There was something a little different in Manjushri class a week ago – an afternoon with Kechara Care (KC), the newest and most hip ‘n’ happening department within Kechara.
Hosted by Liaison Chuah Su Ming, KC’s Nicholas Yu and education committee’s Wan Wai Meng, the afternoon introduced everyone to what Kechara Care do. This also led into a discussion into the actual meaning of care and kindness, within a Dharmic context.
Seeing as kindness, generosity and care are such an integral part of Buddhist practice, Kechara Care brings this aspect of Dharma alive and into the hearts of every single person in the organisation.
Inspired by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, KC was instituted as a very central department to care for newcomers to Kechara, as well as provide support for the existing students and staff of the centre. Seeing as kindness, generosity and care are such an integral part of Buddhist practice, KC brings this aspect of Dharma alive and into the hearts of every single person in the organisation. They organise tours and social events, arrange for gifts from Rinpoche to newcomers to connect them to the blessings of Dharma, and even provide individual support and informal counselling.
With the advent of their new lounge / disco, KC brings care to a whole new level, reaching out to people in an environment and language that they are most comfortable with. The lounge is fully equipped with facilities for partying, gatherings, karaoke nights, meetings and simple chill-out sessions over a cup of tea, making it an ideal place for people to get to know each other and learn Dharma in a nurturing, supportive environment.
The discussion at Manjushri Class then went on to look at what kindness and care meant to each person, leading to an animated discussion between participants who shared their views and personal experiences within the organisation.
Sabrina Ng began by sharing that when she first joined Kechara House (KH), she was facing many difficulties and problems. She felt that within KH, there was a strong support group to help her through these difficulties. To her, kindness is shared with others when people give words of advice freely.
Wong Kwok Wai, now one of Kechara Soup Kitchen’s committee members, explained that he had come into Kechara through the Kechara Paradise outlets and that since joining, the number of Kecharians who have helped him is endless. He felt that everyone in Kechara is kind and that care is not restricted to KC alone, but comes from everyone in Kechara.
Ng Yew Seng, who is also a very regular volunteer in several Kechara departments and a committed attendee of Manjushri class, shared that his experience with Kechara is that people do not just talk, but walk the talk too.