Wei Tan

Jan 11, 2014 | Views: 597

My K.F.R Experience (21st October – 3 November 2013

For the past two weeks I have spent a very unique experience here at K.F.R.

I had visited K.F.R in its embryonic stages, a tent and a couple of small cabins. Then I had visited again when the skeleton of the Ladrang Area was being built, it was horribly messy with mud smeared everywhere and tools lying scattered on the floor. Once more I visited again when the Ladrang area had been fully constructed and was up and running. I was given the opportunity to lay out grass upon an ocean of soil (it seemed like one) for the front lawn of the “Enchanted Forest” with my family, which turned out to be very, very hard work on a physical sense, although we enjoyed working together as a team (rare!).

Then in the early days of September my parents asked me whether I would be interested in joining them for another trip back to Malaysia because they needed to sort out a few personal things but offered me the chance to return to K.F.R. Admittedly, I instantly thought of excuses to not go for example academics and meals (I’m not vegetarian) which carried on up to the point of boarding the plane. However, along with the cons, I pondered on the pros of “if I went back to K.F.R”. Even though there were many more cons that I could think of at the time, they were heavily outweighed by the pros, none of which were materialistic, but that my gains would be measured in experience and “spirituality”. I also realized later that the degree of those pros and cons would be determined by the level of effort I put into building each of those aspects of my experience. With this I concluded that it would be a good idea to go back.

For the first few days I helped out the Gift Room doing a variety of jobs such as taking pictures of Thangkas and pendants, counting stock of pendants and books, moving around books into storage and rearranging the Flea Market. A lot of it was very slow paced which I thought (as boring as it was at times) was good for me, as it allowed me to get used to things in K.F.R without being thrown into the deep end. I was at least; glad I had anything to help out with at all.

On the 24th of October 2013 I was fortunate enough to be present during the celebration of Tsem Rinpoche’s birthday at K.F.R, where I was able to witness an animal liberation of around 350 small birds and an exhibition of incredibly precious Tibetan Buddhist artefacts such as wealth vases or mala beads from highly attained lamas which were all very pleasantly presented. I was also given the opportunity to help out in setting up for the Lama Chopa Puja whilst serving a monk (JamYang) from Tibet (cleaning his room and carrying his gifts) who I had never seen before but had a feeling about him that brought peace and tranquillity to his surroundings. It was the first time I had done anything of that nature and I felt very honoured to even be there.

Like many others, I am somebody who is ‘selectively lazy’ in doing certain things and that is amplified when it comes to prayers and chanting. My pre conceived idea of a Puja would be that it is long, boring, frustrating at times and an arduous grind but I am glad to say, that with the atmosphere in the Wisdom Hall and the auspiciousness of the occasion, I actually found it quite enjoyable and that the Tibetan recitation interested me more than the English… After the Puja I had helped to escort JamYang back to his cabin in Dukkar Appartments and returned to the Wisdom Hall to help arrange the gifts that were offered to Rinpoche and move them into the Gift Room. Personally, I found it physically demanding (I undertake next to zero physical activity on a daily basis) but it felt good knowing that I was alleviating some of the workload that would have otherwise been put upon others if I was not helping out. This is something I should apply to my own home…

The next two days involved a group of around 25 people undergoing a retreat. Apart from the clattering of cutlery and soft chanting in the Wisdom Hall most of the time it was dead silent as hardly anybody around K.F.R were allowed to speak. My parents were also participants so I felt some pride and was happy for them as I thought it was really good experience and I didn’t get nagged for two days!!! Unfortunately for me I did not get involved, but instead, I was helping out with the birthday cards for Tsem Rinpoche in the Gift Room. On that Saturday the retreat finished at about 4:30pm and there was a group sharing session which I was able to listen in on. It was very interesting to hear the different types of lessons people took away from their experience. From what I heard, some people had at least one form of trouble during the retreat, for example, physical pain from sitting in one position for extensive durations, the fear of falling asleep or behaviours causing them to fall back on their chant counts. Some had also been conscious of the amount of mala rounds they were actually able to complete in comparison to others coupled with the difficulty of visualising on top of their chanting.

When one of the Pastors asked if anybody wanted to share anything else, I regret not doing so. It was because I was not confident in what I thought about what was on my mind and was conscious of people judging what I had to say. If I had been brave enough to say what I had been thinking back then it would have been something of this nature.

“With practice comes experience. With experience we will be able to achieve things that we may have never thought we could have. When we acclimatise to situations that are unfamiliar to us, we slowly build up the qualities to ease the things we do in that situation. A marathon runner doesn’t gain his or her ability to run it overnight, it comes from effort and consistency in their training. Speed may be important but what is more important, is that we strive achieve more in what we do from our current level. As a beginner we should not feel uncomfortable in slow progression but make sure the progress we make is of good quality. As a veteran we should look to further increase our ability to exceed what had previously been able to do. That is the only way to improve. Overcoming the fear and laziness that arises from within ourselves is the difference between somebody who ‘wants to’ and somebody who ‘does’.” Of course, like I have proven to myself, it takes more than just the thought to put something into practice.

At the end of the week my parents were going up to Ipoh to visit my grandmother and I partially felt that it was required of me to also visit my grandmother. A few days in advance, I had been thinking about it. On one side, the practice of filial piety is very important and I do not live in Malaysia so the chance to see my grandmother is not readily available. I did not want to cause her to have negative feelings, in my coming back to Malaysia but not visiting her. On the other hand, I believed that as long as I continued to help out in K.F.R, the positive work I would be doing, would outweigh a preconceived reaction that had not and may have not ever occurred. By that rationale I decided to stay. Of course I was also a bit anxious about staying without my parents in such an unfamiliar environment but I managed to overcome that. In the end I found out that my grandmother had approved of me staying on because of the charitable cause which helped me find closure with my choice to stay on; to know that she was at peace with my decision was very relieving for me.

Later that day, there was a celebration at Kechara Oasis for everybody who had a birthday in the month of October. Even though I’m not a fan of birthday celebrations, I thought that the idea of showing gratitude for Kecharians was very admirable. It is reassuring to know that people in Kechara are appreciated for their hard work despite the growth of the organisation. Luckily for me I was rescued from the overwhelming succession of vegetarian courses and instead, had a very long and pleasant discussion with Pastor Jean Ai about my education. Although I already had already given my problems some thought and whilst integrating her experiences from the past, our discussion opened up new perspectives for me to tackle them, inspiring me to look at them from different points of views.

Even later that day (or should it be next morning…)….. A few of us plotted out the plan of a haunted house tour which I found really fun despite the fatigue creeping over me constantly. Although we had to think outside the box of a few spooky ghosts it was relatively easy to brainstorm different ways to make Dukkar Appartments have a creepy atmosphere. In all fairness, the vast space and darkness we had at our disposal acted as a canvas for those concepts so that we were able to take something small and blow it up into something that sounded truly terrifying. It was amazing to see how an idea of ‘a few spiders’ on the wall turn into something with different varieties of Halloween and ways to create a unique experience.

Over the next few days everybody in K.F.R spent of a lot of the time helping out with the preparation of Dukkar Appartments. Our chef Max had made a special Halloween menu in one afternoon and I got to help during a ‘test night’ with shopping and food preparations. Apart from my seldom made lumpy omelettes, that was my first cooking experience and with such large portions, I was able to partially gauge the amount of effort that actually goes into cooking preparing meals that get eaten in a fraction of that time. On top of that, scrubbing down the stained pots and pans to a satisfying level was really tough…… Aside from that, I was helping with the decorations in making Dukkar Appartments seem more festively appropriate. We drew and cut out a countless number of bats, crafted ghosts, giant spiders and bloodied baby dolls, raised an artificial graveyard coupled with some tombstones, spun two HUGE spider webs that were hung up in various locations but the icing on the cake was that we shrouded everything in fake cobwebs which I thought brought the whole thing together. The sound effects we used were also brilliant in setting the mood for a haunted house. When Halloween came about, the work force carefully rushed to get everything finished for our guests. People moved about frantically to make sure it was all in place. Costumes were being put on up to the very end… There really was no time to rest!

The tour was carried out in groups, each one reacting in a unique fashion but the underlining factor was that loads of people were finding it funny as opposed to scary. That night, some people thought I was tired but really I was a bit annoyed. My instantaneous reaction was that I was disappointed (knowing how much effort had been put into the whole event by everybody) that people showed a lack of respect in laughing at what we had worked so hard to achieve. In their defence it would not have been all that scary in a group but I just thought the laughter was inappropriate. I knew this at the time but my anger was clouding my better judgement. I should have realised sooner that their laughter was an indicator to tell us that improvements were obviously necessary to make them scared. Having said that, at least everybody was able to eat a delicious meal, have fun and find some enjoyment out of what we brought to K.F.R. I can say I am very proud to have been able to share my ideas and be part of the ‘Halloween Team’ (despite the wrong reactions). From a small idea; we expanded it into something much bigger and having that manifested into reality within 4 days was truly impressive.

Over the next few days I was much more relaxed, managing to get some homework completed in Tsem Rinpoche’s humble abode in Kuala Lumpur, contributing a small workload to the green team and finally beginning to write this article. During my final day at K.F.R I was very happy to receive a Manjushri statue along with some other gifts, even though I did not ask for anything. I was glad that my appreciation in being able to do things I had done was reciprocated by those that I had helped. It’s not that I was after the recognition but it gave me some peace of mind to know my work had a positive effect on others around me and for that I am very grateful.

Coming from a relatively comfortable lifestyle in England, I would consider myself as spoiled in terms of the amount of work I help out with around the house. I am somebody who rarely takes on any physical work and I dislike boring and static tasks (such as cleaning…or counting stock…), so I was partially surprised at how I willingly accepted to do those things without complaining.  I did question myself many times, “Why am I doing this?”, “How do I help people like this?” and even though my consciousness was telling me that I was helping indirectly, I had no way to prove to myself that I was truly making a difference. Even though I already knew where the problem arose from, I had to constantly remind myself in order to quell my doubts. “Why am I looking for direct positive external change when Tsem Rinpoche teaches direct positive internal change will indirectly produce positive external changes?” or at least that is what I interpret his teachings to be. To most people, the word “positive” can be very subjective, but in this case I’m referring to nurturing the true altruistic nature within all sentient beings, where the result of that would lead to acts of compassion which results in “real” happiness (not to be confused with misperceived happiness that leads to suffering) to those who are directly and indirectly affected by our actions.

I suppose I learned that having an over exaggerated pre conception of “things” can lead us to fear it and therefore miss out on experiences we may never have the opportunity to experience in a long time or ever again. One could say that it is down to individual perception in terms of whether a pre conception is really over/under exaggerated or not. If the action that results from a pre conceived idea is one that results in suffering, then we should learn from those mistakes and change our actions to dispel the causes of the suffering and thus reveal the true nature of our pre conceptions (being a cause for suffering or happiness, respective to the being that is affected by our actions). Unfortunately for us we can be put in positions (as a result of our past choices and therefore our karmic repercussions) where an action may cause happiness for one and suffering for another simultaneously. However it is important that we must have the right motivation when we carry out any actions as that will help nurture the “true nature” of our minds and by definition, we eventually create situations where we do not need to cause suffering in order to give happiness to others.

During my time at K.F.R I was able to ask a few questions to different people which allowed me to gain different perspectives on a variety of different points. I must say that I learned and realised many things because of these people in Kechara. I was also able to learn things from those with ‘less’ Dharma knowledge than others. It is reassuring to know that you don’t have to be a fountain of wisdom to help people learn and realise something positive. A few people also stayed up to nearly 4am to talk to me which most definitely does not happen in England!!! I was enjoying my time at K.F.R so much that on the second week, I asked my parents to extend my flight date back a few days to the end of the week. It meant that I had to take a plane back all by myself, which was the first time I had ever travelled alone. Although it was a big decision, it was also an easy one because for the chance to do more Dharma work, I thought it was worth it.

After my experience at K.F.R I managed to get a better sense of direction in terms of what I wanted to work towards in this lifetime. I had fun outside of my comfort zone, I made new friends, I tried and enjoyed new things that I never imagined I would have done back home. It is important to add that I am grateful to Tsem Rinpoche and his concepts which allows for the manifestation of Kechara and K.F.R which allowed for any of my experiences to be possible. I can honestly say that those were the best two weeks of my life so far and I would like to thank everybody who took care of me whilst I was there, be it sharing knowledge with me, driving me around, feeding me, allowing me to help out or even listening to what I had to say and most of all, making me feel something I have never done before, a true sense of belonging. I look forward to returning to K.F.R so that I may further help out and create more timeless memories.

Wei Tan

 

Please journey in pictures of Kechara Forest Retreat so you have the full impact of Wei’s beautiful descriptions: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=44949

 


 

Dear Wei,

I was glad to meet you and speak to you. I liked your questions and train of thought. I didn’t find your questions way out in left field, strange or too ambiguous. I rather found it nice and refreshing. It’s nice when someone can think deeper.

I am glad you were able to visit Kechara Forest Retreat and spend time with our wonderful people there. I welcome you back whenever you are free. Each visit you will learn more and grow. People mistakenly think spirituality is JUST CHANTING OR PRAYING, but real spirituality is learning, applying and seeing things in a different way. Anger, confusion, depression, frustrations, disillusionment all arise from the mind, so the solution in conclusion must be within our mind also. But although the solution is in the mind, we need higher wisdom to unlock the solutions within our minds. The study and application of Buddha’s teaching does just that. Although in Buddhism we respect and take faith in higher beings such as a Buddha, but we realize no higher beings can solve our problems but definitely have the solution to them if we apply them. Meditation, chanting, prayers, rites, special rituals, study with our teacher or dharma books (or both) are methods to give the mind what it needs. Wisdom combined with a sense of peace. Invoking the blessings of the enlightened beings by prayers, chanting and the likes are very beneficial as supportive practices.

I am happy to read your experiences here. You really took the time to write down what you experienced very well. I am sure many in Kechara will be happy to read this and as well as many around the world.

I urge you to continue your spiritual journey by studies, application and some chanting. It will do you good. Your method of thinking is very logical and only logic without hypocrisy can satisfy you. I understand somewhat.

I share your thoughts here with many people on the path or discovering just like you. I wish you well. Keep Tsongkapa close to you and see you in Kechara Forest Retreat. Thank you for your write up. Thank you for your thoughts. I enjoyed reading them as I know many will.

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Edwin Tan on Oct 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Great account of what Wei Tan did in KFR. Can see many thoughts applied to it.

    Even though KFR may not seem like a huge spiritual place.. The feeling and ambience usually set it right.

    It is nice to see many young ones enjoying their stay in KFR and helping out.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I have heard many times about Rinpoche talking about inner KFR. This is an example of inner KFR that he was talking about. KFR is not just nice facilities and buildings it is a place where people can not only learn skills they can also learn about hot to be better people and spiritual. It is spiritual to keep becoming better people.

    Very happy to hear that Wei got a spiritual experience and education being with the people and Rinpoche’s students at KFR. From Wei’s writing he is very expressive and is able to elucidate very well his thoughts and views. May he have much more time in the future to further his spiritual development at KFR.

  3. seon and sook on Feb 2, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Dear Wei,

    We like your write up. It is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us. We appreciate it.

  4. tenzinkhenchen on Jan 30, 2014 at 12:33 am

    I truly rejoice that Wei Tan had the opportunity to be involved in KFR. He is making the perfect choice in returning to KFR to volunteer whenever he has the time. Such devotion to Rinpoche’s cause will benefit him very much and his actions have been able to benefit so much people.

  5. LilyTan on Jan 25, 2014 at 3:50 am

    When I asked Wei how he felt about his stay at KFR, his response was a mere “It’s ok.” An answer favoured by most teenage boys, no doubt. So it is quite refreshing to read about that “ok” here. We had our fair share of teenage woes but after KFR Wei had transformed quite dramatically. He has become focused and I can attribute this to the company he shared whilst at KFR. A most heartfelt thanks to all that had made Wei’s stay memorable and he is already planning his next visit!
    It is due to the visions of Rinpoche that we can enjoy the benefits of KFR and may many more have the opportunity to encounter a life-changing experience like Wei did.

  6. Karen Chong on Jan 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Dear Wei,

    I’m very very happy to have you as part of the Gifts team during your stay in KFR. Your assistance is much appreciated and most of all, you are quick, focused and follow instructions well. As I learnt from your mother that you had never done house chores when you’re at home, however, when u’re in KFR, you’re completely a different person from what I heard. You’re highly intelligent which you absorb Dharma knowledge very well and quick. With your own eyes, you see how Kecharians work so hard as a team to promote KFR, to promote Rinpoche’s teachings. Hence, i guess the reason of you extended your stay in KFR has a deeper meaning behind. You’re convinced. hehehe…

    I look forward to your return to Malaysia and wish to have you as part of us. I’m sure you miss the time where u were asked to sort out hundreds of offerings and cards in mere 1 day. LOL. Take care and see you soon!

    Karen

  7. Grace Leu on Jan 13, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks this Thanks’s sharing for his KFR experience . This is rare opportunity to join volunteer work in dharma centre and KFR.
    I like this statement from Rinpoche :
    People mistakenly think spirituality is JUST CHANTING OR PRAYING, but real spirituality is learning, applying and seeing things in a different way.

  8. Beatrix Ooi on Jan 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Great to read about his feelings, I’ve met him twice. Once was at his grandmother’s wake and the other time was when we were at KFR, preparing for the Halloween party. He’s quite a decent guy and funny, although he didn’t talk much. But from his actions, I could see that he put in his effort. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  9. Jacinta on Jan 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Your story overwhelmed me. I haven’t been there (KFR) but definitely will find my way there! You wrote a detailed account on where you have been and the things that you have done. You have actually enclosed your own emotional thought during Halloween event! I would not have done that…You are right. Pre-conception on how we view certain ‘things’ is what I am trying to rid off! For example, leaving a comment here… Sometimes I do not know whether my thoughts will be more beneficial or do more than harm!At the end of the day, it is the motivation. We must have correct motivation. Rinpoche have mentioned this many times in his videos. Thanks for your reminder. Hope you will be back again!

  10. Vinnie Tan on Jan 12, 2014 at 2:15 am

    It was really great to have Wei around at KFR during that time. It was indeed very enjoyable with the company of Wei. He is indeed a very intelligent boy that thinks things deeply.

    Really hope to see you soon again at KFR Wei!!!

  11. Lim Tat Ming on Jan 12, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Wow! What a beautiful sharing by Wei Tan. I rejoice in his kindness to share his inner thoughts and realizations.

    Wei Tan had truly spent a meaningful spiritual holiday at Kechara Forest Retreat recently. He had gained invaluable spiritual experience and profound realizations through his involvement in the activities at Kechara Forest Retreat. Among these he came to realise his true potential and found his sense of direction in life.

    Thank You Wei Tan for sharing your interesting and inspiring journey at KFR. I am sure many people will be inspired to visit and experience KFR!
    Many people will appreciate what spirituality really is as clearly elucidated by Tsem Rinpoche here and can be summed up as below.

    Spirituality is not mere chanting or praying. Spirituality is learning, applying and seeing things in a different way. It is through Buddha’s teachings that we awaken the wisdom within us to realise who we really are, the mechanics of life and the real meaning of life.

  12. Lucy Yap on Jan 12, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Rejoice to Wei Tan who is so fortunate to have the opportunity to volunteer at Kechara Forest Retreat and also to share about his experiences while he was there.
    With the blessings and kindness of our beloved Guru Tsem Rinpoche. Kechara Forest Retreat was built and many people benefitted from it as there are many activities available to suit ones needs.

  13. Alex C.J. Tan on Jan 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Such a well written account of his experience at KFR and involvement of various Dharma events/activities. As a parent with 2 young children, i too hope that my 2 kids will get the same opportunity to be able to volunteer at KFR and be groomed to have greater sense of responsibility.

    It’s so rare to come across someone who has the ability to analyse and contemplate on his experiences and articulate in such logical manner at such young age.

  14. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jan 11, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Rejoice to Wei Tan!!!

    Wei Tan is so fortunate that able to get involve to KFR volunteer works even in the beginning of the construction in KFR. And he make the Right Choice to come back KFR volunteer during his holidays.

    Thanks Rinpoche, all sponsors and teams that make KFR happen, just as Wei Tan sharing above we can notice that KFR is not just a place to do meditation and a place that can get out of the busy city life.

    With Rinpoche blessing we able to transform and taming our monkey mind in KFR. Its a truly inner healing place that make us to be a better person hence towards out of Samsara.

    We are so fortunate to be in Malaysia and meet Rinpoche here. May Rinpoche long life, good health and continue turn the wheel of Dharma with folded hands…

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    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:40 PM
    Very interesting and inspiring article. It is very true our human perception toward a point of view like what is right or wrong there is always a mistake or I should said in most time is wrong or is not bringing any benefits to us.
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    There are highs and lows in any journey, however if life is more down than up, then it’s time to question why, I had a great teaching from this sharing.

    I totally agree that the lows should be appreciated and enjoyed, because its from the lows that experience the highs. Living our life with positivity so that we can continue to improve and achieve what we desire.
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. Life is short and the time of death is uncertain. Act now, its never be late to learn, practice Dharma in our life. Death is a challenge, never waste our time on something which leads us to nowhere. Learning Dharma is our best choice, do Dharma works to benefits others and always works with it. This will miraculously transform our whole life before the moment of death that really matters.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

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    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:28 PM
    Geshe Thupten Lama one of the great scholars and masters who will never give up Dorje Shugden ‘s practice and courageously spoke up openly against the ban. Even wrote letters to Dalai Lama defending the ban on Dorje Shugden. Because of all these his life was threatened and was forced to seek political asylum in America. The CTA even considered him as a evil Chinese spy. Since the Dorje Shugden controversy many people had suffered causing disharmony, discrimination, families and monasteries torn apart are some of the examples. To have harmony and peace in a country we should have freedom to practice one’s own religion and beliefs. And politics should not involve religion in any government. Peace cannot be kept by force , it can only be achieved by understanding. All should be treated equally and without prejudice regardless of our religion views.
    Geshe Thupten Lama is indeed a great scholar and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile, wrote a book …..The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, which explained all about on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 03:46 PM
    The Incredible Legend of Hoichi the Earless Minstrel is exactly that, the suspense with a great interesting twist to the ending. Not so perfect as is in real life, the sacrifice of his ears for his life in peace, although of course not by his choice but the negligence of another.

    In this story, we can see how they use Heart Sutra to as protection from black magic and ward off evil spirits. Thank you very much for sharing such an intriguing story about Hoichi the Earless Minstrel.


    https://bit.ly/3bW6F8K
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:17 PM
    Interesting ….. astronauts and military personnel has discovered the existence of UFO and aliens beyond the earth. They have proof that UFO do exist and we are alone in the universe. Leroy Gordon Cooper, a space pioneer and Robert Dean a retired Command Sergeant Major in the US Army tells us all . With Leroy Gordon witnessed first-hand encounter of an actual UFO and the “Cosmic Top Secret” documents detailing alien activity on earth viewed by Robert Dean has already proven it. But it was kept secret.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-astronauts-and-military-men-speak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:15 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing explaining the present-day technology that has affected our general well-being situation spiritually . Giving an example of why rain dance doesn’t work anymore. Spiritual practice give us aspects of the powers of the divine. Technology is a magic and its objects remains a puzzle that is hard to unlock in regards to human experiences. The effect of technology could enhance the human material civilization, but its impact was so strong to our spiritual practice, it caused human addiction. In the modern era, technology has become a seemingly ubiquitous part of everyone’s life such as computers and hand phones. The natural element are gone, environment been disturbed so things will not happen . Interesting read.
    Professor Stephen Hawking, did mention before that advances in science and technology could lead to destructions .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/how-sole-dependence-on-modern-technology-could-affect-our-spirituality
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:13 PM
    Living our life in the public eye , we have a heavy responsibility on our shoulder that most people thought. But with determination and courageous Rinpoche did it without any burden. Rinpoche did it all these years, born and bred to be in the public eye, Rinpoche seemed to know what to do without thinking about it. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives that’s what Rinpoche thought of. Rinpoche’s thought was to help them and to bless their spiritual practice in a way. Rinpoche cares more for the people than himself, of course Rinpoche loves to be alone. Rinpoche loves to alone living up the greenery mountains and clear lakes as mentioned before. Rinpoche could not avoid being in the public eye and getting recognized. Rinpoche never retaliated in whatever situation, such as the Dorje Shugden controversy ,Rinpoche kept all his vows in accordance with the Vinaya nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your wonderful recalling memories with our Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-life-in-the-public-eye
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 02:37 PM
    Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to pay visit.

    It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world.All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time.Thank you very much for sharing this nice article.

    https://bit.ly/2u8sWiy

  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 01:53 PM
    A person may choose to follow a vegetarian diet for various reasons, including health issues, environmental concerns, or religious beliefs.

    I glad to come across this lovely article. Thank you so much Rinpoche for the delicious healthy meatless recipes. It’s a super simple, has anybody can learn to cook with simple ingredients, easy, quick ,fast and most importantly it very nutritious. I’m going to try all this recipes soon.
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 10:06 PM
    I am grateful that Kechara organise this event every year so we can make offering to our ancestor, departed families and also to all sentient beings whether alive or not. We may not know what action we have engaged which afflicted others in the past and the prayer is important to purify our negative karma. Thank you Kechara for organising this event and allow us the opportunity to collect merits through the prayer and offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/ullambana-festival-at-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 09:59 PM
    A very beautiful Buddha statue. With this huge size many beings can view from a far and benefit them by planting a dharma seed to them. I’m sure the statue will attract a lot of people to visit Thimpu in Bhutan. May all be blessed and rejoice for the people for are involved in the planning, sponsorship and construction.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html#comment-899271
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:40 PM
    A very priceless sacred Dorje Shugden thangka of the 19th Century. It was commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Lama Luvsankhaidav .As the Mongolian State Oracle Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav did took trance of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Kache Marpo, significance the importance of Dorje Shugden ‘s practice at that time to the State Oracle. And they knew that it’s a very beneficial’s practice as over 350 years, high Lamas from the major schools of Tibetan Buddhis have relied on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This Dorje Shugden’s thangka can still be found in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia as to this days.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog teams for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mongolian-state-oracle-paints-dorje-shugden
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:38 PM
    An interesting short biography of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu who was the last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism and the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Interesting read of a great Lama who has played an important part in the Mongolian Buddhism history.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-8th-jebtsundamba-khutughtu

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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    11 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
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    Cute!
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  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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