Everybody knows that Malaysians just LOVE food and we are indeed blessed with a large variety of it. Therefore, it was good news to many as Kechara organized Malaysia’s 1st ever vegetarian brunch/dinner buffet with more than 100 varieties of mouth-watering dishes at Viva Home, Kuala Lumpur in order to raise funds for Children’s Education!
It’s no surprise that a strong crowd of 500 hungry people came in full force to dine and support this event, and rightly so, as the proceeds will go towards sustaining Kechara’s Dharma education outreach programme. What a noble way to indulge our little tummies!
Some guests came for brunch, while others came for dinner; nonetheless it was all good food aplenty in a nice comfortable atmosphere. Kechara’s Education Fund was first set up with the intention of making H. E. Tsem Rinpoche’s Dharma teachings accessible to spiritual seekers. These Dharma teachings come in the form of Kechara’s weekly activities such as Lamrim, Pujas, Sunday service, meditation and Dharma classes, Manjushri kids classes and animal liberation.
In fact, Dharma teachings pervade everything we do in Kechara, from the publications of books to video and music production. However, the maintenance of the facilities and materials used for this purpose incur a cost. In other words, these teachings would not have been made possible without kind donations from sponsors. Currently, Kechara has many exciting plans in store to spread the benefits of the Dharma and this includes a programme that consists of a 5 part series of DVDs, which is a compilation of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s teachings.
We hope to publish this soon and with funds raised from our vegetarian buffet, we can hardly wait! At the buffet, a spread of healthy and delicious vegetarian cuisine was laid out for guests; including house favourite petai fried rice, noodles, curries, desserts, drinks and even the most delicious dim sum dishes. Indeed, many hungry guests just couldn’t resist 2nd or 3rd helpings! Besides the usual crowd, kind sponsors even treated the following organizations to a wonderful brunch/dinner at the buffet:
- Pu Ai Handicapped Children Association (10 people)
- Ti-Ratana Welfare Society (50 people)
- Padmasambhava Children Loving Association (25 people)
- Pusat Jagaan Kanak-kanak Sayang (28 people)
- Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary (26 people)
Kechara’s Pastors and volunteers were on hand to serve the orphans and old folks with food and drinks and readily assisted the needy throughout the day. After their meal, Pastor Susan presented some of them with sacred Tsongkhapa/Setrap pendants and a wallet-sized prayer card, which they were very happy to receive.
A documentary of Rinpoche’s life was also projected onto the screens during the buffet so the diners get to hear about the story of our spiritual guide. Fellow Kecharian, Victor Phang gave an insightful talk about the benefits and myths of being a vegetarian, while resident emcee Any Loke explained Kechara’s projects to the guests, namely Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) and Kechara World Peace Centre (KWPC).
Before leaving, some guests certainly did not miss out on buying Kechara Oasis’ very own mooncakes, which comes in a whole range of flavours from the exotic durian flavour to the classic lotus flavour. We strongly urge all of you to be a part of this noble cause and you can contribute with your time or with monetary donations in order for the Dharma to flourish, and consequently benefit and touch many more lives.