Tour at KFR!
A lot of work have been going on at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) for the past 2 weeks. I have been staying on site and directly overseeing the expansion of our temporary abode, Kechara Village, our main temple and Ladrang. A lot of land clearing is being done on a daily basis, so that we view the landscape better and start building works.
Yesterday, the Liaison Council together with invited guests and Ladrang staff visited the land to view the progress of the work being done. There were more than 70 visitors! There were a few people who flew in from all over the world who came on the tour… from Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nepal and England!
Liaison JP Thong was the tour guide of the day leading the group to view the various parts of the land where we will be building on. JP gave a clear and detailed explanation to the group on our building and expansion plans. JP has been staying on the land and is on site 80% of the time to oversee the expansion of the current premises and the building of Kechara Village. He is also there on a daily basis to meet the contractors and to help out in any way required.
The group was shown the proposed sites for the main temple called the Shakyamuni World Peace Hall. This hall will be able to accommodate 3000 people. The group were also shown the proposed site for our restaurant, gift shops, 2 new roads, the Ladrang, Kechara Village and expansion of the current premises. A huge parking lot will also be made available to accommodate many cars and buses.
After visiting those sites, everyone made their way to the temporary abode for some delicious Kechara Oasis food! While the guests were eating, JP brought a few people at a time on a tour of the cabin area where I reside with my assistants. We have erected tents to accommodate more people as the current area is not sufficient for the work we do. Do take a look at the pictures below!
After dinner, I met up with everyone to share with them the exciting plans that we have on the land. I was very happy to meet everyone especially all of my foreign friends who flew to Malaysia to be with us. I also shared with everyone that we will have an organic farm on the land very soon. I would very much like to plant our own vegetables. I will invite students and friends to come destress by growing their own vegetables, plucking them, washing them and cooking them on their own. Rejuvenate the body with healthy organic food.
With all if the work going on, we will need a lot of help on a daily basis. Those who wish to help out, please contact Su Ming. She is very good in coordinating. Su Ming and the Ladrang arranged all the logistics yesterday for me to meet everyone comfortably.
Everyone gathering at the entrance… looking good in their yellow boots!
All prepared to climb some hills!
Our Bulgarian guest, Diane Suter
An excavator in action at the entrance of the land
JP looking very stylish with his rubber boots and umbrella hanging from his pouch
Everyone was paying full attention to JP’s explanation
Beautiful Kecharians and friends: (l-r) Wah Ying, Dr Lanse, Kwok Wai, Irene Lim, Mr Cheok Hong Guan, Ron Wong, Antoinette Kass and Diane Suter.
Dato’ Ruby was very happy to be at KFR!
Next destination: Ladrang site!
Look at all the happy faces!
JP giving more explanations as the group walked further into the land
The road leading to the current cabin area (temporary abode), Ladrang site and Kechara Village
Albert carried around the portable speaker so that JP’s voice could be heard!
Everyone taking down notes so that they can explain to others
The road leading up to the proposed Ladrang site
Everyone walking up the hill.
The proposed Ladrang site is up on a hill to the right. The contractors have cleared the land, the road will be built next.
JP showing everyone around the Ladrang site.
Look at the beautiful view at the back! It is an almost 360 view of green forestry.
The front view on top of the Ladrang site. To the left is the temporary abode…
Walking on the land at the back of the current cabin area (temporary abode). More work is being done to expand the area. Robert (left) flew in from Hong Kong just to join in the tour. He is the landscape architect for the KFR project. I was very happy to see him there that day.
JP briefing everyone before entering the Kechara Village site…
The Kechara Village site is very beautiful with lots of greenery around. It is very well shaded.
(l-r) Moh Mei, Pastor Susan and Mr Loo helping to set up a fire place. The smoke helps to prevent insects and mosquitoes from entering the cabin area.
JP showing everyone the tent area set up for the Ladrang staff and volunteers.
We need more space!! The people assisting in the Kechara Forest Retreat are all staying in tents at this time on the land. They are determined to get this place up.
Beautiful Fasting Buddha statue sits behind Shakyamuni Buddha. In front of Shakyamuni is Vajrapani and Tsongkhapa.
(l-r) Beng Kooi, Nadia, Susanna (who came in from Singapore) and Diane.
I shared with everyone gifts that I got from a monk friend of mine… it included a Pabongka Rinpoche statue, Vajrayogini text and a crystal stupa representing Body, Speech and Mind. I found it a very auspicious sign as I had mentioned that we needed to build a 8ft Pabongka statue at KFR… and the very next day, I was presented with a Pabongka Rinpoche statue…
I showed everyone the Pabongka Rinpoche statue that was offered to me…
I gave away our new book to a few people. It’s called “Miracles”… my personal attendant, Pastor Loh Seng Piow, conceptualize the idea to turn a few real stories into comics…
I was happy to see Tuan Wong there that day.
Giving Robert a Kechara Village layout illustration.
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