Why I Conceived of Kechara Soup Kitchen or KSK

Jul 12, 2010 | Views: 7,087


I chose to be poor when I left my step parents’ home when I was 16 years old so that was 1981. I crossed the US on my own from New Jersey to California. I had no choice. When I stayed home, I couldn’t pursue what I wanted to pursue. That created alot of friction. I ran away from home several times, but in 1981, it was my third and final time I left home in Howell, New Jersey for good.

It was not easy, as I had to work all types of jobs in California where I ran away to and joined a dharma centre in Los Angeles. At sixteen and not having alot of skills it was not easy. Not easy at all.

I ate the cheapest foods, used blankets from 2nd hand stores, borrowed or got 2nd hand clothing from friends/what not and basically had very little next to no money. I am not complaining but it made me appreciate help, having things, friends, good food, finances, house and support now. But I never forgot what it was like and I sympathize deeply with people who have it hard.

So as an extension of those days, I created Kechara Soup Kitchen or KSK (http://kechara.com/ksk/) from giving food to 15 people a week, now we are giving to 2,500 people per week in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru. We have acquired our own building and have been cooking food on the premises. Exciting and fulfilling to help the homeless. KSK has been getting alot of media coverage. We are grateful to the media. In this video, The Star newspaper in Kuala Lumpur interviews the homeless we have been helping and also interviews the President Dato’ Ruby Khong (my good friend and student) regarding KSK. It is a wonderful online video made available by The Star. Thank you The Star! Please see the above video and also the below links. You will find it interesting and understand what we are doing.

Other videos you can link to and watch regarding KSK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dix6R-cZTGk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez0m5rFUdXg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nEVJewhpro

I have been giving food to homeless people and stray animals most of my life. My step mom use to do that. Her name was Dana Bugayeff. She was diagnosed as a schizophrenic 30 years too late, as a result it made many people and herself suffer a lot. She had like multiple personalities. But when she was herself, she was soft, kind, generous and very giving. I always remember that about her. She abused me with beatings, scoldings, punishments, verbal abuse for the most of the time I was living with her. When she was finally diagnosed properly and had medication, she became the person I knew she was inside. The funny thing was as a kid I couldn’t live with her, be with her and left home, but I never stopped loving her or missing her. I just wished she was diagnosed years before that. She suffered a lot and she was not a bad person at all. She furiously objected to me becoming a monk or engaging in a spiritual life. She had her views and I was punished for it for many years. I don’t resent her for that, I know she wanted the best for me in her world. How can you resent someone that you call mom when growing up and was generous to you when she was not ill.

Before I left for India and left the United States for good, I went to New Jersey to see her and say goodbye. It was the last time I would ever see her again. Our relationship changed. When I use to go visit her from California in New Jersey, she was always polite and cordial to me. She knew she had lost control over me and that I was going to become a monk. She never accepted that. I am sorry for that. From my heart, I am sorry she couldn’t accept, because I never wanted to hurt her by being a monk. I just couldn’t do what she wanted me to do.

 

This was my family home taken in the fall, when the leaves have fallen from the cold. My step parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff lived here with me. It was 233 West 3rd Street, Howell, New Jersey, USA 07731. Both Dana and Boris have passed away. After I went to India I unfortunately never saw them again. My bedroom is the top floor right window. The car in front was ours.

These are my step parents whom I lived with in New Jersey. Boris and Dana Bugayeff. I thought they were my real parents as that was what I was told, till I was told differently when I was in my teens.

Dana and Boris Bugayeff with my maternal grandmother, who was the former ruling family of Xianjiang. My grandmother arranged my adoption over to Dana and Boris in New Jersey in 1972. I didn’t know anything. I was told Dana and Boris were my parents and at 7 years old, I just believed it. My real mom couldn’t take care of me, so my grandmom had me immigrated to the US from Taiwan. Through the years, my grandma who loved me very much would come on ‘inspection’ visits to make sure I was properly taken care of. I looked forward to her visits. When she visited, I wouldn’t be beaten, shouted at or punished. I never told grandma. I dare not to, because after her visits, my mom would be very irate.

This is my step dad with my birth mother in the red.

This is my (from left to right) birth mom Dewa, her mother (my grandmom), and Duger a family friend from Taiwan holding my half brother Bata. She had him with her husband. My mother had another son after Bata. I don’t know where they are now.

My birth mom in the red (centre). My cousin Judy on the left (holding glass) and my other cousin Toktun on the right. Judy and Toktun are sisters. I’ll talk about Toktun another time. I loved Toktun very much. She was always kind to me. She has passed away.

On one of my grandmother’s visits to our house in New Jersey. She would stay around two weeks to observe me and how I was. I loved it so much when she visited. I was sad for weeks when she left. She was affectionate, loving, kissed me non-stop, fed me, and always talked to me in a loving manner. I miss her so much. I was wearing a cowboy outfit and in front of us was my doggie Princey. I loved Princey. Later he was run over by a car.

My step dad, Boris Bugayeff and me. He loved me in his own way.

My step mom Dana Bugayeff and myself.

Me and Princey. My step mom gave me Princey. I loved Princey so much. He was such a cute and good dog. But he always chased cars to my horror. I’d worry so much about him when I went to school.

This was me and my step mom Dana. I visited for the last time before I went to India. I never saw her again. I gave her roses. She loved roses the best. She passed away October 15, 2005 which was a Saturday 12:30 AM Eastern time New Jersey. I am wearing a gold Shakyamuni pendant she gave me years ago in the picture. I always love that pendant. She wore one also always. The pendants I have conceptualized, designed and created these days are inspired by that pendant she gave me. I miss her.

In life sometimes you just stop asking why and just accept.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 31, 2018 at 2:35 pm

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    A poem inspired by seeing a picture of my teacher, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche…

    In the sport of correct views,
    all that is correct is just a view,
    without permanence or substance.
    As long as we hold onto views,
    our sufferings are gathered 
    to be experienced without end.

    Without the strong methods of emptiness
    and compassion, bereft of merit,
    we sink deeper without respite.
    To arise from this samsara is but
    a dreamscape on the deluded mind.
    Therefore seek the guru, who confers the yidam,
    hold your vows and fixate on liberation 
    free of new creations. Free of new experiences as 
    there are none. 

    ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    Composed in Tsem Ladrang, Kuala Lumpur on July 7, 2014

    Zong Rinpoche and myself

  2. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 6:35 am

    I was walking past a second hand shop on Western Ave selling old things. They had a Japanese-style clay Buddha which was beige in colour on the floor, holding the door open. I thought the shopkeeper would collect a lot of negative karma without knowing if he kept such a holy item on the floor as a doorstop. So I went in to talk to him, but he didn’t look like he wanted to talk or that he even cared. So I asked him the price and he said US$5. I purchased it so he did not collect more negative karma. I was 17 years old and that was in 1982.

    I escorted my new Buddha home and washed it lightly and wiped it. I placed it on my altar and was happy with the Buddha. I would do my meditations, prayers, sadhanas, mantras and prostrations in front of this shrine daily. When I left for India in 1987, I could not bring this Buddha along and gave it to a friend. It was a nice size and I made offerings to this Buddha for many years in Los Angeles. In front of the Buddha I placed His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s photo. I remember I was so relieved that the price was affordable. But US$5 that time was still expensive for me but worth it I thought. But I was happy to have brought the Buddha home. Tsem Rinpoche

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com

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  3. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 19, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  4. Samfoonheei on Jun 2, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Homelessness is worse than having a life threatening illness. Most people are fortunate enough never to have experience homelessness before. Could imagine them , shivering alone with others on the streets with broken shoes, dirty clothing and nothing to eat. Anyone who has struggle without foods knows better. All these Rinpoche has experience before, that why Rinpoche created Kechara Soup Kitchen( KSK) to feed the homeless.
    Thank you Rinpoche for creating KSK to help the homeless and many others who needs assistance.

  5. punitan on Dec 16, 2017 at 1:23 am

    such a wonderful kind act been done.. Feeding homeless people is something that brings inner peace and hope of living for those in need. happy to be a part of it and thanks mr. wai meng for guiding to this.. Help those in need is a divine act which brings us closer to god.. Humanity matters.

  6. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 1:33 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

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  7. Mingwen on Jun 9, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Kechara Soup Kitchen(KSK) has been saving people’s lives by giving hopes of life.

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for having Kechara Soup Kitchen and the great working team and dedicated volunteers to run the daily operations of KSK and saving lives on the streets.

    May KSK grow bigger to benefit more needy and spread the awareness further around the world.

  8. Albert on Jul 2, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Being homeless is never an easy thing, imagine we have to sleep under no roof, no bed, no blanket, no fan/aircond, their bed is what we call “Floor”, thousands of people has stepped on their “bed” before, spitted on their “Bed” before, but they have no choice. When they wake up middle of the night, they are hungry, and yet, they have no food to eat, no water to drink.

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing the remedies to the homeless, for creating such meaningful and beneficial department to serve the homeless and even went to the extend of finding them a job, a place to stay.

    Throughout the years in Malaysia, Kechara Soup Kitchen has successfully brought them off the street, and today, they continue to bring the homeless off the street.

  9. Some go all the way! | Tsem Rinpoche on Feb 19, 2014 at 5:59 am
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  12. Sean Wang on Mar 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Rinpoche is always so loving and caring. He experienced homelessness firsthand. Had it been someone normal, they would just enjoy their life and squander all their money when they are out of debt. But Rinpoche decided to use what resources Rinpoche could use to benefit others. Rinpoche is so admirable and Rinpoche is a real person. I go to KSK whenever I can because I want to help too.

  13. Joy on Mar 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    You know what the secret is… the instant choices we make… to follow the negatives or the positives in our heads. There are always two roads to choose, and we are constantly make choices every single moment. Rinpoche is one person who has clearly shown us that our thoughts, our actions and our speech is something we can choose to control or let go or we can take full control of it and make the choices that brings out the positives. All it is, is a simple decision from the heart.

    I don’t think any of us can say we have gone through as much suffering and difficulties as Rinpoche did in his childhood, yet Rinpoche is not bitter, angry and blaming the world for it. But instead he turns it around and saves more people and benefit more people. Rinpoche was once hungry before, and he knows how that felt and in return instead of blaming others, he created KSK and now it has flourished under the leadership of Dato’ Ruby to feed the homeless, the hungry. All it is… is …http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/its-an-instant-choice.html

  14. VinnieTan on Mar 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Rinpoche is always caring and loving for all being. No matter if he have meet them or not. Always providing and taking care of us like a parent towards their child.

    KSK has done a great job in helping them, it is really sad that one has no identity and have to roam around aimlessly due to all the difficulties they face. I always feel sad when one gets separated from their family and lost touch with them, because I belief that kinship is very important.

  15. Felix Kong on Dec 16, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Really Thank you Rinpoche to create Kechara Soup Kitchen(KSK).KSK is not only giving food to the homeless but is giving a hope to them also . Listen their long story and help them find a job . Please sponsor your time as a volunteer of KSK .

  16. patsy on Dec 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Rinpoche had to go through a lot of hardships and pains as a child and having slept on the streets he used this experience to conceive something beneficial for the people here instead of dwelling in self-pity.

    Kechara Soup Kitchen not only provides food to homeless and urban but also gives basic medical assistance as well as job placement for those who are willing to re-enter society.

    It is through Rinpoche’s kindness that KSK manifested and has spread to Penang, Johor Bahru, Ipoh, Kuantan and Jakarta and has inspired many people to come forth to support this worthy cause.

  17. mack ang siew kheng on Aug 7, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Very interesting, thank you

  18. Allen Lee on Jul 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I cried after reading all about KSK

  19. andrew hibberd on Nov 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    be the best you can be my dear ones if you cant be safe think wisely serve and be better tomorrow remember everything you said and you did also remember the simple lessons your loved ones told you , be safer, eat well, look after your family and more dear ones

  20. someone on Jun 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    there is a reason why I volunteer at KSK as I was nearly being like them all due to my own spending habits and etc. nearly got kick out by the landlord and also i did committed suicide but something in me asked me to go to hospital and i was saved…..i had made my mom suffer together with me which is the worst thing that a child can do…my friend brought me back up..when i volunteer at ksk, i feel something in me makes me happy by serving them…what they need is a second chance in life to make it better…

  21. Lim Tin Nee on Apr 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Thank u Rinpoche 4 sharing this inspiring story.I think Krishnan, like Mother Theresa, has already the imprints of a Bodhisattva when he first saw his tragic hunger ridden victim.If our young today are exposed more to pple like Krishnan, life not fiction, who can change the lives of countless helpless pple into decent dignified pple, the world will be a better palace to staynow n in the future. Rinpoche, we need 2 transform the minds of our young pple who have become increasingly degenerate in this modern age of technology.

  22. shelly tai on Nov 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    shelly on november 17 at 4pm

    After reading Rinpoche childhood story it really make us think that no matter what bad thing happen to you you have to learn to accept it and use this past experience to benefit others.

  23. Anila on Oct 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Rinpoche has never stopped thinking about his sufferings during his childhood. You may call this attachment to his past. But because of this attachment he has brought so much benefits to help the homeless and hungry. He has put into actions what he has felt being homeless and hungry. No one will be able to feel the sufferings of another unless the person has felt and experience themselves. It need not only be being homeless or hunger. It can be in form of other types of sufferings. When Rinpoche ran away from home he found it hard to get a job to support himself. Without a job you will be homeless and have no food. That is why Rinpoche set up KSK not only to feed the homeless but to get jobs for the people is also very important.

  24. Patricia Fitzgerald on Oct 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I grew up knowing you through your cousin, Sara. She and I lived across the street from each other. She is my dearest friend. You and I have many parralells in life; both being adopted, our mothers suffering with a mental illness that went undiagnosed and being raised in abusive and punitive homes. Although this is not the first time I was drawn to your website, I recently connected with you through FB after seeing all the lovely photo’s posted by your bio team. This connection lead me to your page, and more particularly this post. I sit here crying as I read the events of your childhood and your tremendous capacity to forgive your mother despite of what you were forced to endure. My mother passed away in 2007. More recently, I have struggled to see the goodness in her, which has weighed heavily on my heart. After reading this post today, I realize that I, too, must forgive her in order to free her and more importantly myself. You have given me much to contemplate. That I connected with you was no accident. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

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  27. Philip Yong on Aug 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    you have my utmost respect Rinpoche!

  28. Uncle Lai on Aug 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing with us your interesting and amazing young days story.You had gone through so much hardship at such a young age and that did not affect your thinking.Had Rinpoche not left home and went to the monestry to become a monk we would not have received the dharma today.
    The suffering you received through homeless, poverty and hunger you take that as an experience and today you started KSK to feed the homeless on the streets.
    You left home not to escape from your step parents but you had a direction to follow.The direction brought you here to teach dharma and built Kechara House and soon KWPC to benefit many, many more people.

  29. KYC on Aug 5, 2010 at 11:30 am

    It’s heart-warming to read all the posts above and to know that so many people have been inspired by Rinpoche’s compassion. Rinpoche created KSK for his students and volunteers to develop compassion and selflessness by serving others. Personally, I’ve benefited from my experiences as a volunteer for 2 years in KSK. I thank Rinpoche for giving me this opportunity and wish the current President Mrs Ruby Khong all the best in her endeavours to take KSK to new heights. I’m sure she will. I would like to thank Justin Cheah and the other members of the KSK team for their hard work. KSK benefits many people, both the givers and the receivers.

  30. Winnie Wang on Aug 4, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this heart-warming and inspiring message! We should all do more to help the poor (and animals), because we’re all interconnected, and a homeless might be a lama! Also, better to let go of our material possessions now, while we still can, because death can come at any time!

    Rinpoche, what was your name back in America? Did they call you “Iska,” or did you use an English name? And what Chinese name did you have in Taiwan?

    “In life sometimes you just stop asking why and just accept.”

    This is so wise! Samsara will never be completely happy.

    “…my maternal grandmother, who was the former ruling family of Xianjiang.”

    I think there must be some mistake. Xinjiang never had a ruling family, at least not when it was called Xinjiang. They must have been talking about noble bloodlines.

    Oh well, Rinpoche, even if you are not an actual prince, you are still a prince of dharma! Thank you again.

  31. Koh Hee Peng on Jul 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    “No one is pure evil. If you wait long enough they would show you their good side. You can’t make them do in the hurry, but you can be patient.” – Randy Pausch (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/05/randy-pauch.html)
    The above statement made by Randy Pausch is echoed by
    how Rinpoche endured the sufferings inflicted by her step mom over the years without having any negative thought about her step mom, but with strong conviction and belief in the positive qualities that her step mom has inside her, which is her true nature after she recovered from schizophrenic years later.
    PATIENCE is such a great virtue to be embraced by all of us.
    “When one whom I have benefited with great hope, unreasonable hurts me very badly, I should learn to view that person, as an excellent spiritual guide” – 8 verses of mind transformation by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054 – 1123) – The above is obtained from the Appendix in “Nothing Changes, everything changes” dharma book by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
    The 8 verses of mind transformation can be found in Tsem Tulku website too as follows: http://tsemtulku.com/resources/prayers/prayers-preliminaries/eight-verses-of-mind-transformation/

  32. Hee Peng (Melaka) on Jul 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for your ever inspiring words of wisdom. I am very sorry for your bitter childhood experience and I am very happy that against all odds you have decided and become a monk, that now we are fortunate to have your presence – a living Bodhisattva in Malaysia since 1992 to spread dharma teachings and do dharma work in order benefit all sentient beings.
    Throughout my life, instead of thinking of death as morbid, may I meditate on death as motivation tool to propel me to advance further in the course of dharma, and let go of any any attachments in life, be it on gradual basis. May I also meditate on death to help me to realise and embodies the 8 verses of mind transformation into my daily lives.
    May Rinpoche has long life, no obstacles to your dharma works, and be surrounded by sound and enthusiastic students.

  33. Datuk May Phng on Jul 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    The Lotus in its majesty raise above the muddy pool was what came to my mind reading how Rinpoche suffered so much hardship in Rinpoche’s childhood and yet have the resolve not to have anyone suffer in such similar manner.
    This is a true manifestation of Rinpoche’s Bodhisattva’s nature.
    Because in Rinpoche’s runing away from home, Rinpoche suffered hunger and “homelessness” KSK was founded by Rinpoche.
    The difficulties for Rinpoche to pursue the Dharma, Rinpoche created Kechara House, where his students can study and learn the Dharma in very comfortable environment.
    It is so humbling to witness and experience such great compassion, care and love. I am very lucky to meet with such a Great Person like Rinpoche and I will always prostrate to my Guru with great gratitude.

  34. Lai Ming on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:30 am

    The 1st time a met Rinpoche I know I found my Guru. After reading the My First Guru In New Jersey I knew that Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is a person who’s not easy giving up even though at very young age. He knows what is really benefited to him. He respects his guru; he trusts his guru, he believes his guru and he very compassion. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is the guru which everyone should request for and should learn from him. How fortunate we. And we do not know how much merit which we had accumulated from our previous to had him to be our guru. AMAZING GURU… you can’t find in elsewhere…

  35. Judy Lam on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:31 am

    If Rinpoche has not told us his life story, we would all assume he has got a good life, having parents from good background and a grandmother with an influential background and who adores him. Sadly, this is far from the truth.
    It is heart-wrenching that Rinpoche has a ‘lost’ childhood – full of abuses, neglect & no fulfillment as a child. Most children given this situation would have been psychologically affected and have grown up with poor mental health. Instead, Rinpoche still expresses his love for his stepmom and stepdad without harbouring ill feelings towards them. He has been able to forgive and let go all the pain they have caused him and moved on to pursue his dreams of becoming a monk.
    Rinpoche has developed great compassion for the homeless due to his childhood and the time he ran away from home. He understood how it was like to go hungry and not having money. KSK was set up to feed the hungry because Rinpoche knows the homeless did not choose to be homeless and go hungry. KSK has done very well under its President Ruby Khong and project coordinator Justin Cheah. We hope more people will support KSK efforts so that we can take people off the streets and give value and meaning to their life again.

  36. Joy Kam on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Starting something is always quite easy but maintaining it and to keep it going is another. So Kudos to Ruby, Justin Cheah, Siong Woan, Karen, Julia and Beng Kim… you guys are amazing Boddhisattvas, you really put Dharma in to action! Because of what you do by carrying on our Rinpoche’s dream and mission, thousands on the streets are really getting help and even getting jobs! For us, it is an opportunity to practice giving and instead of talking kindness, to actualize it. If you have not gone to KSK round, this is one Kechara activity you must experience! Call Justin Cheah today http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/about-us/our-team/ for a few hours perhaps we can pause in thinking about the “me”

  37. Joy Kam on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Rinpoche I think Rinpoche purposely choose to be born in such a situation where Rinpoche would go through these sufferings in order to know and be able to relate to us better… that is the path of a Bodhisattva. Because of Rinpoche’s struggles, we have what we have today…13 Departments carrying out Rinpoche’s mission to bring Happiness to others, and one of them is none other than Kechara Soup Kitchen. This is truly a department that transcends all faiths, culture and race, because when you are hungry, you are hungry, no matter how rich or poor you are, black or white. And this is one way we can give back to our society, our people, our government.
    It is also a great way to teach young children the value of life and what they have. Most children these days are so spoilt and pampered, they forget there are people out there who are less fortunate while they complain about not getting what they want for Christmas! This KSK

  38. May Ong on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche has always been reminded of how felt when he was a runaway, alone, defenseless and homeless on the street. He did not belong anywhere then. Any beings need a place to call home where they feel safe, enough to eat to survive and the opportunity to live. Pangs of hunger can drive people to act aggressive, violent, and selfish. Children will suffer from physical, mental growth, development and stunted growth due to malnutrition. The basic need of life is shelter, food and hope.
    KSK’s mission is to bring these homeless people out of their current condition or out from the street so that they can start a new life. The food to them is only a temporary relief for their hunger but it can lead to their soul and touches their hearts to know there is kindness from others out there in destitute forgotten dark hidden places.

  39. SK Yap on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Young Rinpoche ran away from home to do Dharma, whereas younger people runaway from home to create Drama!
    All the misery and hardship would not stop Rinpoche nor make him change his mind from studying the Dharma for the sake of all sentient beings.
    Perhaps, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche had made a wish in his previous life to absorb all the obstacles so that the Dharma can grow and flourish from wherever he is.
    During his runaway journey and hitchhiking period, he experienced lots of hunger, sleeping on cold streets, being robbed, beaten and suffering from many other physical abuse. Fortunately, he managed to reach Los Angeles safely and eventually settled down in Thubten Dhargye Ling (TDL) where he met his Guru.
    Kechara Soup Kitchen has important mission, to help and save all those unfortunate people from off the streets, give them food and if possible, a roof and a job.
    It is through the kindness of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche that KSK manifested to help the homeless regardless of race and religion. It is also to express the kindness and compassion of the Lama to all sentient beings has no boundaries.
    PAUL

  40. Su Ming on Jul 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Dear Justin,
    How KSK has been conceived by Rinpoche is totally awe -inspiring. That the guru can actually use his “painful experience” and turn it around to benefit others. However, without good “soldiers of dharma”, whatever Rinpoche has conceived would not have materialized at all.
    What I find compelling is the KSK “soldiers of dharma”. Your team’s hard work and dedication towards the mission of KSK.
    I’ve known you for 2 years now and everything about you is helping others and now you have diverted your strength towards the homeless and also the volunteers of KSK regardless of their race, background and culture.
    On top of this, your President, Liaison Ruby Khong sets a very good example to follow. I admire her steadfastness and her leadership quality. Result and sincerity speaks as KSK is one of the few charity group which is the most publicized and active in Malaysia. She has brought KSK to a totally new level all together.
    And I do look forward to the new PERMANENT SOUP KITCHEN in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Well Done!

  41. Justin Cheah on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Reading about how Rinpoche conceived of Kechara Soup Kitchen has always touched my heart. By choice, Rinpoche left home in his pursuit for Dharma and Rinpoche actually ran away from home three times and the final time he was successful. Rinpoche endured much harrassment while being on the streets and came to know and understand the sufferings of homeless people. Cold, hungry and helpless. Rinpoche did not forget about the sufferings of the homeless people after Rinpoche eventually went to India and become ordained. Rinpoche showed us that how much Rinpoche has cared by giving food to the homeless and poor people wherever Rinpoche are before starting a soup kitchen in Malaysia back in 2006. I sincerely thank from my heart and with lots of respect to Rinpoche. If not because of Rinpoche’s idea and ‘sacrifice’ to spend 30 years of his life in Dharma, there won’t be a KSK in KL or there won’t be even a Kechara House. The people of Malaysia (and of course India and Nepal) have benefitted from you a lot!

  42. David Lai on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Everytime I read Rinpoche’s blog post regarding Rinpoche’s childhood, I am always holding back a few tears and I feel so much closer to knowing Rinpoche. I love the little photos of Rinpoche’s home, Princey, step-parents, grandmother and other people. It gave a face to the people Rinpoche’s talking about and I must thank Rinpoche for sharing Rinpoche’s most intimate childhood with all of us here on the Internet.
    I really find Rinpoche’s childhood struggle inspirational because not only did Rinpoche not fight your parents but was very kind and appreciative despite the rigidity and severe punishments that they have given Rinpoche. There is just so many admirable qualities even as a child and its amazing for all the pain and difficulty that was endured, Rinpoche chose to use it to make a difference today with KSK. That has extra meaning for that department and I hope that everyone who comes in contact with Rinpoche’s mission knows about this story.

  43. Roselyn on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    My non-buddhist mum admires Rinpoche’s dedication to helping the poor and homeless. She supports and salutes Rinpoche’s kindness in starting KSK in Kuala Lumpur to help those in needs irregardless of religions. She said its uncommon for people these days to wanting to help others.
    What I find interesting is how strong Rinpoche’s mind is to have endured a very difficult childhood and yet didn’t bring along that bitterness as he grows up. In fact, Rinpoche shares his experience so that others have hope and allowed second chance to live their lives once more. Thank you Rinpoche for posting this.

  44. Ooi Pe on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Rinpoche spearheaded the formation of KSK to help homeless people based on his compassion for all beings, coupled with the fact that Rinpoche had been there in a similar situation. Born from the altruistic wish to see homeless people given a decent meal and a sense of caring, KSK has grown from a small group of friends to what it is today – volunteers out in full force during the weekend evenings to bring food and solace. Some able bodied “clients” have been offered jobs and these placements are arranged by KSK’s committee under the guidance of its Project Director, Justin. He is also instrumental in helping a few people obtain their identity card. KSK is not all about food distribution – it cuts across all barriers of race religion and creed and brings together people with the same motive of wanting to extend their help in any which way they can to these homeless people.

  45. Susan Lim on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Pick, a roof over your head or out in the cold in pursuit of your dreams?! Rinpoche did not have any hesitation to pick…the circumstances in which Rinpoche had with step parents wasn’t a favorable one. Though he had a roof over his head, he was deprived of love, most of all he was deprived spiritually. Not being accepted by his family in pursuit of his dreams is not foreign to Rinpoche. Many of us instead allows our circumstances to prevent us from pursuing a spiritual path..be it coming from those closest to us, our partners, our parents, our extended family, our so called friends, ..SOCIETY at large!
    I can’t imagine if Rinpoche did not pursuit his dreams but instead, succumb to the expectations put on him. What I find inspiring also is that Rinpoche turn every unfortunate situations into good…into benefiting others instead of wallowing in self pity. Because of his hunger growing up, now each week, KSK is giving over 850 packets of food..homeless are finding a friend in KSK crew, homeless are able to stand on their feet again because they have jobs! Rinpoche’s dream and wish manifests because people believed, Ruby, Justin, Siong Woan, Julia, the liaisons..etc believes. Let’s support Rinpoche’s work all the way!

  46. martin on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    KSK wasn’t created because a philanthropist thought it was a good idea to do some charity work. That would have been admirable as well. KSK was borne out of a great Guru’s determination never to allow others to experience the suffering he did, in so far as He can.Life dealt Rinpoche with more than His fair share of lemons….and out comes KSK, the sweetest lemonade store for the hungry and thirsty. Rinpoche never forgot what it was like to be homeless.
    But even as i look at the photos of Rinpoche posted above and read about how he misses his family, i am reminded of how much He gave up as a person to be a monk. And as a monk how much He must have missed his own Gurus to be with us…to hold our hands and to teach us.
    I am grateful for Rinpoche and i shall always remind myself never to take His presence here and His teachings for granted.
    We go to Him when we are sad. Where does Rinpoche go to, after He has absorbed all our pains and sufferings? Who consoles Him?

  47. Beng Kooi on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Think everyone! Rinpoche became homeless by CHOICE. He left the comforts of home – shelter, food, promise of a good education, parental care – to pursue his only dream, which was the Dharma.
    He was living on the streets, sleeping in cardboard boxes, begging for food and desperately trying to make his way to a Dharma centre.
    To every passerby, he would look like just another homeless kid, the unwanted, the unseen, the dregs of society – someone whom you would not want to associate with nor your kids.
    Yet look at Rinpoche today, what he has become and what he has achieved for the betterment of society. Who’s to say the people that KSK helps off the streets will not become hugely beneficial beings to society? Perhaps all they need is a CHANCE.

  48. su_zan on Jul 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Back in year 2006 when this department was conceived by Rinpoche most of us didn’t know a thing or what to do…. Hahaha… I could remember that we were looking around for clients to serve initially by foot from Jalan B.Bintang up to Pudu Raya. I didn’t deter any of our volunteer to stop. Why? Well Rinpoche give many guidance and simple guidelines on how we should serve them and things to look out for during our distribution so that we don’t put our self in danger while serving (like the do’s and don’t now). Since we were so new, we were only distributing like 15 to 20 packs on Saturday at that time between 7pm to 9pm. Then have a few people that take turns to recce around in the night and see where these people are and most of the night is pass midnight we are able to see them. It was not an easy start but a few of the people that were helping at that time were inspired by Rinpoche’s vision and words to start doing it. No doubts like any other organization and departments, KSK have to also go trough a lot of its obstacles until the 2nd generation people were born and take over to improve the department.
    Today, about 4 years from then KSK has grown so big serving close to 800 plus client and also has progress to get people out from the streets under the lead of our beautiful lady Ruby Khong and also assist by our first KSK full time staff Justin Cheah.
    If you are still sitting around and think ‘wow they did a great job’ but you have not try going on the rounds… then is time for you to go out there to make a difference. If you can’t go out for any reason you can contribute in terms of funds or sundries when the building is complete.
    Way to go KSK….
    If you would like to know more and would like to volunteer in KSK you can go to
    http://www.kechara.com/ksk

  49. Paris on Jul 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    “How can you resent someone that you call mom?”
    This is pretty incredible.
    It is so “easy” for so many of us to argue with our parents, not follow their advice, rebel and create more problems for them. What is striking about Rinpoche’s account is how it has never even crossed his mind to think badly of his mother.
    With his mother as his first role model, he had already begun, as a child, to focus only the positive qualities of another person and not to dwell upon the negative. It’s fascinating that someone as young as a 10-year-old can react so spontaneously in this way, with the wise understanding that the abuse she hurled was only a result of her illness and the pain that she had in her heart. (If we could only all realise that about every difficult person in the world, life would be much more peaceful and less conflict-ridden)

  50. Jay Jae Chong on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:51 am

    As I get to read a little more of Rinpoche’s life everyday when I serve Rinpoche in the Ladrang, I see how Rinpoche uses His life to be a lesson for himself. With HH Zong Rinpoche firmly anchoring His mind, He sets forth with the attitude of “come what may” and lives up to the challenge/hardship/happiness/celebration/sorrow/laughter to make the best out of everything available with a constant passion to benefit people.
    Rinpoche told us that there’s nothing that can stop Rinpoche from thinking of finding ways to benefit another person. His entire life since He met Dharma was in sync with such a thought. And Rinpoche encourages all who has any contact with him to do so.
    Having passed those bitter years as a child, Rinpoche uses that past experience to drive Him further to getting more people out from their misery, unhappiness and suffering. In doing so, both the benefitted and the benefactor gains great happiness.
    Hence, Rinpoche is the source of such a brainchild dept such as KSK and other departments of Kechara. This is because Rinpoche cares…

  51. Lili ng on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Rinpoche’s biography is a great source of inspiration to me.The tremendous amount of hardship that he went through growing up without any bitterness for all the harm and abuse that he encountered which any normal person would have felt is a testimony of how compassionate and forgiving he is and how great dharma is.It’s amazing one can go through so much and still strive to benefit so many. I remember he has said,”don’t always use pain u received as an excuse to give pain,give happiness,patience,kindness and care and the pain goes away,then it’s just love remaining.Pure love is wishing n helping others to be better and happy irregardless of yourself”.

  52. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:31 am

    It is said the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara hears the cries of the beings suffering all over samsara. I think Rinpoche probably heard the cries of the homeless and destitute in Kuala Lumpur. I’ve been in Kuala Lumpur for about 20 years, in those years I have seen people on the streets but never thought about doing anything for them. Hence Rinpoche does not just say compassion, compassion, compassion must be backed up by action.
    What really is moving about KSK is that it is not about converting people to Buddhism its genuinely about giving food to the needy, building a bridge to them and trying to find ways to help them. Such motivations Rinpoche has always displayed the same types of actions over and over again with his many students, hence whatever Rinpoche does its always consistent with Dharma principles.

  53. Carmen Koo on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    The fact that Rinpoche has been able to liberate himself off the sufferings he bore as a teenager , hold no grudge and do what he has done and achieved to date is very inspiring. His determination to not only learn the Dharma & Buddha’s teachings but to spread it and benefit all the other sentient beings is seriously breath-taking.
    It is very beneficial for volunteers to know the background as to how KSK was conceived, and what its long term goal is – to eventually re-introduce our clients back into society. Many people question our doings – that feeding the homeless will only serve to add to their complacency. For KSK, food is the bond between its volunteers and clients, and stemming from Rinpoche’s experience, when one is hungry, there is nothing more they’d appreciate than when they’re shown dignity, respect and kindness. Hence the gratitude our clients shows is evident in their eyes.
    Also, I completely agree with Rinpoche’s earlier posting that read “I’ve learned to settle for whatever I can get and try for more but if I don’t get it, I settle for the fact that I tried my best and be happy with what I have. The ultimate truth is not how much you have and don’t have, but what you have done with whatever you recieved.” HOW TRUE!

  54. Wasukamol on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Thank your rinpoche to share with us your difficulty that you has gone through in your childhood. Some of us who complained that our childhood were bad treated or facing many problems have to shut up as what we have gone through were just so small when compared with rinpoche’s. And as the result Rinpoche does not use it to be excuses to not do things for other or create problems for other/social . Instead rinpohce use your own experience turn around to understand others and help them come out from from their problem as you know how suffer they are, what a very strong and determine mind.
    Think about other and do things for other is the key to become selfless and rinpoche really shows it by actions. From Rinpoche great kindness and willing to help homless created Kechara Soup kitchen (KSK)( http://www.kechara.com/ksk ) which we are very fortunate to have this opportunity to contribute towards it by volunteering , sponsor foods or make donation.
    May KSK reach out to more homeless who suffer at the street, may they be helped and which our support may they soon can stand up by themself.

  55. Peter on Jul 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    What have I learned from KSK….
    Impermanence:
    Causes and conditions change all the time.
    One moment I am a prince, next moment a pauper.
    So I realize the precious chance of realizing a potential in the homeless and downtrodden, that they need not stay that way and that my potential is found in helping them be the change via KSK.
    Not-Self:
    The homeless and downtrodden are my own mirror of humility and no ego, realizing that it is more blessed to give than to receive. By them receiving when I am with KSK, they are helping me to clear this mirror of dust and finally realizing that if the mirror is without a stand, where can the dust alight?
    Unsatisfactoriness:
    Seeing the homeless and downtrodden, seeing how unsatisfactory their conditions are as such, now as well as in the long run, through KSK, I can benefit them with Dharma, their raft across the sea of unsatisfactoriness and finally to the Other Shore.
    Emptiness:
    Seeing how the homeless and downtrodden, with their causes and conditions also intertwined with my own, hence I am free of my own bias and unskilled projections and I can embrace them through KSK, as my own, fellow mother sentient being.

  56. Ashlee on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    It’s really sad to read through Rinpoche’s childhood. What he has to endure and the most important lesson we can partake from this article is Rinpoche could have end up feeling sorry for himself and become very bitter for what he had to go through BUT he choose to teach us that even growing up with such condition, one do not have to hold grudges as life is short and death is near. Indeed he practice what he preaches; to live life with a purpose. He translate his past experience to help others who has been in similar situation, homeless and looking for a decent meal as Rinpoche understands how it feels like to be on the streets with little money and begging for food. Hence that was how Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) was conceptualize to help feed the homeless. I have personally took a few kids from our Manjushri Kids Class on rounds to distribute food to the homeless. It is indeed overwhelming to see the joy of those recipients and at the same time teach our kids the true meaning of compassion in action by helping others. It is a good activity for the kids to see for themselves and appreciate what their parents are providing for them.
    I want to thank Rinpoche for starting KSK and Ruby for leading this initiative. The KSK team is very hardworking and through rain or shine, they never fail to deliver food to the homeless every weekend. KSK is an outlet for us to practice generosity and compassion towards other in need.

  57. Irene Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, I truly appreciate for what you have to go through for the Dharma in order to benefit us without any self gain. This has to come from a truly strong aspiration to liberate sentient beings from suffering; the spontaneity of an enlightened being. From your many lines of incarnation, you have this quality and choose only to transform the ones difficult to transform. Every teaching of yours is an experiential wisdom realised and taught just like feeding the poor in Kechara Soup Kitchen. I believe such impactful and powerful teaching shall benefit many sentient beings far and wide.

  58. chia on Jul 7, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Dearest Rinpoche, your personal experience about homeless people living at the street when you are young age, you feel the suffering of hunger, poor and hopeless living at the street. You started form Kechara Soup Kitchen at Malaysia to feed the hunger from different religion background and races living at the street. Kechara Soup Kitchen not just feeding homeless by food, also find ways to help the homeless people come out from the street to find jobs from them. Many people has inspire by your compassion action.
    Rinpoche, you choose to move on from your unhappy childhood, using spiritual therapy to heal the pain and hurt in your heart from your step parents. Your compassion share all your love for others and helping others nonstop, I will never forget and inspire to push myself to serve more for others.
    Chia

  59. Sandy Clarke on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    What I’ve come to admire the most about you since deepening my knowledge a little, is that where others might sometimes use the difficulties they’ve faced as an excuse not to try, to remain bitter, to never open up and to withdraw, you went in the completely opposite direction despite having gone through so much more than others who easily give up.
    Instead, you used your difficulties as your driving force to greatly benefit others. You went hungry, and now you make sure as far as you can help it that so many people don’t remain hungry. You received abuse, neglect, and experienced indifference from some closest to you and yet, there is never a hint of “Poor me/Why me/Life’s so unfair!” Instead, your infinite compassion has led you to treating everyone you know so well, you give all your time and consideration to others, and you nurture, love and give without condition.
    As a child and teenager, I used to have posters of John Lennon up on my wall. I so badly wanted to reach his level of creativity and depth, and later, I admired his stance on a lot of social issues – I wanted to be John Lennon! But, like most of us, he was also selfish and ignorant in many ways, which, when I got older, made me realise that I didn’t want to be him so much after all.
    Had I come into the Dharma much earlier, my ambition no doubt would have been – as it is now – to emulate your qualities, to develop the virtue that you possess, and be able to bring as much benefit as you do to so many people. These things, for me, are what true aspiration is all about.
    You are an amazing example of what we should all aspire to become, Rinpoche; I will always be grateful for having the incredible fortune to know you.
    Kindest regards,
    John Len…I mean, Sandy

  60. han on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Kechara Soup Kitchen definitely the gateway to bring people to get involve in community service regardless of races & religions.The amazing part i experienced through KSK was, they not only provide food to the homeless, their ultimate goal is to help the homeless to stay away from the street, so KSK working selflessly looking for jobs for them, and they been few successful case.
    How kind our Guru established this department , able us to practice generosity, kindness, care & love to the homeless.
    Without volunteered in KSK, you will never realised that there are so many homeless in kuala Lumpur, it’s good that parents encourage the kids to get involved, to volunteer in this department, to cultivate our young generation to grow up with cares & love through giving.
    Thank you Rinpoche to establish such a great department under the flagship of Kechara.

  61. Likheng on Jul 6, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Tsem Rinpoche used his past experience of hunger and homelessness to start something very beneficial to the Malaysian society. Perhaps this is why KSK stands out whereby the volunteers bring the homeless more than just a packet of food. From the sharing of the homeless interviewed as well as information from other KSK posts (available other links on this blog), KSK gives them care, warmth, self worth and hope. May KSK grow and bring this type of work to new heights, inspiring other organizations to brings sincere kindness to others in need.
    Rinpoche is like the single lit candle in the centre of a dark room. His effort in KSK is like the act of lighting one candle after another. Since we have the merit to read this post, we are like one of the candles touched by Rinpoche’s compassion and vision. So, what is next? Will we make the choice to join in the effort every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon to light more candles so that, eventually, the room glows with the warmth and brightness of compassion in motion?

  62. Shirley Tan on Jul 5, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Before I started volunteering with KSK, I used to think that the homeless were there on their own account. I used to think that they did not try hard enough to find ways to resolve their problems, and I even thought that they were all lazy or they just wanted the easy way out and do nothing. However, after going out on the feeding routes with KSK, my views changed drastically. Sometimes people go get caught up in a series of very unfortunate circumstances. One wrong move or decision could land someone in a very place, or doom them for life. When we go onto the ground level, we will undoubtedly see life very differently. Then we will truly stop asking why and just accept. More importantly, we work to resolve problems and do not choose to ignore the problems or add to them. Rinpoche’s personal life journey has actually helped so many of us become better people. This is why I will always call Kecharians – Warriors of Compassion in Action. They serve the greater whole, for the benefit of the greater whole – not just feeding their own selfish needs. I’d like end my comment with another quote from Rinpoche’s gorgeous Coffee Table Book, If Not Now, When? – “People who pursue helping others are much happier than people who pursue themselves.”

  63. Anila on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Rinpoche is a very kind person. The reason why he has started the (Kechara) Soup Kitchen is actually an extension of what he has been doing in Gaden Monastery in India. Because of his teenage years when he was traveling from New Jersey to Los Angeles to run away from his step parents, Rinpoche used to tell me stories of how he has nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep. In India I used to go with him every month to give food to poor families. There was one time he took me to a blind nun’s house to offer food. He also has found sponsors for all of the monks in his Ladrang in Gaden.

  64. Thierry on Jul 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    When Rinpoche inspired some of his students to start a soup kitchen, he knew from experience what it was to be living in the streets, to be hungry, to be homeless, to not know when the next meal will be, to not know how it will taste, to have no safe haven to go to in the moment, to be exposed to the dangers of living outside, he had experience the situation first hand.
    Thus the creation of KSK is a result of both experience and compassion.
    It is clear, reading through Rinpoche’s life story that he never “held the grudge”, his care and compassion was always there even when abused. The fact that he persevered in becoming a monk, despites his mother being against it, is also compassion, for it would have brought negative karma to his mother if Rinpoche did not persevere and became a monk in the end.
    When our loved ones act in ways to take us away from the Dharma, we should remember that if we use them as “excuses” not to do dharma, they will suffer from our weakness. So, to stick with Dharma and prevent our loved ones from severing our Dharma inclinations can also be an act of compassion, for we do not want them to suffer, we want them happy eventually!

  65. yoke fui on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I always feel sad and inspired at the same time whenever I read Rinpoche’s biography.
    I feel sad for all the pains and hardships he endured as a child. Rinpoche bears no ill feelings towards any of those that had inflicted pains and anguish on him. He forgave them and moved on.
    On the advice of his Guru, he called his step mother to make up, to ask for forgiveness for running away from home. Initially he was quite resistant to that advice. However , once he had done it, he felt free.
    It’s difficult for us to forgive people who had caused us pain, but hanging on to that feeling will cause us more pain. When we forgive, we are really disallowing ourselves to be under the control of the negative memories , thus freeing ourselves.

  66. Sharon Saw on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:54 am

    I love this post because it gives the background of KSK (http://www.kechara.com/ksk) – how it came about from Rinpoche’s own suffering as a teenager in USA. He actually knew what it was like to be so poor and to be homeless while he hitchhiked across the USA from New Jersey to L.A. This post was rather poignant because Rinpoche candidly reveals the abuse he suffered as a young boy in Howell, New Jersey.
    From Rinpoche’s personal experience, he began compassionate action, which inspired his students like Ruby, who have since taken KSK to another level with the establishment of a permanent building right in the middle of town.
    What I personally take away from this article is the sobering realization that we are so fortunate with so much blessings of a roof over our heads and food on the table. With all these opportune conditions, what will I do with it? I should help Rinpoche’s vision manifest, in whatever way or form that he wishes, that’s what I should do.

  67. Mommy Blog on May 25, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    This is really touching article!!
    i really salute to those people who work hard for these kind of organization…
    you all make the world happy and full of love..
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful blog..
    I really appreciate it !!

  68. Adeline on May 10, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    this is really touching.. I didn’t know there is an organization out there is helping lotsa people who are really needs helps.. loves.. cares.. and of course FOOD .. without asking for any return.. I really solute those people who work hard in the organization.. you all make the world warmer & full of loves..
    Thanks!!

  69. andrew d paisley on Apr 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Thankyou,Tselm Tulku Rinpoche,
    I really needed to hear those words!..to accept things as they are and try to do the best with what i have..also a reminder of how my life is much happier now than it was. Also to be prepared for dissapointment and try to just accept things.If i sincerely try my best to do the right thing as best im able and not beat myself up in the process,then at least good seeds are being planted! Also having the Wisdom to admit i was wrong and apologize etc.. when i can and try to be humble. Thanks for your Wisdom and Compassion. andrew

  70. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 6, 2010 at 6:25 am

    I am not happy, but happier. I don’t think I will be totally happy and at peace in this life, but I will have more peace than when I started out in the beginning of this life. So I guess that is better than being more unhappy and no peace towards the end of this life.
    I’ve learned to settle for whatever I can get and try for more but if I don’t get it, I settle for the fact that I tried my best and be happy with what I have. Anyway the ultimate truth is not how much you have and don’t have, but what you have done with whatever you recieved.
    Tsem Tulku
    Tsem Tulku

  71. Thomas Canada on Apr 4, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Happy People are caring for those in despair and despondent with care and love.

  72. Thomas Canada on Apr 3, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Truth is the Truth
    No matter what path one takes
    Do unto Others as you would have Other do unto you!
    Golden Rule
    As a rule,
    A Man is a Fool
    When it is hot,
    he want it cool
    When it cool,
    he wants it hot
    What it is,
    he wants it not!
    Some of us suffered in Southern Baptist Churches
    Does not mean we did not learn anything
    The merging of Christian and Buddhist Principles is Inevitable
    The Dharma is not a dogma
    It is the Course, the Current of Life!
    I once lived in the alleyways of Tangiers for six months as a street urchin
    My hand out for few pennies!
    Gave me a loaf of bread for about five cents, to eat and watch the night in the Kasba.I think I lost about 45 pounds by the time I found home again. At least I avoided the draft.What a nightmare that period was to my mind.
    Reading the “Way of the White Cloud”, about Tromo Geshe Rinpoche gave me company in a world full of wonder far from my home in Indiana, I kept going until I met the Sahara.

  73. bybeat on Apr 1, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Dear Rinpoche thank you (again and again your words touch my spirit soul :-))) ) for your words. Really true your words. Sometimes feeling the same, special when times are hard. Words from a great christian nun helping me a lot in my life. Theresa of Ávila (was a Spanish mystic) has said:
    Let nothing trouble you,
    let nothing make you afraid.
    All things pass away.
    God never changes.
    Patience obtains everything.
    God alone is enough.
    I know “God” is a christian paradigm but somehow I see same tenor in your words.
    Greetings bybeat

  74. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Mar 31, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Death, the meditation of it, the thought of it and the fear of it always motivated me to not hurt others, to give, be generous and to let go. Just let go. It has kept me in the dharma all these years.
    Sometimes when something really frustrates me to no end, I think about my mortality and death, and I lighten up to the point of being able to think things through with some sanity.
    Death has been my strongest motivation to try something even knowing I might fail. I don’t want to fail. The fear of failing can be paralyzing. But then when I contemplate how many years I’ve wasted, I figure what is there to lose? Only death makes me lose everything, so what is there to be afraid of? Just go ahead and try it out.
    When I am insecure, I contemplate how many years I have left to live, and not knowing that, makes me let go.
    When I am upset with someone or a situation, I really just think, does it matter if I was going to die today? Is it such a big deal after all? Would I be upset if I was going to die today?? Then again my mind releases whatever upsets me. it doesn’t release all the way, but enough to not be some wrapped up that I can’t do anything else.
    Death meditation makes you face the biggest challenge in life, your own mortality. Once you can handle that, all the other challenges become small. And your fear of them start to lose hold on you.
    Tsem Tulku

  75. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Mar 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Death is so final. Even if we reincarnate back, the life as we know it or how others knows us is gone forever. Most of the time, we don’t even remember that life again once we are back.
    It is so important not to lie, cheat, hurt and give pain to the ppl around you or to anyone. Life’s short and it is hard to make up for th wrongs that we do, so why even do it? Make it the best with the ppl around you always. It makes the short time we have available have some sort of meaning.
    Tsem Tulku

  76. Carmelita Davis on Mar 31, 2010 at 5:12 am

    I am so moved by your compassion and insight! You are a living example of the Buddha’a teachings. Through all of the 84 000 texts and 2500 years, you brings these perfections to light. I am so greatful to have found you.

  77. bybeat on Mar 29, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the insight in your biography. It´s good to see and feel that a hard childhood and younger live can go to a live full of heartiness and compassion.

  78. Julia Tan on Mar 27, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing your childhood experience with us. Now I have a lot to tell my friends about how KSK comes about. KSK not only feed the needy but also feed our own mind. Many volunteers told me that they became a happier person after they joined KSK. It’s the power of giving that opened up our hearts. KSK volunteers lower down their ego, talk to the homeless and listen to their needs. We know someone out there needed us and waiting for us for help. It touches our hearts when they look at our eyes and softly, they said “thank you”. Thank you Rinpoche for creating KSK, you give us a place to learn to give and to share our love to STRANGERS and learn to think for benefiting others. I feel fortunate to be able to do my little part to serve KSK and i will stick around and grow with KSK.

  79. Ng on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Rinpoche is all about compassion thru action. It inspires us to do the same.

  80. Andy Lee on Mar 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Every time when I read about rinpoche life, I have no idea how could Rinpoche go through all those hardship. Is really amazing. It must really takes countless of determination and courage to achieve it. I wish Rinpoche will live long and continues to benefit more peoples.=0)

  81. 僧人 on Mar 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    詹杜固仁波切的部落格即将有中文版了!敬请大家密切留意!

  82. Helen Persson on Mar 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    To build a home with open the door for everyone is real compassion in action….Namaste!

  83. Shin Tan on Mar 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Rinpoche’s struggle & hardship has never turned out to be ‘baggage’ to Rinpoche, in fact, it served as a reminder and as a cause for Rinpoche to create one of the most dynamic charity in Kuala Lumpur – Kechara Soup Kitchen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us that we don’t have to be bitter with our challenges & difficulties.

  84. JP on Mar 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us your journey. Your sufferings never deterred your love and kindness towards sentient beings! It is very rare to find someone like you! I am very fortunate to have Rinpoche as my Guru!
    KSK is a vehicle to give people another chance to get back on their feet. It teaches us to be non-judgmental, humble, caring, more accepting and kinder. As Rinpoche always say, “Compassion conquers all!” How true!

  85. nature on Mar 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    饥饿无疆界,以慈悲为怀让每个人都有温饱,帮助流浪汉脱离流浪街头是克切拉香积厨的理想。
    祈愿尊贵的詹杜固仁波切这项工程在各界善心人士的协助下,利益众生。。。
    感谢仁波切在部落格的精彩分享!!非常感人!

  86. Yoke Fui on Mar 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Rinpoche shows us how to transform adversities into the path.
    May the many beneficial works of His Eminence flourish so that through Rinpoche the precious lineage of Je Tsongkhapa take root and grow in this region.

  87. Melvin Racelis on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    From all types of experiences that Rinpoche went through, good and bad, something beautiful has blossomed. Just like a lotus coming from the mud at the bottom of the pond. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  88. Elena on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Rinpoche, you have been through so much, a lot more than other people and still you chose to rise above it, and use your experiences as a catalyst to benefit others. Your example shows that other people can do it too. And thank you for always pushing us, and giving mummy the opportunity to lead KSK…I’m so proud of her!

  89. Bonita on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    May Kechara Soup Kitchen grow & benefit many homeless in the city.
    KSK not only feeds them but also helps them to ‘re-enter’ the society by finding them jobs and help themselves.
    May this act of Rinpoche’s kindness create causes for many more homeless to be helped.

  90. yek yee, Kok on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

    沒有食物,沒有家,是一件很難受的事情。試問世上有多少人,愿意讓自己墮落街頭呢,淪落為向人乞討食物吃呢?先不談因果,且讓我們論現在,这些天天得忍受飢寒交迫的流浪漢,確實需要我們幫助。克切拉香積廚已經開始了第一步,該輪到你了,不容迟疑啊!一條宝贵的生命,可以就因你的一個善念,完全改變了!!!!

  91. ngeow chin on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:28 am

    May Rinpoche’s compassion and KSK be the seed for many other soup kitchens and similar deeds to arise to benefit th eneedy and those who have been neglected.

  92. Thomas Canada on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Dysfunctional familes are a global tragedy.Your candidness compels me to not be so shy about sharing personal issues that ironically enough has brought me to this spot.
    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche, I hear you and forgiveness the ultimate elixir to soothe the soul, keeping it untarnished and free to pursue the dharma without ghostly maras.

  93. SK Yap on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I wish KSK can grow very very big to help everyone on the street

  94. Nick on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I’m truly humbled by this. To have endured so much and to show nothing but kindness and compassion after is truly noble. Tsem Rinopche, you are truly inspirational.

  95. Loh on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Tsem Rinpoche is kind and loving, but he didn’t start the Kechara Soup Kitchen just because he is kind, there is much deeper reason: he was there before, on the street, penniless, jobless, lost, harassed by thugs and polics, no one willing to help, just like what those homeless guys in the video said when interviewed. Tsem Rinpoche felt their pain and despair because he himself experienced it before, so it motivates him to do something to lessen their pain.
    One of the qualities I admired most about Tsem Rinpoche is that whatever suffering he went through before, not only he didn’t become bitter and vengeful and vent it out on others later, contrary to what normal people would do, Tsem Rinpoche actually turned his suffering into love and compassion by making sure that others do not suffer like he did before. This is a truly amazing quality any human being can have, this is truly a Great Bodhisattva quality.

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Faster, Faster!!! Can't you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
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Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
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Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow's beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
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Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
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It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733 Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
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My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
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Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
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A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
 
 
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When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
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Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
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A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
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My sacred and ancient Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini immersed in red lights in her casing. So fortunate to even hear her name in this Kaliyuga times. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful and realistic painting of the great Mahasiddha Tilopa. Wow. Tsem Rinpoche
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Nice flames with two swirling colors and very alive. Nice expression on his face. Nice color of his skin. The robes are well done. Lion is powerful yet doesn\'t overtake Shugden figure. I like the decorations on the head halo. This one looks alive. TR
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This Dorje Shugden is nice. Nice flames with two swirling colors and very alive. Nice expression on his face. Nice color of his skin. The robes are well done. Lion is powerful yet doesn't overtake Shugden figure. I like the decorations on the head halo. This one looks alive. TR
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Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and myself in Los Angeles' Chinatown. We had gone shopping that day. I was 18 back then. Tsem Rinpoche
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The great guru Serlingpa of Indonesia (Sumatra). He was the guru of Atisha.
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Nice Dharmakirti painting.
Unusual Heruka painting but nice.
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Unusual Heruka painting but nice.
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Beautiful Shantarakshita painting.
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Beautiful replica Jowo Rinpoche statue in the Jonangpa Monastery in Tibet.
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I wish so much we can grow things like this and in abundance like in Tsu Zi in Taiwan and Findhorn in Scotland. 


I would be so happy with that. TR
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Look at this vegan tomatoe (grown with no chemicals). It is so big and beautiful. Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods. So much vitamins and anti-oxidants we all need for our bodies. I wish so much we can grow things like this and in abundance like in Tsu Zi in Taiwan and Findhorn in Scotland. I would be so happy with that. TR
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The Chair-I have one chair I usually sit on to do my sadhana, watch a program, read, write, research and so one. But many times I return from my bathroom, Oser girl has taken over my chair. She gives me this look like, it's her chair! She's a spunky little schnauzer. The room has so much space, other sofas and places of interest, but my Oser has to hijack my chair always. I have to gently move her over and squeeze in next to her like I did last night into the same chair. We sat together for hours and she fell asleep in my chair huddled against me. Love is sharing a chair even though it's meant for one occupant at a time. :) Tsem Rinpoche
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Not easy to find information on her. But here she is in a very rare blog post on Ucheyma: The Severed Head Goddess Vajra Yogini- https://bit.ly/2QghvhS
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Beautiful Tara image.
This is such a beautiful post. I loved reading it. I love publishing it. I love sharing this with the world. Venerable Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef is such a wonderful nun. Her temple in the mountains/forest in Korea must be spectacular. How meritorious she can live there. She is bringing Buddhism via vegan food her own way. Good motivation. 


Wonderful post: Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=177289
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This is such a beautiful post. I loved reading it. I love publishing it. I love sharing this with the world. Venerable Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef is such a wonderful nun. Her temple in the mountains/forest in Korea must be spectacular. How meritorious she can live there. She is bringing Buddhism via vegan food her own way. Good motivation. Wonderful post: Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=177289
I like this wrathful painting of Dorje Shugden. It is well done. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this wrathful painting of Dorje Shugden. It is well done. Tsem Rinpoche
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If you have reoccurring nightmares, try this mantra- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZN_Yeho5KM&feature=youtu.be
For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Powerful videos revealing the Tibetan govt in exile's tactics has reached over 124K views already!!! https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
This incredible blog post with our wonderful videos has reached over 124K views already!!!

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This incredible blog post with our wonderful videos has reached over 124K views already!!! https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
Some people do this. LOL-Easier to trick people if we always train ourselves to look blur and dumb. Of course after a while, everyone will know it is only a trick. Tricks are for kids.
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Some people do this. LOL-Easier to trick people if we always train ourselves to look blur and dumb. Of course after a while, everyone will know it is only a trick. Tricks are for kids.
I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
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Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    yesterday
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    1 week ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    2 weeks ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    2 weeks ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    3 weeks ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
    3 weeks ago
    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    1 month ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    2 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    2 months ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    2 months ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
    2 months ago
    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    3 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
    3 months ago
    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
  • 喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    3 months ago
    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    喀切玛波护法降神,向詹杜固仁波切献供曼扎及身语意之供养,同时也加持马来西亚克切拉禅修林道场。喀切玛波护法乃古时候的紫玛护法,他是藏地首座佛教寺院桑耶寺的护法神
  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
    3 months ago
    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
  • Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
    3 months ago
    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
  • It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
    4 months ago
    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    4 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    1 years ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    1 years ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    1 years ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
14 hours ago
Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
yesterday
Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 days ago
The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
1 week ago
KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
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One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
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Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for  being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
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Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
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