Tsem Rinpoche visits Kek Look Tong Ipoh & talks about Kechara Animal Sanctuary

20 November 2010 - 1:00am Comments Off

Years ago I visited Ipoh and shared Dharma at various Centres and during my free time, I visited this Kek Lok Tong cave. It is huge and very well maintained. I used to visit with the monks often because within the cave it is very breezy and windy. The cave opens up to the back which overlooks a huge garden and pond with a traditional health walk area.

Ipoh is two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur our capital.

I love this cave because it’s spacious and very airy. It has a very powerful and spiritual energy pervading it. I would often go there to do my prayers and enjoy the scenery.

On Novermber 16, 2010 I took a group of my students there to visit Kek Look Tong cave temple. Legend has it the cave temples were built by monks visiting from China, and they settled here and set up these temples.

The mountains here look very ancient, I guess it must have reminded them of home…I have always loved caves and mountains. Even as a small child, I wanted to run away to the forests and woods to meditate. When I came to Malaysia, I did not have that in many places. One of the places was Ipoh. I used to visit the caves temples and do my meditations and sadhana there, and also sometimes have a picnic.

We walked around the caves and also the park behind and I pointed out to them some ideas that would be very nice for KWPC. We are going to build a retreat centre in Malaysia that will be an alternative learning centre for healing, the arts, Buddhist philosophy.. There will also be a Tara walk and a large Dzambala and a Lama Tsongkhapa to bless Malaysians and the kind Malaysian government.

In the park behind the caves, there are many large ponds and lakes where they release catfish and koi and terrapins. There is also a path around the park where a lot of people were jogging or walking with their families. There were some gazebos there, and I gave my students a short Dharma talk there about how other beings suffer when we choose ourselves over others. We also did some short prayers there. It reminded me of the times I would go there to do my sadhana…the caves have not changed much actually. It is quite well-built because they don’t seem to need to do a lot of renovations or maintenance. Only problem is that it is wet inside and a little bit slippery.

I will be sending more of my students there to take a look. I like places like this where it is spiritual but also very fun and interesting. It is a good place for adults to go and get some peace and quiet, and also for kids to get out of the city.

By the way, we got to the caves using GPS. When my personal assistant Pastor Loh Seng Piow first got the GPS, I didn’t think it was a good idea but it was very useful in Ipoh and worked well!!

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  1. Is Naga vases the same meaning with Wealth vase?

    • The naga vase is a type of wealth vase. There are a number of types of wealth vases, some contain the energy of enlightened wealth deities, others do not. It is best to be careful with Naga Vases because if they are not cared for properly, the owners may experience negative side effects. In Kechara, we only offer the Wealth Vases of Enlightened Beings to be invited home.

      More information can be found in Rinpoche’s teaching on Naga Vases (http://www.kechara.com/rinpoche/video/teachings/naga-vases-dos-and-donts/)

  2. If this was the only teaching Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims and athiests alike received the world would be a better place.

  3. I was talking about “Don’t Embarrass the Buddha”.