Rinpoche told me that if you want to do Dharma, you will do Dharma. Anything else is an excuse because if you understand the true importance of the work you’re doing, you will find a way to do it.
Khong Jean Ai, 23
e-Division Tsem Ladrang
Khong Jean Ai says that she cannot imagine life without H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara – introduced to Dharma when she was eight years old, Jean Ai has grown up in the Kechara family. Since graduating from the University of Warwick, Jean Ai has joined Dharma work full-time as a member of the Ladrang e-Division team. Currently based in London, Jean Ai works to promote Rinpoche’s teachings both online and in the British and European markets.
How would you describe yourself as a person?
I’d like to think that I’m friendly, reliable and open to new experiences. I’ve been told that I’m easy-going but I know I have one major hang-up – I am a worrier when it comes to work! Since H.E. Tsem Rinpoche told me “It’s no point doing a mediocre job”, I’ve always liked to get things done properly the first time around.
Why do you like Dharma?
Dharma gives me the confidence to do things I normally would not do – I know that if I put the effort into something and I’m doing it with my Lama’s blessing, then everything will turn out okay. I like Dharma because it teaches us about responsibility for our own happiness, and that of others.
Having just graduated from a good university, why did you join Dharma work?
I’ve never really wanted to do anything else. After I graduated, I worked in various places in London but I didn’t feel like there was anything outside of Dharma for me. After a few months of working in a non-Dharma job, I knew for sure that the work-money-family cycle was unending until death and wasn’t something I wanted for the rest of my life. I wanted to do meaningful work that I knew would bring lasting benefit to others.
What do you like about Rinpoche?
I like Rinpoche because even his “harsh” words are kind. Rinpoche is so generous with his love and compassion for everyone and no matter how big or small a group is, he makes everyone feel like they are the most important and cared-for person in the world. He’s always thinking of ways to help people realise a Dharma teaching.
Of the teachings you have received from Rinpoche, which teaching has had the most impact on you?
Rinpoche told me that if you want to do Dharma, you will do Dharma. Anything else is an excuse because if you understand the true importance of the work you’re doing, you will find a way to do it. That teaching has inspired me to push through any pain and tiredness that I experience. Because of Rinpoche’s teaching, I have no fear about how things will turn out for me.