Homelessness in Malaysia

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A homeless elderly man named Cheong Kuan sleeps all alone in the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur.

A homeless elderly man named Cheong Kuan sleeps all alone in the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Across the globe, homelessness affects people of all ages, color and creed, and both genders. It is near impossible for a country’s administration to ascertain the true number of homeless people in their country, for some people may find themselves literally out in the streets the next day.

The reasons for homelessness vary from riches to rags, domestic quarrels, being disowned by the family or running away from home to escape physical or sexual abuse. This includes older people being kicked out from their homes after they willed their property over to their next of kin, individuals being asked to leave home for continued substance abuse or for stealing from their family, or being cheated by so-called employment agencies or persons with the promise of lucrative job offers but left stranded after they arrived at their destination. These victims could have used up their life savings to pay for the agency’s fees or worse still, could have borrowed money for the fees and travelling expenses.

Kuala Lumpur is estimated to have about 2,000 homeless people in 2016 but the actual figure could be much higher.

In 2004/2005, the founder of Kechara, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, together with some friends started regularly distributing about 15 packets of food to the homeless in Kuala Lumpur. Those were the humble beginnings of Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) and its motto, ‘Hunger Knows No Barriers’, aptly describes the services it provides to the less fortunate.

Tsem Rinpoche knows how it is to be homeless. When he was a teenager growing up in America, he had experienced homelessness there. He left his foster parents’ home in New Jersey, and hitchhiked to Los Angeles, California. He had little money and had to resort to sleeping in parks and under bridges. Many times, he went without food for the day. As such, Rinpoche always says not to judge people or ask why they are homeless, but to offer them food, show them care and compassion. After all, they are people, just like us.

H.E. Tsem RInpoche with Kechara Soup Kitchen Committee

Rinpoche with Kechara Soup Kitchen’s committee

Today KSK serves an average of 12,000 sets of food in a month. Each set consists of vegetarian food, bottled water, biscuits and fruit.

Weekdays see the homeless queuing for their meals at KSK’s premises in downtown Kuala Lumpur. And while having their meals, they can have their laundry done and dried within the premises. KSK is very thankful to all its sponsors for the building, vans, food truck, food and monetary contributions. And also importantly, many thanks to the volunteers who turn out in the dozens each Saturday night to help distribute food to the clients’ doorsteps (which they call home). Their home could be the pavement, bus stops and terminals, beneath bridges or any place they can find a decent roof over their heads.

To become a volunteer, one has to be at least 18 years old and must attend an orientation briefing conducted by a KSK staff or volunteer team leader in KSK’s office premises. Visual aids like slides and videos are used to explain the dos and don’ts before going out into the streets for food distribution. Some of the homeless are sensitive to new faces and may take offence when new volunteers approach.

First time volunteers being briefed before hitting the streets for food distributing

First time volunteers being briefed before hitting the streets for food distribution

The homeless are used to living life on the streets and they value their freedom, preferring it to living in shelters and homes run by authorities or NGOs. They may mistake the volunteers as government officers out to nab them. Some homeless are drug addicts and may be very insistent when their demands are not met. There are also ageing prostitutes and it would not be ideal for new volunteers to interact with them during their first time on the streets. So, to ensure the safety of the volunteers, KSK staff request they wear KSK tshirts, proper footwear, no jewelry and expensive handbags, no giving of cash or other items apart from what is already prepared, and not to wander off alone while on the streets. New volunteers will be under the supervision of a seasoned volunteer or KSK staff.

In addition to serving food, KSK’s volunteer doctors provide free medical check ups, wound dressings, and non-prescription medication to the clients. Serious cases will be sent to the nearest hospital for further evaluation or admission. The team of doctors are selfless and are always available for the clients. KSK even had eyewear companies giving out glasses prescribed by their opticians.

Volunteer Doctors treat the homeless in our mobile clinic every weekend

Volunteer doctors treat the homeless in our mobile clinic every weekend

Other services provided by KSK and its volunteers are free haircuts, hand-me-down clothes, handbags, shoes, books, children’s toys and diapers, electrical and household items. Another area of service is to assist clients to replace their lost documents through application at relevant government departments. Job interviews are also arranged for clients willing to work. KSK also helps to reconnect some clients with their families.

Kechara Soup Kitchen volunteers talking to a client who woke up from his sleep

Kechara Soup Kitchen volunteers talking to a client who woke up from his sleep

The important next to-do on the KSK committee’s list as its medium-term goal is to expand on the existing food bank programme which runs on donated surplus food given by sponsors who own food businesses. This helps to reduce food wastage and benefits the needy. The donated food is also distributed among other NGOs who in turn hand them out to their clients. This ensures surplus food from sponsors does not go to waste. And because of this kind food sponsorship, KSK’s premises is bursting at its seams.

The long-term objective of KSK is to set up a nurture centre to arm the homeless and those below the poverty line with the necessary skills for them to secure jobs. The plan is to have basic infrastructure including clean water and electricity, classes cum workshops, a hostel and a canteen. The objective is not to give free handouts to the homeless but to reintroduce them back into society with their dignity intact.

Our Soup Kitchen provides free meals to the homeless everyday

Our soup kitchen provides free meals to the homeless everyday

KSK has a branch in Penang with committed volunteers serving the homeless, and a kind group of volunteers in Johor Bahru doing the same.

KSK’s committee members appeal to kind sponsors to generously donate in making our wish list a reality. For more details, please contact +603 2141 6046 or email ksk@kechara.com.

 

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  1. S.Prathap on Jul 25, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Homelessness is not a choice .They end up on streets for many reasons like being chased out or drug addicts.KSK doing such a great job by giving them food,medical care and kindness.
    By helping the homelessness people to getting jobs or opportunity,we can create a caring and compassionate circle of life in our country.Best wishes KSK and thank so much for this good article.

  2. CindyH on Jan 12, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Another indication of how KSK seeks to think for the benefit and from the perspective of those in need, (apart from the focusing on the small details like providing meals which can last longer for them) is how KSK always seeks to expand other services with the aim of, as much as possible, (i) integrating those on the streets back to society and (ii) preventing those at the verge poverty to be forced to the streets.
    Hence, we see services like medical aids, food banks, basic sanitary services eg haircut, facilities to wash their clothes, replacement of IC, even aid (time, money and effort) to locate and reunite some on the streets with their loved ones etc.

    Further, not only does KSK give immediate relief, KSK also focuses on the long-term welfare of those in need by creating avenues where they can sustain themselves long term, such as assistance to find jobs, teaching them skills such as sewing blankets or making rugs etc. Apparently, there are even plans for a proper job training centre in the pipeline.

    In addition, the expansion of KSK has resulted in the participation of more and more volunteers which also serve to spread awareness and also helps to clear up the misconceptions about homelessness and poverty.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor Henry for sharing this article and for the continuous great work with KSK.

  3. Lew on Jan 10, 2017 at 1:04 am

    One of the main thing I like about Kechara Soup Kitchen is her consistency in helping the homeless, and also her quick adaptation to work with other soup kitchens.

    Through my years of volunteering in KSK, I find that there are quite a number of other individuals who give out food on an occasional basis. I am not saying this is bad, but the lack of consistency can sometimes cause over supply of food to homeless and caused wastage. I feel those who wish to give out food on individual basis should work with KSK or start distributing food outside of KL so that there is no wastage.

    To counter over supply of food, KSK did adapt. KSK gave out food such as sandwiches or burger which can be kept longer, so that in case the homeless received hot food such as rice, they can keep the burger until morning without going bad. This is very thoughtful and practical.

    I wish KSK success with their food bank project, and their ultimate goal of setting up a job training centre to get even more people off the streets!

  4. wan wai meng on Jan 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Homelessness is a social issue affecting many countries around the world, and a bit more common in developed and developing countries. It is a problem of urban societies and communities.

    What KSK does is to give ‘consistently’ and that is regardless of rain or shine, public holiday or otherwise. It is a form of supreme giving by the committees, volunteers of KSK. And they do this year on year without fail, without wanting or needing anything back from the people they are assisting, one exception could be KSK might want the KSK clients from now henceforth to take care of themselves better, and if there is an opening or chance to be better to also take that action to be a better person.

    Mostly we hear about successes and but I am sure KSK has it share of challenges and also times when things don’t turn out well, and KSK people they absorb that suffering and they still carry on their mission for their clients. This to me is the supreme form of giving.

  5. Stella Cheang on Jan 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Homeless had been frowned upon in this and other countries because they are seen as parasites of the society, leading many to jump to their conclusion or pass judgement quickly. But thankfully, with the loving kindness of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, the homeless are not neglected. Kechara Soup Kitchen was founded by His Eminence and established with the sole purpose to feed them and if possible, to re-home them too. Thank you to all the hard work by members of Kechara Soup Kitchen, 2000 homeless within Kuala Lumpur were fed and attended to in 2016 alone. Thank you very much Pastor Henry for this article and thank you Rinpoche for giving us a chance to help the less fortunate.

  6. Alice Tay on Dec 23, 2016 at 12:32 am

    About 11 years ago , the food distribution is started with about 15 packets of food to the homeless in Kuala Lumpur. Now, KSK serves an average of 12,000 sets of food in a month. This shows that they are more generous people to get involved in this good deeds. But on the other side, it showed more people are needed for help.

    For those are interested to be a volunteer, may consider to join KSK. It is opened for everyone but the volunteer has to be at least 18 years old and must attend an orientation briefing conducted by a KSK staff or volunteer team leader in KSK’s office premises. Besides, KSK also seeking for kind sponsors to generously donate in making KSK’s wish list a reality.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Henry sharing this and hope this will inspire more people become more generous in kind of monetary or dedicate their time and efforts to become a volunteer.

  7. Lin Mun on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    It is great effort done by KSK team. From a small team it has now grown so much to help those living in the street in so many ways. It is our responsible to help the needy as we are all human. Many of them live in the street not because the do not want or lazy to work but due to them being conned and stranded in the big city. It is heart wrenching to hear their stories.

    KSK not only provide basic help like food and water but also help get them job so they can be independent again. This is important to help them get out from this cycle.

    May there be more volunteers and financial support coming in consistently to KSK so they can reach out to many more.

  8. Pavara Lam on Dec 18, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    KSK is doing a fantastic job by helping the homeless people of Malaysia.
    The homeless people often find themselves on the streets due to, Lack of money, drug addiction, and mistreatment by family members, as such it is important for us to try and help these people up and hopefully get them back to society.

    I really hope that KSK will be able to keep up the good work and help benefit more homeless people in Malaysia.

  9. JP on Dec 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    All of us go through ups and downs throughout our life. Sometimes we just need a helping hand to pull us back up. This is what Kechara Soup Kitchen is about. Kechara’s community service arm is making waves to helping the homeless.

    We encourage people from all walks of life to experience what it’s like to extend some care and kindness to others who are at the lowest time of their life. You may realise how we take the most basic things for granted. Most of us in Malaysia are blessed with a roof over our head, a clean bed to sleep on, clean water to drink and having more than 1 meal a day. Our clients on the streets can only dream of it.

    May Kechara Soup Kitchen continue to provide hope to the destitute and inspire others to reach out to the less fortunate.

  10. Colin Tan on Dec 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Whenever we mention about homeless, images that immediately come to our mind could be people walking on the street, smelly, dirty, hungry, obnoxious or drunk. We might not know the real reason behind why these homeless end up on the street. There are many factors leading to them taking to the streets for refuge, e.g. drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling, mentally illness, and jobless, abandoned by family, or runaway from home.

    We might think that they should be responsible for what they did to lead them to the street. In fact, they should. But we might not understand what kind of hardship or dark passage they had experienced in life. Hence we have no right to judge them. Many of the homeless are rejected by family & society, where they feel like a burden & feel hopeless in the world. It’s a big step for them to crawl out from the predicament and to regain their self-esteem to face the challenge in life again.
    There are small steps we can do for them, by exercising empathy, by remembering the humanity of each man or woman we see on the street, to treat them with dignity. Or we can take a bigger step to be a volunteer, or to donate to NGOs like KSK, to channel the proper help required, to eventually assist the homeless to find a job and to go back to family and society again.

  11. Samfoonheei on Nov 28, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    “Hunger Knows No Barrier”. Beautiful motto……the services it provides to the less fortunate,Well said..Kechara Soup Kitchen” (K.S.K) founded by our Guru Rinpoche to serves the homeless with foods as Rinpoche know well how it is like without food and shelter.Other services provided by KSK are free haircuts, free medical check ups, wound dressings and so forth.Its great to know more and more volunteers joining KSK to see for themselves and to serve the homeless.Hopefully more homeless will be taken off the streets with the help of KSK and more to benefit from KSK.
    Thank you Pastor Henry for sharing this article.

  12. shelly tai on Nov 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for sharing with us on KSK. KSK is really doing a good job for the homeless and urban poor family in Malaysia because this are the group of people who desperately need help and in most of the time our government has not enough man power to do all these welfare work for the needy so with KSK come along it will help to ease out a lot of problems that this homeless face and some of them are capable to work which KSK will help them to look for a job so that they live independently without the support from KSK, thats is really a very meaningful task.

  13. Uncle Eddie on Nov 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    As the saying goes,”Compassion knows no barriers.” It is in this spirit, that our compassionate Rinpoche is said to have use the community action arms of Kechara to organise and start off in 2004/2005, “Kechara Soup Kitchen” (K.S.K) Despite the early days of suffering of abuse, loneliness, Homeless, hunger, starvation and the experiences of sleeping alone desolately, on the streets during that time of his journey from New Jerseys to Los Angeles, yet, Rinpoche haboured absolutely no resentment nor sadness! Instead, using those suffering painful experiences, he has transformed those harrowing experiences of starvation and sleeping on the streets into one of incredible light and Happiness for others. Our Rinpoche has always put the needs of others before self! Through Kechara, Rinpoche will do whatever it takes to relieve the sufferings of others, and always will help to extend food to the homeless, the old, infirm, abused, orphans and the less fortunate! He has also taught and shown to us that the act of giving also develops within us the virtue of generosity, which is the direct antidote to miserliness and counter attachments, which is a source of suffering! A great many thanks to Pastor Henry Ooi, and his hard-working team for heading, carring and managing Kechara Soup Kitchen(KSK) in delivering food, medical aids and other needy services to the homeless and urban poor of Malaysia! Heartfelt appreciation should also be expressed to the kind-hearted sponsors and generous contributors as well, for all their merciful donations made in relieving the sufferings and hardships of the homeless poor and desolute! Om Mani Padme Hum.

  14. Fong on Nov 28, 2016 at 12:27 am

    KSK has been a boon not just in helping to stave off hunger for a night or a day. I’ve seen these volunteers give medical aid, help them replace documents like identity cards, help them get shelter at homes and most important of all, help them get a job and reintegrate into society.

    And, then there is the food bank where KSK helps the urban poor by helping with basic food items while they get back on their feet.

    KSK has been doing a good job of embodying the motto “Hunger Knows No Barrier”. There are also those whom KSK has helped and they themselves are now volunteers showing how much they appreciate what KS has done for them.

    Thank you, Pastor Henry for this sharing and for the great work of KSK.

  15. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 27, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for writing and sharing the article about homelessness in Malaysia. This article will definitely give the most truthful facts about being homeless and how we can help the homeless people on the streets. Usually, almost everyone will try to avoid or stay further away whenever there is any homeless people loitering around within the vicinity with the thought of these homeless people can just be treated as someone who is bad and they will commit all sorts of crime but in fact, they are not.

    As this article has clearly explained to us that there are many reasons why these people ended up in homeless condition without getting all the basic necessities. The homeless people do not want to sleep on the streets at night and they do not want to get hunger all the times without getting shower for days, weeks or months. They have no other choice due to many reasons such as being in deep depression, being unwanted by their own family members, having criminal records and not getting hired for a job and many more reasons which we may not even realize at this point of time.

    Since the homeless people are not criminal, they will not hurt us or do any harms onto us, they need our help in both physical and mental aspects. Kechara Soup Kitchen, which was founded by H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, can provide all the guidelines and methods on how to approach and help the homeless people in Malaysia. By helping and lifting up the homeless people back into society with jobs or opportunities for them to survive on their own, we can create a caring and compassionate circle of life in our country.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  16. Yee Mun (KISG) on Nov 27, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for your sharing on KSK.

    Every KSK client has their own stories how they become homeless. But their stories are not important, what is important is how we can help them. Feeding them food is the first step to help them to overcome their hunger and is also a way to gain trust from them so that KSK will be able to help them further. KSK has growed so much that from only feeding at the initial stage till now, they can provide other services such as free medical assistance to the homeless, reconnect back to their family, finding them a job & etc. The success of KSK is the join efforts of a great leadership, committed staff, volunteers and generous sponsors. May KSK have the necessary and continous support to help the homeless.

  17. Ron Wong on Nov 27, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    This is a very meaningful service that KSK is providing to the society especially to the homeless who are now receiving food, medical care & kindness which they have lost the moment they are out on the street.

    Like a beacon of light, KSK, the volunteers & sponsors radiate hope & joy to these unfortunate souls who could have disappear over time on the face of the society unnoticed by anyone.

    The idea of training & nurturing the homeless with the necessary skill & confidence for them to be out of the street & back on their own is very practical. It is beneficial to both the homeless & society as it helps to reduce the number of homeless & restore a sense of purpose to their lives. I believe KSK is a community service that not only bring hope & joy to the homeless but also the people serving the homeless.

    Thank you Pastor Henry for sharing this meaningful life experience.

  18. Pastor David Lai on Nov 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for this informative article about the reality of homelessness in Malaysia and the relief work that Kechara Soup Kitchen does and especially the exposure that KSK brings to urban poverty in Malaysia. There are those that criticize such work by saying that it encourages homelessness and the urban poor to rely on handouts. But these are empty talk because apathy is not a solution to the urban problem of homelessness and the urban poor. I think some of the programs run by KSK is incredible like the food bank and the attempts to introduce jobs and get them off the streets. Such great work by Pastor Henry and his team at Kechara Soup Kitchen.

  19. TekLee on Nov 27, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Thank you Pastor Henry for sharing this article. It takes a very big courage to be homeless also. I actually ever thought of doing it one night, experience what the clients experience sleeping on the street. But, in the end, I gave up this thought. It really takes a very big courage to sleep on the street. Can we imagine, most of them have no choice but to end up sleeping on the street? And, it’s not only for one or two nights, but for don’t know how long? We in Kechara Soup Kitchen have only one hope, to assist as many clients as possible, and to get as many clients as possible to be off the street and get shelter. With this, we really need to thanks to those sponsors who sponsor the building, food, truck, van, monitory assistance, and all the things we have for the clients. It is indeed not easy to help them off the streets and to help reduce the number of clients, but we will do our best in this. For as long as space remains, for as long as sentient beings remain, until then may I too remain, to dispel the miseries of he world. _/\_

  20. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you so much Pastor Henry for sharing the many wonderful Dharma teachings of HE 25th Tsem Rinpoche, in particular about Kechara Soup Kitchen.
    It is indeed a big challenge to run KSK in its entirety and with the growing list of volunteers (full and part time), the noble deeds of KSK has certainly reached a wide segment of Malaysian and overseas society.

    Lastly, this is another teaching (in real life) of Compassion In Action, aka, CIA.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  21. Vivian Ong on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for highlighting this article. Homelessness is not a choice. These homeless people end up on the streets due to the many reasons from being chased out from home, drug addicts, being cheated by employer, etc. KSK do need a lot of volunteers to help in the food distribution, send foodbank groceries to the poor and urban families, food preparation and also admin works. KSK is grateful to have the ever supportive sponsors donating food items and also cash donations.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

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    Interesting and educational post by Pastor David . Pastor explained well about the iconography of Buddhas’ statues and Buddhas paintings on Thangkas. A very informative about the different Buddha which has so many forms and the reason of their appearance in peaceful and wrathful forms .
    Thank you Pastor for this sharing where new comers will get to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/liaisons/buddha-statues-iconography-by-david-lai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 29. 2020 11:40 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these precious rare pictures of great masters whose other than H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche. We are truly fortunate able to view these rare pictures. Looking at the pictures tells us a thousand words and it’s a blessing merely by seeing it. The two great masters were tutors of His Holiness Dalai Lama and been travelling with Dalai Lama everywhere.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/blessed-upon-sight-of-these-masters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 29. 2020 11:39 AM
    The Tibetan Leadership (CTA) said that Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit yet at the same time they recognise the reincarnations of the Dorje Shugden lamas. That’s not logic at all. Reading this article tells one more than that, many great lamas have been reincarnated back again and again such as H E Serkong Dorje Chang, H E Gyara Rinpoche, H E Kyabje Lati Rinpoche , H E Khari Kentrul Rinpoche and many more. Many high lamas and monks have engaged in Dorje Shugden’s practice over the years. When they passed away, their undisputed incarnation has returned , it has proven that those who practised Dorje Shugden’s practice do not go to the lower realm as claimed by CTA. Some of the past great lamas even composed the Dorje Shugden puja and prayers had it proven too that this practice is not a minor practice. It has been around more than 400 years old. Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice within the Gelugpas before the ban.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this well explained article for more people to understand .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dorje-shugden-people-do-not-go-to-the-three-lower-realms.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Sep 28. 2020 05:36 PM
    Amazing and wonderful information of Mount Wu Thai and the holy sites of Manjushri in China . I believe with its particular geological structure and stunning natural landscape, the mountain has been listed in the World Heritage List by the UNESCO.

    I very fortunate to read this article and discover further about the historic land that encompasses ancient history, urban wonders, spectacular vistas and rich cultural experiences which makes it a popular destination for world travelers.

    Thank you for the beautiful scenery photos , hope to visit the peak mountain once in lifetime.
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Sep 28. 2020 03:59 PM
    ts really beautiful and amazing to see from the images above especially those at the rice fields. Looking at the huge buddha statue it really brings a sense of calm and peace looking at this big buddha adorning the big skyline.

    Big statues and religious Artifacts of Buddha images are used as inspirations to create and spread rememberances of good humane qualities, such as compassion and loving kindness, as-well-as inner peace .Thank you very much for this beautiful article.


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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 28. 2020 01:57 PM
    Revisit this article again…..very interesting read about Guru Padmasambhava born from a lotus in the land of Oddiyana , India and grew up a prince . Guru Rinpoche is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism and the Buddha of our time where he is known as the second Buddha. Interesting read of his biography and prophecies.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/padmasambhava.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 28. 2020 01:55 PM
    Beautiful sharing about Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche by Geshe Lobsang Phuntsok . Geshe Lobsang Phuntsok speaks about his experience and shares his thoughts on Tsem Rinpoche’s Dharma activities. As its true that Rinpoche has contributed financially to Gaden Monastery and many other monasteries. Giving teachings in Malaysia and uphold the lineage of Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in a modern way. Many of us and others across the globe indeed have benefited learning and practicing through Rinpoche ‘s blog. I am one of them. We are fortunate to have Rinpoche here and have change the lives of many. Rinpoche’s qualities is simply extraordinary, incredible, and a down to earth Lama, where no words can describe him.
    Thank you writers team for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/geshe-lobsang-phuntsok-speaks-so-eloquently-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 28. 2020 01:54 PM
    Well done the writers team from Kechara who had interviewed Geshe Lobsang Wangchuk , spoke what his thoughts of all about Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche our Lama. He is a personal friend of Tsem Rinpoche spoke the truth and only truth. Gen Wangchuk recounted Tsem Rinpoche’s Guru devotion, kindness and had help many monks from his home and headquarters Gaden Shartse Monastery, and even monks from different monasteries. Tsem Rinpoche understand the hardships of monks gave what he could even he had little for himself. Many monks have benefited from his kindness, Tsem Rinpoche was one of the few international lamas living overseas that had contributed significantly to monasteries. Rinpoche gave all that he had to benefit others, and even to beggars on the streets Rinpoche met. Rinpoche’s help had made a difference in the monk’s lives, supporting, encouragement, sponsoring dharma books and so forth.
    Thank you writers team for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/geshe-lobsang-wangchuk.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Sep 25. 2020 04:31 PM
    This is great, I love seeing new places and discovering the world. I believe that we must go to unique places out of our comfort zones. The imagination and creativity behind these places are amazing and wonderful.

    Thank you for the sharing, this is truly a masterpiece in terms of architecture.

    https://bit.ly/3cxgYk0
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Sep 24. 2020 04:20 PM
    This article had show scientific analysis through vocal test and get their foot prints to prove their are being like big foot existence in this world.Whether is not 100 percent proving. I am truthfully this creature existing in this world.

    Pastor David explains about evidences through dermal ridges and that it is nearly impossible to fake them.So it all comes to the conclusion that Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch exist and that they are.

    https://bit.ly/3iZA84J

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    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.
    3 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
2 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
3 weeks ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 month ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 month ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
4 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
4 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
5 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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.
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
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