Whatever Rinpoche says touches my heart, countering my ignorance. I like Rinpoche because when he teaches, it is not to show off – he teaches out of compassion and because he wants everyone to understand Dharma so they are not stuck living in ignorance.
Jace Chong, 26
Producer Kechara InMotion
Jace Chong went through many illnesses as she was growing up. She believed her life was going to be short-lived so she cherished every second and lived life without regrets. Her steadfastness and determination have seen her through many tough times. Even when Jace decided to join Kechara and faced opposition, she knew that she was making the right choice and so carried through with her decision. With years of experience in the television production industry, Jace now produces and edits videos with Kechara InMotion.
How were you introduced to Kechara? What attracted you to Kechara and prompted you to join Dharma work?
My boss and good friend Han Siew Fong, brought me to Kechara in 2008. After I participated in a puja, I gradually came into contact with Buddhist-related video production for Kechara. Initially I felt ‘bad’ about coming to Kechara – I was worried because I didn’t have much money to donate, and could only contribute through work. After listening and reading H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings, I changed my mind. I realised that as long as I can help in any way, I will give my best.
Before coming to Kechara, what questions did you have about your life? What did you understand about spirituality?
Back then, the ‘meaning of life’ was very vague for me. I wanted to know the reason for our existence; I wanted to know what happiness was and how to achieve it. However, I couldn’t find anyone to answer these questions for me. Before coming to Kechara, I believed that spirituality was only about doing good deeds, being a kind-hearted person and not hurting others.
What do you like about Rinpoche? How do Rinpoche’s teachings affect you?
I see Rinpoche as someone who, apart from my parents, cares about me. Although Rinpoche may not know me or remember my face, each time I see him or an image of him, I feel I am close to him. I feel like this because Rinpoche’s teachings seem to talk to me – it is as if he is in front of me and talking directly to me. Whatever he says touches my heart, countering my ignorance. I like Rinpoche because when he teaches, it is not to show off – he teaches out of compassion and because he wants everyone to understand Dharma so they are not stuck living in ignorance.
What is the most inspiring thing about Rinpoche that you have seen? How does Rinpoche inspire you?
Setting up Kechara from zero to something small, and from something small into an organisation that now has 12 departments, I think this is very admirable and inspiring, because Rinpoche has shown us how a simple starting point can be extended to the development of so much. I am inspired by his wisdom and foresight in furthering this growth. He has dedicated his life for all sentient beings; I am ashamed that I can contribute so little. In fact, I frequently end up in tears when I read Rinpoche’s books, feeling very much in awe and deeply touched.
What is the single most impactful experience you’ve had with Rinpoche’s teachings?
Recently, the teaching that had most impact on me is to not hate. I used to feel easily disappointed over trivial matters, and huge disappointments would turn to hate. Rinpoche’s teachings have taught me that the disappointments are due to our expectations and hopes that what we want will be fulfilled. In fact, we bring these disappointments upon ourselves and we should learn instead to accept people as they are. This is a very simple but profound teaching. So when I began change the way I saw and reacted to things, I felt that hatred was unnecessary and I am much happier now.