Kechara Forest Retreat in Oriental Daily Newspaper

25 June 2013 - 10:07pm Comments Off

Kechara Forest Retreat was featured in the Oriental Daily Newspaper on 21 June 2013. Featuring interviews of Pastor Yek Yee and JP Thong, liaisons to His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, Oriental Daily aptly reported on the vision of Kechara Forest Retreat.

As Pastor Yek Yee explained, most people have different and varied understandings of how and where to practice spirituality, thinking they have to travel to mysterious religious sites in other countries. However, true spiritual practice is internal, something that will be taught at the Kechara Forest Retreat, a mountain retreat here in Bentong, Malaysia which aims at creating a natural and spiritual environment, welcoming people with all sorts of religious backgrounds. A place of peace and tranquillity, Kechara Forest Retreat will be a safe haven for those seeking shelter from the monotony of fast paced life, in order to calm the mind and relax.

Religious sites can be of great benefit though. Places such as Bodhgaya in India, the Potala Palace in Tibet, Boudhanath Stupa in Nepal, Wutai Shan in China and others are important places to visit. According to Tsem Rinpoche, these Buddhist pilgrimage places have a strong energy about them, which can clear the obstacles of people’s minds allowing them to gain impactful realisations in their spiritual practice. However visiting such places is not a luxury that everybody can afford. That is why His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche maintains his own personal blog, so he can share information on spirituality and inspire people to practice wherever they are.

JP Thong explains that mediation as a spiritual technique to calm one’s mind can be more than just sitting meditation that we are all used to seeing or even practicing. One can also meditate when walking, as a means to concentrate and analyse one’s mind.

JP goes on to emphasise that there will be 2 types of spiritual practice at Kechara Forest Retreat, the first if the stereotypical practice of meditation; the other is living practically through gardening, flower arrangements, painting or any other physical activity, allowing people to ease the pressures of life, recharge the mind and practice spirituality. KFR is not only a religious site for the Kechara organisation but also a sacred site for the world, emphasising the need to mindful when meditating or practicing in daily life as the way in which one can benefit from spiritual experience.

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