Kechara House is very special because we have a Guru who is a real Tibetan Lama who was trained at Lama Tsongkhapa’s Gaden Monastery! Did you know that one of our Guru’s previous lives was a very close student of Lama Tsongkhapa?
Our Guru’s name is His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. No, you don’t have to read out his whole name when you address him. You can call him “Rinpoche” as he likes to be called. “Rinpoche” means “precious one” and “Tulku” means one whose previous life was also a Lama, and “Lama” means the same as “Guru”.
Therefore Rinpoche was a Lama before in his previous lives and he has come back again into this world to be a Lama again to teach us the Dharma. Why would he want to come back again? That is because we need him, and he is so compassionate that he decided to come to be our teacher.
Without a teacher to teach us the Dharma, we won’t know any Dharma. Dharma teaches us how to live our lives correctly.
Rinpoche is very, very tall. He is 6 feet and 2 inches tall! Rinpoche’s father was a Tibetan and his mother was a Mongolian. He was born in Taiwan but was brought up since small in America. As a small child, Rinpoche was already drawing lots of Buddha pictures to give to friends. Later, he left America to go to Gaden Monastery to become a monk and receive his training.
Rinpoche began visiting Malaysia to teach in 1992 and now lives in Malaysia and continues to teach Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings to us.