If you thought that after the Grand Setrap & Dzambala Puja, that Kechara did not have any follow-up plans…oh how wrong you were!
To reach out to people interested in learning more about Buddhism and Kechara, the Kechara Care team hosted an Introduction to Buddhism event this past weekend. The day began with an opening speech by Kechara House’s President and Tsem Ladrang Liaison, Datuk May Phng who welcomed everyone and encouraged them to make full use of the occasion to find the answers to their spiritual questions.
Datuk May was followed by a host of enthusiastic speakers, beginning with fashion designer Eric Choong who spoke about Buddha, Buddhism and Dharma. Touching on the importance of taking refuge and the kindness of a guru as our guide, Eric’s session was the perfect opener for Associate Liaison Kok Yek Yee, who led everyone through a guided meditation. Everyone present contemplated on those who have been kind to them, including their loved ones and parents. “Through repeated practice of this meditation,” Yek Yee said, “we can slowly expand it to include all sentient beings and develop compassion in this way.“
Guests were treated to a video screening of Kechara’s recent pilgrimage to Gaden Monastery in south India before Dr. Hank introduced Kechara and its 12 departments. Dr. Hank also spoke about the Gelugpa tradition that Kechara follows, about our founder Lama Tsongkhapa and included a short presentation of Lord Tsongkhapa’s presence throughout China.
The day ended with extrovert Eric’s reclaiming of the microphone to host a question and answer session…with a twist! For once, the audience did the question-asking, winning Setrap box sets to encourage their interest. This interactivity continued over lunch provided by Kechara Oasis, giving guests a chance to mingle with Kechara members and ask even more questions… And those who could not get enough of the question-asking were given another chance when Kechara Care conducted a mini tour right after lunch.
For 50 enthusiastic faces, the past weekend was not just any other weekend – it was a weekend during which many took their first steps into Buddhism. For the Kechara team, the past weekend was not just any other weekend – it was another weekend filled with opportunities to bring others to the Dharma.