Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK)

Homelessness in Malaysia

Homelessness in Malaysia

Nov 26, 2016 | Views: 246

Across the globe, homelessness affects people of all ages, color and creed, and both genders. It is near impossible for a country’s administration to ascertain the true number of...

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“Hunger Knows No Barriers”

“Hunger Knows No Barriers”

Nov 18, 2015 | Views: 808

By Chuah Su Ming I have known H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche for more than 10 years. During this time, I have seen how the many things that we...

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An Incredible Experience

An Incredible Experience

Oct 22, 2015 | Views: 424

Lately, I’ve been involved in the Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) food distribution; it has been many years since I last engaged in activities as such. I was very excited...

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Yayasan Kechara Indonesia (YKI)

Yayasan Kechara Indonesia (YKI)

Dec 3, 2014 | Views: 342

  Dear friends, Recently, I received yet another wonderful update from Valentina. I was informed that Yayasan Kechara Indonesia (YKI) received an award by the West Jakarta Mayor! YKI...

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‘Bags of Love’ Give-Away in Penang

‘Bags of Love’ Give-Away in Penang

Dec 3, 2014 | Views: 286

On the 15th of November, a long time student of mine, Patsy, organized an event called ‘Bags of Love’. It was held at Penang Times Square, on the 1st...

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Kechara on BBC!

Kechara on BBC!

Nov 13, 2014 | Views: 537

I have just received news that Dato’ Ruby appeared on BBC news, representing Kechara Soup Kitchen! I am very proud of Kechara Soup Kitchen and our team headed by...

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Won 2 Awards!

Won 2 Awards!

Oct 23, 2014 | Views: 570

Yesterday, Kechara won 2 awards at the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) 2014! According to the award board, IMSHA is a "premier community award to publicly thank unsung...

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Kechara Soup Kitchen going strong!

Kechara Soup Kitchen going strong!

Jul 17, 2014 | Views: 7,814

Last Saturday night was exceptionally busy at Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK), with three different youth groups volunteering on the same night! We had the NRC11 (Team Najib Razak Club)...

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What Tsem Rinpoche did in L.A…

What Tsem Rinpoche did in L.A…

Mar 1, 2014 | Views: 1,000

(By Pastor Loh Seng Piow) Tsem Rinpoche saw a homeless woman with her three dogs on Los Angeles streets, watch what Tsem Rinpoche did…     ______________________ And then...

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What did Tsem Rinpoche do in New York City’s cold winter night?

What did Tsem Rinpoche do in New York City’s cold winter night?

Feb 15, 2014 | Views: 759

(By Pastor Loh Seng Piow) One cold winter night in New York City, Tsem Rinpoche saw a homeless man and dog in New York City, watch what Tsem Rinpoche...

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A special post for you

A special post for you

Jan 13, 2014 | Views: 926

  Dear friends, When I left home at 16, I hitchhiked from New Jersey to Los Angeles in search of a Dharma center. I hopped into any cars that...

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(Un)expected news!!!

(Un)expected news!!!

May 16, 2013 | Views: 299

A few months ago, a few of my students got together and designed a new art book called (Un)expected. It’s a collection of never-seen-before, creative photographs of both myself...

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The Khong family on NTV7

The Khong family on NTV7

Mar 19, 2013 | Views: 1,135

A few days ago, I received news that my long time friend and liaison, Dato' Ruby Khong and her two daughters, Liaison Khong Jean Ai and Khong Jean Mei...

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Kechara helps a family off the streets!

Kechara helps a family off the streets!

Jan 22, 2013 | Views: 561

Anyway today I received this really nice update from Siong Woan who is KSK's treasurer, saying that Encik Faiz is finally off the streets.

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500 bags for Malaysian students!

500 bags for Malaysian students!

Jan 15, 2013 | Views: 376

For government schools, their new academic year starts on 2 January 2013. To prepare, many students buy lots of new stationary, new school shoes, new school bags and new...

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A special Memorial Prayer by Kechara

A special Memorial Prayer by Kechara

Sep 30, 2012 | Views: 549

Last night, Kechara House under the leadership of Mr Paul Yap held a Memorial Prayer for the late Mr Tan Kim Beng, the father of Joseph Tan.

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KECHARA WINS EUROPA AWARD!

KECHARA WINS EUROPA AWARD!

Sep 30, 2012 | Views: 472

Great news! Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) has won another award recognizing their efforts towards improving the welfare of Malaysia's homeless and urban poor...

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Kechara Soup Kitchen & YB Dato’ Seri Mohamad Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz

Kechara Soup Kitchen & YB Dato’ Seri Mohamad Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz

Sep 20, 2012 | Views: 582

As Kechara’s soup kitchen grows, it continues to grab the attention of kind donors, the press and media. Malaysians from all walks of life have been continuously lending a...

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3,000kg of rice for Bentong & YB Dato’ Sri Dr Liow Tiong Lai

3,000kg of rice for Bentong & YB Dato’ Sri Dr Liow Tiong Lai

Sep 19, 2012 | Views: 544

A few days ago on the 15th September 2012, Kechara Soup Kitchen volunteers along with Health Minister Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai traveled to the outskirts of Bentong where...

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Sodexo and KSK served 1000 hungry stomachs

Sodexo and KSK served 1000 hungry stomachs

Apr 23, 2012 | Views: 1,050

Dato' Ruby, my close student and President of Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) sent me interesting updates earlier today regarding an event organised by Sodexo along with KSK . ...

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See what Kechara is doing in Shanghai!

See what Kechara is doing in Shanghai!

Apr 12, 2012 | Views: 1,468

Please see what our Kechara group in Shanghai are doing. You will be so touched by the stories of the people they come across. You will be amazed. I...

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Government joins Kechara

Mar 26, 2012 | Views: 630

Not only does KSK provide 1,800 packets of food to the homeless every week, laundry services, job placement services, light medical services… but from yesterday onwards, Kechara Soup Kitchen...

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We are on TV !!

We are on TV !!

Mar 18, 2012 | Views: 401

Kechara Soup Kitchen was first registered as an NGO in the year 2006. At that time, KSK really was running small scale, with only 20 packets of food distributed...

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100

100

Jan 16, 2012 | Views: 452

When Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) first started handing out food packets to the homeless in 2006, an average of 20 packets were given out and 8-9 people volunteered. Now,...

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Food giving can be very meaningful in Penang

Food giving can be very meaningful in Penang

Jan 5, 2012 | Views: 539

Below is a chronicle of events of KSK Penang for the past 2 years. Since they gave their first food packet on the 28th of December 2009, they have...

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Prime Minister’s Award 2011 (Anugerah Perdana Menteri)

Prime Minister’s Award 2011 (Anugerah Perdana Menteri)

Oct 5, 2011 | Views: 1,090

Our very own Dato’ Ruby Khong, President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, was nominated for the Prime Minister’s Award for Woman Social Activist! Not expecting to win anything… she came...

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Kechara History

Kechara History

Sep 4, 2011 | Views: 357

  KECHARA HISTORY 16 March 2012   Contents Personal history of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche Tsem Ladrang  Kechara Blooms Kechara Discovery Kechara House Kechara Care  Kechara Earth Project  ...

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KSK Officially Opens in Penang!

KSK Officially Opens in Penang!

Aug 25, 2011 | Views: 1,853

At 9.50am, on 20/08/2011, Kechara Soup Kitchen (Penang) was officially opened! The Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng, graced us with his presence and officiated KSK’s new...

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I like Dharma Contemporary… cards!

I like Dharma Contemporary… cards!

Jul 8, 2011 | Views: 1,456

  I decided to record what the cards are all about. Easier to talk and share than type… Enjoy my short video clip.   Kechara has just produced a...

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Malaysian International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) Feeds Homeless

Malaysian International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) Feeds Homeless

May 15, 2011 | Views: 616

The Malaysian International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) is a yearly event that started in 2001. It aims to increase the size of the local fine dining scene, and to establish...

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OUR KECHARA SOUP KITCHEN IN NORTH MALAYSIA

OUR KECHARA SOUP KITCHEN IN NORTH MALAYSIA

May 11, 2011 | Views: 676

On the 17th of April, Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) held a charity dinner in Penang! Held at the E&O hotel, Patsy Gooi (branch manager of KSK Penang) hosted a...

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First Lady of Malaysia Opens Kechara Soup Kitchen!!

First Lady of Malaysia Opens Kechara Soup Kitchen!!

Mar 31, 2011 | Views: 3,134

  28th March 2011 was an extremely significant date in Kechara history – it was the official opening of Kechara Soup Kitchen! Y.A.Bhg Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, the First...

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Dato’ Ruby Khong Lives and Inspires

Dato’ Ruby Khong Lives and Inspires

Mar 28, 2011 | Views: 1,472

On Wednesday, Dato’ Ruby Khong, the President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, was invited to speak at an open talk hosted by “Live and Inspire”. This was held at Starbucks,...

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Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) Goes National!

Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) Goes National!

Mar 11, 2011 | Views: 287

About 6 months ago, Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) opened a soup kitchen-cum-office off Jalan Imbi. Having a soup kitchen in the heart of KL gave them a permanent place...

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Compassion on the Streets

Compassion on the Streets

Jan 28, 2011 | Views: 117

(click to enlarge)   Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) came out on the national papers again! It’s a very well-written and beautiful article on the work that KSK does for...

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1st Day-Kechara’s Mobile Soup Kitchen!

1st Day-Kechara’s Mobile Soup Kitchen!

Jan 9, 2011 | Views: 192

No it’s not a new department hehe….it’s Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) that has officially launched its very first weekday mobile soup kitchen! Since September 2010, KSK has opened their...

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Is Dato’ Ruby the Greatest Woman of Our Time?

Is Dato’ Ruby the Greatest Woman of Our Time?

Jan 4, 2011 | Views: 470

Every year, Women’s Weekly holds an event called the Great Women of Our Time Awards. The awards highlight Malaysian women who displays leadership, excellence and performance. The judges and...

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Chairman of AmBank Group for KSK!

Chairman of AmBank Group for KSK!

Jan 4, 2011 | Views: 804

Last year on Sept 24th, Tan Sri Azman Hashim (Chairman of Ambank Group), Tuan Syed Annuar (Director of Corporate Public Affairs for Ambank Group) and Datuk Dr Victor Wee...

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The Star Video: KSK Charity Golf Tournament!

The Star Video: KSK Charity Golf Tournament!

Oct 3, 2010 | Views: 233

On the 24th of August, Kechara held a charity golf tournament at the prestigious KLGCC (Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club). Many people turned up for the event, whether...

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Cheque Presentation at Pure Life Society! Mother Mangalam

Cheque Presentation at Pure Life Society! Mother Mangalam

Sep 23, 2010 | Views: 903

A while ago, Ooi Beng Kooi’s aunt unfortunately passed away. Being a family-orientated person, she was very close to her siblings and expressed before passing away how she would...

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Ian Wright volunteers for KSK!

Ian Wright volunteers for KSK!

Sep 17, 2010 | Views: 541

Internationally-acclaimed TV personality, Ian Wright was in KL recently for a visit and shooting stint for his new show called “Invite Mr. Wright”. Ian is most recognizable for being...

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Kechara Charity Golf Tournament – A HOLE IN ONE!!

Kechara Charity Golf Tournament – A HOLE IN ONE!!

Aug 31, 2010 | Views: 1,240

Yesterday, at the prestigious Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Kechara held a golf tournament to raise money for KSK! It was through Datuk Khoo’s efforts that this was...

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Kechara Soup Kitchen, Penang

Kechara Soup Kitchen, Penang

Aug 31, 2010 | Views: 608

I am very proud of Patsy Gooi, my long time friend and student, who has not only founded Kechara Paradise Penang, but also started the Penang chapter of Kechara...

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Kecharians Tour Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK)

Kecharians Tour Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK)

Aug 31, 2010 | Views: 107

On the 8th of June, the KSK committee started renovating a pre-war building into a soup kitchen! Ruby, my longtime friend and student, conceptualised the building inside out, from...

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Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) New Building

Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) New Building

Aug 24, 2010 | Views: 741

On the spur of the moment, I decided to go to see the new Kechara Soup Kitchen off of Jalan Imbi in town. I wanted to do a prayer and a...

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Philip Morris Malaysia staff participated in KSK rounds

Philip Morris Malaysia staff participated in KSK rounds

Aug 2, 2010 | Views: 617

27 employees (pic below) from Philip Morris Malaysia taking part in today’s Kechara Soup Kitchen’s rounds. In total we have 58 volunteers. More and more big corporations are interested...

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Another homeless to return home after a good meal

Another homeless to return home after a good meal

Jul 26, 2010 | Views: 135

I received a multimedia message from Liaison Su Ming today: Dear Rinpoche,
 Martin took this homeless person who was discharged from the hospital yesterday for a meal now. Justin...

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Kechara Soup Kitchen helps to reunite a homeless with her sister-in-law

Kechara Soup Kitchen helps to reunite a homeless with her sister-in-law

Jul 23, 2010 | Views: 348

Today, Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) is mentioned in The Star newspaper again for helping to reunite a woman with her sister-in-law who has been living on the streets for...

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Kechara Charity Dinner & Auction!

Kechara Charity Dinner & Auction!

Jul 20, 2010 | Views: 1,661

Last night July 18, 2010 was a night to remember as Kechara hosted a charity dinner and auction in aid of Kechara House and Kechara Soup Kitchen. Held at...

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Malaysia Timber Council Dinner Donates to KSK

Malaysia Timber Council Dinner Donates to KSK

Jul 19, 2010 | Views: 218

Recognising KSK’s contributions to society, the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) is raising funds to help Kechara Soup Kitchen accomplish its objectives and aspirations during a charity dinner to be...

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Wanna-be Girls Rehearsal Videos & Pictures

Wanna-be Girls Rehearsal Videos & Pictures

Jul 17, 2010 | Views: 2,030

BELOW IS FULL DRESS REHEARSAL OF THE DANCERS FOR KECHARA HOUSE & KECHARA SOUP KITCHEN’S CHARITY DINNER ON JULY 18, 2010-Sunday 5pm at Sunway Lagoon Hotel. Kh is full...

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Kechara Soup Kitchen is in the press again

Kechara Soup Kitchen is in the press again

Jul 15, 2010 | Views: 303

 Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) is making waves upon waves by appearing in the newspapers/ magazines almost weekly this month. I am very proud of them because they work very...

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Some People Call This Home…

Some People Call This Home…

Jul 14, 2010 | Views: 403

The pictures below were taken by one of Kechara Soup Kitchen’s volunteers on their routine food distribution rounds. This is an extract of a message that I recently received...

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Kechara Soup Kitchen Building Renovations

Kechara Soup Kitchen Building Renovations

Jul 14, 2010 | Views: 408

KECHARA SOUP KITCHEN (KSK) GETS OUR OWN BUILDING!!! pic 1 – roof of entire building changed. Grids have been put up to build ceiling over next few days.


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Why I Conceived of Kechara Soup Kitchen or KSK

Why I Conceived of Kechara Soup Kitchen or KSK

Jul 12, 2010 | Views: 5,126

I chose to be poor when I left my step parents’ home when I was 16 years old so that was 1981. I crossed the US on my own...

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Kechara Soup Kitchen in The Star (Metro)

Kechara Soup Kitchen in The Star (Metro)

Jul 2, 2010 | Views: 446

Kechara Soup Kitchen in the National Papers again. How kind of the media to help us create awareness for a really good cause.   Thank you so much!! Tsem...

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Elize & Donation Boxes

Elize & Donation Boxes

Jun 28, 2010 | Views: 240

Dear Rinpoche, Elize, johnny & her friend oscar came to visit e-div. She also collected the KAS donation box. Elize, johnny & vegetarian restaurant owner are jointly contributing 50...

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BFM (Radio channel) recording Justin’s briefing to KSK volunteers

BFM (Radio channel) recording Justin’s briefing to KSK volunteers

Jun 28, 2010 | Views: 358

Press really like stories about others helping others. I thank BFM radio so much for highlighting KSK because it is giving out 800 packets of food per week now...

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A Delicious Japanese Resteraunt Called Umai-ya

A Delicious Japanese Resteraunt Called Umai-ya

Jun 23, 2010 | Views: 396

Umai-ya, a Japanese restaurant with 3 outlets in Selangor, Malaysia- Damansara Uptown, Damansara Perdana, and IOI Boulevard has been published in The Star today (20th June). It was featured...

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Another success story of Kechara Soup Kitchen

Another success story of Kechara Soup Kitchen

Jun 20, 2010 | Views: 170

KECHARA SOUP KITCHEN SUCCESS STORY AGAIN!!!! Report from Justin Cheah of Kechara Soup Kitchen. Every month, many like Shamsul are taken off the streets thru KSK’s help) Shamsul (37...

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Kechara’s 13 Departments (Part 1)

Kechara’s 13 Departments (Part 1)

Jun 18, 2010 | Views: 2,638

A lot of new people who first visit Kechara or just heard about Kechara get quite confused about how many departments there are…or where they can contribute and volunteer!...

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TAMING OF THE SHREW!!!! Performing Arts & KSK!!

TAMING OF THE SHREW!!!! Performing Arts & KSK!!

Jun 18, 2010 | Views: 195

18 June 2010 Can’t imagine how an evening of laughter can be in support of one of society’s most sad plights? In a collaboration between Malaysian performing arts and...

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Kechara’s 13 Departments (Part 2)

Kechara’s 13 Departments (Part 2)

Jun 17, 2010 | Views: 2,506

  Part 2 – 7 departments Kechara House Kechara Lounge Kechara Soup Kitchen Tsem Ladrang Kechara Oasis Kechara Paradise Kechara World Peace Centre Kechara House Department   Kechara House...

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Here is the latest news and pictorial updates, as it happens, of our upcoming forest retreat project.

The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

For more information, please read here (english), here (chinese), or the official site: retreat.kechara.com.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 05:04 PM
    Thank you so much for the sharing, Pastor Patsy. Reading this sharing reaffirms that Rinpoche’s teaching transcend time and space. What Rinpoche taught 20 years ago, he teaches us today. Rinpoche’s teaching is monumental to us, of the pervasiveness of Buddha’s Dharma that is the truth and wisdom in the purest form. He is the Bodhisattva who practices infallible Buddha’s way of compassion, wisdom and renunciation. Rinpoche infuses dharma knowledge onto everyone and showers people who he comes across with loving kindness and generosity tirelessly, since 1995! We are really so lucky to have Rinpoche here to continue turn the wheel of Dharma.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 11:14 AM
    Wonderful post ..from from TheBuddhism.Net a good sharing.
    I like these ( Every good action must be done with a good, pure motive; so when we give, pure motive means our generosity should be pure generosity, without hoping for any return or reward for what we do. )
    well said.
    Good reminder……
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/generosity
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 10:58 AM
    Wonderful teachings on attitude when receiving offerings.I learned some important points here.Always dedicate the merits to the one who give or when someone does something nice for us.When we makes an offering, the recipient should rejoice in the person’s generosity. Its a good teachings and a reminder for us.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing the teachings on the attitude when receiving offerings.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/attitude-when-receiving-offerings.html
  • Jason
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 03:45 AM
    Very sacred Guan Yin images. Mostly Chinese temples in Southeast Asia did worship Guan Yin.This meant Guan Yin already penetrated as a most popular deity. Most of Guan Yin statue appeared in female forms yet origin is male forms. Anyway, Guan Yin can manifest whatever forms to help all sentient beings.

    I really like thousand arm Guan Yin. She look very fascinated and magnificent. This can’t be expressed by words but I just got the strong feelings when I saw Thousand arms Guan Yin.

    Thank you Rinpoche shared the Guan Yin article. This is very informative articles.It really gain extra knowledge on Guan Yin after read this article.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html?nomobile
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 12:38 AM
    We should have compassionate thought as all of these dangerous animals deserve our respect. Human beings do not have a privileged to take other beings’ lives and it is better to lose one’s own life than to kill another being.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila for sharing this meaningful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 11:41 PM
    Most of the time we will only say how dangerous and cruel the animals nature in killing or hurting human but we never thought that human kill them hundreds or thousand more times just so we can satisfy our taste bud and enjoyment.

    Human are in fact more cruel and terrible as we will use and abuse animals without caring if animals will suffer or not.

    Therefore creating awareness to love, care and not kill animals should be instilled since young. When we have a loving and caring society, we can sure help reduce unnecessary killing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 05:13 PM
    Amazing to know what Dorje Shugden Wangze can help us.,control and exert positive influence our own minds. I am glad to understand and learned some new knowledge from this wonderful post.Wangze is an emanation of Manjushri and will only assist us if our motivation is genuine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these teachings and the wonderful dedication for those who practice Dorje Shugden as Wangze or any other Dorje Shugden emanation.
    May Rinpoche be blessed with good health always.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 02:59 PM
    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this post that shows us great work by the team, who worked behind the scene tirelessly, representing the good name of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to help Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende get medical checkup. The thoughtfulness and level of details carried out by the team was exemplary. The team also demonstrated meticulous and excellence work not only in taking care of Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants for eight days, but also in sharing the good works by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche in Malaysia and USA. This is a good example for us to learn up in serving others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 11:19 AM
    Wonderful and interesting post.Its good to know more about Mount Wutai.The history, Tibetan influence and so forth really interesting to read….i do enjoyed reading and learned more.
    Mount Wutai is considered to be one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites for Buddhists around the world.Its now a tourist attraction and listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Thank you Valentina for sharing this lovely post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mount-wutai-the-earthly-abode-of-lord-manjushri.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 10:05 PM
    Thank you Dato’ Colin for sharing your journey in dharma and your method in applying dharma in a corporate world.

    I always think that it is difficult to practise dharma in corporate as everyone only have the same mindset that is to gain more profit at the fastest pace and therefore lots of greed and selfishness. But you have showed us that as long as we are perseverance and hold our principal and dharma strongly, we can apply it no matter which segment we are, be it corporate or not.

    Most importantly, is to set the right mindset and hold on to dharma principles. Continue to strive no matter how many challenges we have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 09:54 PM
    Thank you Pastor Patsy for sharing your dharma journey. It is a great encouragement for many as you show that determination will surely bring result.

    It is important to practise dharma and to always focus out. When we keep practising this our mind will slowly transform to benefit others instead of feeding ourselves with all the greed, anger and selfishness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 01:13 PM
    So happy to see the YAK – Millennials of Kechara – were learning to become an entrepreneur, be proactive and independent with good motivations. These practical experience will lay the foundation for leadership qualities, lateral thinking as well as a creative and innovative mindset. I wish to see more success for our Kechara YAK and looking forward to their upcoming activities! Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/yak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 10:22 PM
    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 09:16 PM
    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am humble to see our precious guru to pay respect and prostrate to his friend, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche , who is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. This is a good example for us to follow and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing attached with the beautiful photos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
2 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
3 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
3 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
3 months ago
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
3 months ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
3 months ago
Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 9, 2016 02:09
    Harold Musetescu asked: Is there a practice text for the Dharmapala "Methar"?
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
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