Spirituality is about connecting to and the development of our inner self. It is about having faith in a higher purpose and living beyond the selfish pursuit of a materialistic existence.
Shin Tan, 31
e-Division, Tsem Ladrang
With a Bachelor of Education from Universiti Malaya, Shin Tan has worked as a lecturer and provider of content and e-learning solutions for various start-ups. Shin is now a member of the Ladrang team, which helps to take care of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s secular matters so that he may focus on teaching. Shin’s responsibilities include running online marketing and awareness campaigns, maintaining mass communications for the Kechara organisation and creating Dharma video previews and synopses.
Everyone has a story for how they came to Kechara – how were you introduced to Kechara? Did you have any spiritual inclinations before coming to Kechara?
One of my friends, Wan Wai Meng, invited me to attend a talk given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Although I grew up a Buddhist with exposure to Tibetan Buddhism, I could not find a suitable Dharma centre when I started working in Kuala Lumpur until I came to Kechara House.
From attending Rinpoche’s talks to working in his Ladrang – something at his talks must have clicked for you! Why do you like Dharma and why did you join Dharma work?
Dharma teaches us about our minds and gives us practical methods to overcome our delusions and ignorance. It can alleviate suffering if we apply it to our lives. I knew that doing Dharma work would be more fulfilling – it is rare to come across an opportunity to work on yourself, to “live” your faith at work and benefit others.
Having had prior experience of spirituality, and now that you are working for Kechara, what do you understand about spirituality?
For me, spirituality is about connecting to and the development of our inner self. It is having faith in a higher purpose and living beyond the selfish pursuit of a materialistic existence. I think that by living in this way, we can find inner peace and happiness.
As it was Rinpoche and his talks that attracted you to the Dharma, can you tell us what you like about Rinpoche?
I like Rinpoche’s way of teaching Dharma. I find it direct and so straightforward that we can immediately apply it in our lives without having to change who we are externally. I also like Rinpoche’s sense of humour – Rinpoche knows how to make anything fun and yet Dharmically profound.
So how do you see the future of Kechara? Are you happy to be involved in the manifestation of our future retreat centre, Kechara World Peace Centre (KWPC)?
Kechara will be very big in this region; an icon connecting many people to Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings and lineage. As an institution, TKL will have a positive impact not just on the cultural enrichment of our country but also because of the Dharma work and practice that will arise from it.