Chef Au

6 June 2009 - 11:25pm Comments Off

Joining Kechara Oasis gave me a starting point in finding my purpose in life – I can help to improve others’ health, I refrain from killing animals and now I treasure lives.

Chef Au, 40
Head Chef
Kechara Oasis

Previously working in a restaurant that required him to kill animals, Chef Au became so desensitised that he didn’t view his job as horrible even when friends commented he would “kill anything that had its back towards the sky.” Very much a family man, Chef Au says that it was his family that prompted him to join Dharma work – when Chef Au was introduced to Kechara Oasis, his family asked him to leave his old job. He did not hesitate and is now Head Chef of the restaurant.


Do you like Dharma? What about Dharma do you like?

I like Dharma but although I’m learning now, I’m afraid I don’t know much. Cooking vegetarian cuisine, encouraging people to be vegetarian, not killing, caring for animals, and caring for family and friends – at the moment, that is Dharma to me.


Did you have any spiritual inclinations before you joined Dharma? What were they? What do you understand about spirituality?

Before Kechara, I would pray to any and every God or Buddha from the Thai tradition, various Chinese deities and so on – I prayed to whoever could protect me and my family. I understand spirituality as improving the soul, which is the pillar of the body.


So before you came to Kechara, were you asking any questions about your life? What kind of questions were they?

I used to wonder what the purpose of life was. After all, before Kechara, my life was pretty meaningless, filled only with daily affairs and the long hours I worked at my old job. Joining Kechara Oasis gave me a starting point in finding my purpose in life – I can help to improve others’ health, I refrain from killing animals and now I treasure lives.


H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has dined in Kechara Oasis a few times and you’ve also received teachings from him directly. What do you like about Rinpoche?

I like Rinpoche because he treats everyone equally and without discrimination. He’s always interested in everyone’s background, where they come from and what they do. He wants to help everyone improve their quality of life in whatever way suits them best, which is why he conceptualised the 12 departments.


So where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Will you still be with Kechara Oasis?

Yes, I will be – in five years’ time, Kechara will have become a huge non-profit organisation. I will still be here, helping to open more branches of Kechara Oasis. I want to promote a vegetarian diet because I believe it is the best for both us and the animals.

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