Pastor David Lai

21 November 2013 - 11:23pm Comments Off

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Bachelor of Computing graduate from Monash University, David was a sales executive before joining Kechara under as a member of the Kechara Paradise sales team. On the advice of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, David later joined Kechara Media & Publications to pursue writing and has since authored several books including his own spiritual journey, There’s No Way But Up.

Now a member of the Ladrang team, David’s scope of work encompasses writing for Rinpoche’s blog and his own personal blog, as well as promoting Rinpoche and Kechara via social media.

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David Lai


Apprentice of Kechara Media & Publications

I was fortunate enough to have met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche as a friend while I was still going to church in 2003. At that time, I found him to be a remarkable spiritual teacher because he never tried to convert me or ever ask me to be his disciple. I remember one of his first teachings to me was to take what the Buddha taught and apply it into my life and not just believe in it blindly. That statement blew my mind and so it was Rinpoche’s logic and reasoning that converted me.

However, my real faith in Rinpoche didn’t appear overnight as it took years. Rinpoche’s first advice to me was to write because he felt that I had great potential to develop myself in that field. It took me many years while I worked in Kechara Paradise outlets and even in the Ladrang before I found myself in Kechara Media & Publications. Eventually, I decided to just trust Rinpoche and start my Dharma career by writing my very first book. It has been quite a journey for me!

On the other hand, I found that I have a passion for sharing the Dharma with others while I worked in the Kechara Paradise stores. I loved Rinpoche’s teachings and so I would share them with people who came into the stores. I don’t think I affected everybody but I do occasionally receive feedback that what I had shared with them was beneficial. Hence, I try to absorb as much Dharma teachings as I can through Rinpoche’s teachings, Manjushri class and other activities so I can share it with those whom I meet.

I am honoured to be able to serve Rinpoche with my appointment as Apprentice. It gives me a golden opportunity to return the kindness of my parents and Rinpoche through my work as a liaison.

At the same time, I feel that I am finally able to make something of myself and be a part of a thriving and beneficial organisation that I affectionately call “KH”. Therefore, I dedicate my liaisonship and all that I will do with it to my loving parents.



  • Writer, Kechara Media and Publications
  • Manjushri Class Speaker, Kechara Education Committee




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David Lai

6 June 2009 - 11:40pm Comments Off

Honestly, I didn’t have any aspirations until I met Rinpoche. He told me to write and said that I would find success in that field.

David Lai, 29
Writer Kechara Media & Publications
University Outreach Programme
Kechara Education

When asked to describe himself, David Lai says he is just an ordinary guy who enjoys life but knows when to knuckle down and work when necessary. An outgoing Buddhist with a refreshingly modern take on life and spirituality, David says that since meeting H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, the way he relates to people now is strongly inspired by Rinpoche’s Dharma teachings. A former Sales Executive for Canon and Volvo, David is now a writer with Kechara Media & Publications.

How long have you been with Kechara? How were you introduced to Kechara?

As one of the pioneers of Kechara, I’ve been around since the beginning! Therefore I can’t really say there was one particular person or moment which introduced me to Kechara – it was H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and some of Rinpoche’s senior students who helped to set up Kechara.

What attracted you to Kechara? When did you start Dharma, and why?

I would say that Kechara attracted me because I found it modern, fun, trendy, accepting and very sincere. I started Dharma after I listened to a few teachings given by Rinpoche – I found his talks to be very deep, philosophical, accepting and what he said made a lot of sense to me. His talks answered a lot of my questions and when I applied the teachings, I could see results happening in me.

Did you have any spiritual inclinations before you came to Kechara? What did you understand about spirituality? What questions did you have about your life?

I was a Catholic boy who faithfully went to church every Sunday. Although I didn’t doubt enough to ask many questions, I secretly wondered if God and his angels existed. As for my understanding of spirituality, I liked Jesus’ teachings about love and forgiveness in the New Testament, but it conflicted with the vengeful God of the Old Testament. I couldn’t reconcile the two and form an idea of spirituality.

What were your aspirations in life before meeting Rinpoche and coming to Kechara? And what are your aspirations now? Have they changed?

Honestly, I didn’t have any aspirations until I met Rinpoche. He told me to write and said that I would find success in that field. I didn’t really believe him until recently! Rinpoche’s teachings have really moved me and I look forward to bringing them to whatever I write in the future.

Speaking of the future, where do you see the future of Kechara? What kind of role do you see yourself playing in the manifestation of our future retreat centre, Kechara World Peace Centre (KWPC)?

In Kechara’s future, I see that KWPC will arise and it will be extremely beneficial for everyone who is involved, throughout the organisation. I hope to be a successful writer by then! By that, I mean I hope I will be someone who can share some Dharma with people. In the meantime, I will become more involved in my role at Kechara Media & Publications, to promote Rinpoche and his teachings on a global level.

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