Lim Han Nee

12 June 2009 - 9:58am Comments Off

The beautiful thing about Dharma is that it helps me to live each day of my life with increasing mindfulness. It helps me meet every difficult situation in life with an increasingly open and compassionate heart. Dharma has also taught me that there is a potential in all of us for kindness, love and caring.

Lim Han Nee, 64
Committee Member
Kechara House Management Committee

A retired school principal, Madam Lim Han Nee has always placed a strong emphasis on education. It comes as no surprise then that she has two highly-accomplished daughters, one a Harvard Business School graduate and the other an actuary and consultant based in New York. Mdm. Lim’s interest in education did not end upon retiring and in 2002, she gained her MA in Education. She was thinking about doing a doctorate programme when she found the Dharma and met H.E. Tsem Rinpoche.


When did you find Dharma? Why did you join Dharma?

I found Dharma and my Lama in 2002, which was when I gave up all thoughts of mundane pursuits like continuing my career. It was a couple of things which propelled me to go into Dharma – I saw two young children get very badly injured. In both instances, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche compassionately intervened and through the power of Dharma and prayer, one child recovered. Unfortunately, the other child never awoke from her coma because her mother didn’t follow Rinpoche’s instructions fully. These two experiences drove home the point that at any time in our lives, we could meet with any accident, serious affliction and even death, and we will be helpless to stop it.


How would you describe yourself? What kind of person is Mdm. Lim Han Nee?

A ‘heart’ person. The Dharma has widened the horizons of my ‘heart-engagement’ to beyond people – when I now see animals in serious plight, I am equally distressed. For example, when a little stray cat wandered into my garden, she was adopted straightaway… much to my daughters’ surprise!


We want to know how Dharma has changed you and your life. What was your life like before you found Dharma?

My life before Dharma was empty and meaningless. The beautiful thing about Dharma is that it helps me to live each day of my life with increasing mindfulness. It helps me meet every difficult situation in life with an increasingly open and compassionate heart. Dharma has also taught me that there is a potential in all of us for kindness, love and caring.


What is the most inspiring thing about Rinpoche that you have specifically seen? What about Rinpoche inspires you to remain in Dharma?

Rinpoche’s boundless compassion manifests in the way he has not given up on us, his students, recalcitrant worldly people who are so caught up in samsara and so mired in delusions. In spite of the abysmal physical pain he has had to endure over and over again, he has remained steadfast in his earnest desire to give us the Dharma, to see us transform and to see the Dharma manifest in us.

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