Containers

Apr 30, 2014 | Views: 1,766

Last year when we started Kechara Forest Retreat, we had nothing on our land except for two slabs of cement on the ground. I wanted to live in KFR to personally oversee the construction work, so I decided to live in a container as it can be brought over to the land quickly and it’s cheap! The container home I had in KFR was perfect for me, I really loved living in it and felt very safe. When I’m alone and not teaching  my students, I do not need much space and like my room equipped with minimal things, so there was always ample space in my tiny container.

The idea of living in a container started from there, and in less than a year, we built Dukkar Apartments where my students and guests live during their visit to KFR. I wouldn’t say that we’re the first community to live in container homes in Malaysia, but I think we’re the first Dharma community to live comfortably in these containers… I am glad that many of my students too have developed a taste and liking of minimalist living and are happy living in Dukkar Apartments. 

After we built Dukkar Apartments, I thought we were really creative with our container arrangements. Then I saw many articles on building out of containers just like this so I knew I wasn’t alone in my thinking and we still have room for further improvement for our next container home project. I’m glad that container homes are becoming more and more popular because they are creative, flexible and affordable. You can make them as big or small as you like by joining up the containers or stacking them on top of one another. You can even decorate the interior of your container and have them fully equipped just like traditional brick and mortar houses.

Below are some container homes that I found online which I thought was very well planned, creative and beautiful. I’m sharing it here with everyone so that you can see the beauty of living with simplicity in the midst of the mountains, an environment that I have longed for so many years and wish it to materialize quickly in KFR. Imagine living in a simple container home, looking out into the mountains while you recite your mantra during retreat… wouldn’t that be wonderful? These containers would be wonderful for our future Kechara Village, a living environment for senior and committed students. Here are some ideas for them.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Me in my first cabin in Kechara Forest Retreat

 


I Can’t Believe What They Did With These Shipping Containers, Especially The Last One!

(Source: http://www.lifebuzz.com/shipping-containers/)

 

#1. Six Oaks by David Fenster of Modulus is a 1200 square foot home in the Santa Cruz mountains of California.

I would love to live in a house like this that is surrounded by trees. Plenty of places for me to feed birds! Even better if there is a view of the mountains but this is good too, to be surrounded by trees.

 

I don’t really like wooden floors unless it is natural wood because it can be quite hard to maintain.

 

The skylight lets in the natural sunlight is very nice. And the wire floor becomes a wire ceiling for the ground floor, so the sunlight can go through to the whole house, smart!

 

#2. Price Street Projects was commissioned to build this studio home in Savannah, Georgia.

Beautiful home. The trees are so lush and green. Couldn’t you just imagine sitting outside and doing your sadhana? I also like the floor-to-ceiling windows which lets in a lot of natural sunlight. I love being able to see the trees and greenery all the time.

 

As you can see, this home is made from old shipping containers. They are very strong and stable, because they are used to tough weather conditions.

 

 

#3. There are four 40-foot shipping containers that make up this home located in El Tiemblo, Spain. It was designed by James & Mau Arquitectura and built by Infinski.

I love rooms like this!!! The floor-to-ceiling windows all around the house are so wonderful. It makes the room feel bigger and makes me feel like I’m in the forest again.

 

As you can see, shipping containers can be stacked on top of each other to create two-story homes. It’s a very practical building material because after the container has outlived its use, it can be repurposed to become homes.

 

#4. Ectotech Design built this beautiful 2,300 square foot shipping container residence in the Mojave Desert.

This is a wonderful idea. Imagine building something like this as your office!! As you can see, this particular design is in the Mojave Desert. Container homes are good for any kind of terrain and environment. They are also very flexible. This particular one I can see also uses steel bars and cement.

 

#5. Poteet Architects created this San Antonio guest house. It’s just 360 square feet, and has a living room, study area, bathroom and patio.

This container home must be somewhere warm because I can see an air-conditioner! I can also see neighbours, which I prefer not to have because of privacy and also for retreat purposes, you need to be somewhere quiet and with less distractions.

 

I LOVE this room!! Even though this container home is so small (only 360 sq ft), it is enough for me to do retreats. And the glass walls don’t make the container home feel small. But if I did my retreats, maybe it won’t be in something so colorful LOL

 

 

#6. The design team from Studio H:T added 2 storage containers to the outsides of a pre-existing structure in this Colorado home.

 

#7. Benjamin Garcia Saxe created this home using two 40 ft shipping containers. This home is located in San Jose, Costa Rica and was constructed with a $40,000 budget.

Imagine if this home had been made from normal brick and mortar. The cost would’ve been much more, it would take much more time to construct and also the finished product would not look so good. It is incredible how two containers can be converted into such a beautiful building.

 

WOW!!! Look at the fantastic view!

 

#8. This shipping container home in Flagstaff, Arizona was built by Ecosa Design Studio. It was made from 6 containers and offers concrete floors, glass, walnut wood and even a rooftop terrace.

Container homes can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be. Once you’re inside, you can’t tell that you’re inside a shipping container!

 

This view isn’t nice but as you can see, the home was built in the middle of an urban area. Container homes are becoming more and more accepted.

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  1. Lin Mun on May 24, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    These containers home are so modern and creative. Never thought a home in a container can be so nice and cozy too, just like a normal brick house. I guess when we think outside of the box, a lot of things can be materialised. I like the design no 3, simple and has lots of sunlight.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  2. Anne Ong on Mar 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Wonderful idea to use containers to build houses. Never thought containers can be transformed in to such beautiful designs. Similar to Kechara Forest Retreat. Very innovative of Rinpoche to use this idea for KFR.

  3. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Mar 20, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    My favourite home of the ones above is #4, designed by Ectotech Design. Why? Not so much for the aethestics but because it clearly shows that the container concept can match hot weather, and the inhabitants can occupy the space comfortably despite the fluctuating temperatures of the Mojave Desert (super hot in the day, and cold at night).

    What I’ve noticed about Rinpoche’s taste in architecture is that it is always about bringing the outside, inside as much as possible. Big, large windows and wooden floors, with clean lines. It doesn’t have to be fancy or shiny or expensive. It just has to be built well using good materials that withstand the test of time, and with as little maintenance as possible. All of these elements match perfectly with the characteristics of a container home.

    Rinpoche’s requirements for a home matches Dharma principles perfectly. I remember Rinpoche saying once that we have so much work to do, and so little time to do it in since the moment of our death is uncertain. So why waste our precious human life on chores like polishing wooden floors or just generally fussing about the house? These activities will get us nowhere and do nothing for us at the moment of our death. The same thinking can be applied to every other aspect of our lives that require so much maintenance but are, on an ultimate level, without purpose.

  4. Jutika Lam on Oct 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I am truly taken aback at how just a few retired shipping containers can be made in to one’s living quarters with a makeover of the whole container and some touch up’s here and there.

    What the above designers have done is going beyond living in just a container but also extending portions of and even combining 2 or 3 containers together to make a 2 storey container home.

    The designs are absolutely unbelievable and I just can’t take in to heart how talented the people who designed the container homes above are.

    It really shows in this case that less really is more.

    Besides the ideas the pictures above show, I am also very proud of Kechara Forest Retreat’s very own container style apartment, That itself is also a very superb Idea by Rinpoche to have such a way of getting the most out of the space that it was built on.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article!

  5. Pee Bee Chong on Aug 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the wonderful and creative container home.

    We visited the container where Rinpoche lived during recent KFR tour. Pastor Adeline explained the history of the container to us. We are lucky that we entered the container to offer khata, made wishes and circumambulated the container.

    The container also reminded us of the hardship that Rinpoche and Kecharians endured during the construction of KFR. We were told that the roads were muddy, there was neither water nor electricity and everyone worked extremely hard to pull the electrical cables to KFR.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Kecharians. We are grateful to all your effort in Kechara to benefit others. Thank you Rinpoche for conceptualized the KFR so that we can do retreat, enjoy the nature environment as well as learn our spiritual practices at KFR

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 4, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Very insightful by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Containers are strong and very durable.

  7. NGODUP GYATSO on May 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Modern Designed second hand Container homes is a very wise Idea.
    Economically, Eco friendly, Toughness and time saving as well.
    This methought has been accepted in many country and it might become a revolutionary housing as well. Most Importantly it will clean the ship
    yard’s abandoned containers and comfort for people’s living.
    Even in Borobudur Java. Indonesia. already existed inside “Padma Samwava” complex. All the new ideas and design I saw on Rinpoche’s web sites has gave me much more excitement.
    Thank you.

  8. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on May 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the container homes with multiple designs that can serve for many purposes. The Dukkar Apartment is a good construction and brings many benefits to the retreat participants as well as those who work in Kechara Forest Retreat.

  9. Carmen Koo on May 9, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Brilliant creativity and recycling of materials. Container homes are affordable, fast, and durable. They’re also really versatile in that you can ID it to whatever suits your style too and it can be a very comfortable premise/residence/office.

    More and more people are adopting the idea of container homes. There’s a hotel smack in the middle of Kuala Lumpur that uses containers as accomodation as well. Check it out here:

    http://www.containerhotel.com.my/

    I didn’t know that containers could be used as homes, until Rinpoche brought it up one evening when a few of us were having a meeting at Rinpoche’s residence in KL, about 2 years plus ago, when we had initial discussions and plans for Kechara Forest Retreat. Rinpoche shared many pictures of container homes with us. I was then researching on the fabrication of such containers and companies in KL that were specialising in it.

    Not long after, I got to stay in my very first container when a few of us from the Ladrang stayed on site with Rinpoche at KFR whilst overseeing the initial constructions of KFR as Rinpoche mentioned above. It was comfortable, space saving and was one of the best and most memorable period of time I’ve experienced.

    When Dukkar Apartments was built with containers, as Rinpoche conceptualised, I was flabbergasted at its’ splendour, simplicity, chic-ness and beauty.

  10. Shelly tai on May 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    This amazing look all these containers houses they look so neat and well decorated. I think this is a brilliant idea because it saved a lot of cost of building a house and not very environmental friendly if we keep building new houses.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these photo with us.

  11. Julien Roth on May 6, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I remember when KFR had their first containers. I found it really cozy and nice to stay in 🙂 and the pictures above about the different ideas and designs are so creative. I think we can really learn from that and furture improve the containers at KFR. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  12. DR on May 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Found this online while researching more about hybrid houses in Malaysia against conventional housing. Thought I’d share with everyone.

    1. Value for Money – Luxury finishes at low cost. Cost per square area is less than conventional construction.

    2. Mobility – Houses are mobile and can be relocated to a place of your choice at a minimal cost.

    3. Fast Delivery – Delivery within 30-90 days depending on the design and type.

    4. Ready Made – Pre-designed Houses ready to be purchased. Special Offers.

    5. No Red Tape – No regulatory or Municipal Council approval required.

    6. Minimal Investment in Land – Can be built in an extent less than 5 perches of owned or leased land.

    7. Modern Styles – Range of designs to suit your lifestyle. Flexibility of adding units.

    8. Safety & Comforts – Temperature Controlled, No lightning or Tsunami risk. Termite and Corrosion free.

    9. Life & Warranty – Built as per ISO Standards. Lifetime warranty backed by maintenance.

    10. Eco Friendly – Manufactured from recyclable materials. Options to integrate solar power and natural water.

  13. June Tang(Khjb) on May 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful pictures of the container homes. I didn’t know that the container can be made in such creative and beautiful ,it’s look so clean,cozy and comfortable… really as goos as real home!!!

  14. Girlie OOI on May 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I have seen shipping containers being used as offices at construction sites but it was not until Dukkar Apartments was completed that I liked the idea of such living quarters.

    Add to it some stylish ideas and creative use of space and the results are as those shown above.

  15. Graceleong on May 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Dukkar Apartments in Kechara Forest Retreat was the first type of container development that I have ever seen and I was totally impressed by it. It was so modern and stylish. It was even more special cause it was situated amidst the forest. The interior is chic and simple and more importantly very practical.
    The other examples shared in this blog post is beautiful too. Seems like lots can be done with these container homes.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  16. Grace Leu(KHJB) on May 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for Rinpoche’sharing. The design really beautiful and advanced, it makes us can’t felt that the house is built by containers.

  17. Angelshooi on May 5, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Wow!!! I didn’t know that the container can be made in such beautiful with design inside, and it looks so cozy and comfortable to live in.

    Thank You Rinpoche for posting so many beautiful pictures of container. I like those container homes.

    I wish one day, I am able to build my home using container like the above ideas. Hehehe….

  18. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on May 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing… It is truly amazing!!!

    Recycle-able yet stylish, Rinpoche always bring us the Best Ideas to let all Kecharian have a stylish, cozy, and unique accommodation especially in Kechara Forest Retreat…

  19. Beatrix Ooi on May 4, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Wow! Thank You for the information Rinpoche, I never knew containers could turn into such comfortable living space, not that our DA is not beautiful of course, it’s nice as well, is just the containers in the images are very unique and they look cozy. Living in containers is a very good concept, it saves up a lot of space as well.

  20. Edward Ooi on May 4, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I would choose to live in containers because it’s convenient and it is also much more cheaper. But wouldn’t the containers be full of mosquitoes because they didn’t even put up any nets. They must have a lots of plans for repelling mosquitoes. By the way, Rinpoche. The containers that Rinpoche shared on the above is super awesome!!!

  21. Andrew Hibberd at Maroochy River on May 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    was talking to my wife today suggesting glamping in japan is a good thing to do
    what do you think?

  22. Yee Mun on May 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    People are getting very creative with the container houses. Building materials and labour cost are getting more and more expensive nowaday. If we can recycle the container to build houses, it can cut down on the cost of the house and the time and resources needed for building it. We are also doing a good deed towards our mother nature by reducing wastage.

    KFR has shown a good example for Malaysian to start building houses with container. More people should visit KFR to see the beauty of container apartment.

  23. Lucas Roth on May 3, 2014 at 3:05 am

    I remember when KFR were just a few containers when they were still building… These houses are so creative and i would LOVE to like in one, they are small (don’t need too much space), nice inside and cosy. The scenery is so beautiful too i like the mountain and forest scenery. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  24. Karen Chong on May 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    It’s amazing how architects and designers have cultivated the idea of container homes that suits the needs of modern people nowadays. Besides the container home, there’s another modular homes called pod homes which it serves the mobility, withstand extreme weathers, durable and stackable just like containers. Modular homes like pod and containers can even stack on top of existing building. How convenient. This type of plug and play building is very suitable for KFR as it’s ready-made, durable, less maintenance, eco-friendly and most of all, it doesn’t require much conventional building work that it’s time & cost consuming. Thanks for sharing this, Rinpoche.

    Innovative container usage for homes and work space:

    http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/container-guest-house

  25. Sharon Ong on May 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love the concept. And best of all, these containers are recycled! Thank you for another fantastic post with beautiful photos.

  26. Patsy on May 1, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    This container concept is perfect for Kechara Village. It can be designed according to the needs and is fast to construct. It is versatile as it can be dismantled and moved or modified easily. Looking at the photos, you can’t tell from the interior that it is container homes. Love the design and the creativity to make the container homes so inviting and cozy yet practical, durable and easy to maintain.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for your research and sharing this information with us.

  27. stella on May 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Using containers as rooms jives with the minimalist living concept. Minimalism is a way to put a stop to excessive-ness to the world around us. If we think deeply about it, we will realize we need very little to survive. Minimalist living helps free us from material attachment.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing. _/|\_

  28. Cliff on May 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I’ve always favoured minimalist designs, not having much material possessions to worry about and a easier way to have things cleaned and well maintained. Bringing in the container designs to KFR I thought was a brilliant idea as I believe its cost effective and quick to build. These pictures that Rinpoche share are just great! I love new innovative ideas/designs and it strongly illustrates how versatile container buildings can be. There are a couple more pictures of other container home designs that I found:

    1.) http://www.buzzfeed.com/kristinchirico/surprisingly-gorgeous-homes-made-from-shipping-containers

    2.) http://www.containerhomesforsale.net/cheap-container-homes/

    3.) http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/shipping-container-homes-460309#slide-1

  29. Datuk May on May 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Building with containers to create cosy homes and rooms or even halls has the great advantage of less masonry work which includes messy cement, bricks and the normal heavy structures.

    I remember how KFR team got Dukkar Apartments and the Dining Room up at KFR, so much less concrete and cements except for the base foundation.

    For further extension of construction at KFR, we will definitely think of this swift and cleaner and greener method of building.

    The photos give us lovely concepts to consider for the future of KFR eco village and accommodation.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  30. Uncle Eddie on May 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    These containers which look so modern, clean and comfortable with furnishings as good as a real home. It looks more impressive than an average hotel room, and many will not hesitate or prefer to stay in them long term! Simular to Dukkar Appartments of KFR, they are better than some real home designs. Many thanks to Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful images of modern containers.15

  31. Pastor Adeline on May 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

    These containers are really inviting. They are all simple, spacious, bright, clean and blend in very well with nature. The new containers come in handy and ready to be moved in, also can be modified easily. They are made durable for harsh weather, in some ways more reliable than a newly built building.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat, we have a Dukkar Apartment that is built by containers for guests and staff to stay over. Guests come to stay during Kechara events and when they join our programmes. Here’s a video of the beautiful Dukkar Apartment for you to enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Een1E5OWDO0. Hope to see you there in the very near future!

  32. jerry_sito on May 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

    感恩尊贵的仁波切您的分享

    这是如此地优美宏观

    祈愿我们克切拉佛教中心与禅修林能够与如此优美的设计结合,宛如把佛法融入现代化并与我们的生活结合一起

    感恩仁波切,祈愿您常住在世,常转法轮

  33. Edwin Tan on May 1, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The container homes really look good. Especially the interior is furnished to look not like a container house.

    The designs of Dukkar Apartments in Kechara Forest Retreat is comparable to what Rinpoche has shown; and instead of a roof patio, we have a huge living area space for community sharing.

    Apart from container homes, there are also container malls:
    1- Re:Start [http://www.restart.org.nz/about-christchurch-central-restart.php]
    2 – Container Park [http://downtowncontainerpark.com/]

    and container hotels [similar to home concepts]:
    1 – Container Hotel [http://www.containerhotel.com.my/]
    This is in KL, Malaysia.
    2- Hive-Inn Hotel [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2611063/A-giant-game-Jenga-No-hotel-design-shipping-containers-rearranged-WITHOUT-falling-over.html]
    Pretty impressive concept, and still in the making.
    3- Sleeping Around [http://www.sleepingaround.eu/]
    4 – Mill Junction [http://www.citiqstudents.co.za/accommodation/mill-junction/]
    This is more residential using silos and containers

    Just to name a few…

    People are getting more “eco-friendly” now, hence more container structures coming up, also due to what Rinpoche mentioned – fast, sturdy and cheap to implement.

  34. Joy on May 1, 2014 at 3:11 am

    These are EVEN BETTER THAN REAL HOME DESIGNS!

    I think when I first heard and saw how creatively exciting container homes can be is when we first started discussing the many options of building a temporary Ladrang for Rinpoche in Janda Baik area where there is lush trees and nature. That is when a small group of us started researching and looking at container homes and we stumbled upon all these amazing creativity of what people can do with these shipping containers and from then on the idea for containers grew affectionately and in the end manifested in to Dukkar Apartments.

    Container homes are totally sustainable, versatile and with some creativity, it can look stylish and luxurious like all the above pictures shown and our Dukkar Apartments. It’s eco-friendly as we’re recycling, affordable for many who cannot afford the mortgages for common housing these days and totally durable unlike modern housing these days where there are so many issues with leaks, bad foundation, termites etc. Seems like this is the way to go and the future!

    Totally love this style of living and doing retreats in it, especially when we manifest this in Kechara Village in KFR. I think yes we would be the first Buddhist centre to adopt the innovative container style hermitage for retreatants – SUPER AWESOME!

  35. lucy yap on May 1, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I think this is really cool,awesome!A beautiful and ingenious work and architecture.
    These containers are durable,sustainable and will be great for Kechara Village.
    I would totally live in all of these.
    Thank you for sharing these delightful post,Rinpoche.

  36. Julia Tan on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of the container homes. it’s very eco friendly. Using container as a home, apartments, offices or buildings is one of the greenest concept to save the world. It is portable, it require minimum to none construction material, fast, safe, easy to maintain, release heat fast, cooling, light and recyclable.
    I love staying in Dukkar Apartment. I think it’s cool and cooling. We don’t switch on air-conditional at night as the container gets cold fast at night due to the container’s material. it’s easy to design into creative design according to our needs.

  37. Sean Wang on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    It is amazing to see how containers can be so beautiful and comfortable to live in. I have stayed in the containers that are now called Dukkar Apartments. They are extremely wonderful and it is so hard to believe that they are just shipping containers.

  38. Li Kheng on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Wow, the creativity put into making the containers beautiful, functional and sturdy is amazing. Yes, we can learn so much from these designs for the next phase of Kechara Forest Retreat.

    What is most impressionable is the interior. I would not have guessed that these were rooms inside container homes. Especially the bathroom…there was even a design with a bath tub!

    It has been very comfortable and cozy living in my container at Dukkar Apartment. Being simple and minimalist is actually very healthy for the mind as we don’s have the “space” to accumulate things that we don’t really need and, that will eventually become clusters of mess we get too attached to to throw away.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing these beautiful images and I hope we will effectively apply suitable elements from them into Kechara Forest Retreat.

  39. Low KHJB on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.The container apartments at KFR are very practical and beautifully design .As I remember it took a very short took a short time to construct after the foundation was laid.
    Sometime using recycle containers would be a practical way to solve housing issue for the less fortunate as the cost of building it could be reduced tremendously ,yet durable.
    The versatility of constructing the cabin houses are only limited to the creativity of the designers.May we see more of these structures in the future for a better cause to accommodate anyone in need of shelter…

  40. henry ooi on Apr 30, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    The container concept is ideal for Kechara Forest Retreat land because of the nature of its surroundings. Metal containers are suitable to use in a forest environment against termite infestation. Rust is kept to a minimum with overhead roof sheltering from rain. Containers are versatile and can be used for different designs as seen in the pictures shown here, kindly researched by Rinpoche. The main disadvantage is heat from sun light, especially setting sun, unless containers are shielded with grown trees around containers area.

  41. jp on Apr 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the pics on container homes. Containers are very versatile and durable at the same time. Durability is especially important in tropical countries like Malaysia because humidity can be a major concern with general wear and tear.

    The design from using containers is also very attractive and modern. It has a rustic look and yet stylish. It is also eco-friendly in a sense that we can recycle shipping containers for building homes.

    I look forward to Kechara Village being a village of containers.

    Regards,
    JP

  42. Pastor Yek Yee on Apr 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Wowwww!!!!This containers homes are so beautiful, cozy, comfortable, unique, I like it very much. Like what we have in Kechara Forest Retreat, Dukkar Apartment, simple but yet very practical.

    I believed that many people especially city man will like this kind of container homes very much. The reason it is easy to take care, have own privacy, and even can more varieties choose or design too.

    Nice!!!

    • andre giroux on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      I love it too. What a wonderful idea for recycling and transforming it into something beautiful and useful. I love it. A good idea for business too. 🙂

      Thank you,
      Andre

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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 23. 2021 12:19 AM
    This article is truly inspiring. Ms Chen contributed most of her time working, her passion was a strong desire that she was able to do amazing things. It is indeed a rare sight to see a person who is able to be selfless at such a deep level in many ways. I do agree that we definitely need more Ms Chens in this world to inspire and to help others.

    https://bit.ly/3xj0k1C
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 03:34 PM
    Ngawang Wangyal known to many as Geshe Wangyal and the first American lama introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. He was a Buddhist lama and scholar of Kalmyk origin born in Russia. He travelled through Russia to Tibet and spent the next 20 years traveling throughout Asia, learning English and translating . It was during the Chinese invasion he escaped to India and later went to American. Despite the many challenges he faced , he built a monastery been the first temple in the Western hemisphere, sponsored Tibetan monk scholars to assist him in teachings. That’s how Tibetan Buddhism spread in the west. His long list of accomplishments would include pioneering efforts in establishing Tibetan Buddhism’s intellectual bona fides in American academia. During the last several years of his life he worked tirelessly on his final book.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring untold story of how Tibetan Buddhism first came to America through one great Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/from-russia-with-love.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Kalarupa is one a wrathful emanation of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, manifesting as a Dharma Protector. Kalarupa displaying as the direct spiritual protector force for all ugliness arising from the true inner spiritual obstacles of fear, hatred, pride and jealousy . As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice ultimately helps us to destroy ignorance and develop wisdom to overcome our anger and suffering. Interesting read of the story how Kalarupa arose as a Protector. Beautiful pictures of Kalarupa in many forms.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing, even though I still have more to understand.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 12:38 AM
    Animals are sentient beings who like us have feelings, if we hurt them they feel pain and if we treat them with love and care, they would feel loved. The more we human know about the animals the more we feel how amazing they are.

    Thank you for sharing, I got attacked from the cuteness and I admired the warm hug of the puppy with teddy bear.

    https://bit.ly/3eoJxl4
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:12 PM
    In Buddhism, offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. One such offerings such as foods. flowers, and so forth. Reading this post gives us a more understanding of some do’s and don’ts regarding food offerings. Offering food is a meritorious act that also reminds us not to be greedy or selfish.
    GREAT guidance , precious teachings and listening from those videos tell us more. All about making offerings, the importance of our motivation and the results of making offerings to the Three Jewels
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-quick-note-on-food-offerings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:09 PM
    nteresting story of Namkar Barzin who is a worldly Dharma Protector in their own right after being subdued by Domo Geshe Rinpoche. And is part of Dorje Shugden’s entourage whose history goes back to about 90 years ago. Namkar Barzin is the second minister to Dorje Shugden after Kache Marpo. Well known for having the power to protect buildings, institutions, monasteries, and so forth . And also promotes peace, harmony, prosperity and growth as such as powerful in protecting Dharma.
    Interesting read story of how Namkar Barzin became a Minister in the entourage of Lord Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche did composed a prayers to Namkar Barzin feeling strongly connected to him and this will benefit people spiritually.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/invocation-to-namkar-barzin.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Apr 20. 2021 10:09 PM
    Astrology is a big influence on our life as it determine certain traits of character that influence our actions. Astrology does have some things in common with religions, such as seeking to understand the greater nature of the universe.

    Well! Tibetan Buddhism astrology goes much further, seeing deep into our soul and the karma you are working through in this life time, and far into the future even to the end of your life’s path.

    Thank you for the interesting sharing and happy to discover the Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology .

    https://bit.ly/3dyPGMz
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:14 PM
    The Chinese concept of yin and yang describes nature in daulities with two opposite, complementary, and interdependent forces. In simple words, two halves balancing together that make a whole. Yin and yang always flows and changes with time. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. All things carry the yin while embrace the yang. Neutralising energy brings them into harmony. Accepting true constants in life, change and death facts can release us from as much suffering and bring freedom in life. We must remember to let go of the past, and allow life to take its course. To me simplicity, patience, compassion are our greatest treasures. Great quotes.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/taoist-wisdom-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:10 PM
    Benza Guru Drubtop’ accomplished practitioner from Bhutan who has achieved spiritual realizations due to the recitation of the Padmasambhava Mantra. Previously he was a blind beggar living in the outlying suburbs of Bhutan. To regain his vision, the farmer following the advice of spiritual teachers and decided to recite the Vajra Guru Mantra with which he could improve his eye sight. His faith in Padmasambhava began to emerge and increase. As day and night didn’t make much difference to him and he began to recite the mantra diligently day and night, praying to Guru Rinpoche with great devotion. He eventually achieved an incredible level of realization. After having the vision of Padmasambhava ,he passed away thus fulfilling the prophecy. Inspiring read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:09 PM
    We build up understanding through our experience in the world. The process of reflection helps us to develop our understanding more deeply . We then could share our intuitive knowledge with others. It provides the opportunity to step back and take a look at what our work means to us. Self-reflection focus our mind and energy makes us a better decision maker.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this meaningful thought

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/around-us.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 10:48 PM
    This is an interesting informative sharing of Wonderful Vietnam. An amazing country with it’s rich traditional culture, variety of World Heritage Sites, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful rainforest, world famous foods and fascinating tropical coastline.

    Thank you for the sharing and I loved all the attractive destination and photos shared. Surprisingly, Vietnam has something to offer everyone and a most beautiful country in South East Asia worth to visit and to explore.

    https://bit.ly/3mNdeQP
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:32 PM
    King Trisong Detsen (740-798) was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet He played a pivotal role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet and the establishment of the Nyingma. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, that built Samye Monastery the first monastery . King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism so much so arranged a debate known as the Council of Lhasa. The Council of Lhasa, at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila. It is also known as the Great Debate, this debate lasted for 2 years. An interesting story behind this long and rancorous debate. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-great-council-of-lhasa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:29 PM
    Coming across this post of suspended coffees truly had me wonder if in Malaysia will come up with this compassionate concept. A suspended coffee is a great way to pay forward for a coffee meant for someone else who cannot afford a warm beverage. Kindness can come in many forms including the purchase of a suspended coffee,
    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:27 PM
    n the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa. A nunnery of more than 350 from all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism came to study and practice Dharma, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. Gebchak’s yogini nuns are famed for their accomplishments in profound yogas and meditation. These women have devoted their entire lives to practicing the Dharma. Interesting read of those Gebchak’s yogini nuns lives, as stated in the post.
    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:42 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Martin, well write-up this article of great-lamas-masters great-masters speak truly all about Tsem Rinpoche. We as students have seen and heard of all Rinpoche wonderful and extraordinary qualities. Rinpoche not only cares and loves all his students and even to strangers as well. Nor matter who you are regardless of race and faith Rinpoche will be too willingly to help. That’s Rinpoche’s nature a Bodhisatva . Rinpoche had made a way from Us to India and then Malaysia just to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. Rinpoche as advice by his teacher to be in Malaysia and that’s where he established many departments to benefits all sentient beings. Reading through this post tells us all Great Masters, Lamas, Geshes and many highly attained Lamas and Masters specking what is true the same qualities of Rinpoche. Rinpoche was very kind, generous, giving, compassionate, always doing charity, giving to the poor, raising funds, sponsoring. Described Rinpoche as someone highly intelligent and extraordinary person. Interesting read , may more people reading this article to have a clearer view of Rinpoche.
    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html

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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Fwd: 12 minute Affiliate Multiple Ways to Earn Commissions
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
5 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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7 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
7 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
8 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
8 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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