Chia Song Peng

6 June 2009 - 11:31pm 1 Comment

Dharma shows us that our unhappiness is a result of our delusional minds, and we ourselves hold the solution to our problems and the key to our happiness.

Chia Song Peng, 36
Retail Sales Assistant, Kechara Paradise Outlets
Committee Member, Chinese Committee

One of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s senior students, Chia Song Peng has been with Rinpoche before Kechara was established. Chia says that being Rinpoche’s student has transformed his mind by giving him the confidence to take on greater challenges. One such challenge is the language barrier – with Chinese as his first language, one may think that Chia would be tempted to quit Kechara’s English-speaking environment for a Chinese group. However, Chia says that Rinpoche is his root Guru and has committed himself to Kechara as a part of the Kechara Paradise outlets team.

What were you doing before you came to Kechara? What kind of job did you have?

Before I met H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, I was working in a restaurant in Singapore as a cook. I had to kill a lot of fish, frogs and different types of seafood. It made me feel really uncomfortable. Then I met Rinpoche and after he told me about the karma of killing and the results, I quit my job because I could not kill anymore.

When did you start Dharma? Why do you like Dharma?

I took refuge with Rinpoche after I met him in 1997. I like Dharma because it opens up our mindset and gives us a different perspective to our problems. Dharma shows us that our unhappiness is a result of our delusional minds, and we ourselves hold the solution to our problems and the key to our happiness.

What inspired you to join Dharma work?

When I followed Rinpoche to Gaden Monastery in 1997, I saw how hard he worked to raise funds for the Sangha, to feed the poor and build a school and clinic for the poor laypeople in the nearby villages. It inspired me to become his personal attendant, and contribute what little I had to help Rinpoche do more for people in Gaden. That trip showed me there was more to life than our purposeless daily struggle to maintain our lives.

Did you have any spiritual inclinations before you came to Kechara? Any kind of spiritual experiences?

When I was young, I would follow my mother to the Kuan Yin temple to make prayers for blessings. At that time, I didn’t understand Dharma – the only thing I knew was that Kuan Yin is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and that she would help us with whatever sincere wishes we had. I didn’t know any of the basics of Buddhism until I met Rinpoche.

Having been with Kechara since the beginning, where do you see Kechara going? What do you see in Kechara’s future?

You’ll find the most sincere practitioners in Kechara. I think that with their Dharma knowledge and Rinpoche’s blessings, Kechara has a winning formula to go far. The Dharma students and members of Kechara have the ability to overcome physical and mental challenges, and I am sure they will make Kechara World Peace Centre manifest, to help others find their inner peace and happiness.

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