4 New Full-Time Staff – Swee Keong, Yurie Lim, Phillis Chin & Mdm Lim Han Nee
Within this past month, 4 more people have decided to join Kechara full-time! I got the blog team to write a short bio on each of them… and truly rejoice for these 4 Kecharians! Please read up on them as they are interesting people and leave them a message of congratulations, perhaps?
I would like to wish them all a warm welcome to Kechara. I wish you well and I wish you the best from my heart. Mdme Lim Han Nee is very special. She is retired, but with the support of her husband, she came out of retirement to work in Kechara full time. She said she would like to work for Dharma for the rest of her life as it gives meaning to her retirement. What an inspiration.
Put your best forward and join our goals. Be a part of a dream of spirituality in the 21st century where we work together to build KWPC. We let people understand that working for a spiritual organization could have even more benefits than the ordinary run of the mill secular job. We bring happiness, hope and direction to many that feel and understand materialism is not everything. I recommend along with your job, learn up on the Dharma if you feel an aptitude, then you will have greater job satisfaction for sure.
(Written by the Blog Team)
1. Yong Swee Keong
Yong Swee Keong is a 30-year-old Malaysian Multimedia University (MMU) graduate. He first found out about Kechara on a lowyat.net forum, as he wanted to do some charity work and there was a thread discussing Kechara Soup Kitchen. Wanting to know more, Swee Keong looked up Kechara.com only to be impressed at how modern and regularly updated it was. His parents even remarked that they knew who KSK were as they always appeared in the newspapers.
Swee Keong’s career had brought him to many countries, being mostly based in Japan. As an application consultant for a company who are software vendors for banks, his life was fairly comfortable. However, he felt that there was more to life. He started to watch Rinpoche’s YouTube channel, which led him to purchase the book Call Me Paris. He said that Rinpoche kept mentioning someone called “Paris” in the videos, and he wanted to know who she was!
About a year ago, he came to Kechara House alone. Coincidentally, it was just before Rinpoche’s birthday and there was a Chinese Setrap puja going on – so he joined in. After that puja he joined in every single different puja, although he pointed out that he had never chanted any mantras before, prior to Kechara.
On Rinpoche’s birthday, he helped out as a volunteer and from there his volunteering initiatives snowballed.
What made him take the leap to join full-time was when Rinpoche showed severe signs of serious illness in October 2011. It made him think twice about what was precious in life, and what he should be spending his lifetime doing. He didn’t want to be the one who missed out on working in the Dharma while Rinpoche was alive.
2. Lim Yan Shan (Yurie)
Yurie is a 24-year-old UTAR College graduate from Ipoh. Having studied graphic design, upon graduation she joined the company Photo and Print to exercise her skills learnt at university.
At the end of 2011, she decided to resign from her job wanting to expand her horizons. Searching for a job, she saw that Kechara was looking to hire graphic designers. As she was studying Japanese at SS2 (with Kechara Paradise below her tuition center), to her Kechara was just a statue-selling shop. When she expressed to her friends about her interest in Kechara, they thought that Kechara only sold vegetarian food (as they knew about Kechara Oasis)… and when she mentioned Kechara to her parents, they too thought that Kechara only sold statues – their regular eatery was near Kechara Discovery!
With all these mixed ideas on what Kechara was about, she met up with Sock Wan – who explained to Yurie the 13 departments in Kechara.
Now, Yurie has decided to join Kechara E-division full-time… bringing her creative skills to the organization!
3. Phillis Chin Xin Yin
Phillis is the beautiful 28 year old sister of Helena Chin.
For the past 10 years, Phillis’s career revolved around glamorous but hard work. Working with Barcardi Martini, Malaysia, she also did a range of miscellaneous jobs, such as fashion and hair-shows, various product launching, event usherette and GP/GT glamour girl.
Through her school mate, Louis, she found out about Kechara and volunteered at a Kechara Soup Kitchen distribution round. From there, she volunteered at the Gompa opening – only to decide in mid-2011, that she wanted to do Kechara part-time.
At that time, many people in Kechara knew of Phillis as the shy and soft-spoken sister of Helena who helped out at Kechara Discovery. However, at the end of November 2011, Phillis decided to join full-time!
She said that her late mother had learnt Dharma by herself and at times, with a good friend. Whatever that she had learnt, she would relay it to her children. When Phillis heard Rinpoche’s teachings, she felt that it was very different from conventional teaching methods… but similar to the way her mother taught her. She thought to herself, “I finally found a real Guru”.
The people in Kechara make her feel like she’s part of a family – a family that can learn Dharma together.
4. Lim Han Nee
As someone who has gained much respect as she grew older, everyone affectionately calls her Madam Lim Han Nee.
Madam Lim Han Nee has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree in Education. Starting out as a secondary school teacher, she then went on to becoming a school principal. As a natural learner and educator, she’s very interested in Dharma teachings – and even seized the opportunity to studying the Lamrim for 2 years, under the guidance of Pastor Ngeow. While studying, she had also learnt up different pujas, prayers and practices.
In 2005, she found out about Kechara through her sister Mrs Chuah and feels like her family has grown by folds since. She feels like Kechara is one big Dharma family, with many Dharma brothers and sisters whom she has come to appreciate for their care and kindness.
While most people are retiring at the age of 66, Madam Lim Han Nee has decided to join Kechara full-time! She says that she has received so much love and care from Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara that it was time to give back and to share the same care towards others. The sad passing of Justin Ripley, whom she greatly admires, served to be a wake-up call for her to put Dharma teachings into action.
Madam Lim Han Nee is now with Kechara House.