natural bright light in the morning…

  36. Judy Lam on Jun 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    It is beautiful, serene and close to nature. It’s paradise in the woods. Perfect place to read a book and contemplate deeply. Hopefully in the process of building it, not too many tress have to be sacrificed!

  37. Choi Sheem on Jun 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This is a nice and comfortable place to read and work in. Very simple, very Zen yet it is functional. I can only imagine the sound of bird chirping and sound of other forest inhabitants while reading a book in this study.

  38. Julia Tan on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Oh dear.. It’s advance, modern yet so close to the mother nature. This idea of structure never came into my mind before. To me, to be able to be so close to the nature INSIDE the forest can only be wooden hurts, open concept and etc. Wow.. look at this.. it’s inside a concrete box! we can on air conditional when it’s hot! We can open all the windows when it’s windy! Amazing! PERFECT IDEA FOR KECHARA FOREST RETREAT! Don’t you tempting to have one??????

  39. Sofi on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Absolutely love this library..white, clean and aircond. Lovely view outside to rest the eyes after long hours of reading. Only thing, not more than a few human, otherwise will spoil the peace. Really don’t mind spending days alone there. Maybe our retreat centres could be modelled like this with sofa bed and bathroom & kitchenette downstairs.

  40. Milly on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:16 am

    It is such a beautiful and serene library. Very ideal for our Kechara Forest Retreat land. The glass windows exudes a feeling of spaciousness that looks out to a beautiful forest. Very relaxing and calming for the mind. Thank you Rinpoche for spending endless hours researching interesting and enriching articles to share with us.

  41. Low ksjc on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    The designer did put up a lot of effort into blending architecture with nature.By looking at the design,it will give you a sense of serenity.I certainly hope in time to come ,we could have a similar concept room designed for our dear Rinpoche at KFR as such a design is very suitable for meditation or just looking out into Nature at it best.May the KFR quickly manifest to benefit all those who seek outer and inner peace.

  42. Louise on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    That is a very nice place! Really hope that we can have this beautiful view in KFR! How about the house can build near the pond & can see the mountain scene.

    Can see the green and listen to the water sound. Wowww……. So cool!! Just imaging the view already make me few so come!

  43. grace (KSJC) on Jun 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Nice and beautiful, calm and close to natural.good place roe relaxing and reading.

  44. henry ooi on Jun 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Simple design and lay out for practical reasons. Ideal for a retreat within nature. Would not have cost an arm and a leg. Guess it’s not meant to stay in unless there’s a restroom below or an outhouse nearby. Guess the owner meant it to be a place to read, write and relax. Ideal.

  45. Phillis Chin on Jun 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    BEAUTIFUL~~~~ Such a calming place to read, meditate, long hang out perhaps = p and meaningful. (as Rinpoche said: “You can look at the incredible looking studying refuge as a 20 feet cube FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE.”)
    Great architecture and plan, facing the natural. Peace and harmony~~~ Love it!

    Thank You Rinpoche ^^,

  46. yenpin on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm


  47. Cindy on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I would like to own a house at quite place like this, every morning when i wake up can smell green & also is good to go for a walk in the mountains, night time can hear the insects sound

  48. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Rinpoche has very strong liking towards the nature – the mountains and the lake. This is reflected in many blog posts that you so kindly make.

    Environment can change people, the emotions and the thoughts.

    I would love to live in this type of environment too, but may I greedily have this thought that this place has easy access to grocery stores too? :)

  49. Yvonne Yap on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    多么舒适的阅读环境,太美了!还能看到春,夏,秋,冬,四季的美景,就像在大自然的环境下阅读,我看阅读也特别容易进脑吧? :P

  50. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Study Room in a Forest, really sparkling my mind…we can create a forest library in Malaysia too. Due to Malaysia got so many beautiful tropical forest, it is huge potential we have one in our own home.

    The design and concept is incredible. Simple and classic. If I got the opportunity visit this Forest library, I would like to spend more than three days at here, read and read!!!Until my eyes cannot open, hehe…

  51. Sam on Jun 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I love this concept on study room in a Forest. The design is very simple and gives a whole lot of peace in mind. The study room can be utilized to meditate and if the space is big enough yoga can be carried out. This brings everyone very near to the nature. Everyone can enjoy a getaway trip if this concept can be materialized in KFR and KWPC. Superbly good for spiritual growth. I super love this!

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    Please take good care:)

  52. tenzin llhamo on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Interesting! I would rather have it as a house than a study place. I wouldn’t mind living in the middle of the forest and waking up to the calm and peaceful surroundings. I can do some reading and chanting along with the sounds of the birds… And I know I will have the chance very near in the future. Can’t wait!

  53. hecelustan on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    nice building! If Kechara got a meditation room like this build in forest,that would be perfect!

  54. jennifer on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    What a beautiful room!A perfect place to feed the mind and the body.
    It’s a great and wonderful idea to have a similar library in KFR for Rinpoche and maybe at certain times, this library can be opened to the public.
    In such conducive environment , one need not be anywhere else !

  55. JP on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Great architecture! The idea is fantastic! I have never seen a personal library so beautiful. You feel like you’re literally in the forest. The peace and serenity just sitting in the room is therapeutic. It’d be great if the other side of the window has a spectacular view of the mountains!

    Like this

  56. KH Ng on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    We can built a similar Study Room within Kechara Forest Retreat for Rinpoche. Then it will be better then this one in the US as it will have the blessings of Rinpoche and the Dharma.

    • lewkwanleng on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Yes, we should build one for KFR, and may be we can open it to public at certain time? I can visualize myself reading Dharma text and contemplate in this library…

  57. Bean on Jun 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Peace and serenity ,with smell of greens in the morning , quiteness
    sounds of insects ,animals etc …

  58. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Wow, this study room is awesome… And as according to Professors we should look into green after 15mins of reading or watching monitor. So this room is so wonderful and we can just simple look out the forest with green field after reading.

    I wish that we have this study room at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR).

  59. Lai on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

    What a beautiful library…
    It remind me tree house, is always appear in Hollywood movie, i always dream to have a tree house when i was kid.

  60. Kien Wong on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    How good with everything can be back to basic and natural. Peace and harmony can easily find in the forest without the disturb from the outside world.

  61. MayOng on Jun 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

    What a beautiful library in such serene environment in the forest or woods. We can rest assure we can concentrate more in places like this, especially for the Kechara Forest Retreat land. Wow!

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    Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 01:54 AM
    Dear students and friends,

    I came across this article on CNN and thought that I should share it with all of my blog readers. The article is on 10 of the best meditation retreats in the world!

    When I read it, I couldn’t help but think that it’s very much how I would like Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) to be. A place where you can get away from the bustling crowd and heavy traffic in the city, and to find some peace, quiet and serenity away from it all. In the case of KFR, within the beautiful forest of Malaysia… H.E.The 25th Tsem Rinpoche .…/10-of-the-worlds-best-meditat…
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    Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 12:06 AM
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    The Medicine Buddha Hill project was conceptualised by H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche to aid and benefit us in our spiritual journey. This project will be a part of Kechara Forest Retreat situated in the heart of Benton, Pahang, Malaysia.
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    Monday, Nov 30. 2015 08:54 PM
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama promotes kindness, compassion, tolerance, harmony, especially dialogue and non-violence approach to difficult issues which has won Him the Nobel Peace prize.

    However, His stand on the Dorje Shugden practise is a highly controversial one. He has gone to the extend to dispel Dorje Shugden monks which is a total contradiction with what He promotes globally.

    Human beings has different mind that requires different religious practises. Hence the various religions on earth including the Dorje Shugden practise. For those of you who are new to this practise, you may like to viist for more information.

    On behalf of the Dorje Shugden practitioners, I would like to plea His Holiness for a chance to have dialogue and lift this unnecessary ban once and for all!
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Nov 30. 2015 08:54 PM
    There are just too many things we are unaware of, unheard of or unseen of. We have not venture into the deep ocean, forest or snow mountains and are mostly ignorant about the lives there. We have limited knowledge and receive only what the society wanted us to know not realising what we knew is just a handful of sand in the vast dessert. Sometimes we tell ourselves we have to see to believe, but the truth is whether we see it or not, vast variety of lives do exist. This video is another proof for Big Foot sceptics, once again strengthen the possibilities of lives beyond our limited understanding and beliefs.
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    Monday, Nov 30. 2015 08:53 PM
    NgJesvin on Nov 25, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Saya memang terharu apabila melihat Rinpoche yang begitu mengambil berat terhadap pasukan penyelamat dan pasukan kawalan di Bentong pada malam tragedi itu. Rinpoche yang bersifat baik hari tanpa mengira warna kulit, agama, bahasa dan latar belakang setiap ahli dalam pasukan penyelamat dan pasukan kawalan. Justerunya, saya juga berasa amat bangga dengan pelajar-pelajar Rinpoche yang sanggup mengorbankan masa dan tenaga tanpa mengenal penat dan waktu dengan rela hati menghantar makanan dan minuman untuk pasukan penyelamat dan pengawal. Kita sepatutnya mencontohi tindakan Rinpoche dan pelajar-pelajar beliau iaitu sentiasa sedia menyediakan bantuan kepada pihak yang memerlukan. Di samping itu, kita perlulah saling menyayangi antara satu sama lain tanpa mengira agama, latar belakang dan warna kulit begitu juga dengan segala makhluk hidup di persekitaran kita. Akhirnya, kita sepatutnya peka terhadap apa yang berlaku di persekitaran kita agar keharmonian dapat kekal selama-lamanya.Bak kata pepatah “yang baik dijadikan teladan, yang buruk dijadikan sempadan”.
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    These precious teachings from Dorje Shugden are sacred and clearly dharmic. No devil will ask us to practise the buddha dharma and be of benefits of others. Some of the points I have learned as follows:

    1. When we apply the teachings of our Guru, putting dharma into actions, logically we will produce positive results and see the positive transformation of our mind.

    2. Eight Worldly Dharmas bring us no where but continue to suffer. These eight practices led us to the wrong path, causing our mind to become unstable, bear no results from our practise.

    3. When we show respect to our Guru from our heart sincerely, we will be the cause for others to meet dharma through any Guru they have karmic relation with.

    4. Black Manjushri will have many powerful effects. It will stave off the curses that people send to us, including negative words, curses, negative gossip and talk, ill-wishes and jealousies etc.

    5. Consistent practice is the remedy for our broken vows, through retreats we purify. Only through continued dharma work with a good mind, constantly striving to break our comfort zones will we be of benefit to others through our work. All results come from us making all necessary efforts.
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Nov 30. 2015 08:48 PM


  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Nov 30. 2015 08:47 PM
    Unlock the W.O.A.H. factor in your child and enjoy Early Bird discounts now! Kechara’s Sunday Dharma School will be organising a 2D1N children’s camp during the long year end school holiday on 19 – 20 December, 2015. All children between 8 – 12 years old are welcome to join us.

    Places are limited to 40pax and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Book now for early bird discounts!

    Early Bird Fees: RM168
    Normal Fees: RM238

    For enquiries and registration, please call Kechara House at +603 7803 3908 or email us at [email protected]. Registration can also be done online here
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Nov 30. 2015 08:44 PM



  • Lucy Yap
    Sunday, Nov 29. 2015 10:36 PM

    The offering of the mandala is one of the four main preliminary practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. This is one of the fastest ways to accumulate vast amounts of merit to sustain and advance in our spiritual practice in order to gain realisations.

    In this dharma talk, Pastor David Lai will explain the correct way of engaging in the Mandala Offering of the 37 Heaps, the significance of each offering and the accompanying visualisations. He will also be talking about various aspects of correct Dharma attitude and how to cultivate this type of mind. For more information:
  • Lucy Yap
    Sunday, Nov 29. 2015 10:17 PM
    H.E.The 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s third incarnation. Thonmi Sambhota is the 3rd incarnation of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Born in 619, he hailed from the Thonmi clan of Central Tibet. His father, Tonmi Anu Ragata, was a minister in the court of Emperor Songtsen Gampo. Read more :

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

Tsem Rinpoche

What Am I Writing Now


The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

Photos On The Go

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2 weeks ago
Please see the WONDERFUL NEW PHOTOS taken just this morning (November 13, 2015) here: (Be sure to scroll to the bottom until part 2 to see the pictures)
3 weeks ago
We at Kechara Forest Retreat had the honor to have a visit from Yang Dipertua Mohammad Shahid bin Ismail who is the Head of the Bentong Municipal Council. We thank him for taking the time as he was very busy. Thank you very much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Pastor David giving a well received talk on the practice of Black Manjushri
3 weeks ago
Found a green patch of land to spend with friends...
3 weeks ago
Nice to see our fellow Modern Buddhist Fellowship members engaged in Dharma.
3 weeks ago
Manjushri-ghosha, Kumara (English: Youthful Prince, Melodious Voice)
3 weeks ago
Wonderful certificates of our Kechara pastors..meaningful and touching.
3 weeks ago
This office table has something interesting on it.
3 weeks ago
Powerfully true
3 weeks ago
To have kind and caring people in our lives is a blessing
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
I really wanted to share this incredible picture of the Tibetologist Alexandra David-Neel outside of her retreat cave in Tibet. She's one of the first non-Tibetans who penetrated Tibet to engage in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. She really practiced and even wrote books on Buddhism and Tibet which are still available now. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A photo taken by Pastor Shin of Tsem Rinpoche's Dorje Shugden traditional mask. This is on Tsem Rinpoche's shrine. Very nice photo.
3 weeks ago
At Chin Swee Temple with my long time friend Dato' Wira Eric.
4 weeks ago
Amogha-pasa Avalokitesvara
4 weeks ago
I love small quaint towns in Japan. No matter how rural or small any village is in Japan, it is still kept very clean and asthetic matching nature. 
4 weeks ago
Left to right: Gekula (disciplinarian), Abbot Geshe Konchok Tsering, Tsem Rinpoche, H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche-We are inviting Kensur Rinpoche for tenshug. Tenshug is grand puja to request Kensur Rinpoche to live long. This is in Gaden and we are inviting him to the prayer hall to perform the tenshug. Tsem Rinpoche is the requester and sponsor.
4 weeks ago
This is a nice picture
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kari Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.H. Zong Rinpoche & Kyabje Lati Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offerings to H.H. Trijang Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offering to their Holinesses Kyabje Ling and Trijang Rinpoches
4 weeks ago
Lady Buddha Janguli who protects from snakes and venom poisoning.
1 month ago
If there is a blind man walking towards a well and he can fall in, whose fault is it if he falls in? This can be related back to those in dharma should act to guide others by example otherwise you let everyone fall into the well. If they do fall in samsara's well, whose fault is it? Have the courage, integrity and fortitude to practice dharma and bring dharma to others to help them.~ Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This group in Kechara Forest Retreat completed a Singdongma retreat on October 28, 2015.
1 month ago
Magnificent and Glorious Buddha Goddess Singdongma the Lion Faced lady who dispells all fear from the ten directions for those who invoke upon her fercocious and volcanic like power. Praise to this wrathful lady that burns all gnosis and projections! Remover of all that harms and obstructs and trampled under her feet. Tsem Rinpoche--To learn more about Singdongma:
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 2
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 1
1 month ago
This was taken in Kechara House. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This was taken in Gaden Shartse Monastery on the day of my enthronement as Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I think I was in Sera Mey Monastery when this was taken over 18 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
Many times we hear great Vajra Yogini practitioners when cremated, their fire pyres appear in the form of Vajra Yogini. We hear this many times as a sign they went to Kechara Paradise, gained high realizations or enlightened by Vajra Yogini's path. Although this picture does not depict a funeral pyre of a great practitioner, but the fire looks curiously like Vajra Yogini. Enjoy and may all be blessed by Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
When you work hard and produce results, everyone is silenced and those who make noise is just noise and society allows you some freedoms. You have to have the integrity to finish what you started and what you promised. Do it for others, those concerned and for yourself.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
You can work with me and we finish the dreams. You can leave citing any reasons you may have. You may join back again with me and my arms are open to you. Or you may go away as an enemy or remain friends. However you do I will accept. I dream big and work hard and sometimes it's hard for you, others and me, but if we finish, there is great satisfaction. Satisfaction doesn't come free. But one thing for sure, I will finish what I have started with or without you. Too many depend on it and many have hopes in it. We need to remember our words, our promises and our hopes we gave others and not shatter it. Sometimes we need to put our personal feelings aside and just get it done with a bang and be happy about it because in the end letting others down is not a way of life. Be kind, have integrity, don't make excuses, don't justify but just complete the works that make the dreams materialize and in the process you fulfill the dreams of many others. Others is always the key. Others and oneself are intertwined. Life is then fulfilled. That is life. Life is like that.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please click on picture to see this special mantra
1 month ago
Long Manjushri mantra: Namo Manjushriye Kumara Bhutaya Bodhisattvaya Maha-sattvaya Maha-karuni-kaya Tayatha Om Aradzey Biradzey Shuddhey Bishuddhey Shodaya Bishodayey Amaley Bimaley Nirmaley Dzaya-varey Ruru-tsaley Hung Hung Hung Phet Phet Phet Soha!
2 months ago
Love is.....
2 months ago
Very powerful. Must click on picture and read and share.
2 months ago
Some people just work quietly in the background and do their best in their own way to benefit others. They don't say much but work super hard. I must say Pastor Dr. Lanse is one of them. She does not need attention, she does not complain and she does not ever create problems. She is independent and yet kind. She is our wonderful translator who works very hard to get translations of many dharma teachings into Chinese. This is just something short and sweet to let everyone know how much I appreciate Pastor Lanse and enjoy being with her work and her. Because of her and several other vital and lovely people, much practical dharma is in the Chinese speaking world. I thank Pastor Dr. Lanse from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Materialism is prevalent because the societal norms teaches people to be consumers at a young age. Buying things we don't need all to feed the ego. You can drive an expensive vehicle, but at the end of the day its still just a car. You can buy a flashy watch, but in reality all it does is tell time. People are more concerned with image and feeding their egos than being a beneficial person to society. Investing money on the outside to appear a certain way to others, yet forgetting to invest in yourself to becoming a better person. People spend their whole lives working to attain materialistic things using their accumulation of materialism to validate their existence, but when you die you can't take any of it with you. Don't let this system turn you into a vanity slave, realize you're worth much more than that. Feed your soul not your ego.-from Dr Asky (Powerful words of wisdom even from the secular point of view)
2 months ago
I love little Dharma boy.
2 months ago
Lord Tsongkhapa's holy retreat house in Tibet. Huge pilgrimage spot.
2 months ago
Lama Tsongkhapa footprint as a child
2 months ago
Kedrub Je's personal statue of Yamantaka
2 months ago
Prince Siddhartha with his maternal aunt Queen Mahaprajapati Gotami
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Videos On The Go

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    2 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    3 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    5 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    6 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    6 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    6 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    6 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    6 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    6 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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3 hours ago
Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered in the food distribution. Thank you Bayview Hotel for sponsoring the food. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
Medical team checking blood pressure of one of the food recipients. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
Monday night food distribution around Little India. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
Setting the right motivation by reciting motivational verses before food distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
The students were briefed before going out to the streets for distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
A busy night at the soup kitchen. Students from USM Penang helped our volunteers to sort and pack food for distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
4 hours ago
Kfr before completed, road toward enlighten path. heng meng kiat
4 hours ago
Night View of Wisdom Hall with Tsongkhapa Statue !!!! heng meng kiat
4 hours ago
Dharmapala Setrap In Kechara House Prayer Hall. Heng Meng Kiat
4 hours ago
FW: kechara Prayer Hall with 15 magnificent Thangkas of Lord Tsongkhapa life story !!!! heng meng kiat
4 hours ago
kechara Prayer Hall with 15 magnificent Thangkas of Lord Tsongkhapa life story !!!!
4 hours ago
Rinpoche Previous reincarnation statue in Ladrang, Reincarnation of High Lama show the compassionate character to benefit more people . Heng Meng Kiat
6 hours ago
Gyenze puja did today for Sponsor for their business to bloom. By Puja House 30 November'15
6 hours ago
Druchuma puja did for Sponsor to restored harmony for their company. By Puja House 30 November'15
6 hours ago
Puja team did Outcall puja to Johor today to bless the new premises. By Puja House 30 November'15
6 hours ago
In torma making session, team work together to complete the torma. Some do butter flower, some shape the torma, some color the tormas. By Puja House 30 November'15
16 hours ago
Beautiful and perfect statue of Dorje Shugden at H.E.The 25th Tsem Rinpoche's pre- loved Buddhist items at Kechara House gompa souvenir shop for invite. Lucy Yap
29 November 2015 Mr. Sugihara – Conspiracy of Kindness - MUST WATCH!!! - Mr. Sugihara. A shining example of people who selflessly help other people with no agenda. Thank you sir! Thank you very much for following in your conscience. H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche - Pastor Antoinette
Rejoice to my KSDS colleague Jesvin, who is a dear friend and a warm person who took up vegetarian vow with Pastor Adeline. Stella Cheang, KSDS
Retreatants of the Tsongkapa Retreat had to observe silent for 3 days 2 nights. Stella Cheang, KSDS
108 bowls of water offering. Stella Cheang, KSDS
The seating of each retreatant at Dukkar Apartment in the world class retreat centre at KFR. Stella Cheang, KSDS
First Tsongkapa Retreat at KFR for KSDS teachers and friends just ended today. Check out the happy radiant faces. :) Stella Cheang, KSDS
Mr Hee and Kent Kok arranging torma to the altar. By Puja House 29 November'15
Drolchok Puja did for Sponsor's who wish for her project to be successful. By Puja House 29 November'15





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