All About Kechara

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Some of the ideals that Kechara stands for

Many new people who visit Kechara for the first time or who come across Kechara can get quite confused about how many departments there are…or where they can contribute and volunteer! There are many projects and initiatives within the Kechara Organisation, and all of them are extensions of my interests and passion to benefit others in different ways. Over the past decade, I have seen these projects being established, usually on a small scale, and they often grow tremendously over time.

Some of my students have written a very good summary about the various projects within Kechara, why they exist, what they do and they have included some photos as well… Have fun reading!

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Kechara: A Tsem Rinpoche Organisation

Kechara is a progressive spiritual organisation that seeks to create a conscious community that comes together in service of others. Founded in 2000 by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara began with a small handful of spiritual practitioners who were motivated solely by the wish to make a difference and bring a new message of peace to their community.

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual guide of Kechara. Click on image to enlarge.

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual guide of Kechara. Click on image to enlarge.

From humble beginnings, Kechara has since evolved to meet the varying needs, interests and aptitudes of the modern spiritual seeker, and now includes Dharma centres, soup kitchens, charitable foundations, comprehensive meditation and education programmes, an art studio, publishing and production houses, vegetarian restaurants and cafes, and a Buddhist retreat centre, among many other initiatives. Every aspect of Kechara has been inspired by the life and works of Tsem Rinpoche, who has brought comfort, solace and relief to many.

With a spiritual community comprising of people from diverse backgrounds, varying age groups and different parts of the world, Kechara’s programmes can empower you to find your own inner strength and peace so that you can truly transform your life, fulfil your potential, and discover for yourself and others a limitless capacity for love, peace and happiness.

Tsem Rinpoche is the inspiration behind all of Kechara's projects and initiatives. Rinpoche's dynamic and contemporary teaching style continues to draw spiritual seekers from around the world.

Tsem Rinpoche is the inspiration behind all of Kechara’s projects and initiatives. Rinpoche’s dynamic and contemporary teaching style continues to draw spiritual seekers from around the world. Click on image to enlarge.

Read on to get a taste of what Kechara offers, and do reach out to us if you have any questions about our projects or Kechara in general. We would love to hear from you.


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  1. How It All Began: A Brief History
  2. The Spiritual Community: Dharma centres and study groups
  3. Serving the Buddhist Community: Kechara’s Buddhist pastors
  4. The Power of Prayer: Authentic puja services
  5. Where Knowledge is Power: Dharma classes and education courses
  6. Broadcasting Peace to a Borderless World: Disseminating Buddhism globally
  7. Spirituality through Art: Preserving Himalayan artistic traditions
  8. Creating Sacred Images: Contemporary Buddhist retail
  9. Advocating Compassionate Dining: Vegetarian restaurants and cafes
  10. Feeding Hunger, Giving Hope: Soup kitchen and food bank
  11. Speaking Up For Those With No Voice: Animal welfare projects
  12. Respecting the Planet: Recycling and green initiatives
  13. Creating Conscious Communities: Kechara Forest Retreat

 


 

How It All Began: A Brief History

The first link between Tsem Rinpoche and Malaysia was made in 1992 when Rinpoche was sent to Malaysia by his monastery, Gaden Shartse in South India, to raise funds for sorely needed monk housing. During that initial short visit, Rinpoche had already gathered a group of students in this region who were drawn to his dynamic and contemporary style of sharing Buddha’s timeless wisdom, and his practical advice, accurate divinations and inspiring teachings which appeal to the modern spiritual seeker.

After Rinpoche returned to Gaden Shartse Monastery, his Malaysian students began writing to him and visiting him in South India, always requesting him to return to Malaysia to continue turning the wheel of Dharma. Out of his great kindness and with the encouragement of his teachers, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche began travelling back and forth between Malaysia and India, teaching small groups in his students’ houses and apartments.

In 2000, these visits eventually culminated in the opening of a humble retail store in SS2, Petaling Jaya which served as an informal gathering place for teachings as well as an avenue to bring in a small amount of funds to pay the bills and keep the place open. Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia was registered in 2002, and the first proper Dharma centre, Kechara House 1 opened its doors in 2004. That, as we say, was just the beginning.

Dharma gatherings in Kechara House 1, located on the first floor of a shoplot in Sunwaymas Commercial Centre, Petaling Jaya. Click on image to enlarge.

Dharma gatherings in Kechara House 1, located on the first floor of a shoplot in Sunwaymas Commercial Centre, Petaling Jaya. Click on image to enlarge.

The logo of Kechara is the sacred ‘BAM’ seed syllable of Buddha Vajrayogini. Rinpoche envisions the Kechara Organisation to be a portal through which we can take the first steps to eventually achieve the actual Kechara Paradise through deeper spiritual practice. Click on image to enlarge.

The logo of Kechara is the sacred ‘BAM’ seed syllable of Buddha Vajrayogini. Rinpoche envisions the Kechara Organisation to be a portal through which we can take the first steps to eventually achieve the actual Kechara Paradise through deeper spiritual practice. Click on image to enlarge.

P.S.: In case the name piques your curiosity, ‘KECHARA’ is named after the pure celestial heaven of the highest female tantric Buddha Vajra Yogini. Rinpoche envisions the Kechara Organisation to be a portal through which we can take the first steps to eventually achieve the actual Kechara Paradise through deeper spiritual practice.

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The Spiritual Community: Dharma centres and study groups

Throughout history, monastic communities have dedicated their lives to the service of others, upholding the teachings and practices taught by the Buddha. This is all the more necessary today, in a world where there are now more distractions and anxieties that take us away from ourselves.

At Kechara, spiritual practice is lived out on a daily basis through a range of activities and direct service, with volunteers and members lending their talents and skills while developing the valuable spiritual qualities of teamwork, patience, commitment, responsibility, care and compassion.

Inspired by our vision of conscious communities, Dharma centres and study groups have arisen throughout Malaysia, each offering a varied programme of pujas (prayer sessions), teachings on Buddhist philosophy, spiritual retreats and more, thus enabling the development of compassion, wisdom and clarity that will bring lasting happiness and peace of mind.

Kechara House, our main Dharma centre in the city. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara House, our main Dharma centre in the city. Click on image to enlarge.

Established in 2004, Kechara House in the township of Sunwaymas, Petaling Jaya is our main Dharma centre in the city. From a single floor in a shoplot, it has grown to four double-storey shoplots with a seating capacity of 700. A simple guest house is available nearby for visiting students from out of town and for the purposes of solitary retreat.

Kechara House offers weekly public prayer sessions (known as pujas), as well as larger scale grand pujas on special festive occasions. Anyone is welcome to attend, and to learn the sacred, traditional methods for making a profound connection with the enlightened beings, receive blessings and engage in spiritual practices with a supportive, loving community.

For those interested in the study of Buddhist philosophy, Kechara House offers a range of Sunday Dharma classes suited to different levels of learning, some of which are streamed live for those who are overseas or unable to physically attend. As knowledge forms the basis of all Buddhist practice, we encourage people of all levels, ages and interests to join in the classes, where there is always debate and discussion to foster more interactive learning. Our children’s classes are tailored for different age groups and are supplemented with a colourful variety of activities to assist in learning.

Regular pujas are conducted in the main prayer hall of Kechara House. Click on image to enlarge.

Regular pujas are conducted in the main prayer hall of Kechara House. Click on image to enlarge.

For those living outside the Klang Valley, study groups have been established in Penang, Ipoh, Johor Bahru and Kuantan, where groups of students gather to learn Dharma according to Rinpoche’s teachings and to engage in pujas. Our Buddhist pastors and senior students visit regularly to share new teachings, to perform pujas together, and to stay connected with Dharma brothers and sisters.

Kechara House follows the sacred Gelugpa tradition of Gaden, which has an unbroken lineage from Buddha Shakyamuni (624-540 BC) to the Indian pandit, Atisha (982-1054 AD) and to the renowned Tibetan scholar, Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419 AD).

Read on to discover the many activities organised by Kechara House and its study groups for both individuals and families to participate in.

 

Kechara House
Sunwaymas, Petaling Jaya

Address:
No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia

Phone/Email:
+603 7803 3908 | care@kechara.com

Opening Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 1pm to 10pm
Thursday – Friday: 1pm to 6pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 9am to 1pm

Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition, welcomes visitors to Kechara House in the reception area. Click on image to enlarge.

Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition, welcomes visitors to Kechara House in the reception area. Click on image to enlarge.

The main prayer hall in Kechara House is graced by three larger-than-life statues of Lama Tsongkhapa (10-ft, centre), Vajrayogini (7-ft, left ) and Setrap (7-ft, right). Click on image to enlarge.

The main prayer hall in Kechara House is graced by three larger-than-life statues of Lama Tsongkhapa (10-ft, centre), Vajrayogini (7-ft, left ) and Setrap (7-ft, right). Click on image to enlarge.

Our spiritual advisor H.E. Tsem Rinpoche leads the congregation in prayer at Kechara House. Click on image to enlarge.

Our spiritual advisor H.E. Tsem Rinpoche leads the congregation in prayer at Kechara House. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara House also hosts powerful pujas and prayer sessions on special festive occasions such as Chinese New Year, Wesak Day, Ullambana, Tsem Rinpoche’s birthday and Lama Tsongkhapa Day. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara House also hosts powerful pujas and prayer sessions on special festive occasions such as Chinese New Year, Wesak Day, Ullambana, Tsem Rinpoche’s birthday and Lama Tsongkhapa Day. Click on image to enlarge.

The multi-function hall at Kechara House is the venue for Dharma classes, children’s activities and informal gatherings. Click on image to enlarge.

The multi-function hall at Kechara House is the venue for Dharma classes, children’s activities and informal gatherings. Click on image to enlarge.

The ‘blog corner’ at Kechara House where people can easily access the various Dharma materials on tsemrinpoche.com in the comfort of the gompa. Click on image to enlarge.

The ‘blog corner’ at Kechara House where people can easily access the various Dharma materials on tsemrinpoche.com in the comfort of the gompa. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Kechara House
Penang Study Group

Address:
2-G-19, Tingkat Mahsuri 3,
11950 Bayan Lepas,
Penang, Malaysia.

Kechara House in Penang. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara House in Penang. Click on image to enlarge.

The main altar at Kechara House in Penang. Click on image to enlarge.

The main altar at Kechara House in Penang. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Kechara House
Ipoh Study Group

Address:
No. 73 A (First Floor) Jalan Dato Lau Pak Khuan,
Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.

The main altar at Kechara House in Ipoh. Click on image to enlarge.

The main altar at Kechara House in Ipoh. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Kechara House
Johor Bahru Study Group

Address:
62, Jalan Nakhoda 7,
Taman Ungku Tun Aminah,
Skudai, Johor, Malaysia.

Kechara House in Johor Bahru. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara House in Johor Bahru. Click on image to enlarge.

Main prayer hall at Kechara House in Johor Bahru. Click on image to enlarge.

The main prayer hall at Kechara House in Johor Bahru. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Kechara House
Kuantan Study Group

Address:
No B-6, Tingkat Satu,
Lorong Seri Kuantan 80,
Kuantan Star City 1,
25300 Kuantan,
Pahang, Malaysia.

Kechara House in Kuantan, Pahang. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara House in Kuantan, Pahang. Click on image to enlarge.

Regular pujas are conducted at Kechara House in Kuantan, Pahang. Click on image to enlarge.

Regular pujas are conducted at Kechara House in Kuantan, Pahang. Click on image to enlarge.

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Serving the Buddhist Community: Kechara’s Buddhist pastors

Combining the responsibilities of the ordained and the appearance of a layperson, Kechara’s Buddhist Pastors are selfless, committed individuals who have taken an extraordinary step in dedicating their lives towards sharing the Buddhist tradition and serving the Buddhist community.

The pastorship role was conceptualised by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche to preserve the Dharma and to make Buddha’s teachings more accessible to the public. Pastors bridge the gap between the ordained sangha and the everyday practitioner, dispensing advice and counselling, performing blessings and rituals, and sharing their knowledge with the many who come to seek spiritual help and relief. The services offered by Kechara’s Buddhist pastors include:

  • Puja (prayer) services
  • Children’s baptism
  • House blessings
  • Vehicle blessings
  • Hospital visits
  • Bereavement services
  • Counseling
  • Marriage registration and solemnisation
  • Public teachings and Dharma classes
  • Vow giving (refuge vows, vegetarian vows, Eight Precepts, etc)
  • Answering questions from the public via the Ask A Pastor section on tsemrinpoche.com

Kechara’s Buddhist Pastors receive their ordination from H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, whose vows stem from an unbroken lineage of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist masters going all the way back to Lord Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha.

There are two types of Buddhist pastor within Kechara:

  • Lay Pastors: Individuals who are committed to their spiritual practice but have pre-existing obligations to family and other commitments.
  • Sangha-to-be: Individuals who aspire to become fully ordained members of the Sangha (monastic community) in the near future

The selection and training of a new pastor is a rigorous process, and the appointment is only made with Rinpoche’s blessings. The first Buddhist pastors were ordained on 24th October 2011 and every year since then, more have made this commitment to bring the Buddha’s teachings to people in our modern era.

Kechara’s Buddhist pastors serve the community in a spiritual capacity, assisting H.E. Tsem Rinpoche in his compassionate and visionary works. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s Buddhist pastors serve the community in a spiritual capacity, assisting H.E. Tsem Rinpoche in his compassionate and visionary works. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s pastors perform a variety of blessing ceremonies for members of the public especially during Buddhist festivals such as Wesak. Click on image to enlarge.

At events, or upon special request, pastors conduct children’s baptismal ceremonies to plant the seeds of Dharma in the child’s mindstream so that they may grow up connected to the Dharma and protected by the Three Jewels. Click on image to enlarge.

One of Kechara’s most popular services is vehicle blessings. Our Buddhist pastors bless vehicles through prayers and rituals. After the ceremony, a blessed Buddha image is placed on the dashboard. Click on image to enlarge.

One of Kechara’s most popular services is vehicle blessings. Our Buddhist pastors bless vehicles through prayers and rituals. After the ceremony, a blessed Buddha image is placed on the dashboard. Click on image to enlarge.

A pastor of Kechara officiates during the marriage registration ceremony of a young couple. Click on image to enlarge.

A pastor of Kechara officiates during the marriage registration ceremony of a young couple. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s pastors are empowered by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche to perform last rites and bereavement rituals to blessed the deceased to take a good and swift rebirth. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s pastors are empowered by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche to perform last rites and bereavement rituals to blessed the deceased to take a good and swift rebirth. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s pastors also give teachings and classes to guide spiritual seekers along the path to enlightenment. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s pastors also give teachings and classes to guide spiritual seekers along the path to enlightenment. Click on image to enlarge.

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A Kechara pastor dispenses advice and guidance to a group of visitors at Kechara Forest Retreat. Click on image to enlarge.

A Kechara pastor blesses birds prior to releasing them as part of an animal liberation ceremony. Click on image to enlarge,

A Kechara pastor blesses birds prior to releasing them as part of an animal liberation ceremony. Click on image to enlarge.

At events, or upon special request, pastors conduct children’s baptismal ceremonies to plant the seeds of Dharma in the child’s mindstream so that they may grow up connected to the Dharma and protected by the Three Jewels. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s pastors perform a variety of blessing ceremonies for members of the public especially during Buddhist festivals such as Wesak. Click on image to enlarge.

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The Power of Prayer: Authentic puja services

Life sometimes brings problems and difficulties that can appear insurmountable. Within Buddhism however, pujas and prayers are a proven solution for life’s challenges. In fact, pujas are the direction of positive energy towards a positive aspiration, expressed in a series of rituals and prayers. Such group prayers generate stronger energies than when performed by just one person alone, and can be done for oneself or for someone who is far away. The benefit of pujas is manyfold and encompasses healing, long life, protection, wealth, wisdom, peace and the quick fulfillment of our wishes.

Kechara’s puja house offers a wide range of pujas for every life situation. Our dedicated team has been trained by qualified monks from the illustrious Gaden Monastery and everything they do – from the prayers and rituals to the altar set-up and offerings – is done exactly as it has been for hundreds of years in the greatest monastic institutions of Tibet. To view the full range of pujas, visit VajraSecrets.com.

It is a testament to the dedication, diligence, commitment and sincerity of Kechara’s puja team that the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden took trance via the Venerable 7th Panglung Oracle at Kechara Forest Retreat in 2015. It was the first time in history that the invocation of Dorje Shugden into a qualified Tibetan oracle was performed purely by lay practitioners and without the involvement of Tibetan monks.

 

Kechara Puja House

Address:
18, Jalan Ah Peng,
28700 Bentong,
Pahang, Malaysia.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm daily

Kechara’s puja house is located in the heart of Bentong town, less than 5km away from Kechara Forest Retreat. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s puja house is located in the heart of Bentong town, less than 5km away from Kechara Forest Retreat. Click on image to enlarge.

The warm and inviting atmosphere at Kechara’s puja house welcomes those seeking divine assistance. Click on image to enlarge.

The warm and inviting atmosphere at Kechara’s puja house welcomes those seeking divine assistance. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s pastors are on hand to guide those who need more information on the multitude of pujas available. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s pastors are on hand to guide those who need more information on the multitude of pujas available. Click on image to enlarge.

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All pujas are performed with the blessings of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

All pujas are performed with the blessings of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

A traditional puja being conducted in the puja house’s prayer room. Click on image to enlarge.

A traditional puja being conducted in the puja house’s prayer room. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s puja team is trained in traditional rituals, and regularly performs outcall services including house blessings, bereavement ceremonies and altar consecration. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s puja team is trained in traditional rituals, and regularly performs outcall services including house blessings, bereavement ceremonies and altar consecrations. Click on image to enlarge.

Traditional Tibetan musical instruments are used in certain pujas. Click on image to enlarge.

Traditional Tibetan musical instruments are used in certain pujas. Click on image to enlarge.

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Tormas (ritual offering cakes) are handmade in the traditional manner by the trained puja team. Click on image to enlarge.

Tormas (ritual offering cakes) are handmade in the traditional manner by the trained puja team. Click on image to enlarge.

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Where Knowledge is Power: Dharma classes and education courses

There are books that make us laugh. There are books that make us think, and there are books that inspire us. However the most valuable books are those that move us to look within and help us change for the better. They shape our lives and give us meaning. This is the kind of literature that Kechara produces.

The many titles published by Kechara offer readers the opportunity to heal and grow through knowledge and reading. Authored by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and senior students, these books offer diverse, new perspectives to deal with the challenges of modern daily life, combining the ancient wisdom of Buddha with modern insights, practical relatable examples and personal life experiences.

Our books are sold in major and independent bookstores across Malaysia, as well as online on VajraSecrets.com, Amazon, etc. To date, we have published over 25 books in both English and Chinese, and in a variety of formats (stunning coffee table books, traditional prayer texts, collections of Rinpoche’s teachings, comic books for children and adults) which are written for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

The many titles published by Kechara offer readers the opportunity to heal and grow through knowledge and reading. Click on image to enlarge.

The many titles published by Kechara offer readers the opportunity to heal and grow through knowledge and reading. Click on image to enlarge.

At Kechara, we firmly believe that knowledge is the first step towards finding happiness and peace. With knowledge, we develop wisdom; with wisdom comes the clarity and ability to face any situation in the most positive and beneficial way.

To this end, we also offer Dharma talks and comprehensive education programmes for all levels of learning, including children, beginners and those interested in advanced, serious study. All programmes are based on ancient, authentic teachings and developed to suit modern lifestyles, aptitudes, attitudes and concerns.

Learning is an essential part of spiritual growth. Click on image to enlarge.

Learning is an essential part of spiritual growth. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara offers Dharma talks and comprehensive education programmes for all levels of learning. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara offers Dharma talks and comprehensive education programmes for all levels of learning. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s Dharma classes for children are tailored for different age groups and are supplemented with a colourful variety of activities to assist in learning. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s Dharma classes for children are tailored for different age groups and are supplemented with a colourful variety of activities to assist in learning. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s annual W.O.A.H. Kids Camp is very popular amongst children and parents. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s annual W.O.A.H. Kids Camp is very popular amongst children and parents. Click on image to enlarge.

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Fun activities during camp. Click on image to enlarge.

Fun activities during camp. Click on image to enlarge.

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Spirituality is introduced in a manner that is enjoyable and appealing to kids. Click on image to enlarge.

Spirituality is introduced in a manner that is enjoyable and appealing to kids. Click on image to enlarge.

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Some of the outdoor activities during camp. Click on image to enlarge.

Some of the outdoor activities during camp. Click on image to enlarge.

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Certificates of achievement and prizes are distributed at the end of the camp. Click on image to enlarge.

Certificates of achievement and prizes are distributed at the end of the camp. Click on image to enlarge.

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Broadcasting Peace to a Borderless World: Disseminating Buddhism globally

Everyone loves a story. And there’s no better way to promote positive human attributes and qualities for social change than through the mastery of storytelling. Kechara’s production team actively produces original content using various creative channels to bring H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s message of peace to the global audience. After all, it is only through engaging the audience that actual learning can be shared with all.

Kechara’s production team is also a vital arm in documenting Rinpoche’s precious teachings and everything that happens within Kechara, and preserving it for posterity. The content ranges from Rinpoche’s private and public teachings, to Dharma-related videos such as spiritual practices, interviews with senior students, travel documentaries, the personal spiritual journeys of Kechara’s members, and special events within the Kechara family. Many of these videos can be viewed for free on Rinpoche’s YouTube channel, which has garnered over 12.5 million views!

From formal video productions to on-the-fly live videos, Kechara’s production team is willing and able to handle it all. Click on image to enlarge.

From formal video productions to on-the-fly live videos, Kechara’s production team is willing and able to handle it all. Click on image to enlarge.

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Kechara’s production team tirelessly and professionally documents all important events in Kechara. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s production team tirelessly and professionally documents all important events in Kechara. Click on image to enlarge.

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One of Rinpoche’s senior students, Phng Li Kim, has emerged as a local celebrity host who has found regional success through The Paranormal Zone series. Click on image to enlarge.

One of Rinpoche’s senior students, Phng Li Kim, has emerged as a local celebrity host who has found regional success through The Paranormal Zone series. Click on image to enlarge.

Phng Li Kim and the crew of The Paranormal Zone hard at work! Click on image to enlarge.

Phng Li Kim and the crew of The Paranormal Zone hard at work! Click on image to enlarge.

Rinpoche has also connected millions around the world to the sacred essence of Dharma through the Internet, via diverse topics that range from Madonna to paranormal stories, amazing animal tales and inspiring, pick-me-up teachings. With a strong presence on popular social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and with countless teachings freely available through YouTube and on TsemRinpoche.com, Rinpoche has transcended all borders to bring the teachings of peace to spiritual seekers everywhere, no matter where they are in the world.

In particular, TsemRinpoche.com has played a pivotal role in bringing the Buddha’s teachings and the lineage of Dorje Shugden to millions of people from all walks of life and from different cultures and backgrounds, with content available in English, Chinese, Nepali, Tibetan and Tamil. Keeping up with the times, Rinpoche has also taken to doing occasional live videos to engage directly with his global following.

TsemRinpoche.com has played a pivotal role in bringing the Buddha’s teachings and the lineage of Dorje Shugden to millions of people from all walks of life. Click on image to enlarge.

TsemRinpoche.com has played a pivotal role in bringing the Buddha’s teachings and the lineage of Dorje Shugden to millions of people from all walks of life. Click on image to enlarge.

Rinpoche has a strong presence on popular social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Click on image to enlarge.

Rinpoche has a strong presence on popular social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Click on image to enlarge.

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Rinpoche during a Facebook live video session. Click on image to enlarge.

Rinpoche during a Facebook live video session. Click on image to enlarge.

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Spirituality through Art: Preserving Himalayan artistic traditions

Art has long been known for its therapeutic qualities. Through our Himalayan arts studio, which specialises in the creation and adornment of Buddhist images, Kechara invites all who are interested in the arts to find peace, healing and relaxation through creative expression. Traditional art forms learnt directly from the skilled artisans of Nepal, India and Tibet are combined with new-age artistic influences, thus marrying ancient Buddhist art with contemporary living.

Inspired by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s passion and belief in collecting merit through making offerings to the Buddhas, Kechara’s art studio offers a variety of Buddhist-related arts services including:

  • Mantra rolling and statue insertion
  • Creation of brocade clothing for Buddha statues
  • Adornment of Buddha statues with precious stones or beaded ornaments
  • Beautification and painting of Buddha statues in various styles
  • Repair and restoration of damaged Buddha statues and thangkas
  • Traditional thangka painting
  • Brocading of thangkas
  • Tailoring of monk robes and traditional ritual items made from fabric and brocade
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Creating traditional wealth vases. Click on image to enlarge.

Creating traditional wealth vases. Click on image to enlarge.

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Mantra rolling. Click on image to enlarge.

Mantra rolling. Click on image to enlarge.

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Creating intricate beadwork ornaments for Buddha statues. Click on image to enlarge.

Creating intricate beadwork ornaments for Buddha statues. Click on image to enlarge.

A variety of traditional sewing services are also available. Click on image to enlarge.

A variety of traditional sewing services are also available. Click on image to enlarge.

Thangka painting. Click on image to enlarge.

Thangka painting. Click on image to enlarge.

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Creating Sacred Images: Contemporary Buddhist retail

Cultures the world over recognise the familiar, serene image of the Buddha and the instant energies of peace, harmony and happiness he brings to any environment. Even as a child, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche would draw little paper Buddha pendants and photocopy rare Buddha pictures that he found in books to give away to people, to bless and protect them.

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Creating sacred images. Click on image to enlarge.

In this spirit, Kechara creates and distributes its own Buddha images, from statues as large as 24 feet to pendants as small as one inch, to introduce the blessings of the Buddha and his holy teachings to the lives of as many beings as possible, and to make authentic Tibetan Buddhist items accessible and plentiful for people everywhere, especially for the purposes of spiritual practice.

This goal is made possible through VajraSecrets, a chain of Buddhist retail stores with a strong online arm that offers a wide range of Buddhist services, holy objects and practice supplies, catering for both practising Buddhists and those with a more general interest in meditation and spirituality.

Many of the products offered are made under the auspices of Tsem Rinpoche, carefully sourced from monasteries or crafted by skilled Himalayan artisans, and each is handpicked to support and benefit spiritual aspirants along their spiritual journey. Our knowledgeable staff are well versed in Buddhist knowledge and practices in accordance with Rinpoche’s teachings and the Gelug lineage, and can personally advise each and every customer on how best to set up an altar or get started on the spiritual path.

The retail team consciously adheres to the Buddhist principle that profits should not be made from the sale of Dharma items. Thus, the proceeds from our retail stores are channeled towards furthering the growth of the Dharma and to support Rinpoche’s work and the charitable projects of Kechara such as Kechara Forest Retreat and Kechara Soup Kitchen.

Further, in line with Rinpoche’s wish to help everyone invite a little piece of Buddha’s wisdom into their lives, many items from Rinpoche’s personal collection of Buddhist objects have been made available as pre-loved goods at our Flea Market in Kechara Forest Retreat, for visitors to bring home.

More recently, two affiliated retail stores known as The Dorje Shugden Shop and Bigfoot Universe have been established in the heart of Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur, and on Jalan Ah Peng in Bentong town respectively, selling basic Buddhist items, Dorje Shugden and Bigfoot-themed merchandise and local souvenirs.

Online Store
VajraSecrets.com

A wide range of Buddhist services, holy objects and practice supplies can be found at our online store, Vajrasecrets.com. Click on image to enlarge.

A wide range of Buddhist services, holy objects and practice supplies can be found at our online store, Vajrasecrets.com. Click on image to enlarge.

Some of the Buddha images designed and created in-house, which are available for invitation via VajraSecrets. Click to view product.

Some of the Buddha images designed and created in-house, which are available for invitation via VajraSecrets. Click to view product.

VajraSecrets offers a wide range of pendants for all budgets and occasions.

VajraSecrets offers a wide range of pendants for all budgets and occasions. Click to view product.

VajraSecrets offers a wide range of pendants for all budgets and occasions.

A unique and rare pendant of Flying Vajrayogini. Click to view product.

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A wide range of Vajrayogini-related items can be invited via VajraSecrets. Click to view full collection.

 

VajraSecrets @ Kechara House

Address:
No 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.

VajraSecrets @ Sunwaymas. Click on image to enlarge.

VajraSecrets @ Sunwaymas. Click on image to enlarge.

 

VajraSecrets @ Sunwaymas

Address:
23-1, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.

A wide variety of products is available at VajraSecrets @ Sunwaymas. Click on image to enlarge.

A wide variety of products is available at VajraSecrets @ Sunwaymas. Click on image to enlarge.

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VajraSecrets & Flea Market
@ Kechara Forest Retreat

Address:
Lot 3189, Jalan Chamang
28700 Bentong,
Pahang, Malaysia.

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The retail space adjoining Wisdom Hall in Kechara Forest Retreat is home to both VajraSecrets and the Flea Market. Click on image to enlarge.

The Flea Market is popular amongst visitors looking for a bargain on pre-loved items while VajraSecrets offers a range of KFR-themed souvenirs and Buddhist practice supplies. Click on image to enlarge.

The Flea Market is popular amongst visitors looking for a bargain on pre-loved items while VajraSecrets offers a range of KFR-themed souvenirs and Buddhist practice supplies. Click on image to enlarge.

 

The Dorje Shugden Shop

Address:
Unit 37, No 79, 81 & 83,
Jalan Petaling,
50000 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

The exterior of the Dorje Shugden Shop at Petaling Street in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Click on image to enlarge.

The exterior of the Dorje Shugden Shop at Petaling Street in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Click on image to enlarge.

The interior of the Dorje Shugden Shop at Petaling Street. Click on image to enlarge.

The interior of the Dorje Shugden Shop at Petaling Street. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Bigfoot Universe

Address:
No. 84 Jalan Ah Peng,
28700 Bentong,
Pahang, Malaysia.

Bigfoot Universe in Bentong town, Pahang. Click on image to enlarge.

Bigfoot Universe in Bentong town, Pahang. Click on image to enlarge.

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Advocating Compassionate Dining: Vegetarian restaurants and cafes

Buddhism is often described as a religion of peace and nonviolence. At Kechara, we try to incorporate these qualities in all our daily actions, beginning first, and most easily, with our meals. Kechara Oasis, our vegetarian restaurant in Jaya One, Petaling Jaya promotes a dining lifestyle built upon a foundation of love, respect and compassion for all beings, as kind to the heart as it is to the planet.

When you choose to dine in style at Kechara Oasis, you can eat with peace of mind, knowing that no animal has suffered in order to satisfy your appetite. This is fine dining in every sense of the word.

 

Kechara Oasis, Jaya One

Address:
19, Jalan Universiti,
Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia

Kechara Oasis at Jaya One. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Oasis at Jaya One. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Oasis in Jaya One can accommodate wedding parties, gala dinners, private functions, product launches, cocktail receptions, AGMs, board meetings and entertainment shows for more than 200 guests. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Oasis in Jaya One can accommodate wedding parties, gala dinners, private functions, product launches, cocktail receptions, AGMs, board meetings and entertainment shows for more than 200 guests. Click on image to enlarge.

Double boiled coconut soup. Click on image to enlarge.

Double boiled coconut soup. Click on image to enlarge.

“Little Octopus”

“Little Octopus”

Stir fried lotus root gingko.

Stir fried lotus root gingko.

Pan fried Tibetan momos.

Pan fried Tibetan momos.

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Feeding Hunger, Giving Hope: Soup kitchen and food bank

Having experienced homelessness in his youth, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche always looks out for the welfare of the less fortunate, finding every possible opportunity to give them food and care. Inspired by Rinpoche’s example, small groups of students started going out to distribute packets of warm food once a week to the homeless people living on the streets in central Kuala Lumpur. This has since grown in leaps and bounds.

Today, Kechara Soup Kitchen distributes over 10,000 packets of food every month and our initiatives have grown to encompass serving hot meals from all our soup kitchen premises, street food distribution in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru, an active food bank programme in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kelantan, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Sarawak, medical aid and mobile clinic services, counselling and rehoming services, equipping the underprivileged community with new skills to help them gain meaningful employment, and many other initiatives.

The establishment of Kechara Soup Kitchen was inspired by the life and works of our founder, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen was inspired by the life and works of our founder, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

Meal distribution from our soup kitchen premises. Over 10,000 meals are served each month. Click on image to enlarge.

Meal distribution from our soup kitchen premises. Over 10,000 meals are served each month. Click on image to enlarge.

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Mobile soup kitchen food distribution. Click on image to enlarge.

Volunteers attend a compulsory briefing before heading out on the streets to distribute food to the underprivileged community of Malaysia.

Volunteers attend a compulsory briefing before heading out on the streets to distribute food to the underprivileged community of Malaysia. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen’s committed volunteers distribute food to underprivileged clients on the streets of Malaysia every week without fail, come rain or shine. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen’s committed volunteers distribute food to underprivileged clients on the streets of Malaysia every week without fail, come rain or shine. Click on image to enlarge.

The biggest impact an individual can contribute to the Kechara Food Bank programme is by being a volunteer in distributing the food.

The biggest impact you can contribute to Kechara Soup Kitchen’s programmes is by becoming a volunteer. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen has worked closely with Malaysia’s National Welfare Foundation to establish Pusat Transit Gelandangan Kuala Lumpur, a halfway house for the homeless that can facilitate 150 people at any one time. The team has also established working partnerships with corporations such as Tesco, Sunway Hotels, Munchy’s, SegiFresh and Komugi to collect and redistribute over 200 tonnes of surplus food to 93 NGO partners nationwide, serving over 16,000 underprivileged individuals. All our projects are supported by kind volunteers of all ages, coming from all walks of life, faiths, cultures and backgrounds.

Since our inception in 2008, permanent soup kitchens have been established in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang, and we have been granted tax-exempt status by Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance since 2013. Kechara Soup Kitchen has also been a member of the Association of Asia Food Banks since 2015.

As opposed to warm meals provided by the soup kitchen to the homeless, Kechara's Food Bank programme provides dry food provisions to the urban poor.

As opposed to warm meals provided by the soup kitchen to the homeless, Kechara’s Food Bank programme provides dry food provisions to the urban poor. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen's Operations Director Justin Cheah holds up a day’s haul in provisions for Klang Valley families.

Kechara Soup Kitchen’s Operations Director Justin Cheah holds up a day’s haul in provisions for Klang Valley families. Click on image to enlarge.

Distribution of food to recipients around the country requires up to 50 volunteers daily.

Distribution of food to recipients around the country requires up to 50 volunteers daily. Click on image to enlarge.

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Kechara’s food bank has distributed over 200 tonnes of surplus food to NGO partners and poor families nationwide. Click on image to enlarge.

From left to right: Ybhg. Dato’ Sri Jamil Bin Salleh, Secretary-General to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs; Shinobu Washizawa, Managing Director, AEON CO. (M) BHD.; Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Poh Ying Loo, Executive Director, AEON CO. (M) BHD. launch the AEON Community Food Share Programme in partnership with Kechara Soup Kitchen.

From left to right: Ybhg. Dato’ Sri Jamil Bin Salleh, Secretary-General to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs; Shinobu Washizawa, Managing Director, AEON CO. (M) BHD.; Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Poh Ying Loo, Executive Director, AEON CO. (M) BHD. launch the AEON Community Food Share Programme in partnership with Kechara Soup Kitchen.

Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Ybhg. Dato’ Sri Jamil Bin Salleh, load a tray of food into a Kechara Soup Kitchen truck.

Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Ybhg. Dato’ Sri Jamil Bin Salleh, load a tray of food into a Kechara Soup Kitchen truck.

Kechara’s food bank has distributed over 200 tonnes of surplus food to NGO partners and poor families nationwide.

Kechara’s food bank has distributed over 200 tonnes of surplus food to NGO partners and poor families nationwide. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara’s food bank has distributed over 200 tonnes of surplus food to NGO partners and poor families nationwide. Click on image to enlarge.

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Perhaps one of the most important aspects of Kechara Soup Kitchen’s work is the hope and dignity it offers to those who are so often forgotten by society. Our good works have not gone unnoticed, and Kechara Soup Kitchen has won awards including:

On 18th February 2018, Kechara Soup Kitchen was conferred the World CSR Leadership Award for ‘Excellence & Leadership in Poverty Alleviation’, in recognition of its many years of service to the underprivileged community of Malaysia, and its contribution towards alleviating homelessness, hunger and poverty in partnership with the Malaysian government. Mr Justin Cheah, Kechara Soup Kitchen’s Operations Director was present in Mumbai, India to receive the award on behalf of Kechara Soup Kitchen.

The ‘Fresh Cuts, Fresh Starts’ initiative aimed to give less fortunate members of the community a new look with haircuts from professional hairstylists to brighten their day and support them in their efforts to better their lives. This was a joint effort between Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Joe’s Barber Shop and Kechara Soup Kitchen. Click on image to enlarge.

The ‘Fresh Cuts, Fresh Starts’ initiative aimed to give less fortunate members of the community a new look with haircuts from professional hairstylists to brighten their day and support them in their efforts to better their lives. This was a joint effort between Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Joe’s Barber Shop and Kechara Soup Kitchen. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen also aids underprivileged clients with medical aid and mobile clinic services. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen also aids underprivileged clients with medical aid and mobile clinic services. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen also aids underprivileged clients with medical aid and mobile clinic services. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen also aids underprivileged clients with medical aid and mobile clinic services. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen and Tsem Rinpoche Foundation representatives distribute anti-mosquito care packages to urban poor families. Click on image to enlarge.

Kechara Soup Kitchen and Tsem Rinpoche Foundation representatives distribute anti-mosquito care packages to urban poor families. Click on image to enlarge.

Distribution of anti-mosquito care packages to underprivileged children at Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary KL. Click on image to enlarge.

Distribution of anti-mosquito care packages to underprivileged children at Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary KL. Click on image to enlarge.

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Kechara Soup Kitchen Kuala Lumpur (HQ)

Address:
17, Jalan Barat, Off Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Kechara Soup Kitchen Penang

Address:
6, Halaman Ariffin, Off Jalan Burmah,
10400 Penang, Malaysia.

 

Kechara Soup Kitchen Johor

Address:
80-01, Jalan Molek 2/1, Taman Molek,
81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

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Speaking Up For Those With No Voice: Animal welfare projects

As Buddhists, we believe that every being – big or small – deserves a life free of pain and suffering. Kechara’s animal welfare projects strive to create safe, beautiful havens for all animals to live out their lives freely, with love, care and the best possible living conditions, as every being deserves.

Kechara Forest Retreat is home to a variety of furry and feathered friends rescued over the years by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, whose passion and love for animals is legendary. From abandoned koi fish to unwanted cockatoos suffering in neglect, animals such as these have found a new lease of life and a caring home in this forest sanctuary. If you’d like to support our animal welfare initiatives, please click here.

The 4,000 sq ft walk-in aviary at Kechara Forest Retreat is a spacious and safe sanctuary for birds with fresh water, food, fruit and snacks provided to the 50-strong flock daily. Click on image to enlarge.

The 4,000 sq ft walk-in aviary at Kechara Forest Retreat is a spacious and safe sanctuary for birds with fresh water, food, fruit and snacks provided to the 50-strong flock daily. Click on image to enlarge.

serves as a home for newly rescued birds, and those recuperating from illnesses. Click on image to enlarge.

The 720 sq ft Recovery Aviary serves as a home for newly rescued birds, and those recuperating from illnesses. Click on image to enlarge.

The aviary is home to four sulphur-crested cockatoos named Drolkar, Dechog, Ah Boy and Gongkar.

The aviary is home to four sulphur-crested cockatoos named Drolkar, Dechog, Ah Boy and Gongkar. Click on image to enlarge.

Two rescued African Grey parrots, Aki and Jamyang, also enjoy a safe, comfortable and happy life in KFR’s aviary.

Two rescued African Grey parrots, Aki and Jamyang, also enjoy a safe, comfortable and happy life in KFR’s aviary. Click on image to enlarge.

The main aviary is also home to a large flock of cockatiels. Click on image to enlarge.

The main aviary is also home to a large flock of cockatiels. Click on image to enlarge.

The recovery aviary is home to many budgies, as they are too small to be safely integrated into the main aviary. Click on image to enlarge.

The recovery aviary is home to many budgies, as they are too small to be safely integrated into the main aviary. Click on image to enlarge.

Taking care of animals who are sick or unable to fend for themselves is a practice of compassion and care. Click on image to enlarge.

Taking care of animals who are sick or unable to fend for themselves is a practice of compassion and care. Click on image to enlarge.

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Respecting the Planet: Recycling and green initiatives

Understanding the close relationship we have with our environment, Kechara extends its love to this planet we call home. Recycling initiatives, held throughout the year, aim to make people more aware of what they use from Mother Earth, and encourages them to do their bit to save the world we live in for many future generation.

Recycling initiatives by Kechara. Click on image to enlarge.

Recycling initiatives by Kechara. Click on image to enlarge.

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Creating Conscious Communities: Kechara Forest Retreat

Kechara Forest Retreat, our 35-acre retreat centre in Bentong, Pahang. Click on image to enlarge

Reimagine a world lived better … compassionately.

“Since I was a young child, I wanted to create a place where people come together to live as one with nature, one with the earth; a place for healing, detoxification, contemplation, relaxation, and retreat. An international centre for meditation courses not based on religion but tapping into ourselves and our potential. A place for eco-living modelled on sustainability and growth. This project is Kechara Forest Retreat and it will be a space to inspire the world to do the same in their own communities.”

— H.E. TSEM RINPOCHE —

In line with Rinpoche’s vision, Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) primarily serves as a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat and Wellness centre that heals, nourishes and enlightens life naturally and spiritually. Since the completion of Phase 1 within a year of its conception in early 2012, KFR has been gradually channeling eons of Buddhist wisdom through pragmatic teachings that are a source of peace to a world in search of spiritual empowerment, education and restoration of inner balance.

 

Rediscover Life at Kechara Forest Retreat

 

Explore Tibetan Spiritual Traditions

KFR is a sacred land, home to a pantheon of Tibetan deities presiding peacefully within its grounds, each catering to the different karmic propensities of visitors from all walks of life who step into our mandala. A visit here will have you feeling blessed, renewed and rejuvenated. And, even if you are not spiritually inclined, KFR presents the opportunity to experience the distinctively rich culture, history and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Spend a few hours, a day or more as our guest, take a walk through our gardens, offer candles to the Buddhas, make a prayer in our meditation hall, or just sit and listen to the calming sounds of the forest.

 

Kechara Forest Retreat: Take Time for Important Things

The best way to explore KFR is to embark on a self-guided Holy Walk covering the following sacred sites within our beautifully manicured grounds.

  • World’s Largest Dorje Shugden Statue
  • Buddha Shakyamuni
  • Lama Tsongkhapa
  • Vajrayogini Stupa
  • Outdoor Dorje Shugden Grotto
  • Buddha Nageshvaraja
  • Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Cabin
  • Four-Armed Manjushri
  • Loma Gyonma
  • Green Tara
  • Manjushri Nagaraksha
  • Gyenze Chapel

You are welcome to wander these sacred abodes and immerse yourself in the holy energies of the enlightened beings. You can also pay homage or show your respect in traditional Tibetan fashion via mantra recitation, hand-held prayer wheel spinning, circumambulation, prostration, meditation and making offerings of Mantra Stones, Candles, Incense, Flowers, Fruits, Food (vegetarian), Beverages and more. And, if you’re seeking ways to deepen your spiritual practice, consider speaking to one of our Buddhist pastors to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism, rituals and pujas, or to receive advice and a blessing.

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Escape into the Heart of Nature

Located in an exurban forest within the quaint town of Bentong, Pahang, KFR also advocates unconditional love for the entire environment. Hence, you may want to peruse our list of initiatives and activities that cultivate conscious communities with the concept of sustainable living.

The inner workings of ancient Buddhist teachings come to life daily amidst the contemporary settings of Kechara Forest Retreat.

The inner workings of ancient Buddhist teachings come to life daily amidst the natural setting of Kechara Forest Retreat.

 

Spiritual Living at its Best

Enveloped by the beauty of the pristine forestscape, our fully furnished accommodations exude positive feels that are tranquil and therapeutic. Both ‘Manjushri Guest House’ & ‘Dukkar Apartments’ have all the makings of a perfect abode for retreats, suited for individuals, families and groups. Here, the need to escape life and have a quiet moment to contemplate, meditate and rejuvenate the mind, body and being is fully captured in essence and spirit.

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Help Us Build a Better Future

If you’re interested to support Kechara Forest Retreat and lend us a hand, please click here to find out how you can contribute, or click here to explore our flexible volunteering projects that can fit your skill sets and personal interests. Every form of contribution is greatly appreciated – no matter how big or small.

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on May 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    This post came to my mind and I’m glad it really came up!?It’s very nice and easy for everyone to read about Kechara all in one place!?Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this great idea and fun and easy to read post on Kechara???????

  2. wen lhan skye morrison on Sep 14, 2018 at 4:25 am

    Thank you for such interesting information, it is lovely to see all these wonderful departments and the beautiful work you all do to benefit all beings. I would like to get in touch with Paul Yap from KSA regarding painting, it would be so helpful if you could pass on his email. Many thanks,
    Wen Lhan Skye
    (UK)

  3. […] Kechara’s 13 departments […]

  4. odbayar on Jan 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    i’m mongolian. i like to listening renbochy

  5. Lee Mun Kit on Sep 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I would like to pay a visit to Kechara Centre but do not have the adress,please let me know where it is located possibly near any known buildings.I am very impressed with Tsem Rinpoche’s Video Clips thru my cousin’s facebook(Yeap Min Siang) from Penang.Tq

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  9. weeliang on Jan 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    All the departments at Kechara House benefited me in different ways. To my opinion, we should try to volunteer and experience each and every department to see how they teach us different attributes. This is also an opportunity to meet all the great ppl at the different departments.

  10. Li Kheng on Nov 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    It is inspiring that the various Kechara Departments are headed and represented by “normal” people who have pursued and achieved corporate success and have daily livelihood responsibilities. They have willingly and eagerly chosen this “new” path in their lives as a result of the value they witness in the Dharma. They have chosen to dedicate their lives to benefiting others through their skills, abilities and knowledge…thereby leaving being a true legacy. A big “Thank you” to Kecharians for giving us the opportunity to meet pure Dharma and the profound teachings of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

    Additionally, this write up clearly reveals the vision and dream behind the 6 departments under Kechara. With deeper understanding in what these departments intend to achieve, volunteers and visitors will also make educated choices on ways to participate and contribute effectively.

    As always, Rinpoche’s blog provide empowering information for us to make progressive and sustainable efforts in our spiritual journey.

  11. […] picture has a brief description. For more extensive description you can go to http://www.kechara.com or Kechara’s 13 Departments (Part 1) and   Kechara’s 13 Departments (Part […]

  12. Thierry on Oct 14, 2010 at 12:41 am

    If Kechara is stunning seen from within the organisation. I can only imagine the impression it gives from outside!
    And there is much more to come, look forward to and take part of.

  13. Margaretlee on Oct 12, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Back in 2000, Rinpoche started kechara with its first shop Kechara Paradise in SS2. That was our Dharma shop as well as our center then. As Rinpoche has mentioned many times that teaching Dharma in a foreign country to lay people is not easy at all,but he follows the advice from his Guru deligently and no matter how many obstacles he faced during the past 10 years and how many times he wanted to leave and went for retreats, he persisted and with some loyal and steadfast students, now kechara has grown heaps and bounds!

    Rinpoche has shown all his students that nothing is impossible. His motivation is simple, to bring Dharma to all walks of life through the many departments offering different interests and needs to everyone.

    Kechara will continue to grow……..that is for sure!

  14. patsy on Oct 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I am so lucky to be part of Kechara family. Through the guidance of Rinpoche, Kechara has expanded and grew so big. However, it will not stop from here but will go even bigger with Menara Kechara and Kechara World Peace Center manifesting in the near future.

  15. keng tan on Oct 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I am so proud to be part of this organisation. The multi-faceted Kechara Organisation is not just like any other corporate organisation where people can go and learn and improve skills but one that helps improve ones inner being which ultimately leads to less anguish and anxiety in this modern hustling and bustling society

  16. Anila on Oct 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Here are part of Rinpoche’s 13 departments in Kechara Organisation which is a small animal Sanctuary in Tsem Ladrang which at the moment has an aviary with birds and a small part of the garden with two giant tortoises. Then there are Kechara Discovery headed by Paul which deals in the finding of manufacturers of statues and designing pendants for sale in the outlets. KSA also is another section headed by Paul which sews Thankas and paint statues, roll mantras to be inserted in to the statues which people invited. KMP helps Rinpoche to promote his books and publications to generate more funds for Rinpoche to produce more dharma books. KIM which is Kechara in Motion is a dept to help promote Rinpoche’s teachings by Video n film.

  17. Dino Goh on Oct 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I’m proud to see the growth of so many departments. Each of them attracts different quality people to join and help and make it a safe space for body, speech and mind. Many don’t feel lonely anymore because of what they did make a difference in other people’s life. Just like what you did. Thanks for creating all this wonderful and beautiful departments.

    Dino

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:22 PM
    Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. Well he was best known for his discovery that black holes emit radiation which can be detected by special instrumentation. His discovery has made the detailed study of black holes possible. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking did mentioned in an interview that, it is natural to believe God created the universe. He think science has a more compelling explanation than a divine creator. Religion believes in miracles, but these aren’t compatible with science. Well said by him.
    Everything we have in life is all came as a result of research either from ourselves or others. That’s true.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this informative blog

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/he-says-with-certainty.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:21 PM
    The Dyatlov Pass incident was an event in which nine Soviet hikers died mysteriously in the northern Ural Mountains in 1959. A group of ski hikers led by Igor Dyatlov just perished in this remote peak. Some of them succumbed to hypothermia, but others were found with grisly injuries. No one yet comes to the conclusion what had exactly happened to them and solved one of history’s greatest adventure .The Dyatlov Pass Incident, came to be known and have inspired countless conspiracy theories, such as Yetis, and even extra-terrestrial contact with the unknown. These men and women were never heard from again. A criminal investigation at the time blamed their deaths on an unknown natural force. Sound interesting. There’s some unknown creatures or aliens maybe that cause their death i do believe., as we are not alone.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/tell-me-what-you-think.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:19 PM
    Samaya is a set of Buddhist vows and commitments that are given when one receives empowerment in the Vajrayana Buddhist order. Guru devotion plays an important part in our spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. As explained by Tsem Rinpoche our Guru we must have a good relations and good samaya with the guru. We can never be overstressed on the spiritual path or else our mind will degenerate. Breaking the samaya vows is worse than breaking any other laws. Breaking a samaya results in a heavy bad karma, especially if one disregards or dislikes, the Guru who have gave us the teachings. The Dorje Shugden controversy had cause disharmony and sufferings to many practitioners. For some of them been drifted away causing them to break their samaya then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:17 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura, a monumental outdoor bronze statue is one of the most famous icons of Japan. It sits in the grounds of Kotokuin, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. An equal opportunities Buddha, guiding all to the Pure Land, built in the mid 13th century and is the second tallest bronze Buddha in Japan. Looks stunning this statue with historical stories behind it. Love to visit and see for myself this magnificent statue.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-love-kamakura-buddha-in-japan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:34 PM
    Yes there are many mysterious creatures everywhere this very planet. Its only that we don’t encounter before. Many mysterious creatures such as Owl man , ‘lizard man, Flatwoods monster may exist after-all. Many of them exist in the wild but scientist do not believed it exist by mainstream science. Reading this blog is an eye-opening for me. Just fantastic knowing such creatures do exist. Some of them looks scary to me like the Canvey island monster which had horse-shoe shaped feet with five toes and it had no ‘arms’. Even though its just a carcass seen on the shores of Canvey Island in England. Ferociously looking . Bunyip another creatures found in swamps which has a dog-like face, dark fur, horse-like tail and walrus-like horns. Interesting reading to know that there are some of the mysterious creatures .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-most-horrifying-creatures.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:31 PM
    Looking at those pictures in this blog says all. Hundred thousands of monks and locals from different monasteries receiving Dorje Shugden initiation from highly attained Lamas. From one picture where thousands of tents were set up outside the monastery hosting the ceremony for the thousands of attendees. Thousands of fortunate practitioners were fortunate to receive initiation of Dorje Shugden from high lamas of the Gelug lineage . We are fortunate to read and watch those updates from Tibet and else where.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these updates.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/updates-from-tibet-and-elsewhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:29 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha who has been worshipped throughout history by several schools in Tibetan Buddhism. The protector Dorje Shugden was arose from a lineage of highly attained masters who have been taking rebirth life after life. Solely for the benefit of all sentient beings and the preservation of the Dharma. Having to ask for divine help is no exception for Keng Nam. Dorje Shugden the Dharma Protector will help everyone regardless of race and faith in difficult time when pray to him sincerely.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Keng Nam for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/calling-upon-the-divine.html
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    Saturday, Jan 14. 2023 08:09 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:27 PM
    The interest in vegan and vegetarian products is on the rise, especially after consumers become aware of the cruelty involved in producing animal-based foods. Undercover footage released shows slaughterhouse brutal treatment of animals such as pigs , sheep and so forth being kicked, beaten, and thrown into cages before they are slaughtered. The animals should be immediately slaughtered so as to spare them the pain, stress, and anxiety. Secret footage shot inside a slaughterhouse has reignited a row over animal cruelty. Its sad watching this video. As results leading animal protection organisation Animal Aid requested more CCTV cameras to be place in all abattoirs. The public do not want to see animals treated in such a cruel way . To go vegetarian will be the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing high-lighted the sufferings of animals in slaughter house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/secret-abattoirs-in-the-uk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:26 PM
    Generally, Buddhist teaching views life and death as a continuum, believing that consciousness continues after death and may be reborn. We’re all going to face death, so we shouldn’t ignore it. Being realistic about our mortality enables us to live a full, meaningful life. Buddhist teachings emphasize the idea that although one’s destiny is always influenced by past karma. That is, our actions in this and previous lives shape the outcome for the next life. Reading this article had me understand further . To learn ,practice Dharma is the best choice I have made. We have our Guru to thank for sharing with us the journey from birth to death. This article gave us a better understanding of what happens to us after we pass away according to Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/what-happens-when-we-die-heres-what-buddhism-says.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:24 PM
    Palden Tenpai Nyima a native of Tibet, he was the 7th Panchen Lama of Tibet. The Panchen Lama is the second highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama in the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan . Palden Tenpai Nyima did compiled and edited voluminous collection of tantric deity sadhanas or spiritual practices known as Rinjung Lhantab. Rinjung Gyatsa collection of sadhanas originally came from the great Tibetan scholar Jetsun Taranatha. In turn, Taranatha’s collection was based on the ancient Sadhanamala collection of works by various Indian authors. It was believed to have been compiled between the 5th and 11th centuries which can be traced back to its Indian roots. Its more suitable for higher practitioners . Jetsun Taranatha was one of the important masters of the Jonang lineage, was of crucial importance for the Shangpa Kagyu tradition who had contributed tremendously in Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/rinjung-lhantab-the-panchen-lamas-collection-of-sadhanas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 29. 2022 02:00 PM
    Monk robes offering is the highest offering and the most meritorious of skillful deeds. The act of offering robes to the Sangha, one will be free from the suffering of hungry ghost realm and taking rebirth in the human form with complete perfect physical, attractive, conceivably pleasant and beautiful shape. Merits of offering robes to Sangha is extremely glorious. The Sangha has preserved, propagated and taught the teachings of the Buddha for centuries. As a result, millions have benefitted from their diligent effort and compassion, hence with understanding and gratitude, it is meritorious for us to offer robes to monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/new-offering-of-monk-robes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 29. 2022 01:58 PM
    The Tian Tan Buddha is one of the largest seated Buddha images in the world. Amazing on clear sky the image sight to behold and is a popular tourist . The enormous sculpture is made of 202 bronze pieces and sits on a three-story platform. One have to walk 268 steps up to the top, to have a magnificent views from this privileged vantage point on Lantau Island . Many locals and tourist do enjoy this breath-taking views of the sea, mountains and the city of Hong Kong. I would love this if given a chance to visit this stunning statue. It’s a great experience for those lucky students and friends making this memorable trip with Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/liaisons/visiting-hong-kong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 29. 2022 01:55 PM
    Revisit this blog again to bring awareness loving animals. Be kind , caring and give love to animals. Interesting read of the four stories in this blog . Where activist from the Animal Naturalis organization, The International Organization for the Rights of Animals, volunteers and so forth doing what they could to save animals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/news.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 27. 2022 04:23 PM
    Originating in India, the tradition of wealth vases arrived in Tibet over 1,000 years ago. It seem treasure vase has the power to magnetize wealth and abundance, improve health, and remove obstacles to long life. The Vases were very well known in Tibet for centuries, and many families had them. The Wealth Treasure Vase brings blessings to its owner . Recording to them a wealth vase is an accumulation of what brings them joy, contentment, and a sense of generosity. Its effects help pacify anger and warfare and increase wisdom and compassion for all. They are considered sacred objects empowered to promote abundance. Based in a rich and long lineage of traditional Tibetan Buddhism, its auspicious for anyone to invite one back home or as a gift to someone. All treasure of abundance vases are consecrated in a traditional ceremony by high lamas.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-wealth-vases.html

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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Penang Dharma bro and sis Lou Hei, a vegetarian Yee Sang ( a prosperity toss) complete with auspicious phrases such as wishing for more Kechara members, more retreats and of course, swift return of Rinpoche to KFR. Huat Ah!!! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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After year end puja, we proceeded with a small gathering. The food was outstanding, especially the vege curry and sa hor fun! We were even enchanted by the smells of it. We also had apple pie, tong sui and many more. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Restoring the shine after rubbing! Chin Shuen and Hue are polishing the serkym set & offering bowls here. 'Many Hands Make Light Work' Day @ Kechara Penang Chapel by Jacinta.
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Last Monday, 28th Nov 2022 was 'Many Hands Make Light Work' Day. Kechara Penang members gathered together to clean the altar, polish offerings bowls and etc. Sweeping, cleaning and arranging offerings are very important in Buddhism. In fact, it's the first of the preparatory practices as taught in Lamrim. While we clean, it's good to chant mantras or listening to it, such as reciting 'Dulpung Drima Pung' when we are sweeping. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Look here, Smile! 1, 2, 3.... chik chak. Thank you everyone. That's our picture for the Dorje Shugden puja and see you all next Saturday @ 3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta.
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Sumptuously decorated food offerings to Rinpoche and Buddhas, thanks to Siew Hong and KS Tang during Penang weekly DS puja on 22/10/2022 ~ by Jacinta.
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
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DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
9 months ago
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
9 months ago
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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