A Family That Lets Spiritual Practice Take Precedence

12 August 2009 - 9:04pm Comments Off

With the KSA team

It all began at our Kechara House Grand Setrap Puja held last December. Kelvin Kok and his wife, Angel Yip attended the puja, held at the Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur, and by a stroke of good fortune, won the coveted full-sized thangka of Dharmapala Lord Setrap by lucky draw, that bore the sacred palm prints of our Lama, H. E. Tsem Rinpoche. They may not have realised the significance of that event.

Kelvin, Angel and the kids with Lama Tsongkhapa

Flashback: Kelvin and Angel, Grand Setrap Puja, 2008

Nothing happens by chance. The family soon invited an 8 inch Lama Tsongkhapa statue home from Kechara Paradise and started attending the Pujas at Kechara House to learn the practices of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dharmapala Setrap.

Through the kindness of H. E. Tsem Rinpoche, Spiritual Guide of Kechara Buddhist Organisation, the people of Malaysia have been truly blessed. It is now so easy to start our practice, completely and correctly. At Kechara Paradise (KP), all that we need to start a practice is available, including authentic Buddha statues of every size with correct iconography, every ritual item, prayer books painstakingly compiled and translated, guide books, teachings recorded on DVD’s and CD’s. Rinpoche has generously taught all the prayers and sadhanas with the blessing transmission of the Buddhas all the way from Buddha Shakyamuni.

As Rinpoche had said before, as our practice grows, so do the statues. Today, the day that marks Buddha Kuan Yin’s (Chenrezig) enlightenment, is doubly auspicious and the Kok family invited a 4ft. Lama Tsongkhapa and a 2ft. Dzambala statue. Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, Kuan Yin and Vajrapani.

Leaving Kechara Saraswati Arts

In the morning, Lama Tsongkhapa and Dzambala left KSA to the quiet suburbs of Segambut, Kuala Lumpur.

Arriving at the Kok Residence

Dzambala was invited next, seated and looking resplendent

Prostration and offering of khata by the family to Lama Tsongkhapa

Torma and Mandala offerings to Lama Tsongkhapa

The KSA team guided the family on the proper set-up of the altar

Elaborate offering items

Rinpoche has taught us everything from the proper placement of the sensory offerings, water offerings, torma, and mandala to the significance of each, in authentic Tibetan style.

Preparing the jewelry offerings

Altar set-up completed

The statues had been laid with gold, inlaid with gemstones and painted by in-house artists at Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA). Lama Tsongkhapa’s Tibetan style hat, Korpen (coat), and Pangden (apron) in rich silk and brocade were also fashioned by resident tailors of KSA.

The puja begins

The puja participants and Kelvin performing the Serkym offering

Chia Song Peng of KSA and KP, a long time student of Rinpoche, and an expert on altar set-up, led the puja in Mandarin. The KH prayers can be done in either Tibetan, English or Mandarin and our prayer books have been painstakingly translated to cater to the multi-lingual peoples of Malaysia through the kindness of our Lama.

Left, Merit Field Thangka, White Tara Statue and Setrap Tsa Tsa and right, the precious blessed Setrap Thangka

The Kids

The couple’s three children, Stanley, 13, Christina, 10 and Bryan, 4, attend the Manjushri Kid’s Class held on Sundays.

When asked how she felt about dharma practice and Kechara House, Angel said that she finds the people of KH very nice, helpful and friendly, and she feels very much a part of the family. On her own practice, she has noticed a significant transformation in the eight months that she has joined KH, and begun practice. Obviously this progress has encouraged the family to take spiritual practice a notch higher, as they have turned their home into a spiritual abode of the Buddhas, conducive for furtherance of their practice and meditation.

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