2nd wealthiest man’s son is a monk

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Dear friends,

Recently, a student of mine sent me an interesting e-mail regarding one of the wealthiest person in Malaysia. It was surprising but news to rejoice at!! It was regarding Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan’s son…

Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan is the second wealthiest man in South-East Asia and ranked 89th wealthiest man in the world. As a Malaysian businessman, he has an estimated net worth of US$7.6 Billion.

Currently, Tan Sri has multiple business interests including those within the media (Astro), satellite (MEASAT) and telecommunications (Maxis) industry to name a few. Although Tan Sri is one of wealthiest person in the world, he is known for being very low profile. As a father of 3 children, most of us may imagine them to be 3 terribly spoilt children… on the contrary, his only son is a monk.

It is written in the news article below that when Tan Sri invited his son for a meal, his son rejected his father politely. He said that he is now a monk and like other monks, he has to beg for his food. Tan Sri’s son is now living in a monastery within a forest in Northern Thailand. He now depends on other people’s generosity to sustain himself. Can you believe it… Why would the son of an immensely wealthy family become a monk? For very good reasons of course.

In many other reports, they also state that Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan himself is a devout Buddhist. How beautiful… Tan Sri is also popularly known as a great philanthropist, especially in the field of education. So much merits for Tan Sri to have such son now ordained as Ajahn Siripanno.

I am so excited to read that Mr Ananda has a son who has decided to devote his life to the Three Jewels. Doing so is not only great blessings for himself but also for his father and family. I rejoice and pray that Mr Ananda and his family will always be blessed be the three jewels. Just like when Siddhartha Gautama left his palace and riches to seek enlightenment.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Please see Ajahn Siripanno’s beautiful dharma talk here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=29547

 

Tan Sri’s son now ordained as Buddhist Monk Ajahn Siripanno.

 

 


The Monk who Flew in a Jet

By business bhutan | 01 January 2011 |

In 2008, as my friend and I sat down in the restaurant to eat our dinner, we saw a man in the hotel lobby. Immediately, we assumed that he was alone so decided to invite him for dinner.

“I don’t eat dinner,” the elderly man declined the offer, “I am on my way to the gym.”

The next morning, I met him in the hotel lobby and noticed that he was wearing the same clothes.

“Excuse me,” he said politely and then looking at the young monk sitting next to me, said affectionately, “Son, it is time for us to go home.” The son obediently picked up his small cloth bag from the floor and followed his father.

Earlier, curious to see a monk in the Uma hotel in Paro, I had started a conversation with him.

“Yesterday was my father’s 70th birthday and he wanted me to spend it with him in a special place,” the monk informed me. The monk could have been in his early thirties.  He had short hair and was wearing saffron robes and had a pair of slippers on. “What a beautiful country you have? They had flown into Paro in their own jet.

So who are these people?  The elderly man is Ananda Krishnan and the monk his only son.

Krishnan is the second richest man in Malaysia. According to Forbes he is worth 7.6 Billion dollars. The Tamil Malaysian of Sri Lankan Tamil origin is a self made man and is a notable philanthropist but leads a low profile life. He and his son are both Buddhists.

Few years ago, the billionaire lost his son. He started to look for him and his search stopped in a Buddhist monastery in north Thailand.  Shocked to see his son in saffron robes, short hair with a begging bowl in his hand the father invites his son for a meal.

“I am sorry; I cannot accept your invitation.”  Like all my fellow monks, I have to beg for my food.” Krishnan reply made headlines, “With all my wealth I cannot even afford to feed my own son.”

The son still lives in the monastery in the forest of Thailand and like all the monks in the monastery depends on other people’s generosity for his sustenance.

Hearing stories like these one wonders if we are giving up everything that we already possess to acquire things that we really don’t need.

This story clearly demonstrates that human contentment and well being in real terms requires us to go beyond physical, mental, and emotional dimension. Krishnan’s son clearly shows that detachment could be a greater wealth and devotion a bigger asset in our lives.

(Extracted from: Business Bhutan, “The Monk who Flew in a Jet”, http://www.businessbhutan.bt/?p=3954, 1-01-2011)

 

 

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  1. Chandrup Kaushal on Mar 16, 2015 at 7:12 am

    wonderful very very inspiring story.

  2. dorji wangmo on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Hello
    Greeting from http://www.namotoursandtreks.com, kingdom of Bhutan.
    New year soon to celebrate and may 2015 bring happiness,prosperity and peace in the world. Tashi Delek.

  3. mahesh Raju on Sep 7, 2014 at 3:28 am

    when you will take over or be with your father business. Like other billionaire son , their kids start to take over father business but you declining. Hope you decide something best for this. As a tamil Native , hence malaysian, i always notice his growth.

  4. Manikumar on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Its inspire me to leave everything behind & follow the path of love & true happiness

  5. shelray sam on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    It is rare an inspiring that he is not a spill brate, like many rich people. Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu to the brave, compassion, and generous heart.

  6. Prabin Shrestha on May 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    First of all, thank you for this interesting story.
    But I think, you forgot to quote the name of the son. Only father’s name is quoted as richest business man. And also, as the son is now Monk, he should be recognized by his own name, not by his father.
    Thank you.

  7. edward ooi on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I didn’t know that Tan Sri is the wealthiest man at Malaysia and Ananda Krishan is the second. And also I did not expect that Rinpoche would have the chance to see Ananda Krishan and his son because they would be at home being protected or going to overseas.

  8. Aida jamal on Apr 24, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I am lost for words…. Ajahn siripanno is a fantastic human being… His talk was so inspirational.. He has got so much wisdom at such a young age… Would love to meet him one day… May he be blessed wt all the wisdom!

  9. June Tang (KHJB) on Nov 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story.Ajahn Siripanno gave up everything to be a monk show that he value the dharma very much.I am rejoice and wish Ajahn Sriripanno good health ,long live and able to spread dharma to benefit more and more peoples !!

  10. kt tony on Nov 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I can’t believe this story but just like to say god is great.

  11. Clara Tang on Oct 30, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I have a question, not relevant to this posted subject, but why do most of us leave behind all we have learn in our past lives and start afresh again..unless one is very attained or has some reminiscence, we usually have absolutely no recollection of what we have learn or experience. Or it is meant to be, so that we could relearn and do more homework.. Humbly yours..

  12. wendy on Sep 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    i had the opportunity to attend one of Ajahn Siripanno’s talks in BUBS a couple of years ago. Sitting behind me, right at the back of the hall was his father.
    it was an inspiring talk as Ajahn Siripanno went on to say how he missed the opportunity to serve one of the greatest forest monk of all – Ajahn Chah.

  13. Lim KH (JB) on Jul 18, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Money is not everything but without money we cant do anything. After reading this article i suddenly remember the joke when i volunteer at JB KP roadshow.

    There is a auntie come to buy incense, so she ask me which one better. I suggest to her the incense for harmony and wealth then she buy both. After paid she ask me the incense really can bring wealth after burn? So i start to chatting with her that ” auntie may i know if ur income is RM 2K 10 years ago is that enough?” then auntie reply ” sure enough, that income very big”, after that i ask her again ” if now ur income is RM 20K per month is that enough?” auntie reply that ” where got enough now so many things need money…”

    At last i explain to auntie that now ur income increase to RM 20K per month really still no enough we got too much attachment than 10 years ago. So the most important things is our inner wealth otherwise even RM 200K per month also not enough. The auntie agree to me and say ” ya u are rite, actually many things that is no need if according previous 10 years life style”.

    Hopefully the auntie can increase her family inner wealth after burn the incense.

  14. HARIDAS A/L KERESANIN on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Good mning Sir Ananda krishna….i need help from u…i wan become a sucess busimen like u sir in gas n oil…could’t u help me sir…i dont wan money…my age still 32 yrs….pls help me…wan be success in my life n help diable people…pls sir…

    • Wan Wai Meng on Jul 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Dear Haridas,
      I am not Mr Ananda Krishna but we have many spiritual methods for people to achieve their goals. For removal of obstacles we have Setrap and to develop more business opportunities we have Lord Dzambala pujas and we have a lot of work you can contribute to to create positive energy for what you need to do. Would you like to visit our center my handphone is 012 215 0968

      • dorji wangmo on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        Morning
        Greeting from http://www.namotoursandtreks.com
        is there any chance we can visit Rinpoche with a small group for a blessing? If so where would be the venue and when and for how long would Rinpoche avaiable? Thanks

  15. K.Muthoovaloo on Jul 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I m very and bless to see yr sons is near to god. You can be the father but your have a bless son. God Bless You

  16. Julia Tan on Jul 2, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Ajahn Siripanno makes me remember about Buddha. Ajahn Siripanno have all the money and power that he wants but chose to lead an ordained life in search for enlightenment. I have a lot of respect for Ajahn because he chosed to be in Dharma although he has all the power and money in the region. He would have let the riches, fame  and all other attachment to delude his mind and lead a normal life. I cannot imagine what his life will be if he didn’t pursue Dharma despite his truly blessed form of rebirth. His letting go of himself made me feel he is all but one like Buddha. May Ajahn Siripanno live long and be able to spread Dharma to a lot of people.

  17. Grace (KSJC) on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:46 am

    while we still pursuing our personal goal & materiality, some have choose to let go the attachment and pursuing sprituality practice.this is really amazing, how many of us can let go the wealth and seeking enlightenment??Krishnan’s son have prove us nothing is impossible …the value of Dharma is precious than wordly things…

  18. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    What an amazing story is this? Amazing for the achievement that Tan Sri has made for himself and the very different path that his son has chosen to take.

    Being the only son, Ajahn Siripanno can easily take over his father businesses can they will be more than sufficient for him for anything that he can dream of. But yet, I guess it is the strong buddhism imprints within him that overide materialism.

    Yet another inspiring true story.

  19. Yoke Fui on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Ajahn Siripanno is like the modern day Prince Sidharta. Even though born in riches and luxuries he is not fooled by these transient happiness.

    I hope Tan Sri Krishnan can see the wisdom of his son’s decision and support his son’s noble pursuit and the spread of dharma with his wealth.

  20. Wan Wai Meng on May 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    There are still beings with the merits who can see through that all the material we have cannot give us security or happiness. He left the ‘palaces’ to search for the truth, what courage and determination to look for the truth. Inspired.

  21. freon on May 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Ajahn Siripanno story reminded me about Lama Atisha or Shakyamuni. They born with Golden spoon but they do not attracted to worldly concerned. Its not easy to be a monk or nun, especially since young everything is well prepare to a person e,g: having maids, luxury food, entertainment etc. To be a forest monk; no maid, no nice food, no nice comfort big bed. Even to an ordinary people , these are not easy to achieve.

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  23. ERIC LEE KSJC on Apr 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    在以前,总是不明白为什么所有成功的人士,他们总是不断的在寻找能在背后给予他们忠告的精神导师,而且往往在最紧要的关头时,都需要这些人的意见,才能做决定。有时我真的搞不懂,难道这些成功人士没有智慧吗?怎么会去请教那些什么都没有的人?如今,我开始懂了,人在什么都没有的时候,就不会产生执着,就会过得自在,快乐。而那些富有,成功的人,因为害怕失去,而产生恐惧,所以整天提心吊胆的过日子,所以,他们开始羡慕这一些什么都没有的人的那一份自在,所以才会想请教这些人士如何做到自在,快乐。佛说“放下”,是快乐的根本,以前不认同,但现在终于明白所谓事情的真相了。。。。。

  24. lewkwanleng on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    A Chinese newspaper “Kwong Wah Yit Poh” featured this story today: http://www.kwongwah.com.my/news/2012/04/22/162.html

  25. Margaretlee on Mar 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    This is truely inspiring and I will definitely FB it and share with all my friends.

    Obviously Ajahn has a strong imprint to monastic life, his decision to become renounced and the fact that his father Tan Sri supported such decision showed deep respect and understanding for each other.

    It is simply beautiful…..

  26. Hew Li Lyn on Mar 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    It would be a trememdous honour if one or any of your children decides to join the monastery to become a monk. The merits collected would indeed be wonderful for the parents. I have children myself and if any of them want to become a monk or devote their lives to Dharma, they will definitely have my support.
    This article on Ananda Krishnan and his son is so inspiring and I as a parent could only wish for such a blessing.

  27. Paris on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:40 am

    This is such a beautiful sharing. I especially love that quote “With all my wealth I cannot even afford to feed my own son” – such a poignant statement, which proves as ever that money cannot buy you the most important things in life. Only our real true spiritual practice can.

    There is a kind of beautiful irony though, in what Tan Sri says in this quote. He can’t feed his son, but it is actually because of a good reason – because his son is so devout in his practice, dedicated to his vows and on the path of true non-attachment. There are so many other people out there in the world who have all the riches they could imagine but still cannot really spend or enjoy it. Either they become too miserly and cannot bear to spend any of it. Or they use their money to create on more and more difficulties for themselves.

    I guess Tan Sri’s son really proves to us that good old adage that less really is more.

  28. Sharon Saw on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I love this article as there is so much to reflect on. So many Malaysians think that if their son or daughter becomes ordained as a monk/nun, it is a waste of their lives. I know of a very wealthy lady who has since passed away. She had two daughters, one of who became a nun. When the daughter became a nun, it was seen throughout the community as such a pity for the mother.

    Yet here is Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan, supporting his son’s wish to be a monk. Perhaps it is because Tan Sri has Sri Lankan roots, which may be more open to spirituality. Tan Sri has accumulated great financial wealth and he is also giving back by philanthropic deeds. I am happy to learn that he is replenishing his good karma!

    I also think that this story is reminiscent of the historical Buddha’s story – how Prince Siddharta Gautama left the riches of his palace in search of Enlightenment. Tsem Rinpoche also gave up a comfortable life for an austere life at Gaden Monastery. When Rinpoche was so poor in India and had appealed to Rinpoche’s adoptive parents, the Bugayeffs for help, they had offered Rinpoche a materially comfortable life if Rinpoche were to abandon his monkhood. Yet Rinpoche would much rather have all the physical sufferings of the monastery than the empty comfort of a secular life.

    I rejoice for Tan Sri Ananda and his only son, Ajahn Siripanno. Their openness to the Dharma is their true wealth which nobody can take away.

    Thank you again, Rinpoche.. i will share this article as i think it will inspire many.

  29. Uncle Eddie on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Joining the monastry is a direct method to achieve realization of the essence of Buddha’s teachings and therefore is a very special and profound method. It is firstly, to cut the self-grasping ego which is the root cause of samsara. Cutting “self-grasping” is very meaningful, important and essential requirement, which can easily make one fall for a treacherous wrong view in the outside world. Secondly, it is also to cut all afflictive emotions and conceptual thoughts, said to be the greatest ego pride which causes samsaric sufferings and can obstruct one from achieving reality and direct wisdom. Through the profound practices, taught in the monastry to remove all afflictive emotions of Ignorance, Aversion, Attachment, Pride and Jealousy, all our problems could be removed. Ethical discipline in overcoming all unwholesome deeds, avoiding of negative actions to accumulate positive potentials can more easily be achieved and maintained in a monastry than inthe outside unwholesome world! So Tan Sri Ananda’s son, ordained as Ajahn Siripano is making the right choice, where no amount of wealth can equate. We greatly rejoice for him and pray for blessings from the triple Gems to be bestowed on Tan Sri Ananda’s family.

  30. Koh Hee Peng on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:37 am

    The last 2 paragraphs truly represent the teachings that one should realise after reading the articles above.

    “Hearing stories like these one wonders if we are giving up everything that we already possess to acquire things that we really don’t need.”

    “This story clearly demonstrates that human contentment and well being in real terms requires us to go beyond physical, mental, and emotional dimension. Krishnan’s son clearly shows that detachment could be a greater wealth and devotion a bigger asset in our lives.”

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing such an amazing article. Thank you.

  31. Li Kim on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:53 am

    This article only tells us the truth about life and wealth… Weatlh, even in abundance, does not bring us the happiness and peace we are all in pursuit of. The happiness and peace we all want is indeed priceless and has no inheritance.

    Thank you Rinpoche of this very amazing and inspiring post.

  32. patsy on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This is so inspiring. Ajahn Siripanno gave up everything shows how much he values the dharma. Time for us to contemplate on why we are so attached to our little worldly possessions when the second wealthiest man’s son can give up everything to be a monk.

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  34. DR on Mar 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    If you look at this from another point of view, he could remain status quo in the Ananda Krishnan ‘Palace’, inherit the wealth and use it for propagation of dharma. Rinpoche told us before that to be born into a wealthy of family can be good karma or bad karma, depending on what you do with your wealth and status. But he chose to renounce, like Shakyamuni Buddha did 2,600 years ago. Very inspiring as it is even harder at such degenerate times with so many distractions.

  35. tenzin llhamo on Mar 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I have read about this story in the newspapers quite some time ago. Imagine if the father didn’t have Dharma knowledge. Such an inspiration to many. To be able to give up everything for the 3 Jewels is not something many of us can do.

  36. nicholas on Mar 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Wow!
    Truly happen in Malaysia. Interesting!
    A lot of people must have thought that why he choose this path? Wasting the opportunity to inherit his father’s wealth!
    But actually he already gains the wealth of all, the spiritual wealth that make him free from all the delusion and attachment. At the same time bringing great blessing to the family.

    Ajahn Siripanno really inspiring. This is a great true story that give people another view of spirituality.

  37. William on Mar 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    This is the first time i hear this story and knowing that Tan Sri’s son is a monk. VEry inspiring that this young man can follow his heart and not be distracted by the wealth he has. He has found true happiness and that he is wealthy in all ways without the money. A great story to contemplate on why are we so attached to our attachments when someone can let go of his vast wealth for a simple life!

  38. skyong on Mar 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Wow incredible.. I know Ananda Krishnan is one of Malaysia most wealthiest man but never knew that he has a son and his son is a monk. There is more him than meets the eye.

  39. ng on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Rejoice ! Rejoice ! May all sangha continue to bless and inspire us. May all sangha quickly attain enlightenment and come back to guide us. May buddhadharma never degenerate .

  40. So Kin Hoe on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great story of Ajahn Siripanno. This real story is happening in our current degenerate life. It really gives me the true inspiration to do more in Dharma no matter we come from rich or poor family background.

  41. Elena on Mar 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, his son gave up inheriting 7.6 billion to become a monk…that’s how much he values the Dharma, to give all that up willingly. How much less are WE asked to give up, and how much less do we find difficult to give up? It really makes you think and inspires you.

  42. justin cheah on Mar 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Just like Buddha Shakyamuni, he ‘left’ wealth, power and all sorts of other enjoyment behind. Ajahn Siripano is really an inspiring son! He has the fortune to potentially inheritting the mass fortunes from his father and yet he pursued most people would not realise which is internal happiness. His wisdom must be very high and Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan would be blessed even further for having such a filial child creating more merits for his father. True blessing!

  43. Li Kheng on Mar 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This acts as such a good story for us to reflect on our own lives. For a person who is destined to inherit 7.6 billion dollars, Ajahn Siripanno gave it up to be a part of the sangha community. While most of us, who will unlikely become millionaires in this lifetime, spend all our energy and time pursuing $$$. In fact, many of us jeopardized relationships in pursuit of outer wealth.

    I do not believe that it is meant fo us to all become monks and nuns after reading this post. However, we can certainly think about 1) the deeper motivation for us to persevere in this dog-eat-dog race and 2) come up with ideas on how we can share some of our “riches” in a manner that benefits others.

    This story is a good opportunity for us to “stop, look, choose and go again”. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story and the chance for us to reflect on our race for money.

  44. Victor Phang on Mar 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I just shared this story with Siong Woan and Karen 2 days ago when we were coming back to KL from Hunger Awareness Week Event at University of Nottingham, Semenyih. Now the complete story is posted here. So fast and efficient.. hehe :)
    As a dharma student, definitely I rejoice for Tan Sri’s family. This is not easy to let go his extra comfortable life, but his mind is so strong and stable!
    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche. Take good care _/\_

  45. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

    My dear Lama

    It’s amazing. With all his wealth, he knows what is the priority in life and actually execute it. Most of us, including me, are afraid to live in poverty and to lose what little that we have.

    For the son of the second wealthiest man in Malaysia to be a monk is very inspiring.

    Valentina

  46. ECheah on Mar 26, 2012 at 1:35 am

    I have a friend who used to work in Maxis. She used to tell lots of gossip about her previous co. and also told me in utter dismay that her then boss’ son had “run away to Thailand to become a monk”. My friend is of another faith. She said he completely wasted his life away while he had all the golden opportunities laid out for him ready for him to grab, but tsk tsk tsk what a disappointment. It was, after all her own view, the world view. Who can blame her when we’ve been socially conditioned to think like that all our lives? I didn’t know then whether it was true or not. That it is true after all confirms that all the money and power in the world may not be the answer to true happiness. That Tan Sri’s son knows that and has placed his life firmly towards what matters most is just so beautiful.

  47. Sofi on Mar 26, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Its an amazing and really hard act to follow in these degenerate times. Fancy giving up such life of comfort for the simple and dependant on others for food. Just as Rinpoche had compared, like Buddha Shakyamuni. But having said that, I rejoice the most for Tan Sri Ananda as he had such great acceptance of his son’s decision. It takes such courage and love to give up his son (in the worldly sense), especially where Asians usually view their sons as their “heirs”. Absolutely beautiful!

  48. Grace Leong on Mar 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Wow ! It’s a great story . Very inspiring !! To have the potential to inherit so much wealth being the only son and yet all he prefers, is to be a simple monk to devote to the 3Jewels !! Most amazing !!

  49. nsa on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I’m really happy for Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan and his family. In Myanmar, people like to have sons because as males, they would have the chance to become monks. All boys will be sent to the monastery to become a monk for as long as they want. Some become monks, some do not. If a son becomes a fully ordained monk, the whole family would rejoice. How different the mentality is compared to countries without mass Buddhist consciousness! Perhaps Ajahn Siripanno will be the catalyst to breakdown the skewed perception of monks and monastic life.

  50. Irene on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I heard before of Ananda Krishnan only son is a Buddhist monk and that Ananda himself is very low profile. Someone saw him driving in a white proton saga to the Bricksfield Vihara with his son, Ajahn Siripanno. Ajahn Siripanno is inspiring.

  51. lewkwanleng on Mar 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    It is indeed very inspiring to hear stories like this. Imagine I only have so little belongings yet I am so attached to them. He has the potential to inherit all the wealth from the father, yet he can just give them up so easily.

    Rinpoche always said, if we have knowledge, we will not be attached to our material things. I must say his knowledge about the Dharma must be very strong, and that he must have studied a lot, either in this life or previous lives.

    Rejoice!!

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KECHARA FOREST RETREAT PROGRESS UPDATES

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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  • Pastor Adeline
    Wednesday, Jul 29. 2015 04:27 PM
    This Couple Spent Decades Building Their Own Self-Sustaining Island

    Talk about extreme green.

    Artists Wayne Adams and Catherine King spend their days completely immersed in nature – the Canadian couple lives off-the-grid on a floating sustainable island appropriately named Freedom Cove.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/i-like-this.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Jul 27. 2015 02:48 PM
    To this supreme being and your Illustrious line of incarnations, I humbly bow, take refuge and request to never be separated from you. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who remains undefeated by rituals, magic, mantras, negative words, fire pujas and suppression from the highest, your time has come. Your lineage and your works will grow and expand into the three planes, ten directions and six realms as pre-ordained by the vows you took in front of Buddha and again Manjunatha Tsongkapa. May we gain your attainments and be protected by you. All beings’ sufferings be released as dedicated by the supreme Shantideva. May Dharma reign supreme and Mara’s forces by quelled.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/golden-undefeated-lama-of-blessings.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Jul 27. 2015 02:44 PM
    For Christina – Dear Christina, you might want to learn about the Gyenze Dorje Shugden practise http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html for the situation you have mentioned. Should you have further queries, please Ask the Pastors here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/ask-the-pastors. All the best, Pastor Adeline
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Jul 27. 2015 02:35 PM
    Vajrayogini and Heruka are one and inseparable; Vajrayogini is the condensed form of Heruka’s practice and Heruka is the extended form of Vajrayogini’s practice. They are represented as male and female Buddhas but actually they are one.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/herukas-eye.html
  • Christina
    Sunday, Jul 26. 2015 10:18 PM
    I finished my engineering..am born in 28 dec 1992 till now i didnt in a permanent job..always facing failure and no money in my bank account.my neighbours all are making problems with us teasing us.we cant able to survive in that place peacefully…
  • tsemtulku
    Friday, Jul 24. 2015 02:21 AM
    “Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: At the end of the day, education is brainwashing. Brainwashing is inevitable. We human beings love doing that. We are already brainwashed—we don’t know otherwise. So since we are going to brainwash anyway, it’s good to brainwash with good motivation and so that we can be kind, harmonious, and also decent. Becoming decent human beings seems to be not so much in the modern education agenda because, as we all know, modern education seems to be so much about what we can have. Human beings are defined by what we have, like cars and houses. And then modern education is also so much geared towards getting a job. There are very few schools that teach you anything other than what will benefit you in getting a job”
  • xuliang
    Wednesday, Jul 22. 2015 12:06 PM
    Lower life forms do not know about spirituality and yet they live in bliss except at times when they are predated upon. Have we ever thought of this? The lower life forms do not distinguish vices from virtues nor do they get into a process to become ‘good’. They simply are ‘being’ within the totality of reality of which they are not even conscious since they are not self-conscious beings. If that be so, why do humans make such a big deal of ‘spirituality’? This is not to cast aspersions on any analysis in spirituality but a genuine self contemplation on why we, or at least those who perceive a fundamental error in our individual or collective conduct, contemplate about this anomaly & obvious aberration in human conduct? Suppose if we just be with everything without either glorification or condemnation and be true to our being self-conscious, which faculty is given for a purpose in our evolutionary journey and dwell deep into that inquiry without any obvious answers or concepts or conclusions, we would perhaps done justice to our being self-conscious beings. But unfortunately this is not to be since we are literally obsessed with concepts, even of spirituality which does no good and of religion which has done more harm than any good and are literally living in our mental field which by itself cannot take us beyond it, if the true meaning of existence is indeed beyond it or deep within, both being a gateway for a realm that we ‘know’ exists and where we can be what we are; conscious animals in the total existential field in harmony with everything that are.
  • tsemtulku
    Wednesday, Jul 22. 2015 05:01 AM
    What an inspiring and beautiful documentary. One of my favorites: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55805
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jul 21. 2015 02:58 PM
    “Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these 10 things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send *you* to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever til the end of time…but he loves you.”

    George Carlin

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/where-do-we-really-come-from.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jul 21. 2015 01:26 PM
    Tortoises Kadro and Menlha have been long time residences with the Kechara Organisation, taken care by many volunteers since 2009. While the animal caretakers feed and provide shelter to Kadro and Menlha, these tortoises require kind sponsors to fund their daily needs – mainly food, maintenance and veterinary care.

    Kechara Forest Retreat would love to extend this opportunity for more people to show love to the residents at The Aviary, particularly Kadro and Menlha and we seek your kind sponsorships to keep them happy and loved.

    With just $300 a month, Kadro and Menlha’s meals and veterinary care (if necessary) would be taken care of. We seek a total amount of $4,800 from this fund raising to keep the tortoises happy for the next coming 16 months.

    Please support this good cause here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jul 21. 2015 01:24 PM
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jul 21. 2015 01:22 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Jacinta, Thank you for sharing with Choong my blog post on Nibiru. I am glad you remember that post.

    Jacinta Goh: Choong, the Planet Nibiru was once mentioned by Rinpoche here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/where-do-we-really-come-from.html. Annunaki, believed to be giants at 10 feet tall and there was once I read a sutra where Lord Buddha telling his disciple about the beings that live far from us and they’re a lot bigger than us. We are considered alien and very small to them. Perhaps in future when we are able to space travel, then this finding could be a fact rather than just mere believing.
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Jul 20. 2015 09:51 AM
    Don’t be a saint and that is fine. Cannot be a saint and that is fine. But at least be human. Being human means to have some civilized respect for others and not just use others for our own selfish purposes. H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche 25th

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dont-be-a-saint.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Jul 20. 2015 09:49 AM
    spent around 6 hours on one blog post today. Glad I finished it. Afterwards had a bad pain in my neck,shoulder from sitting too long. But luckily had someone give me a strong rub down on the neck,shoulder with their elbows and it solved the problem. I have to stretch more when writing, but when I get into it, it’s hard to stop. LOL. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Sunday, Jul 19. 2015 05:17 AM
    Dear friends, do promote this video please so we can get the message across: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2ZeQ-44O00

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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!

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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

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14 hours ago
Duo Bao Jiang Si Monastery in China. Beautiful.
14 hours ago
Tsem Rinpoche's immediate previous incarnation. Kentrul Thupten Lamsang of Phari.
14 hours ago
Intricate Heruka. What is nice is Marpa and Milarepa is on this. Marpa initiated Milarepa into Heruka's tantra and Milarepa practiced and became enlightened from this practice. We know the famous Milarepa but he relied on Heruka for full enlightenment.
14 hours ago
Beautiful Buddha image and strong message.
14 hours ago
What a BEAUTIFUL Vajra Yogini. I like this so much. The face and body is so very nice. I like the flames behind Her also. This is very nicely done.
4 days ago
When we seek pleasure, we always end up in pain eventually. All phenomena is subject to compositional decay and nothing is permanent. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
Do click on this picture as it really hits home. TR
4 days ago
This is such a spectacular photo of Kechara Forest Retreat. Must download and save!
4 days ago
A very meaningful picture for me with important people in my life. TR
7 days ago
This one is a real good one. TR
1 week ago
profound and powerful
1 week ago
Peace is what we need.
2 weeks ago
Some people have the freedom and some people don't. But all deserve it. 
2 weeks ago
We all have a choice of how others view us and where we end up. Have shared my thoughts here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=70726
3 weeks ago
Welcome!
3 weeks ago
I wonder who did this art piece.
3 weeks ago
Read this chart for your dogs if you love them.
3 weeks ago
This is a fantastic outdoor Tara. Wow. Part 2
3 weeks ago
This is a fantastic outdoor Tara. Wow.
3 weeks ago
Look at this!! Kind hearted and sweet Kirk offers me- home-made banana and coconut milk pancakes!!! What a lovely and kind gesture. I am sure it will be delicious because it came from Kirk's heart. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
LOOK AT THIS CURRY RECIPE!! This would be loved by many-Yummy: http://mouthwateringvegan.com/2015/07/07/panch-puren-caramel-vegetable-curry/ It is vegan too!!!! We don't have to eat animals at all. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is good to remember.
3 weeks ago
This is a real good read. Click enlarge and read.
3 weeks ago
Oser, Dharma and Mumu just got their haircuts and cleaned and groomed!!! Look at Mumu's big black eyes all round, alert and wants to play. Mumu is smiling. Dharma does not like is haircut. He looks plucked! Dharma is like, I hate my haircut! And cute Oser is saying SHE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE ZAMKAR!! LOL. Do not call her Zamkar! hehehe
3 weeks ago
Very nice. Our Pastor Chia in the papers. Glad to see this. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
“If one does the recitation of the Lama Tsongkhapa guru yoga prayer for even one month using one of the visualizations for great or clear or quick wisdom, one will definitely see development of that wisdom. It is proved by experience. There is no doubt that by doing the Lama Tsongkhapa guru yoga practice one can meet Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings from life to life. And furthermore, it gives one the opportunity to be born in the pure realm of Lama Tsongkhapa, Tushita, whenever death happens.” - Pabongkha Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Magadha Sangmo which is the very 1st incarnation of Tsem Rinpoche. She lived during Buddha's time. She was a disciple of Lord Buddha Himself and was very devoted to Buddha. Because of Her devotion, She brought thousands onto the path of Buddha and His teachings.
3 weeks ago
Very Holy White Tara painted by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (previous). Wow.
3 weeks ago
The eagle has caught this bird and it's spouse desperately tries to save the spouse. Animals definitely have a sense of friendship and companionship and feel pain. We should never hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Do not eat chicken or the egg. It doesn't matter which came first.~Tsem Rinpoche Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/animals-vegetarianism
4 weeks ago
Did you know there is a horoscope section on tsemrinpoche.com where you can just read and follow the instructions to find the compatibility. Type in your sign and the other person's and you get an answer immediately. Very interesting. Just click here :- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html
4 weeks ago
Such a honest and sincere comment he posted for everyone to read. Very honest. Nice. I appreciate it.
4 weeks ago
One of the most BEAUTIFUL, captivating and lovely shrines/temples/altars to Buddha I have ever had the merits to gaze upon. The background is so nice. Busy but not distracting. The lighting is a perfect balance to highlight the attainments of Buddha as it's directly emanating behind his head. Buddha statue itself is proportionate. Just so beautiful.
4 weeks ago
Beautiful Dorje Shugden on horse
4 weeks ago
Very good friends. Very nice people. I like them. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
As I lay still, cold, alone and never to wake up again, what have I done with my life to prepare for this 'eternity'? No one will see me nor will I see them again. They would not want to see me again as I turn blue, brown, bloat, smell and decompose into dust.~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Ancient and sacred Manjushri from Reting Monastery
4 weeks ago
Beautiful and holy Manjushri. Very sacred at Reting Monastery. TR
4 weeks ago
Very good.
1 month ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with Kyabje Dromo Geshe Rinpoche
1 month ago
2015-Myself having audience with my holy protector. See more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68740
1 month ago
Panchen Sonam Drakpa, fifteenth Throne-holder of Je Tsongkhapa (Ganden Tripa), and former abbot of Gaden, Sera, and Drepung monasteries (the only monk to ever become abbot of all three).
1 month ago
Hardworking and kind Kecharians. Their dedication touches me deeply. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
“The problem is not enjoyment; the problem is attachment.”-Tilopa
1 month ago
Golden Undefeated Lama of Blessings: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69823
1 month ago
This is the illustrious Changkya Rolpai Dorje who is the previous incarnation of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4297
1 month ago
Special painting of Manjushri and here is his short praise to do daily: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69797
1 month ago
See what is a tsatsa and their origins and purpose: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69630
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  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    3 weeks ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    1 month ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    2 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!!!
    2 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 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    2 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    2 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: http://bit.ly/1KiXWf9 ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    2 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
    2 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
  • Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    3 months ago
    Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    For much more information, pictures and videos about the rescued birds at the aviary of Kechara Forest Retreat, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aviary-kfr.html
  • Watch Dorje Shugden: My Side Of The Story. Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY
    3 months ago
    Watch Dorje Shugden: My Side Of The Story. Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY
  • A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
    3 months ago
    A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
  • Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    5 months ago
    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    5 months ago
    A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo

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4 hours ago
Uncle Ng explaining the way to pack food to the new volunteers this afternoon. They also helped to sort out food items in the storage dept. 今天中午Uncle Ng解释包装食物方法给新来的志工们。他们也参与整理仓储部。Justin@KSK
7 hours ago
Puja House full time staffs having meeting in the morning to understand more on progress on Puja House. By Puja House 3 August'15
17 hours ago
Pastor Gim Lee guided Sunday Dharma Class students to practice both sitting and walking meditation methods every Sunday after Dharma class. Lucy Yap
19 hours ago
Volunteers and staffs of Puja House spending their Sunday morning to do tormas. By Puja House, 2 August'15
19 hours ago
A Sponsor sponsored Gyenze as his own gift for birthday. The great way to celebrate birthday by getting Gyenze blessing for inner and outer wealth. By Puja House 2 Auge'15
19 hours ago
Beautiful tormas for Gyenze Puja. By Puja House , 2 August'15
19 hours ago
Puja House's volunteers spent their weekend did Puja for Sponsor. Meaningful to spent weekend benefit others. By Puja House, 2 August'15
20 hours ago
Distribution in Johor Bahru last night. A total of 125 sets were distributed on the street. 昨晚在Chow Kit的派发食物活动。125份食物被送到街上的客户们手里。 Justin@KSK
20 hours ago
Distribution in Chow Kit last night. 130 sets were distributed. Some of our sick clients also received medical treatment services from our medic team on duty. 昨晚在Chow Kit的派发食物活动。130份食物被送到我们的客户手里。患病的客户们也从治疗团队得到治疗。 Justin@KSK
20 hours ago
Happy faces after Setrap Puja @ Kechara Penang. Pastor Patsy
22 hours ago
2.8.15. Students from Kechara Sunday Dharma School is an orderly bunch :) Stella
22 hours ago
2.8.15. Awesome singing lesson today. Mr. Boon, Teacher Jesvin, Teacher Michelle and the kids practiced 7 songs during the co-curriculum session. Stella
22 hours ago
2.8.15. Guess what Teacher Anna and the 2 little but talented performers were up to? :) Stella
22 hours ago
2.8.15. Happy learning can be seen through and through on the faces of student 11-13 years old. Stella
22 hours ago
2.8.15. We started the class with prostration followed by chanting of the Migstema and Manjushri mantras. Student from age 2-4 years old are eager to chant the mantras. Stella
yesterday
Kechara Penang Study Group recited Medicine Buddha mantras before blowing onto the birds and releasing them. P.Patsy
yesterday
Finally birds are being released ~ Kechara Penang Study Group
yesterday
The sponsors and members gathered together to join in the monthly Animal Liberation Day this morning. ~Kechara Penang Study Group
yesterday
Animal Liberation at Kechara House Penang- Leonard Ooi
yesterday
In Chinese Level 2 Dharma class we have the ever passionate Dharma teacher, Pastor Adeline to review Day 6 to Day 9 of the Lamrim text. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Kuan Yin is worshipped by Buddhists all around the world.She can be compared to Mother Mary in the West. Tomorrow 3/8/2015 is Kuan Yin's Birthday. Have a delightful and vegan friendly meal at everyone's favorite vegetarian restaurant Kechara Oasis. http://on.fb.me/1E0HLw9 Lucy Yap
yesterday
今年观音成道之日(农历六月十九日)是西历八月三日(星期一)。 诚邀大家到克切拉如意轩吃素,一起迎接这个重要的大日子! It is Guan Yin's Birthday birthday tomorrow (3 Aug 2015). Let's celebrate this day and have a nice lunch or dinner at Kechara Oasis. Please call for reservations Viva Home branch 03 92841818 Jaya One Branch 03 7968 1818. Thank you
yesterday
Chan Weng Khong and Donny released 65 kilograms of cat fish into the lake on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group during our monthly animals liberation activities at Gunung Lang, Ipoh, Perak today.
yesterday
Through the blessing and kindness from our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed our monthly animals liberation activities at Gunung Lang, Ipoh at 9 am today. Total of 65 kilograms of cat fish were released back to their living environment. All our merits generated through this auspicious activity were dedicated for Rinpoche's long life and good health. We also dedicated to all Kechara members, parents, friends and family members for their long life and good health to be able to learn and practise Dharma. Thank you. Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 days ago
Every puja have special set of torma to offer. By Puja House, 1 August'15

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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