Lily Tan & Tan Keng Nam

8 June 2009 - 12:46am 1 Comment

We were not spiritual prior to meeting Rinpoche. We tried to be good people within the context of civic-mindedness. Because of the benefits we received from being spiritual, we wish to spread this ‘good news’ to friends and strangers we meet.

Lily Tan, 50 &
Tan Keng Nam, 51
London Study Group Leaders
Kechara Education

Accountants by profession, London-based Keng Nam and Lily Tan have been students of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche since 2003/2004. Despite the distance, the couple are ever-willing to take part in Kechara activities – for example, they were involved in the Lamrim recitation, helping to accumulate 100 recitations of the sacred text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand for Rinpoche’s long life. Keen to promote Rinpoche’s teachings outside of Malaysia, Keng Nam and Lily have started a Dharma study group based in their own home.


Living in London, how were you introduced to Kechara?

We were introduced to Kechara by our good friends in 2002 while we were on holiday in Malaysia. We were invited to attend a Dharma talk at Tara House – we thought we would go for a short while and have coffee later. Needless to say, the talk finished in the early hours of the morning!


So what attracted you to Kechara and prompted so much dedication to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche?

It was at the teaching session that Rinpoche gave in April 2002. Rinpoche said that all religions are valid. We were so used to people telling us that their religions were the best but Rinpoche did not do that. This piqued our interest and was the main reason we carried out further research on Tibetan Buddhism.


When did you start Dharma? Did you both start at the same time?

We met Rinpoche in April 2002 but our practice only began a year or two later, after we took refuge in August 2003. In Lily’s case, she did not start until slightly later – the Bodhgaya trip in 2004 seemed to open up our awareness in Dharma. The prevalence of poverty inspired our practice in the holy Dharma.


Why do you like Dharma? As self-employed accountants with two teenage sons, you must have a lot of things to deal with!

Dharma has provided us with a positive direction and a valuable sense of meaning in our lives. Our well-being has improved since we started practising Dharma. We are more mindful of others’ needs and we are also able to deal with negative influences in our lives.


Before coming to Kechara, did you have spiritual inclinations or aspirations? And what are your aspirations in life now?

We were not spiritual prior to meeting Rinpoche. We tried to be good people within the context of civic-mindedness. Because of the benefits we have received from being spiritual, we wish to spread this ‘good news’ to friends and strangers we meet. We feel very strongly that if a society is grounded in their spiritual practice (whatever religion they may be), there will be peace and harmony in that society.

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