Nicholas Yu

19 June 2009 - 12:26am 1 Comment

I found people in Kechara to be so nice, caring and kind. They were all very welcoming and I saw that everyone was very happy. I thought that if they are like that, then what their Lama is teaching them must be correct.

Nicholas Yu, 31
Committee Member, Kechara House Committee
Committee Member, Kechara Care

Nicholas Yu says there are two sides to him. There is the aggressive, competitive side which surfaces at work where he is a Project Manager at a telecommunications company; but there is also a gentler, more easy-going side which comes out when he’s at home with his two young princesses. A self-professed former freethinker who only occasionally visited temples, Nicholas is surprised that since meeting H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, he has come so far in Dharma and is now a committee member in the Kechara House Management Committee 2008-2010.


What attracted you to Kechara and when did you start Dharma?

I found people in Kechara to be so nice, caring and kind. They were all very welcoming and I saw that everyone was very happy. I thought that if they are like that, then what their Lama is teaching them must be correct. I started Dharma in August 2008.

I like Dharma because it helps me to understand more about myself and my own mind. For example, it helps me understand why I get angry and how to stop it. It also shows me that everyone can find happiness and how to find that happiness, for example, by not having expectations and by benefiting others.


Why did you join Dharma work?

I joined to train myself under H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teaching and guidance. I also wanted to ‘work’ in Dharma with other people more experienced than myself, and use them as role models for my own practice. I want to benefit others, to collect merit and obviously to spread Dharma so others can find happiness too!


What do you like about Rinpoche? Which of his teachings has had the single biggest impact on you?

I like Rinpoche because his teachings are so modern and his explanations are so relevant to our daily lives. The kindness Rinpoche shows is as close as family members will show, or even more than that. When my wife went into labour, Rinpoche asked Su Ming to deliver food to me in the hospital at 4am. Later, he asked Su Ming to do the same for my wife’s lunch. Of all of his teachings, the one with the single biggest impact was given during a puja. Rinpoche said we should not make excuses to not do Dharma. At that time, I had been away from Kechara’s activities to prepare for my exams. The talk was a big wake-up call, telling me not to hide if Dharma was so important to me.

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