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Browsing Category 'Life in Kechara: Behind The Scenes'


Been wanting to write about this for a while! Early last year, I was headed back to Malaysia from the States and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t have a home to go back to. While I’d been in Los Angeles, the lease on the place I shared with my old […]


ང་འཆི་བས་འཇིགས་ནས་རི་ལ་ཕྱིན། ། ནམ་འཆི་ཆ་མེད་བསྒོམས་བསྒོམས་པས། ། འཆི་མེད་གཉུགས་མའི་བཙན་ས་ཟིན། ། ད་འཆི་བའི་འཇིགས་པ་བོར་ཏེ་ཐལ། ། In horror of death, I took to the mountains – Again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, Capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind, Now all fear of death is over and done. ~ Milarepa. I include this […]


I first wrote this in 2014 when I was still in the USA but upon revisiting it, it still feels relevant especially since we are looking for writers and other creative types, so I’m bringing it back up 🙂 hope everyone finds it useful and it offers some food for thought! Since I’ve been in the […]

Dreaming of Manjushri

No, I did not dream about Manjushri. It was actually Rinpoche who dreamt about Manjushri many years ago. It was in a form Rinpoche had never seen before, sitting on a lotus with his hands in the dharmachakra mudra at his chest and his right leg extended. Rinpoche was excited by the dream but did […]


Back in 2012, a small group of us were staying in Kechara Forest Retreat in shipping containers decked out with beds, standing fans and makeshift showers. They were really fun times! The power was carried in by wooden poles, hastily erected so our containers would not be in the dark, and it would cut from […]


“Psst. Here,” KB hissed as he shoved something into my hand. “From Rinpoche.” I looked down and there was this note wrapped around some money. I guess what I want to say is that Rinpoche’s care for his students is all-encompassing. As if the gift of Dharma is not enough, Rinpoche can often be found […]


This is the story of how Dorje Shugden rescued Kechara Forest Retreat. It started back in 2013. For months, Dorje Shugden had already been kindly advising us to reinforce the slopes on our land. Earthworks during the initial building stages of Kechara Forest Retreat had removed much of native growth on our land. With the […]


Dear everyone who has contacted me requesting to meet Rinpoche, Thank you so much for your interest! I really am grateful that you wish to spend time with my lama. He is an amazing, vibrant teacher who possesses a wealth of knowledge and most of all, CARES for you from the beginning, middle and to […]

Vijaya the rickshaw wala

Working closely with Rinpoche means that we always have to be prepared for a wide variety of situations. On any given day, we could be asked to do anything from rescuing animals to assisting Rinpoche in a funeral, to shopping for students to caring for sick people. No two days are ever the same and […]

Lama Tsongkhapa at dusk

We have many amazing statues at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR), but the one everyone will notice first as they drive into KFR is our amazing Lama Tsongkhapa statue. Carved from one piece of white stone, he sits outside Wisdom Hall in all 9-ft of his gloriousness, gazing over Dukkar Apartments and blessing all visitors. I […]