Albert Ratchaga

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Rinpoche is someone who really turns his words into action

Albert Ratchaga, 29
Manager
Kechara Paradise 1Utama

It was 2007 and permanent work was hard to come by, so Albert Ratchaga was on the lookout for a temporary position. His uncle, Tan Keng Nam, introduced him to Kechara and soon he was working part-time with Kechara Paradise. With no prior spiritual inclinations, open-minded Albert decided to use the opportunity to listen to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings. Finding them relevant, he committed himself to serving the Dharma. Albert has since been promoted to Outlet Manager and now oversees the day-to-day operations of Kechara Paradise 1Utama.


Growing up, did you have any experience with religion? Did you have any sort of spiritual inclination?

Actually no, I was never religious. Although my family has a Buddhist background, I grew up a free-thinker. I never thought about religion or spirituality, and never felt the need to seek out spiritual experiences. I didn’t understand what being spiritual could do for me, or what it meant to be spiritual.


So what do you understand now about spirituality? How do you think being spiritual can help you to achieve your aspirations?

I see spirituality as a kind of moral support and spiritual practice helps us to cope with the situations around us. When we are facing unimaginable difficulties and obstacles, we have faith in something beyond us to help us overcome that difficulty. Being spiritual allows us to create the causes to access that kind of help.


Do you think you have become more spiritual since you joined Kechara? Why did you join Dharma, and why do you like it?

Yes, I think I have. I actually joined Kechara because I was just looking for a job but after understanding more of what Dharma is about, I really enjoy it. When people tell me how Dharma has helped them, I feel very happy to be involved in something meaningful. Dharma teaches me about cause and effect, and can help to make me a better person.


Since the first time you heard H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on a CD or DVD, you have met him and been able to receive teachings from him. Can you please tell us what you like about Rinpoche?

I like Rinpoche’s kindness and his care for the people around him. I think his compassionate behaviour is something we should adopt – people are becoming more selfish these days and we need an antidote. I also like that Rinpoche is someone who really turns his words into action.


Where do you see Kechara going in the future? Do you think there is a bright future ahead?

Yes, I think Kechara will grow very big. I think it will become one of the greatest and most well-known organisations in the world. It’s something that I am looking forward to because I know Kechara will be able to help a lot of people in their spiritual practice.

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