I joined Dharma work because I believe everyone deserves to have sustainable and ultimate peace and happiness.
Irene Lim, 54
Director & Founder
Formerly a career banker, Irene Lim has been with H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for nearly two decades, making her one of Rinpoche’s most senior students. She has been at the forefront of many of Rinpoche’s initiatives, introducing him to many of his current students and helping to establish Kechara. Citing an interest in health, nutrition, food and Buddhist philosophy, it is only appropriate that Irene is the founder of Kechara Oasis, a new-age vegetarian restaurant that has received rave reviews since its opening in January 2009
Please tell us about yourself, Irene – how would you describe yourself before you came to Kechara?
Nearly the same as I am now! Nothing has changed apart from my always-increasing commitment to Kechara. I am still interested in travelling, Buddhist philosophy, meditation, health, nutrition and food. I have also engaged in Buddhist work for more than 23 years, for example through charity fund-raising and leading Buddhist pilgrimages.
As one of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s most senior students, something about him must have clicked to convince you to stay so long. What do you like about Rinpoche??
Rinpoche makes spirituality come alive! He is so incredibly compassionate and skilful, and possesses time-tested wisdom which can bring unchanging happiness to others. Rinpoche’s teachings have powered the transformation of my mind, which I feel is instrumental in my search for inner peace and happiness.
WIs that why you joined Dharma work? What are your aspirations in life?
I joined Dharma work because I believe everyone deserves to have sustainable and ultimate peace and happiness. I believe people deserve to have the same life-enriching experiences that I have had from the privilege of knowing Rinpoche. It is my passion and life’s aspiration to share that privilege with all beings, near and far..
As a member who has been there from the very beginning, what do you think the future has in store for Kechara?
Under Rinpoche’s guidance, it only took five years for Kechara to expand from nothing but concepts to 12 active departments. At this rate of growth, in five years’ time, I know Kechara will be at the forefront of Buddhism’s Asian resurgence… and I will definitely be there to play my part!
It is good to know you intend to be involved! What role do you see yourself playing in the manifestation of Kechara World Peace Centre (KWPC)?
KWPC will be the institution for preserving Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings so of course I intend to be involved! I will probably be helping to provide visitors with food via Kechara Oasis, the vegetarian restaurant that Rinpoche asked me to start. Once KWPC is completed though, I may be in a man-made cave trying to figure out which deity I should meditate on…