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, Apr 1. 2020 06:31 PM
    There is a saying that we got to watch our thoughts, they will become our words. From our words, they become our actions. From what we do that’s our actions will become our habits. With our habits, they soon become our character.
    A change in our bad habits , leads a change in our life. Our success in work and life with be determined by the kinds of habits , we develop over times. All goes to practice what we want in life stepping out of our comfort zone to improve ourselves and transform our mind. Practicing and learning dharma makes permanent.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/habits-practice
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 01:02 AM
    Thank you for the sharing, sad to read about the poor little creature has to suffer so much just for human entertainment, fun and pleasure. I never thought of frog had a huge demand till I came across of this article.

    Every creation of God has a reason for living on earth with the same feelings. The feeling of pain, happiness, anger, depression etc. is the same for all. However, since animals and plants do not speak, we humans abuse them to such a great extent, that if they could respond back, we would have suffered much more and create the negative karma.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Mar 31. 2020 10:39 PM
    Thank you for the good article. Buddhism is about mind transformation. When we transform our mind, not only we will become happier but we will also bring happiness to others.
    Ultimately, real worship of the deity is mind transformation and developing a mind of wisdom and compassion.It’s kind of understanding Rinpoche a bit more through this story of Goddess Saraswati.

    https://bit.ly/2UPgEot
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 10:42 PM
    Thank you for the sharing I had a good read of the article and a clear picture of the blind corner of each decade. I believe people grow through the lessons that they experience in their life journey. Throughout life, we go through many challenges and painful experience some changing us for the better, others for the worse.

    I never heard about 9 is the changing point of our live, what i know in every aspect of our bad time, we struggle, every point we learn, think positively, pray and to be wise. Only painful experience gives a good lesson because God has a plan for everything that happens in our lives and we need to go through it due to our past karma.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:59 PM
    Interesting history behind the eighth Jebtsundamba . As a young boy, he was recognized as the new incarnation of the Bogd Gegen in Potala in the presence of the 13th Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. When northern Mongolia declared independence in 1911, the eighth Jebtsundamba was elevated to theocratic ruler, called Bogd Khan. As the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, he was the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism also known as the “Bogdo Lama. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden the powerful dharma protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. We are blessed merely by looking at this beautiful thangka.
    Thanks for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-bogd-khan-of-outer-mongolia
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:55 PM
    Ganapati is known as Ganesha, and also known by numerous other names as well by different tradition. Ganapati is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu tradition. The primary function of Ganapati in Tantric Buddhism is that of a wealth deity and is widely revered as the remover of obstacles. Ganapati has been represented with the head of an elephant. There many myths and stories as how he got his elephant head and in many forms as well. Here depicted together with the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden forms a powerful pair to help overcome obstacles and creating suitable conditions for our spiritual practice to flourish. Beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-indian-god-who-removes-obstacles
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:53 PM
    Shakyamuni Buddha is the founder of the Buddhist religion. Born as the crown prince of the great Shakya Kingdom 2,500 years ago.He forgo everything living luxury in the palace to find the causes of suffering and the means to overcome it. After a long spiritual search he went into deep meditation, self-deprivation, and finally he become an enlightened one. Soon his teachings became the basis for the Buddhist faith. In this beautiful thangka as depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri, in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-extraordinary-indian-prince-siddhartha-gautama
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 02:26 PM
    The Yant tattoos have developed over the centuries under the influence of several different religious.They have their reasons to do it as it represents vows and commitments, blessings, kindness and love. It is a spiritual method to help someone become a better person.
    From this article we can see most people are seeking for mundane help which is quite common but what most important is how one would be able to transform their mind for better and ultimately achieve liberation from suffering.Thank you very much for this interesting article and video for exploring another type of unique spiritual tradition.

    https://bit.ly/3dH8JlA
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:26 PM
    Beautiful thangka of Mahasiddha Naropa and Niguma, the Lady of Illusion paints a thousand words. In this painting the great Tantric mahasiddha Naropa sits gazing up,together with Niguma a dakini and was one of the influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers. Niguma is one of the two female founders of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism. A beautiful thangka depicted with the powerful dharma protector Dorje Shugden will be wonderful to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mahasiddha-naropa-and-niguma-the-lady-of-illusion
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:25 PM
    Janguli is a Buddhist goddess who protects from snakes and poisons, worshiped in the ancient past. By nature Janguli is actually Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion who will protects us against snakes but actually dissolving our anger. Our anger is the root cause for destruction of merits and causes us to stay in samsara longer. A beautiful thangka depicted with Dorje Shugden the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri will definitely wonderful to have in our home protecting us and helping us to clear obstacles in our spiritual path.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/janguli-the-ancient-snake-goddess

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    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
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    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!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • 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.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    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).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    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.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    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.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    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.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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.
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
3 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 weeks ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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)
2 months ago
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)
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
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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