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H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's very first visit to Malaysia in 1992

Kechara’s journey began in 1992, when our Spiritual Guide H.E. Tsem Rinpoche was sent to Malaysia from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India.

Rinpoche had been requested by his Gurus to raise funds for his monastery, Gaden Shartse, by giving Dharma teachings. Working tirelessly, Rinpoche raised thousands of dollars to rebuild Phukhang Khangtsen’s accommodation and returned to Gaden in 1993.

Pukhang Khangtsen's monk accommodation... rebuilt!

Rinpoche then remained in Gaden, continuing to serve his Gurus and engage in extended retreats. However, during his short time in Malaysia, Rinpoche had already gathered a group of students in the region. Many Malaysians would write to him or visit the monastery, requesting him to return to Malaysia and continue to turn the Wheel of Dharma.

Rinpoche received many visitors at the monastery

After repeated requests for further teachings, Rinpoche returned to Malaysia and opened Kechara Paradise (KP) SS2, the first Dharma outlet, in 2000. This was accomplished with the help of Dato’ Eric Tan, Rinpoche’s long-time friend and sponsor. Envisioned to be a modern temple for modern people, KP was a Dharma store providing materials, information and support to people new to Buddhism and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Kechara Paradise SS2 in 2003…
… and more recently in 2007

For the next two years, Rinpoche would continue to give occasional teachings at KP and other more informal locations. Inspired by Rinpoche’s wish to spread Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage in Malaysia, his students also opened their homes to hold regular pujas and in 2001, founded Kechara House Buddhist Association (KHBA).

Many teachings were given in student’s homes

However, the increasing number of students attending teachings gave rise to a need for a more permanent location where Rinpoche could give teachings. In 2002, in memory of the passing of her mother, one of his students organised regular teachings at a rented premise called Tara House in Kelana Jaya. KECHARA would be based in Tara House for the next two years until September 2004, when the present premise known as Kechara House 1 (KH1) was opened to the public. Three years later, in September 2007, KECHARA opened its branch known as KH2 (Buddha Oasis).

Kechara House 1, established in 2004

Kechara House 2, established in 2007

Today, Kechara is a dynamic organization with 13 departments and continues to go from strength to strength. From arts and crafts in Kechara Saraswati Arts, to feeding programs at Kechara Soup Kitchen, to contributing to media and publications in Kechara InMotion and Kechara Media & Publications, and many more, each department in Kechara is unique and provides different opportunities for every individual to begin their own spiritual journey.

I love this country and her beautiful people. Malaysians have been kind, warm, generous and caring. I sincerely appreciate them and wish to reciprocate by benefiting them and contributing to their country.

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

Below is a summary of the significant moments in Kechara’s history:

1992 Rinpoche visits Malaysia
2000 Kechara Paradise SS2 is established
2000, 15 Dec Kechara House Buddhist Association is registered
2002 Tara House, Kelana Jaya is formed
2004, Sept Kechara House 1 opens
2005 Kechara Paradise 1Utama opens
2005, 1 April Kechara Mystical Treasures (KMT) opens
2005 Kechara Media & Publications (KMP) opens
2006 Kechara Paradise Lot 10 opens
2006, Oct Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) is formed
2006, 11 Oct Kechara Saraswati Arts is officially opened
2007, Sept Kechara House 2 opens
2007 KMT relocates to Bangsar as Kechara Paradise Bangsar
2007, Nov Kechara InMotion is formed
2007, 2 Dec Kechara Saraswati Arts moves into its own building
2007, Nov Kechara Discovery is formed
2007 Kechara Care is formed as Vajrayogini Paradise Committee
2007 Kechara House Education Committee is formed
2007, 23 Dec Kechara Southern Jewel Chapel (KSJC) is set up
2007, 1 Sept Tsem Kacho Ling office opens
2008, 1 Sept KMP moves into its own building
2009, Jan Tsem Ladrang Kathmandu is established
2009, Feb Kechara Lounge, Nepal has its official opening
2009 YMT relocates to Sunway Pyramid as Kechara Paradise Sunway Pyramid
2009 KSJC moves to Skudai
2009, 22 Aug Kechara Paradise Penang opens
2010 TKL becomes Kechara World Peace Centre and the first soil investigation is conducted
2010 KSK moves into own building
2010 KMP moves to temporary building
2010 Building of new gompa

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