THEN + NOW: can you recognize?

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Everyone was a kid once so see these interesting kiddie pics of the people who work closely with me….who can you recognize????

A few years back, when Kechara started to grow exponentially, I needed proper management from skilled and or dedicated individuals to get the organization to keep running smoothly. I decided to adopt the monastic organizational structure, as used in Gaden Monastery, to manage the expansion. In 2006, the Liaison Council was introduced into Kechara organization. 6 years later, Kechara now has 18 liaisons, all unique and capable individuals that carry out the necessary secular work for Kechara to continue benefiting others.

Kechara liaisons are very, very dedicated to their Dharma work… they work very hard to get things done, without any complaints or excuses. All 21 of them came into Kechara wanting to make a difference. They made the decision not to use their lives just to pursue a monthly pay cheque, but to instead benefit others… all through different means. I am very proud of Kechara’s 21 liaisons, and all the full-time staff and volunteers who support them.

I’ve blogged here the faces of the Liaisons then and now…everyone was a kid and they can grow up to be something beneficial to others…take a look..would you have recognized them as kids if I didn’t tell you who they were….Which one still looks similar to their kiddie pics and which ones really look different??? Let me know what you think? Who still resembles themselves as kids? Who do you think wins the cute kiddie pic??hehehe

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IRENE LIM

Irene

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Irene is an avid traveler and well-versed in Buddhist philosophy, health, nutrition, meditative equipoise and tantra. She has raised funds for numerous charitable organisations and has led several pilgrimages to some of the world’s most sacred Buddhist sites. The core of her life for the past 17 years has been and still is, the connection to her spiritual practice which has enriched her life experience, resonating deeply through her entire being. Her spirituality has given great meaning to her life, transforming her mind, and leading her to find inner peace and happiness.

When the thought of opening a vegetarian restaurant arose, Irene immediately embraced the idea with joy and made it happen. She believes people deserve to experience taste, fun, joy, beauty, sustainable happiness, wealth, health and harmony.

 

 

DATUK MAY PHNG

Datuk May

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  • Executive Director, Tsem Ladrang
  • President, Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia
  • Board of Directors, Kechara Organization
  • Executive Committee Member, Kechara World Peace Center

Datuk May is vastly experienced in construction, automobile, manufacturing, property management, plantation and clean room technologies. Currently, she is the Chairman of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Shanghai, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council and a Committee Member of MRPMA (Malaysian Rubber Products Manufacturers’ Association).

Datuk May has lead a very privileged life. However, despite her material success, when she hit the age of 40 years old she felt a certain emptiness within. This lead her to read books and attended courses on adult experiential learning where she then realized her desire for spirituality in life. I first met Datuk May in 2007, when she followed a friend to attend a Dharma talk that was given one evening. From that moment forward, Datuk May dedicated her time, effort, and energy to Kechara for the benefit and happiness to all.

 

 

PASTOR KOK YEK YEE

Yek Yee

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Kok Yek Yee is a Liaison and Senior Editor of both Kechara Media & Publications and Kechara Care. She is also a committee member of Education Committee and core member of the Kechara Chinese Committee. Recently, Yek Yee was ordained as one of Kechara’s pioneer Pastors.

With a Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology, Yek Yee started her career as a journalist, writing for Guang Ming Daily and Nanyang Siang Pau, an established national newspaper, as a features writer.

Yek Yee won an award for The Best Health Related Article in the Magazine Category, which was awarded by the Malaysian government in 2007, and has continued to write for major dailies and popular magazines such as Feminine and Buddha. She published her first book, Protector Setrap, in 2007.

 

CHUAH SU MING

Su Ming

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A Business Administration graduate from the University of Sheffield, Su Ming’s early career revolved around a most glamorous lifestyle with many travel opportunities. Su Ming has worked for Bacardi Martini Malaysia and left a jet-setting job with L’Oreal Malaysia to join Tsem Ladrang, which she personally finds more fulfilling on a spiritual level.

She currently heads Kechara Care which serves to help newcomers in Kechara.

 

SHARON SAW

Sharon

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A mother to a 13 year old son, Sharon Saw is a woman of many talents. With a BA (Hons) in Land Economy and an honorary Masters of Arts from Cambridge University, Sharon has worked on projects ranging from layout planning for the British government, to running her own IT company, to script-writing. Sharon started volunteering in KMP in 2006 and since 2008, she has been working full time for Kechara. Sharon now brings her life experience and writing expertise to her position as Liaison of Kechara Media & Publications, a role which she feels has given her a permanent sense of fulfillment and a purpose in life that is real.

In addition to Sharon’s commitment in Kechara, she holds or has held the following positions:

  • Former President of Soroptimist International Club of Petaling Jaya
  • Editor, Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia newsletter
  • Asst. Hon. Secretary of the Oxford & Cambridge Society, Malaysia
  • Member of the Federation of Malaysian Unit Trust Managers
  • Director, Gergaji Management Sdn Bhd

 

 

DATO’ RUBY KHONG

Ruby

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Dato’ Ruby Khong is the President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, socialite, mother of three beautiful grown up children, director of an international petroleum company, and the director of a chain of Himalayan artifact retail shops. Despite the many hats she wears, she remains committed to the plight of the less fortunate.

Her dedication to the cause resulted in her naming as one of Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy. More recently, Dato’ Ruby won the Golden Heart category in the Tribute to Women Awards, presented by Malaysia’s First Lady, Yang Amat Berbahagia Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.

It is not an uncommon sight to find Dato’ Ruby in the back streets of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday nights with her team of volunteers serving and talking to her friends on the streets.

Her ability to balance her responsibilities to her family and career, whilst maintaining a sincere commitment to philanthropy, is admired by many seeking to imitate her ease and natural grace. Dato’ Ruby is comfortable, unpretentious and undeniably feminine in whatever role she finds herself in. With her hands-on approach, this passionate, upbeat, very bubbly lady is a true leader in her own right.

 

 

PAUL YAP

Paul

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After graduating from the University of Otago, New Zealand, Paul Yap garnered eight years of experience in the finance industry as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. Starting his career in an international public accounting firm, Paul then became the Senior Finance Manager in a manufacturing company.

Now the Liaison of the closely linked departments of Kechara Discovery, Kechara Blooms and Kechara Saraswati Arts, Paul arranges pilgrimages to holy Buddhist sites, and works to create and bring affordable, high-quality Buddha images to the world.

 

 

NICHOLAS YU

Nicholas Yu

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Nicholas has been a member of Kechara since 2008, beginning as a Kechara Soup Kitchen volunteer before becoming one of their Team Leaders. Since then, Nicholas has been elected into the Kechara House2010-2012 Committee.

Nicholas graduated with a Bachelor (Hons.) Degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from Lincolnshire & Humberside University. His working experience has been with telecommunications companies managing infrastructure implementation for 8 years. In May 2010, Nicholas Yu quit as project manager with one of Malaysia’s top mobile operators to become a full-time Kechara member of staff. He credits the ease of his entrance into full-time Dharma to his supportive wife Josephine and two loving daughters.

 

 

HAN SIEW FONG

Miss Han

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Ms Han Graduated from Taiwan’s National Cheng Chi University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. With a Masters degree in Journalism and 15 years of industry experience under her belt, Han Siew Fong has dedicated her life to television productions. In her role as a producer, Ms. Han controls all aspects of production, ranging from idea development and cast hiring to shoot supervision and fact-checking. Despite being highly in demand and always busy with projects, Ms. Han is deeply committed to promote the Dharma through hard media as part of Kechara InMotion.

 

 

PHNG LI KIM

Li Kim

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A mother of 3 sons and daughter to Kechara House’s President, Datuk May Phng, Li Kim is as highly accomplished as her mother. Since graduating from Pepperdine University in California with a BSc in Business Administration, Li Kim has managed a wide variety of companies, ranging from the manufacture of latex surgical and examination gloves, to companies dealing in network marketing and IT digital signage. In short, Li Kim has ample experience in Management, Production, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Finance, Administration, Product Research, and Sales and Marketing. Her professional expertise makes her well-suited to her current position as CEO of Kechara Media & Publications.

 

 

KHONG JEAN AI

Jean AI

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  • Private Office of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

Upon graduating from Warwick University, England with a Bachelors in Psychology, Jean Ai worked in London before quitting in 2009 to join Tsem Ladrang full-time. As the daughter of Liaison Ruby Khong, Jean Ai grew up under the Dharma umbrella and is proud to follow in her mother’s footsteps of dedicating her life to benefiting others.

Jean Ai’s main portfolio focuses on developing and maintaining Rinpoche and Kechara’s online presence via the Kechara website. She also writes and edits content for the Kechara weekly e-newsletter.

 

 

JP THONG

JP Thong

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A former hotelier, JP Thong has many accomplishments to speak of – alongside his many entrepreneurial undertakings, JP was President of Asiaworks Foundation and also performed in The Wicked Pitches, an award-wining a cappella group. Now Head Liaison of Tsem Ladrang, JP uses his entrepreneurial skills to manage the Ladrang and promote the Dharma to the world.

 

Siong Woan

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  • Project Director of Kechara Soup Kitchen

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Siong Woan has a vast working experience prior to joining Kechara. Siong Woan held many high positioned jobs when at 2006 she decided taking a Dharma career is the way she wants to live her life. She is a mother of two children and have a deep interest in Buddhism. Ever since she met Kechara in 2009, she have been volunteering and taking much responsibilities in Kechara. A year later, Siong Woan joined Kechara full time under KSK and has been serving the homeless since then.

 

OOI BENG KOOI

Beng Kooi

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  • Director of e-Division, Tsem Ladrang
  • Personal Assistant to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Correspondence and Divination Secretary
  • Nepal expansion (Tsem Ladrang Kathmandu and retreat center)

An engineer with a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, London, Beng Kooi first came to Kechara House in 2007 to attend a book talk. It was an illuminating experience and a radical change of perspective, inspiring her to leave her job in the UK to join Kechara and serve the Dharma.

 

 

HENRY OOI

Henry

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Henry Ooi first met Kechara in 1998 and since coming into Dharma, his life has had a complete makeover. After more than two decades in the skincare and cosmetics industry, Henry now brings his business sense to the role of Liaison and Director of Kechara Paradise Outlets. Henry shares Kechara’s vision for the outlets to function as satellite Dharma centers, positioned to bring Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings to the wider public..

 

 

DR LANSE CHIAH

Dr Lanse

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Dr Lance graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Jinan University, China. Before joining Kechara Media & Publications as a full time translator, Dr Lance was a lecturer at a local traditional Chinese medicine college where she taught subjects from western medicine to future TCM to doctors so that they can combine both western and eastern diagnostic methods in order to meet modern society’s needs. Dr Lance started to work as a part-time translator in Kechara Media & Publications in 2009 then decided to become a full time Dharma worker the next year.

 

 

DAVID LAI

David

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David graduated with a Bachelor of Computing from Monash University, Australia. Upon returning to Malaysia, he worked in sales and marketing with various companies like Canon and Volvo before joining Kechara Media and Publications’ marketing team. David has since authored two books with KMP – There’s No Way But Up, and Vajrayogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal.

 

 

LOH SENG PIOW

Asus

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  • Personal Attendant to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche
  • New Media and Research (China)

Loh graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Nanyang Technological University and earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering from Singapore-MIT Alliance. Since joining the Ladrang, Loh has dedicated his life completely to the Dharma, using the skills he obtained from his previous working experience in research and development to further the growth of Dharma.


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  1. Vinnie Tan on Nov 15, 2013 at 1:18 am

    All the photos are just so cute! I think the ones that still look like their kid photos would be Paul and Su Ming. The photos are just so pretty.

    Shows us how much we have changed since we were kids. With the wrong direction, we can be monsters of the society.

    I am so grateful that I have Dharma and Rinpoche in my life since young to guide me to the correct path. Even till now, when I am no longer the 5 year old little girl, I know that Rinpoche still cares for me just like how I first met Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche for always caring for all of us!

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  9. Alan Chan ( KSJC ) on Aug 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Wow ! all very cute when they was young , Thank you Rinpoche to post this blog, It will get closes with our Liaisons and sharing with their background. all of them did the good job ! it is really inspire to us to learn from them ! Rejoice !

  10. Louise Lee on Jul 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

    每个人多有过去, 好的,坏的,无论是如何,只要我们现在遇见佛法,修行佛法,将来一定会更好!

    我们不必特意的更改变。

    可是。。。。。。我就在这, 静悄悄的改变!

  11. Grace ( KSJC ) on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the 23 liaison, for your hardwork. devotion and great compassion for helping other by giving up your personal career.your team is a good example to us .

  12. Wan Wai Meng on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    These are excellent information and writeup about the various people who are heading Kechara what they have done before as RInpoche said many times before, many hands and many people with all kinds of skills and experiences combined can make things happen. And we do need many people to come together to build a lasting legacy like KWPC.

  13. Li Kim on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Looking at all of us then and now makes me laugh with such warmth. Thank you Rinpoche for posting this. We are all so engaged with one another as adults, it is simply wonderful to see all of us as children.

    Thanks Mom, for telling the whole world how much I grew la!!!!

  14. jennifer on Feb 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    It is very interesting to see how everyone has changed since they were little babies!!!

  15. pastor on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Henry no wonder people call us old cows, we were cowboys! Now i know why u smoke, you like guns ! No wonder u don’t need to look fierce. Now u do because u lost yr guns hehe !
    The cutest is yf and by a small margin jp the thong !

  16. Irene on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    “Birds of the same feather flock together” – whatever size, shape, colour, appearance and background we came together for one vision, one reason, one guru to make 1 Kechara grow and be beneficial to others. We must have made our prayers in our previous lives for this to happen and meet with 1 perfect Guru to make our lives meaningful. Thank you my dear Rinpoche.

  17. Sharon Saw on Feb 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Gosh… aren’t these photos the perfect reminder for impermanence! :D Thank you for sharing these photos… i must say it’s been an amazing experience to work with all the liaisons – everyone comes from such vastly different backgrounds yet we are all united in the common pursuit of spiritual progress and to bring Tsem Rinpoche’s vision to fruition! Somehow our karma brings us here so we shall have to work hard to make sure our collective karma doesn’t exhaust… as Rinpoche said today: “Though we may have the collective karma to get something, physically if we do nothing much and watch our lives waste by comfortably, then the open window could close on us. Nothing is static. Nothing stays, so we have to always be ‘aggressive’, consistent and pro-active.”

  18. mayy on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Hehehe….most of them looks different in their own ways. As one matured over the years few of the liaisons featured looks so different. Few till todate does look almost the same.

    I like Jamie’s way of smiling which still resembles her till now…haha.

    Beng Kooi looks soooooooo different from her young age photo!

    Dato Ruby, Jean Ai and Su Ming …so cute! :)

    Most recognisable were Pastor Susan, Pastor Yek Yee, Wan, Sharon, Irene and Datuk May.

  19. henry ooi on Feb 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful and memories-filled pictures of yesteryear. Who else could have thought of such a posting than Rinpoche? Thank you, Rinpoche, for showing us how we looked like then.

    Irene looks pretty in her pretty dress.
    Su Ming was a pretty child and now a pretty woman.
    Siong Woan looks pretty in her dress, wearing a hat.
    Dato Ruby’s picture as a child is sweet. Now she is a swan.
    Jean Ai – cute pic, her looks then resemble her now.

    Datuk May’s pic of a child does not resemble her now. No, not at all.
    Yoke Fui on a bicycle? Her face shape did not change much.

    Pastor Yek Yee on the podium receiving trophy for 3rd placing? What happened?
    Sharon is cute with a hat (by the beach, I think). Her smile as a child is still there today.
    Li Kim in shorts, sporty. Not surprised. Look at her now.
    JP – sporty on trampoline? Where did that JP go to?

    Wan’s pic as a child resembles her current pic.
    Pastor Susan’s pic as a child resembles her now especially her mouth part, err, teeth.

    Paul’s pic in classroom is studious, no wonder.
    Han is school uniform, studious.
    Dr Lanse, did not look too happy, maybe forced by parents to become a doctor? All she wanted was to be free to find herself.

    Nicholas as a Western cowboy? Maybe previous life?
    Pastor Ngeow in cowboy outfit too? Fierce and pissed off look. Maybe parents forced him to be something else but he wants to be a pastor?

    Jamie in dress, cheeky look, still is.
    Beng Kooi, even as a child she still was not in a dress.
    David – could not see his lips so cannot tell the resemblance.

    Seng Piow’s skin colour is quite dark even as a child.

    I pick pastor Susan’s pic as the closest resemblance.

    I find Beng Kooi’s pic as the cutest because then and now are sooooo different.

  20. joey wong on Feb 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    omg susan used to be cute, pretty and sweet before….

  21. Datuk May on Feb 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Looking at LiKim’s small girl photo made me remember what a small girl she was. Everything I bought for her to wear was special small size. Then she grew up……and then……..hahaha, she just grew!

  22. DR on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    We were such cute babies and toddlers! Cute ‘pao paos’! And then we grew up and ………. Hahaha!

    I think the cutest baby award goes to our dear Beng Kooi!

  23. wahying on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I think Irene, Yoke Fui(her smile), Wan, Pastor Susan (especially her eyes) and Jamie still resembles themselves as kids. And Pastor Ngeow and Dr Lanse look serious since young. Jean Ai and Su Ming cute, Dato Ruby such a little beauty, David was eating ice cream hehe. Thank you all liaisons for putting your lives in benefiting people.

  24. Su An on Feb 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Great article on the career history of these incredible people, showing how Kechara and Dharma was the turning point of their lives and how they are still going and growing strong with Kechara. The skills, knowledge and experienced gained before Kechara are effectively put to use to genuinely help others with no profit motive. They have made Kechara their “final career destination” and this speaks volumes. Congratulations!

  25. patsy on Feb 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Cute! Cute! They all look cute especially Jean Ai, Su Ming and Dato Ruby but the cutest is Beng Kooi.

    Pastor Susan, Wan and Sharon still have the same resemblance.

    Now all of them are grown up and doing dharma work to benefit others!.How wonderful!

    Thank you for this post, Rinpoche!

  26. abby on Feb 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I think Wan and Datuk May still resemble themselves as kids. Especially the way Datuk May smiles, still remain the same.
    Pastor Susan and Beng Kooi looks super cute and sweet!
    Li Kim looks cheerful and graceful, hehehe.
    And Im shocked that Pastor Yek Yee was a sporty girl! Pastor Ngeow looks cuter now. LOL.

  27. lucy yap on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Very cute photos!Wan and Pastor Susan’s photos bear some resemblance.Su Ming and Datuk Ruby very,very cute!It’s amazing these young kids grew up to be wonderful adults who practice Dharma to benefit others.

  28. Thierry Janssens on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Funny how everyone looks similar, yet different.
    Age takes a toll on physical appearances, but there is either a smile or a way in the eyes that makes the children recognizable.
    It is like the personality is already there as a young child. Yes, the traits of character must come from before birth, how otherwise… how?

    Pastor Ngeow with hair as a child has this air like he is about to talk about the 4 Noble Truths… I’ts funny to see!

    Wow… JP’s outfit as a kid is priceless! Great style, and totally fit for playground… This is not in Malaysia right? Who wears pull-overs for playground activity in Malaysia…

    Thank you for posting this Rinpoche

  29. tenzin llhamo on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    LOL…They all look so cute when they were young! Pastor Susan and Paul looks almost the same. The rest would have been a bit difficult to guess at first glance. The cutest in their kid photo would be Dato Ruby, Jean Ai and Su Ming.

  30. lewkwanleng on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Wow! Young photos revealed!! Thank you for all for working so hard for other!

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    Dear friends, On June 21, 2015, myself with 700 Kechara members and friends had special audience with our supreme dharma protector in full trance of the official oracle. Please see the fantastic video and 196 color photos of the event: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68740
  • tsemtulku
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 04:48 PM
    “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”
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:46 PM
    “Love me or hate me, both are in my favor… If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart… If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.”
    ~ William Shakespeare
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:46 PM
    “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.”
    ~ Maya Angelou
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:45 PM
    “There is a devil there is no doubt, but is he trying to get into us or trying to get out?”
    ~ Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:45 PM
    “His Holiness Zong Rinpoche stressed the need to continue to practice even when we come up against obstacles, and that we should continually review our progress. He stated that a happy, luxurious life was like a good dream, and that obstacles and difficulties were like a bad dream. We should give them no significance, but simply carry on working towards real, everlasting happiness.”
    ~ Ngala ’ö-Dzin Tridral
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:44 PM
    “We may encounter defeat, but we must not be defeated.”
    ~ Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Monday, Jun 29. 2015 04:15 PM
    At the age of 23, Tsongkhapa went to the region of U to meet up with some people from his hometown, Amdo. His friends entreated him to return to Amdo and they also gave him a letter from his mother. She also requested him to return to Amdo and had slipped one of her white hairs in the letter too. Touched by this, Tsongkhapa considered returning to Amdo for a while. However, when he contemplated deeper. he realized that if he left for Amdo, he would be disrupting his practices of mental discipline. As there was no benefit, he sadly decided not to return to his homeland. Instead he sent a thangka of a painting of himself to his mother in Amdo. When his mother opened it, the picture spoke to her and it was as if Tsongkhapa was there with her, which brought her great joy. In a letter accompanying the thangka, Tsongkhapa requested his mother and sister to build a stupa around the sandalwood tree which had sprung up at his birth. His mother and sister complied and from that stupa, the holy monastery of Kumbum developed.
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Jun 29. 2015 04:12 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche: Beautiful song and nostalgic. May you enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKQpRgxyyqo
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Jun 29. 2015 04:12 PM
    Today is a happening day for Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). Many activities are taking place on this holy land – from Dharma teachings, ritual classes, meditations, to art painting projects.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/exciting-kfr-on-june-27.html

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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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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with Kyabje Dromo Geshe Rinpoche
3 hours ago
2015-Myself having audience with my holy protector. See more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68740
4 hours 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).
5 hours ago
Hardworking and kind Kecharians. Their dedication touches me deeply. Tsem Rinpoche 
6 hours ago
“The problem is not enjoyment; the problem is attachment.”-Tilopa
9 hours ago
Golden Undefeated Lama of Blessings: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69823
10 hours ago
This is the illustrious Changkya Rolpai Dorje who is the previous incarnation of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4297
11 hours ago
Special painting of Manjushri and here is his short praise to do daily: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69797
2 days ago
See what is a tsatsa and their origins and purpose: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69630
2 days ago
Dear friends, recently I had audience with my dharma protector via the official Panglung Oracle, you can see more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68740
2 days ago
Dear Pasang and Wife, I thank you both for your wonderful agate mala gift. It is very kind of you. Much prayers for you both, Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
Very good news!!
4 days ago
Excellent advice
5 days ago
This is super simple yet super powerful and it is the black and white truth. Read this short thought and contemplate deeply. Tsem Rinpoche 
5 days ago
At the age of 23, Tsongkhapa went to the region of U to meet up with some people from his hometown, Amdo. His friends entreated him to return to Amdo and they also gave him a letter from his mother. She also requested him to return to Amdo and had slipped one of her white hairs in the letter too. Touched by this, Tsongkhapa considered returning to Amdo for a while. However, when he contemplated deeper. he realized that if he left for Amdo, he would be disrupting his practices of mental discipline. As there was no benefit, he sadly decided not to return to his homeland. Instead he sent a thangka of a painting of himself to his mother in Amdo. When his mother opened it, the picture spoke to her and it was as if Tsongkhapa was there with her, which brought her great joy. In a letter accompanying the thangka, Tsongkhapa requested his mother and sister to build a stupa around the sandalwood tree which had sprung up at his birth. His mother and sister complied and from that stupa, the holy monastery of Kumbum developed.
7 days ago
In this day and age this is totally necessary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69186
7 days ago
Never listen to one's own egoistic thoughts, but follow what Dorje Shugden advises always. Your ego makes sure you lose but Dorje Shugden makes sure you win!~ Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
Pastor David giving dharma talks today in Kechara Forest Retreat. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Dear friends, open this up and PLEASE read it carefully. It's short. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This is worth remembering and worth sharing. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Very nice message I wanted to share. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Comfortable sitting room of H.H. Dalai Lama
1 week ago
Inside the monastery there is hut with bamboo and plums. The host and the guest has met with pure hearts. Don't complain we have stood in front of the door and chatted a long time as the sun set on the pier we wait for the boat to return. ~Lien Gong
1 week ago
Holy beings manifest in both conventional and unconventional methods to benefit us. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is powerful. We are in a great place and that is Kechara. Some in the past and present and maybe future may think otherwise. And that is ok. Everyone has their karma to contend with. But if we put our efforts in Kechara and it's our genuine efforts, it can be no different than other places and even better. Where we put our efforts is where we will get the results. I guess this illustration says it all. "The grass isn't greener on the other side. It's greener where YOU water it.". Where we 'water' it is the effort we put in. Since we are here, we should do our best instead of doing little or mediocre thinking there is a better place and this is just a transition place. Because maybe this is the best place but some of us don't see it because we are blinded by our projections. Just my thoughts. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Peace and freedom
2 weeks ago
Thank you!!
2 weeks ago
Powerrful!
2 weeks ago
Never threaten or hurt others because of their choice of religion. 
2 weeks ago
Please accept our humble requests to Your Holiness. 
2 weeks ago
To Your Holinesss the Dalai Lama. 
2 weeks ago
We would like a resolution please.
2 weeks ago
Beautiful and sacred Wangtsey tsatsa. http://www.vajrasecrets.com
2 weeks ago
Good friends are hard to find and when we find them, treasure them. TR
2 weeks ago
Painfully true. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Excellent
3 weeks ago
Stunning photo!
3 weeks ago
A thought
3 weeks ago
More people offering prayers at the Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat. Nice.
3 weeks ago
My personal statue of Authority-Averting Ganapati statue. Carved of wood and around 24 inches in height. Tibetan: Surkek Selway Tsokdak
3 weeks ago
This loyal friendship writing is so applicable to my life. All the kind and beneficial things I have in my life came from friends and especially my gurus. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A picture of myself back in 1990 with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in background. Gangchen Rinpoche asked me to teach at that time.
3 weeks ago
Beautiful vintage photo of the entrance into the Bodhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. One of my favorite holy places of all time. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is the senior oracle (Kuten Lama) of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a good friend of mine. I miss him very much. He was kind to me always. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I have my own style, thoughts, methods and choices. It's not to bother you, but it's who I am. Similarily, I practice Shugden and you should  not have a problem with it. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is something that is hard to accept but necessary. It's simple and the truth. Everyone has their own karma and road to trek. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is so beautiful. Would love to live near this.
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    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    1 month 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
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    1 month 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
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    1 month 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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    1 month ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
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    1 month ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
  • Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 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
    2 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!
    2 months ago
    A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
  • Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
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    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
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    A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
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    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
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    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1

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The group of volunteers from IKEA Malaysia who helped in the kitchen. They also helped to deliver food provisions to our Food Bank recipients today. Thank you for your participation! 来到我们香积厨帮忙的IKEA Malaysia志工们。他们今天也帮忙派送食粮给我们食物银行的受惠者。谢谢你们的参与! Justin@KSK
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Druchuma Puja is popular in Puja House. Many Sponsor sponsored for their company staffs to work in harmony. By Puja House 1 July'15
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Setting up offering for weekly Medicine Buddha Puja at Gompa. By Puja House, 1 July'15
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Beautiful tormas for Drolchok Puja. By Puja House 30 June 15
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Drolchok Puja or 21 Tara Puja is for wishes to Be fulfilled. By Puja House 30 June'15
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A kind Doctor Sponsor a medicine Buddha Puja for the patients she treat . May all her patients protect by Buddha Medicine and get heal. Also she can spot the illness of her patients quicker. By Puja House 30 June '15
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A Sponsor sponsored Menlha Puja for relative who just have surgery. May she heal well. By Puja House 30 June'15
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A new premise is opening, the Sponsor sponsored a Dorje Shugden Puja to bless the business to be successful. By Puja House 30 June 2015
4 days ago
Wow..this is funny!! Shared by Rinpoche. Lucy Yap
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Inspiring thoughts for the day! Shared by H.E.Tsem Rinpoche Lucy Yap
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Weekly English Dorje Shugden & Setrap puja was led by Pastor KH Ng and assisted by LT Loo.The Pastor on duty, Pastor Han Nee gave a short Dharma talk from Animal Liberation to Adopting Birds at Kechara Forest Retreat aviary. Lucy Yap
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