#20: Going To Malaysia

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In 1992, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche went to Malaysia at the instructions of his Gurus, H.E. Lati Rinpoche and H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, to serve the Buddhist community in South East Asia. This was confirmed during an audience with Gaden Shartse’s Dharma Protector, Lord Setrap, who predicted great benefit for this region and all over the world, arising from his teachings and enlightened activities.

H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and H.E. Lati Rinpoche requested H.E. Tsem Rinpoche to go to Malaysia

Rinpoche was reluctant to go, preferring to stay in deep retreat in the monastery. However, he put his personal preferences aside in order to serve the monastery and the needs of the many as opposed to his own wishes. He knew that serving the Sangha just once was equivalent to going into retreat for a whole lifetime.

I personally didn’t want to go but I am only one person and it would have been very selfish. The needs of the many were more, so I went.

Reverend Khoon, a Malaysian monk, was instrumental in arranging for Tsem Rinpoche

Following an invitation from Reverend Khoon, a Malaysian monk of the Karma Kagyu tradition, and with the help of H.E. Kyabje Gehlek Rinpoche, Rinpoche began his teaching work in Malaysia.

Rinpoche travelled extensively around Malaysia and Singapore, meeting many peoeple

Arriving in Malaysia with just two bags – one with his personal items, and the other full of mani pills, chakras and other holy items blessed by the Setrap oracle in full trance, Rinpoche travelled around Malaysia, even going to Singapore, bringing Buddha’s liberating teachings to others. His teachings and initiations were extremely well-received and he often received standing ovations from the audience.

Despite his youth, H.E. Tsem Rinpoches teachings were extremely well-received in Malaysia; a sure sign of his turning the Wheel of Dharma in countless past lives

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly for his monastery - performing blessing rituals, weddings, teaching, and touring many Buddhist centres around Malaysia

After successfully raising the funds to rebuild the khangtsen’s accommodation, Rinpoche returned to Gaden, accompanied by his Malaysian students to offer everything up to the monastery. He had raised more than USD 32,000. Rinpoche then remained in Gaden, continuing to serve his Gurus and engage in extended retreats. Many Malaysians would write to him or visit the monastery, requesting him to return to Malaysia and continue to turn the Wheel of Dharma.

Many Malaysian students have remained with Rinpoche since his first visit in 1992. Ms. Irene Lim is now the founder and Director of Kechara Oasis, a non-profit vegetarian restaurant whose profits go towards supporting Dharma work and H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s many projects

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and his long-time student, Irene Lim

Mama Jenny, who has visited H.E. Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden countless times has decided to take ordination as a nun and will soon be taking her ordination vows

Mama Jenny, now known as Anila, will be taking ordination as a nun

One Response to #20: Going To Malaysia

  1. [...] am very proud of Irene and how long she has come since the day I first met her. Irene is one of the first students I met when I came to Malaysia, and she helped me to stay here and I wish to celebrate her and her success. Please go to Kechara [...]