Ooi Beng Kooi

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Board of Directors
Personal Assistant and Director of e-Division

An engineer with a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, London, Beng Kooi first heard H.E. speak at a book club at Kechara House in 2007. It was an illuminating experience and a radical change of perspective, inspiring her to leave her job in the UK to join H.E. and serve the Dharma.

As the Director of e-Division, Beng Kooi oversees all multimedia and Internet projects for H.E. and Kechara. Beng Kooi also serves as H.E.’s Correspondence and Divination Secretary.

[M]     +6012 313 0489
[E]      beng.ooi@kechara.com

9 Responses to Ooi Beng Kooi

  1. [...] week, Ooi Beng Kooi‘s aunt unfortunately passed away. Being a family-orientated person, she was very close to her [...]

  2. [...] President, Datuk May Phng and a deeply devoted group of Ladrang Liaisons, JP Thong, Chuah Su Ming, Ooi Beng Kooi and Loh Seng Piow. Together with a large team of staff and committed volunteers, they take care of [...]

  3. [...] Ai joined the Ladrang’s E-Division full-time in 2009 under the wing of Liaison Ooi Beng Kooi , following the footsteps of her mother, Dato’ Ruby Khong, President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, [...]

  4. [...] Mei, Seng Piow, Beng Kooi, Lew Kwan Leng, Joy, Justin Ripley, Sara Yap, Jean Ai (sometimes)….and we have people who [...]

  5. [...] likely not be adopted. I had to take them and I did… I had Susan, Li Kim, Seng Piow, KB and Beng Kooi today to help me. It was a a spur of the moment thing. I do my best to always avoid pet shops [...]

  6. [...] nice letter along with a beautiful card and unique gifts from Ms Veronika Tupayachi, via my liaison Beng Kooi. I am very happy to receive Veronika’s sincere letter. I had previously given her a gift [...]

  7. [...] have just received an mms update from Beng Kooi regarding Kechara’s Sunway Pyramid Wesak Fair… and I thought it would be great to share [...]

  8. [...] Beng Kooi or BK is in charge of this division. The new signboard has just gone up yesterday and it looks [...]

  9. [...] I will have Beng Kooi of E-division to attach the talk here with a link. You can write to Beng Kooi about in case it doesn’t come or at least a snippet of it within a week. Hehehe… a [...]

Ooi Beng Kooi

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Director of Tsem Ladrang

Before meeting Rinpoche, life was good. I had a good job, great friends and no problems. I was a young Malaysian living it up in UK and travelling around Europe… the future was an open book.

I had always been interested in spirituality but never really had a reason to explore deeper until a friend invited me one day to a book club at Kechara House in 2007. Rinpoche was in attendance. The book club discussion was about an unconventional Guru who was nothing like a normal “monk” and the “monk” sitting on the throne was definitely not conventional. He blew away my ideas of religious philosophy, Buddhism and spirituality. His words cut through the traditional presentation of ancient wisdom and cleared up many unanswered questions in my life.

Meeting Rinpoche then, at a crossroads in my life, left me with a choice between pursuing a lucrative career progression and seeking a spiritual career close to Rinpoche. With no guarantees of being accepted, no roadmap ahead and nothing to grasp onto, I gave in to my curiosity and took a step towards the unknown.

Working so closely with Rinpoche, both as a Director and as part of Tsem Ladrang is unlike any other “job”. Rinpoche uses skilful methods to challenge my projections and preconceptions of how things should be. It is all part of spiritual training, of course, and every day I am learning to be more flexible, resourceful and to transform my mind.

I have experienced, and learned so much from Rinpoche since I committed to Dharma that I will be forever grateful for the time I have spent serving my Lama. I have absolutely no regrets. This experience has enriched my life and has given me the opportunity to be of more benefit to others than any other environment ever could.


Portfolio

  • Director of e-Division and Writers, Tsem Ladrang
  • Personal Assistant to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Correspondence and Divination Secretary


Background

Having graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College in London, I returned to Malaysia in 2001 where I worked in the Research Division of Proton Cars developing new engines for mass production. In 2004, I returned to England to join a specialist team in Lotus Engineering, researching cutting-edge solutions for hybrid vehicles.

I was seriously contemplating moving to Austria when I met Rinpoche for the first time in March 2007. This was the turning point in my life and I returned to Malaysia to be closer to Rinpoche and Kechara, accepting another job offer as a consultant for alternative powertrains in Malaysia.

I started volunteering in Kechara in May 2007 and decided to commit to full-time Dharma work shortly after. I started working nights in the Ladrang while continuing my day job, whose appeal was wearing thin. In late 2007, with Rinpoche’s blessings, I had the great honour to be invited to join the Board of Directors. Having successfully resolved some contractual issues at work, I left my samsaric job behind and joined the Ladrang full-time in January 2008.


Contact

Email: beng.ooi@kechara.com

3 Responses to Ooi Beng Kooi

  1. Can you tell me the Name of the unconventional monk that really changed the direction in your life. Sounds interesting and the name of the book or monk that you are referring to.

  2. That’s amazing. Congratulations, Beng! I can’t tell you enough how amazing you all are at Kechara, spreading the Dharma and reaching all corners of the globe. I am so grateful to be connected to you and through you, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. You are ALL and inspiration.

Ooi Beng Kooi

6 June 2009 - 10:05pm Comments Off

I joined Dharma work because I wasn’t finding real satisfaction in leading a successful ‘normal life’. There was a sense of emptiness in me that I tried to fill with friends, activities and experiences but after the initial high, I was back to square one.

Ooi Beng Kooi, 32
Liaison to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche
Personal Assistant & e-Division Tsem Ladrang

Trained as an electronic engineer, Ooi Beng Kooi was a researcher and consultant in the automotive industry for seven years. Beng Kooi was raised in a Taoist-Buddhist environment and her parents were interested in religion; her family altar featured both Christian and Hindu deities alongside the usual Taoist and Buddhist ones. Given her upbringing, it was only a matter of time before Beng Kooi began to look into spirituality to answer the questions she had about life. As a Liaison of Tsem Ladrang, Beng Kooi is H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s correspondence and divination secretary, as well as his personal assistant. She is also the Head of Tsem Ladrang’s e-Division.


How would you describe yourself, Beng Kooi? What were you doing before you came to Kechara?

I’m a very easy-going, laidback kind of person, someone who doesn’t talk very much. Life before Kechara was routine – I worked in the UK, backpacked all over Europe, had a successful career, a happy family life, great friends… in terms of achieving worldly life goals, I never had anything to worry about.


So having achieved normal worldly goals, why would someone with a successful career join Dharma work? Why did you join Dharma work?

I joined Dharma work because I wasn’t finding real satisfaction in leading a successful ‘normal life’. There was a sense of emptiness in me that I tried to fill with friends, activities and experiences but after the initial high, I was back to square one. I felt life had more meaning than that, and Dharma work offered me an opportunity to really make a difference and help others. I want to do as much as I can now, instead of thinking that I can do it later… after all, what if I die tomorrow? I want to stop wasting my life away.


What attracted you to Kechara? Why did you choose to stay and do Dharma work with Kechara?

I had previously been interested in Buddhism and had volunteered at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, intending to learn Dharma while volunteering. However, no one there could give me logical answers to my questions. Then I met H.E. Tsem Rinpoche at my first Kechara book club in 2007. What Rinpoche said was logical, extremely applicable and sincere, backed up with examples and proof that was irrefutable despite intense scrutiny from many angles… so I stayed!


Before coming to Kechara, what questions were you asking about life? Where were you looking for your answers?

I asked myself, “Why are we here?” I wanted to know what happens to us when we die; I wondered why there is so much inequality, why some people are ‘luckier’ than others. I was searching for the answers in spirituality, which I’ve never viewed as a one-stop, fix-it-all shop. I see spirituality as the process of developing ourselves to be better people, and to make a difference in the world and to other people’s lives.


What do you like about Rinpoche? What about him inspires you?

I admire and am inspired by Rinpoche’s care for others, regardless of who or what they are. His care is unconditional, unlimited, uncompromising. Rinpoche has the ability to be in any situation and look at what’s missing in terms of care; he thinks constantly about what can be done to ensure someone is better off… and he immediately does something about it. Rinpoche’s boundless creativity in finding new ways to help people transform really inspires me.

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