Pastor Kok Yek Yee


Director of Kechara House

My connection with Rinpoche started with the holy teachings of Lord Tsongkhapa. Rinpoche’s compassion and interest to benefit others inspired me to become his student in order to follow his vision.

I had a more in-depth contact with Rinpoche during interviews for his autobiography. In every interview, Rinpoche sincerely shared his thoughts and how he felt, and as a new person who had just joined the organisation, I was very excited. I still cannot forget when I first met Rinpoche, what he said to me, and how, whenever I encountered a traumatic experience, Rinpoche was there by my side when I cried. Rinpoche’s care for me will not fade with time or distance, because this great love comes from a sage.

Rinpoche’s teachings, regardless of whether they are experiential or formal lectures, are always consistent and without contradiction. This is true Dharma.

I think the biggest challenge as a Director of Rinpoche is overcoming the inner struggles. That is, whether you are willing to put aside your attachments or ego, and contribute to the fullest extent in Dharma – this is the biggest test. Many times, agreeing outwardly but refusing to compromise inwardly has led to inconsistency in my words and actions, and is a cause of conflicts with others.

Also, during the course of a teacher-student relationship, anxiety and mistrust can arise, often because of ignorance and attachment. Whether or not you can overcome this barrier, these experiences also provide opportunities for self-reflection. Rinpoche’s compassion and wisdom have helped to remove my ignorant views and stubborn grasping.

I experienced much pleasure in this path of Dharma that has helped me to explore my inner most pristine qualities and the rarity of human life. I realised that it is rare to have such an opportunity to meet a Guru, so I decided to assist Rinpoche wholeheartedly in his Dharma work.

Directors are Rinpoche’s right-hand men. When Rinpoche passes away in the future, the Board of Directors will be responsible for all the Dharma work and projects. Also, because there is such a position, I can do more and be more focused, and I will also go all out to do more!


  • Director, Kechara House
  • Head Pastor, Kechara House
  • Vice President, Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia
  • Head, Chinese Committee


With a Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology, Yek Yee started her career as a journalist, writing for Guang Ming Daily and Nanyang Siang Pau, an established national newspaper, as a features writer.

Yek Yee won an award for The Best Health Related Article in the Magazine Category, which was awarded by the Malaysian government in 2007, and has continued to write for major dailies and popular magazines such as Feminine and Buddha. She published her first book, Protector Setrap, in 2007.




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Kok Yek Yee

19 June 2009 - 4:18pm Comments Off

Dharma has helped me to find inner happiness… because I am happy, I hope that everyone is happy; I will continue this work to share the beauty of Dharma with others.

Kok Yek Yee, 36
Liaison to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche
Senior Editor, Kechara Media & Publications
Chinese Manjushri Class Coordinator,  Kechara Education
Committee Head, Chinese Committee

Kok Yek Yee’s quiet and unassuming appearance belies a steely determination to see things through and achieve results. With a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology and a Diploma in Journalism, Yek Yee began her career as a journalist for various Chinese-language dailies. Since joining Kechara Media & Publications as a Senior Editor, Yek Yee has been awarded The Best Health Related Article 2007 by the Malaysian government.

How were you introduced to Kechara? Was it through one of your journalistic connections?

A Kechara member told me about her teacher, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. It was the first time I had heard of a ‘Rinpoche’, and news of a monk who modelled, and wore designer clothes and CK sunglasses during teachings really awoke my journalist instinct.

Why did you decide to help to translate the Journey to Gaden DVD? What was it that attracted you to stay at Kechara, and how did you feel about coming into Dharma?

I had the privilege to interview Rinpoche for eight hours and every question I asked was logically answered. After the interview, I felt like I had read several books – I left beaming with satisfaction, having realised that there is such a person in this world who lives only to benefit all sentient beings, never asking for anything in return. I did not expect that as a result of that visit, I would begin to get closer to Buddhism.

Why did you join Dharma work? Has Dharma changed or helped you?

I joined Dharma work because Dharma allows me to see the most vulnerable part of myself. Dharma helps me to get up when I fall; it reinforces my confidence and determination. Dharma has helped me to find inner happiness so I joined Dharma because I am eager to share that inner happiness with others. To put it simply, because I am happy, I hope that everyone is happy; I will continue this work to share the beauty of Dharma with others.

Did you have any doubts when you first started in Dharma and later when you joined Dharma work full-time? Can you please tell us about them?

When I first started in Dharma, it felt as if I was back in primary school, and everything had to be re-learnt and re-understood. Initially, I felt a bit out of place due to my limited Dharma knowledge and English not being my first language. I would wonder if I made the right choice. However, as I learnt more, and I trained internally and externally, I realised I was quite foolish to have any doubts. Now I feel like a new person – I feel like someone who is more grounded and happy.

How do you see spirituality in moving you forward towards achieving your aspirations?

My aspiration has always been to work with words (writing). When I joined Kechara as an editor, my childhood dream came true because I now have the opportunity to plan book production, write books and translate.

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