Pastor Loh Seng Piow

19 June 2009 - 11:19am Comments Off

As Rinpoche’s personal attendant I can witness real Dharma in action. It challenges me to practise Dharma 24/7. Rinpoche has blown away my old and persistent way of thinking which was very much focused on the outer rituals of Dharma.

Pastor Loh Seng Piow, 33
Liaison to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche
Personal Attendant Tsem Ladrang

Back in 2001, Pastor Loh Seng Piow had no inkling of just how involved in Dharma he would become. As a Masters degree-holder in Engineering, Pastor Loh Seng Piow was working as a research engineer in Singapore when he met H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s talk left a strong impression on him and after a few encounters with Rinpoche, Pastor Loh Seng Piow started developing websites for Rinpoche and Kechara. More recently, Pastor Loh Seng Piow has deepened his commitment to Dharma by becoming Rinpoche’s personal attendant and a Liaison of Tsem Ladrang.


When did you meet H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and why were you attracted to Kechara? Why did you join Dharma work?

I met Rinpoche in Singapore in 2001. I was attracted to Kechara because meeting Rinpoche was a very refreshing experience – I never knew Dharma could be so unconventional yet maintain its essence. After graduating, I worked for three years before joining Dharma full-time in 2005 – throughout that time, I wanted to use my worldly expertise to spread the Dharma.


It sounds like you were inclined towards spirituality before you came to Kechara. Did you have any such inclinations?

I did have some inclinations before Kechara but did not become a Buddhist until I joined a pure-land sect during my university years. I was active with them until I met Rinpoche in 2001. Since then, I guess you could say I have spiritual inclinations! Now, I want to help Rinpoche to spread Dharma in any way I can.


As Rinpoche’s personal attendant, you must have had some incredible moments with him. What is the most inspiring thing about Rinpoche that you have seen?

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be Rinpoche’s personal attendant because I can witness real Dharma in action, both on and off the throne. It challenges me to practise Dharma 24/7. In this way, Rinpoche has blown away my old and persistent way of thinking, which was very much focused on the outer rituals of Dharma.


Being so close to the person who guides Kechara, where do you see the future of Kechara? What role do you see yourself playing in the manifestation of Kechara World Peace Centre (KWPC)?

I foresee Kechara becoming a world-class, one-stop centre for Dharma – we will preserve Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings in its purest form. It will become a place for spiritual learning and healing, and a centre which promotes general well-being. As for myself, I will continue to share Rinpoche’s teachings with as many people as possible, especially among the Chinese-speaking community.


So are you happy to be involved in the KWPC project?

Yes, I am extremely happy! Rinpoche has dedicated many years of his life to bring Dharma to Malaysia, and KWPC will be the culmination of all of Rinpoche’s hard work. It has always been Rinpoche’s wish to preserve and spread Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage. What could be better than an institution in Malaysia to do just that?

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