ince 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?.
Our first Chinese language book of Rinpoche’s teachings, Be Greedy, sold 2,000 copies in the first seven months of its publication. After several reprints, it 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 and in 2009 the English version of the graphic novel was published.
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 version), a beautifully illustrated autobiographical book on the life of Eric Choong, one of Malaysia’s award-winning top fashion designers.
KMP expanded further with many inspirational and spiritual titles in English and Chinese in 2010 onwards such as 108 Ways to Grab My Apples, Snakes, Roosters and Pigs, Be Greedy (English), Why I Make Myself Unhappy (2nd Edition) and If Not Now When? (Love Edition) which moved on to the Love series due to positive response. The Setrap and Tsongkhapa box sets were also produced in 2010 to facilitate the ease to learn these respective practices in an easy way suited for laypeople.
The biggest highlight of Kechara Media & Publications came in the form of the publication of The Promise: A Tsem Tulku Biography in 2011. The true story of a great man’s journey from the time of his birth in Taiwan to a Mongolian princess and a Tibetan ex-monk, to his turbulent teenage days in the US and finally finding his destiny in India, right through to the first time he set foot in Malaysia at the age of 27. The biography of H.E Tsem Rinpoche was the pinnacle of KMP’s portfolio. Due to overwhelming response, the book has gone into its 2nd edition.
Titles like Be Happy, Conversations In Love and Tales My Lama Told Me are some of the more interesting titles to come out in recent times. 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 hopes to appeal to a broader spectrum of readers.