Patsy Gooi

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Rinpoche’s approach to Dharma appeals to me because although he makes Dharma easy to understand by bringing it to our level, he isn’t patronising. He is a real Guru because he is never afraid to point out our weaknesses.

Patsy Gooi, 52
Manager, Kechara Paradise Penang

Before Kechara, Patsy Gooi was a full-time housewife who, after caring for her family, had plenty of free time on her hands. Indulging in her love of travelling, she jumped at the chance to visit Gaden Monastery when the opportunity arose. It was there that she met H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. That was 14 years ago, when Patsy never considered spirituality. Now she is fully committed to Dharma and has recently established the first Kechara Paradise Dharma outlet in the Northern city of Penang.


From no spiritual inclinations to starting the first Penang-based Kechara Paradise outlet – tell us how it all happened! When did you start Dharma and what do you like about it?

Shortly after meeting Rinpoche and before Kechara was formed, I started in my Dharma practice by following H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s advice on what daily prayers to do. I like Dharma because I find it to be very practical and logical. I also find it to be full of sincerity and compassion.


What about Rinpoche do you like? What is it about his approach to Dharma that appeals to you?

Rinpoche’s Dharma approach appeals to me because although he makes Dharma easy to understand by bringing it to our level, he isn’t patronising. He is a real Guru because he is never afraid to point out our weaknesses – he teaches the truth, without fear of becoming less ‘popular’. He constantly guides us to transform ourselves.


So why did you join Dharma work? What was your motivation for setting up a Kechara Paradise outlet?

I joined Dharma work because I want Rinpoche’s teachings and activities to grow. I want to help them grow because I know his teachings and activities will benefit others just as they have benefited me. I would also like to repay the kindness of my Guru who has helped and guided me constantly.


How has Rinpoche inspired you to commit yourself to Dharma? What inspires you most about Rinpoche?

The inspiring thing about Rinpoche is that despite the adverse and difficult times he faced years ago, Rinpoche has never given up his wish to make the Dharma grow. He kept pushing and pushing himself to overcome so many obstacles and it is because of him that we now have the Kechara organisation.


Can you think of one moment with Rinpoche that has had the most impact on you?

That moment is a moment that is often repeated – it is his teachings on impermanence, that death can happen anytime and anywhere. Through his teachings, I realised how fortunate I am to take rebirth as a human, and be able to study the Dharma. I have realised that life is so uncertain and fragile, and I must take this golden opportunity to incorporate as much Dharma into my life as I can.