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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30 Responses to THEN + NOW: can you recognize?

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.”

  15. 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.

  16. 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 !

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

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

  18. 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!!!!

  19. 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.

  20. 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 .

  21. 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!

  22. 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 !

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  30. 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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  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 09:43 PM)
    The highest achievements are usually done alone.~Tsem Rinpoche (Sometimes the further you move up and achieve, the less people will be around or unable to keep up. Some cannot understand, accept or wish to do more and they can drop off. Some may wish you well but cannot keep up anyways. The higher your goals, the less most are able to understand or envision. Some may be even against you. But what is important is you stay focused and consistent. After all big achievements are done by only a few and not the majority. Highest achievements are usually done alone or with a very few. Stamina, vision, consistency, focus, care, responsibility and sometimes even a sense of compassion is necessary to achieve anything big. Giving up gets us nowhere, so continuing is a good option. When you make it, some will come back, many will join and the naysayers regret and wished they had stayed. Tsem Rinpoche)
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 12:07 PM)
    Halloween is my favorite holiday. Everything about it brings good memories. Tsem Rinpoche

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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 12:05 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

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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 12:04 PM)
    Over 100 million ‪‎wild‬ ‪‎animals‬ are murdered for their pelts every year, 25 million in the United States alone. These animals, obtained by hunting and trapping, are kept on fur farms in conditions like these…. take a look ~ Earthlings http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=17514.

    Please join us on this week’s ‎blog‬ chat discussion on Friday 24th 8PM USA (PST) / Saturday 25th 11AM M’sia (GMT+8) to open another door for knowledge and spiritual advancements for humanity.

    “How much we can learn is a plus. We can never overlearn the dharma.” ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:56 AM)
    “I like doing things that are going to last longer than a minute in the world.”~ Christy Turlington (Wisdom is timeless. Tsem Rinpoche)
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:53 AM)
    NEW! TsemRinpoche.com Navigation Video! Find out how to navigate through Rinpoche’s blog for a better browsing experience here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh_PbIYDHSg
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Oct 18. 2014 12:15 PM)
    I really enjoyed watching the blog chat and seeing all of you learn and share. It was music for my eyes!! :) And just now, Jean Mei follow the recipe here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aunt-matza-teaches-bortsik-perisiki.html made traditional bortiks and peroshkis for us today as per my request. It came out delicious. She is really helpful and good at doing so many things. Thank you Jean Mei and she made enough for the US Ladrang team here! It’s one of my favorites from childhood.
  • Pastor David Lai
    (Saturday, Oct 18. 2014 12:09 PM)
    When your Guru Calls you… I thought I share these devotional pictures of Tsem Rinpoche standing up, bowing and folding his hands while listening to a voice message and receiving a phone call from his Guru recently. Even before receiving the phone call, Rinpoche would offer incense before hand… Read why does Rinpoche do this – http://www.davidlai.me/2014/10/17/when-your-guru-calls-you/
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Oct 18. 2014 12:01 PM)
    18 October 2014 – There are 176 users now which means many are also joining in by reading the posts. I really like the learning happening here. Wonderful. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Oct 18. 2014 11:00 AM)
    Dear friends around the world,

    This is so wonderful that all of you are discussing dharma here on my blog chat (www.tsemrinpoche.com). I am so glad to see this every Friday on US Pacific Coast time 8PM (Malaysian timing every Saturday 11AM). For next Friday (October 24, 2014) we have something very interesting for sharing on blog chat, please learn up on “Earthlings” post and video: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=17514. How much we can learn is a plus. We can never overlearn the dharma.

    We will discuss about this beneficial read. You will learn more as you read the post and discuss here with friends. I rejoice when you learn more. It stabilizes the mind to understand our spiritual practice and the benefits. :) Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Oct 17. 2014 04:19 PM)
    Complete Commentary on 50 Verses of Guru Devotion http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/complete-commentary-on-50-verses-of-guru-devotion.html

    We’ll be discussing this very important topic again in our upcoming blog chat session at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat 11am for M’sia (GMT+8) 18th Oct, SATURDAY | 8pm for USA (PST) 17th FRIDAY. Do join us!

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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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This is a Cockatoo named Boy. He was in a small cage alone most of the time for 22 years. The owner finally relented and let us rescue Boy and be put in a large huge outdoor aviary with friends and fresh air. He came to us on October 24, 2014. 
2 hours ago
October 24, 2014-Pastor Shin giving a talk in Kechara House. 
16 hours ago
October 24, 2014-Was presented with lots of flowers today. How kind. Tsem Rinpoche 
16 hours ago
Mark Twain once said, “Of all the creatures ever made Man is the most detestable. He’s the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.” ~ From Earthlings, http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
2 days ago
The highest achievements are usually done alone.~Tsem Rinpoche (Sometimes the further you move up and achieve, the less people will be around or unable to keep up. Some cannot understand, accept or wish to do more and they can drop off. Some may wish you well but cannot keep up anyways. The higher your goals, the less most are able to understand or envision. Some may be even against you. But what is important is you stay focused and consistent. After all big achievements are done by only a few and not the majority. Highest achievements are usually done alone or with a very few. Stamina, vision, consistency, focus, care, responsibility and sometimes even a sense of compassion is necessary to achieve anything big. Giving up gets us nowhere, so continuing is a good option. When you make it, some will come back, many will join and the naysayers regret and wished they had stayed. Tsem Rinpoche)
3 days ago
Since I was a young boy I wished to live in this type of environment. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Everything about it brings good memories. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
This is my dream home, dream location and a place where I would spiritually grow. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
"I like doing things that are going to last longer than a minute in the world."~ Christy Turlington
4 days ago
Click on this picture to enlarge and tell me what they are doing? Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
"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
3 weeks ago
Mother gorilla's heart- A child fell into the gorilla cage. She broke her arms and legs and she was unconcious. A male gorilla came and tried to hurt her. Luckily, a female gorilla rescued her by chasing other gorillas away not to hurt her. This is an instinct of mother animals that take care of their babies. The mother gorilla climbed the 57 ft wall and took the girl to the zoo officer. The girl was sent to hospital and the doctor cured her. Thanks to mother gorilla's kind heart. -From FB (Please always be kind to animal. Never hurt them, kill them or eat them. Tsem Rinpoche)
3 weeks ago
October 3, 2014-Karen said there were even people in the Gifts Department of Kechara participating in Blog Chat today. Wonderful to learn. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
October 3, 2014-William, Pastor David, Pastor Jean Ai and Jean Mei preparing for blog chat. Nice people here!
3 weeks ago
October 3, 2014-In Kechara Forest Retreat, the room is filled with Kecharians on the blog chat right now. According to Pastor Adeline who sent the photo, the whole room is buzzing with blurping sounds from blog chat!! LOL. I like this when people learn the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I've been friends with Dato' Ruby for nearly 20 years. When I asked her to head the Kechara Soup Kitchen she immediately agreed and put all her energy into making it successful. Many are benefitted by this. Kechara is committed to continuing to benefit others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Our likes and dislikes are impermanent, so don't be stuck.~Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
LOL. This guy is cute!
3 weeks ago
Please sign this petition. It will take five minutes to make a difference. Tsem Rinpoche https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=31967&ea.tracking.id=facebook
3 weeks ago
When this female named Dorothy died of heart failure, all the chimpanzee family came out of the forest to say good bye..... the most stunning reaction was a recurring, almost tangible silence, reported staff at Cameroon’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Centre. If you know chimpanzees, then you know that they are not usually silent beings. I think it’s beautiful how many of the chimps are touching each others’ shoulders.~from Butterbin
3 weeks ago
Praise to the Lady Buddha who eliminates all source of suffering. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is a cool snapshot! I love the paranormal mysteries. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Our Kechara's Dato' Ruby is on this month's cover of prestige magazine for her work in our Soup Kitchen. Congratulations to a kind lady and my good friend. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Is it time to worry? You tell me. See what I'm talking about please: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53452
3 weeks ago
How nice that Caryl Dumaine Lamont Munson reminds us that although the contest is over, the goal of the contest is still to be achieved. See what he is talking about: Win A Manjushri: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496 Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Once in a while we step through something magical that gives us hope and we continue on. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
New species of herbivores discovered in USA...LOL...Tsem R
4 weeks ago
Must read this chart and share. TR
4 weeks ago
This is excellent! Save photo!
4 weeks ago
These two bright young people arrived in Los Angeles today to visit and help. They are very sincere and caring people. Glad to see them. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
If you want to read about compassion, strength, wisdom and fortitude, get this special edition of Essence. I did. Wonderful and a lot to learn from this lady of wisdom Ms. Maya Angelou. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
The holy Tsongkapa image when He first arrived to Kechara.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
The other day I mentioned to my US team that it would be nice to have a oversized Monoply set to play with everyone for good clean relaxation sometimes. Guess what? Pastor Moh Mei secretly got us a set!! How thoughtful and sweet. Thank you very much. I appreciate it very much. Especially the thought. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang
4 weeks ago
His Holiness the current Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Who is very learned and spends much time in deep meditational retreats. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche said that Pabongka Rinpoche has merged and became one with Heruka-Chakrasamvara already and those who see fault in Pabongka Rinpoche do not have merits. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
I gave a special talk on equanimity, I am sure it will help you to understand this subject better: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=42419
1 month ago
Every week we have blog chat, this is Kecharians in E-division preparing for the blog chats. Nice to see this. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
When I see this, I primarily think of my guru and dharma friends immediately. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Beautiful people bring happiness to others. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Don't break another person's heart, it's hard to mend. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I have just finished doing 50+ tweets on mind, Buddhism, spirituality, acceptance, love, entanglements, thoughts and inner battles. Do enjoy reading them and sharing them. It might help someone I humbly hope. I do so every few days to share about wisdom, kechara and our spiritual journey. If it can reach people and benefit them, why not. Our lives and being alive is totally about benefitting others. That is the purpose of breathing and being human... Tsem Rinpoche Do follow me on tweets: http://www.twitter.com/tsemtulku
1 month ago
I would love to live in the Mt. Shasta area of Northern California. It has been recognized by the Native American Indian people to be a spiritually charged area. It has a power vortex under the ground in that area that energizes the place to be very blessed for spiritual practice, meditation and contemplations. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Dear Andree Duckworth, Thank you very much for your feedback on our Kechara Pastors. They work very hard, they have great knowledge and very patient. I started the program so people who wish to bring dharma to others can have a lay life as well as a spiritual life recognized by others. Halfway to monk/nun-hood without being ordained. So naming them Pastors and having basic lay vows is good and it helps the public in Malaysia to identify with them easily. It worked out very much. I hope you will let them know you are benefitted by their hardwork. They will appreciate it very much as I do. Tsem R
1 month ago
When all will end and karma catches up, why live as it will be forever? ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
VERY INTERESTING: Does anyone know what this is? Please investigate here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=16347
1 month ago
What a nice message. All my work/posts on tweet does make a difference in people's lives. Nice to know that. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
When we work with integrity and harmoniously with eachother, we can accomplish much. Harmony and integrity are the keys. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I've asked the same question too. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    14 hours ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 weeks ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    2 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    2 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    2 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    2 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    5 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    5 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    6 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    8 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    8 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    8 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    1 years ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    1 years ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
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    2 yearss ago

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24 Oct, Kechara celebrating H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche birthday. Happy birthday to our beloved Guru. May you live long and continue to turn the Dharma Wheel for more sentient beings. - By Puja House
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Lama Chopa puja dedicated to the long life of our precious Guru, H E.Tsem Rinpoche on His 49th Birthday celebration at Kechara House gompa. Lucy Yap
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More than 400 people came to Kechara House to celebrate Rinpoche's 49th Birthday this evening. Pastor Shin gave a good talk on Guru Devotion followed by Lama Chopa prayers. Students flew in from all over the world for this auspicious occasion. DR.
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