107 at Kechara Forest Retreat!
Last night, our Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) team organized another exciting event at our retreat land in Chamang. The day started with a morning durian party attended by Datin Ng (jindak), Datuk May (Kechara House president and Head Liaison), Dato’ Ruby (President of Kechara Soup Kitchen), Liaison Henry Ooi (Director of Kechara Paradise) and Angel.
Datin Ng is a long-time student of mine. She is loyal, helped me in many times of need in the past and has been a steady supporter of many Kechara projects. This trip was for Datin Ng, as she wanted to take a look-see at an exciting project Datuk May is spearheading. It was her first time visiting and touring around KFR’s land, with Datuk May showing her what has already been done as well as our future plans. Welcome my dear Datin Ng!
Later in the afternoon, Ms Allison, also came for a short tour at KFR. Allison is a very good florist, and it is because of her experience and skill I am able to have such realistic-looking artificial trees all around my house!
While Allison was touring around KFR, the Ladrang staff came earlier to help prepare for the arrival of 107 guests. The itinerary for the guests was: a short prayer, dinner and an outdoor movie screening! I was told that for days many people were excited about watching a thriller movie in the jungle, under the stars hehe.
The guests arrived at KFR at 5.30pm by bus. They then offered butterlamps and flowers to Buddha Shakyamuni and Vajrayogini… how meritorious! After touring around the area, Pastor Susan held a short puja. Dinner was catered by Kechara Oasis, and guests ate while watching the sun set… they then grabbed some snacks as the projector came on and aired “The Village”!
Everything was so neatly set up by the KFR team led by Sofi Lim and a few other devoted students determined to share a piece of happiness at KFR. Everyone pulled in resources to make this event work, including two dedicated Kecharians, Any and Bean, who kindly leant their equipment to create an incredible outdoor cinema!
There were many new faces yesterday. Many Kecharians brought their friends along… but among these new faces were 2 volunteers who flew in from overseas: Metok, a Vietnamese lady in her 50’s who has been living in San Francisco for many years… and Yinxi, a 21 year old boy from China who aspires to be a translator. I’m happy that they got to go with the group to KFR!
I am looking forward to hear more exciting news from the KFR team and for them to carry out more fun and meaningful events such as this consistently… from what I heard, the next event is a karaoke. Karaoke in the forest?? Hehe
I thank everyone involved in this great event. Everyone did such a great job under the leadership of our liaisons of Kechara. I thank my blog team for this wonderful post made ready for me to share with the world!
Datin Ng making candle offerings at the Butterlamp House
Martin and Henry all happy at KFR!
Dato’ Ruby would do anything for durian!
Joe helping the women open up the durians!
Datuk May explaining KFR plans to Datin Ng
From left: William, Joe, Dato’ Ruby, Datuk May, Datin Ng, Henry, Angel, June and Martin
The power ladies of Kechara!
A group of Kecharians along with our foreign guests visiting KWPC land
Paul Yap giving a brief about KWPC
Everyone listening attentively to Paul
Yin Xi happy to be on KWPC soil!
May Ong and her beautiful son.
Adeline of KH with Helena and Yen Pin of Kechara Blooms
Helena with our foreign friends Yinxi and Metok. Metok is visiting us from USA!
Metok feels blessed to be here…
Paul with Metok and Yinxi at Chamang Waterfall
A group picture at Chamang Waterfall before adjourning to KFR!
Bean the sound man. Bean is wonderful and works so hard!
Laying plastic sheets on the ground where the movie screening takes place
Everyone working hand in hand to ensure that the place is ready to receive guests!
The projector is up!
Preparing many mosquito coils to be placed all around the movie area. Not a single person got bitten!
While the KFR and Ladrang team were setting up, 1 bus filled with guests were on their way!
Young boys putting their strength to good use
Both ladies and gentlemen carrying Puja items to the Iconic tree
Jean Ai from the Ladrang team ready to set-up!
Jeffrey Gan with food from Kechara Oasis! Bringing in the vegetarian food from our KO restaurant!! Yummy!
Taking a break… a durian break. Durian, anyone? Why do these two people look EXTREMELY HAPPY?
Screen all prepared for the movie screening!
Some final touches to ensure the platform is firm
Everyone gathering under the iconic tree to perform a short prayer
William offering butterlamp to Buddha Shakyamuni. William is a wonderful person to work with.
Throngs of people lining up to make offerings at our Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR)
Jace of KIM sincerely making her wish
Beautiful flower and candle offerings
A counter was set up for people to purchase offerings
Everyone performing a short prayer for the success and smooth sailing for the building of KFR. We want to build a huge chapel and working Kechara quarters here!
What a scenic view!
Lots of butterlamps offered up to Buddha Shakyamuni under the iconic tree.
Pastor Susan leading the prayer session..Pastor Susan can do blessings for cars, houses, offices, factories and even weddings. She is great for blessing your baby and Buddhist baptisms..she is kind.
Helena with her friends making prayers to Buddha Shakyamuni
Jack Ng of Kechara House making his prayers
Rena Wong and her daughter at KFR!
Beautiful young Dharma sisters making a connection with Buddha Shakyamuni
Seamstress Pat Ng of KSA joyfully making her wish
May Ong with her son making their prayers
Keng Nam, Lily and their sons making offerings
Patrick and family!
Jill (center) with her daughter Wan San and Lilyn at KFR
KH Ng, son Benny and wife Iryne
Yik Ming, Doreen and their two sons
Tat Ming happy to be at KFR
Sarah Yap, Carmen Koo and Jamie Khoo from Tsem Ladrang! Dakinis!!
More visitors coming!
Shen and his brother excited to be at KFR. They arrived in Malaysia 5 days ago from the UK.
Pastor Susan (right) and Carmen.
Lew and his beautiful family
KH Ng and family making flower offerings to Buddha Shakyamuni
Nicholas with committed volunteers of Kechara House
Li Kheng with Kien Wong and Yinxi
Everyone happy with flowers offering in their hands. What a meritorious day!
JP Thong with the youngsters!
Lucas and Sean helping out at KFR
Melissa with Dr Ming’s children
Adeline, Pastor Susan and Moh Mei all excited!
Kumar and Pat from KSA
Lucas with Yen Pin from Kechara Blooms
Jenni, Rena and Paris ready to make butterlamp offerings!
Bean and Any who were in-charge of the visual and audio systems..this is a great dharma couple and excellent in traditional Tibetan pujas…
Carmen along with Dr Ming’s daughters
(left to right) Jean Mei, Yin Xi, Jamie and Jean Ai
Pastor Susan and Moh Mei
Yik Meng and his lovely wife, Doreen
Li Kheng, Rena and friend
Tsem Ladrang staff, Liaison Su Ming and PA to Tsem Rinpoche Ms. Li Kheng
Melissa and her daughter Hui Lee
KFR team (2nd from the left, Khoo, Martin, June and Datuk May) receiving flowers from Tsem Ladrang. Su Ming (far left) and Li Kheng (far right) representing Tsem Ladrang.
Martin giving a speech before the start of the movie screening
A group picture under the iconic tree
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