Paul Yap

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Director of Kechara Discovery

The department of Kechara Discovery is headed by Director Paul Yap, a graduate from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.  Prior to dedicating himself to Kechara, Paul had garnered six years experience working in an international public accounting firm and three years as a Senior Finance Manager in the manufacturing industry.

As one of the “pioneers” in Malaysia who work full time for Dharma, I face the same challenges as the other Directors. We must continually strive to gain extra Dharma skills and knowledge to enhance and improve the organisation and ourselves, so the Kechara organisation will flourish and benefit others locally and worldwide.


Contact

Email: paul.yap@kechara.com

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  1. [...] for new Buddha statues and create a range of Buddha pendants based on Rinpoche’s designs. Liaison Paul Yap was selected to head this department and his hard work is well paying off now: the things he has [...]

  2. [...] by KMP writer and apprentice to the Liaisons’ Council, David Lai and Kechara Discovery Liaison Paul Yap, entitled Vajrayogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal. This beautiful book is filled with [...]

  3. [...] night, Paul Yap (Liaison, Head of Kechara Saraswati Arts & Kechara Discovery) sent these to me. They are [...]

  4. [...] was Paul Yap‘s (liaison and Head of KSA and Kechara Discovery) idea and he placed Lili Ng in charge of [...]

  5. [...] and volunteers of KSA are very supportive of the department that they volunteer in. Paul Yap (Liaison and Head of Kechara Saraswati Arts and Kechara Discovery) gave a brief history of KSA and also thanked sponsors for the renovation. Datuk May Phng and [...]

  6. [...] Paul who is the Liaison of this Dept, has such a good eye for making statues available through Kechara Saraswati Art’s dept..and Pat has very talented hands to do the finishing touches…such talented people we have in Kechara…..I love this. Tsem Rinpoche [...]

  7. [...] of my students, Paul Yap (Liaison and Head of Kechara Blooms, Kechara Discovery and Kechara Saraswati Arts) paid a visit to Wu Tai [...]

  8. [...] an email sent to Liaison Paul Yap from Peng Ki which I include here because it can help people understand Peng Ki better and also [...]

  9. [...] opening speech thanking them for giving her the opportunity to offer Dana. Pastor Ngeow and Liaison Paul Yap were also there to represent Kechara House. The group was offered delicious, healthy and vegetarian [...]

  10. [...] of the land, to the right of the road, which is easily accessible to the public. Here is Liaison Paul Yap on a visit to the [...]

Paul Yap

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Rinpoche’s teaching and constant reminder to us that life is impermanent has had the biggest impact on me. It made me realise that if I didn’t join Dharma now, I could not be sure when I would or could join.

Paul Yap, 36
Liaison to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche
Department Head, Kechara Discovery
Department Head, Kechara Saraswati arts

After graduating from the University of Otago, New Zealand, Paul Yap garnered eight years of experience in the finance industry as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. Starting his career in an international public accounting firm, Paul then became the Senior Finance Manager in a manufacturing company. Now Liaison of Kechara Discovery, Paul arranges pilgrimages to holy Buddhist sites, and works to create and bring affordable, high-quality Buddha images to the world.


When did you start Dharma, and what attracted you to Kechara?

I started Dharma in 2005 when I met my Guru, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. I was attracted to Kechara because of Rinpoche; I really enjoyed his teachings because I found that he gives us explanations and good examples. As a result, I was attracted to Kechara because the organisation gave me more direct access to Rinpoche’s teachings.


Why do you like Dharma? What do you like about Kechara’s approach to Dharma?

I like Dharma because it teaches the truth on how to lead a good life to achieve happiness. In particular, I like Rinpoche and Kechara’s approach to Dharma because they make it applicable to modern-day living. They find various ways to help people understand and implement the teachings, for example by setting up the 12 departments.


Before you joined Kechara, were you asking any questions about your life? What were they?

I wanted to know if there was more to life than having a big house, driving a nice car, etc. I wondered if life was about spending hours travelling to and from work everyday, to earn promotions and make money for my boss. Although my boss is wealthy, I didn’t want to end up like him – under stress and looking older than his actual age.


Having become a senior manager at such a young age, why did you leave a promising career in finance to join Dharma work?

I joined Dharma because I didn’t want to end up like my boss! I wanted to seize the opportunity to practise Dharma. I wanted to do something more fulfilling than working and making money for other people. Some might think I lost career prospects but I don’t think I lost anything; I gained much more because I gained the opportunity to bring meaning and purpose into my life.


Of Rinpoche’s teachings, which has had the single largest impact on you?

Rinpoche’s teaching and constant reminder to us that life is impermanent has had the biggest impact on me. It made me realise that if I didn’t join Dharma now, I could not be sure when I would or could join. Another of Rinpoche’s teachings that has also had an impact on me is his teaching to let go of attachments, do what you think is good and right, and not make excuses.

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