Since our inception, Kechara Media & Publications (KMP) has published seven English books of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings, Why I Make Myself Unhappy, Faces of Enlightenment, Nothing Changes Everything Changes, Gurus for Hire Enlightenment for Sale, Compassion Conquers All, PEACE and a coffee table book of Rinpoche’s quotes, If Not Now, When?.
We have also published three books by Rinpoche’s long time students and up-and-coming authors, Jamie Khoo and David Lai.
Our first Chinese language book of Rinpoche’s teachings, Be Greedy, sold 2000 copies in the first seven months of its publication. After several reprints, it has evolved into a new, revised compilation entitled Nothing Changes.
In November 2007, the long-awaited Protector Setrap, authored by our Senior Editor (Chinese) Kok Yek Yee was published. Although Setrap has been the Dharma Protector of Gaden Monastery for over 600 years, Yek Yee’s book was the first in the world to be written on this powerful practice.
In 2008, we published the world’s first graphic novel (Chinese) on the Life of Lama Tsongkhapa – the founder of the Gelugpa tradition, which is one of the fastest growing Buddhist schools in the world.
2009 was particularly prolific. An English version of the Tsongkhapa graphic novel was published this year. In Spring 2009, we published the revised edition of Gurus for Hire Enlightenment for Sale, which was launched in London at the London Book Fair. Gurus for Hire Enlightenment for Sale in Mandarin was also published in the same year by one of the leading publishing companies in Taiwan, Oak Tree Publishing.
February 2009 saw the publication of Eric Choong In Full Bloom (Chinese), a beautifully illustrated autobiographical book on the life of Eric Choong, one of Malaysia’s award-winning top fashion designers.
While the genres are broad, ranging from serious Dharma to lifestyle to fashion, the common themes of KMP’s publications will always be personal development, inspirational, transformational and benefiting others. By diversifying our range of publications, KMP hope to appeal to a broader spectrum of readers.