Kechara Forest Retreat

Apr 15, 2012 | Views: 8,510

The Work Has Begun!

Exciting earthworks have been happening at the Kechara Forest Retreat over the past week! The contractors have cleared part of the front portion of the land and also the hillock for the future Ladrang. They have also cleared a new road from the front entrance leading to the back of the land where the temporary abodes are.

Rinpoche has gone to KFR a few times to perform pujas for the land gods there to ensure that work on the land continues smoothly. As the land is being cleared, there will be sentient beings (nagas, devas and land deities) whose lives and families are disturbed. A puja is performed to explain to them what we are doing at the land and Rinpoche has promised them that Kechara Forest Retreat with its huge temple will benefit them and the thousands who will be coming here in the future. More trees will also be planted to ensure that their living conditions are better.

Another exciting development is that the back portion of the KFR land has been identified by Rinpoche as the location for building the Kechara Village. It will be a place where Rinpoche can stay in the forest with his personal attendants and other Kecharians; to work and stay while construction work is being done in KFR. Rinpoche being at KFR will draw much needed positive energy for KFR to manifest swiftly.

Kechara Village will be built on five acres of land where it will consist of:

  • Rinpoche’s cabin
  • Cabins for the personal attendants
  • Cabins for guests
  • A chapel
  • A huge working/chill out area
  • Organic vegetable farm
  • Aviary
  • Stupa

All this is to create a conducive working and living environment in the forest for Rinpoche and Kecharians.

To read more and see the exciting pictures, please click to the link below to get to the update on the KFR website.

Please refer to Rinpoche’s blog on the Kechara Village for more information:




Kechara Forest Retreat is back on track!


Dear Kecharians and friends,

I joyfully wish to inform all of you that after a long meeting yesterday, on 31 July, Rinpoche has kindly given us the Blessings for the manifestation of KECHARA FOREST RETREAT. Rinpoche will make an announcement about this in due course. I thank Rinpoche for his blessings and for giving us this tremendous opportunity to benefit many. I also thank Kecharians and friends who have worked hard and contributed towards us obtaining this great privilege.
- Datuk May Phng, President, Kechara”


During this meeting, Rinpoche said that his blessings for the manifestation of the Kechara Forest Retreat was due to Datuk May’s sincerity and her perseverance and dedication to ensure that the Kechara Forest Retreat manifests.


Rinpoche emphasised that while the building of the physical Kechara Forest Retreat is going forward, it is vital that we must have more dedicated and committed people to run and maintain the Kechara Forest Retreat well. The Kechara Forest Retreat must be functional and not just empty buildings. It must be an institution that will benefit many.


Rinpoche was not well during this meeting, with high fever and flu but Rinpoche very patiently spent hours with a small group of students to discuss various issues, which culminated in Rinpoche giving his blessings for the manifestation of this meritorious project.


We thank Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s blessings and wish Rinpoche a speedy recovery.




Dear members and friends,

We have acquired 35 acres in Chamang in a pristine wooded area. It is an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur and from our mother Kechara House centre in the city. I wanted a place in the woods (literally) where we can practice Dharma in nature with walks, breath meditations and fresh air. We are in the process of building some temporary shelters till a few months later when we can start building permanent structures. We will start building permanent structures as soon as the approvals come… until then we still want to enjoy the place hence the temporary shelters.

I have requested Mr. William Chua to keep us posted on this blog post with pictures of the progress. You would have to visit this post regularly to see what the latest happening is! For weeks now, there have been light activities with contractors coming in and out of the land to do some work… but today Kechara volunteers have officially started coming in to lend a helping hand! The updates will start from today, where Kecharians planted over 300 flowers, shrubs and trees!!!

We have already arranged electricity, water and even internet (soon). We will have Dharma picnics, sharing, walks, pujas and relaxation at this place. I will invite people to join me here.

The president of Kechara House Datuk May Phng is in charge of the project with her great core team of Mr. Martin Chow, Mr. Joe Ang and Mr. Jeffrey Yee. Three strong and intelligent guys will be helping our lady president Datuk May.

I love the mountains, trees, birds, fresh air and open skies. I realized I am not alone. Many of our Kecharians and friends enjoy the same. This will be the perfect place. Our very own Kechara Forest Retreat!! Do read the updates below!

Tsem Rinpoche



Kechara Forest Retreat @ Chamang

A step closer to Kechara World Peace Centre


Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) is a place like no other, nestled in the deep mountains of Chamang, Bentong. It is located about 1 1/2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. In the near future, this will be the place for anyone who wishes to seek spiritual solace and for those who wish to have some time out of their daily city life. The creation of this forest retreat is an instrumental step for getting closer to our ultimate goal, Kechara World Peace Centre (KWPC).

This retreat land is conceptualized in a way to maximise the usage of nature, hence the name Kechara Forest Retreat. The moment you step into KFR, you will be greeted by beautiful fauna and flora unlike other centres in the city. Nestled right in the middle of the land will be a Prayer Hall where everyone can go to make their wishes and prayers, or simply meditate in tranquil surroundings.

The land was successfully acquired by Kechara House under the leadership of Kechara House President, Datuk May and her team. Datuk May is working hard with her team and everyone else in Kechara to fund raise for the development of the land and servicing of the loan. Ground works have already begun with the team building a temporary abode for our Lama, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche to live in. With the sheer dedication and hard work of Datuk May and her team, the temporary abode will be up in just a few days, after which, Rinpoche will frequent the land to do prayers and blessings in preparations for the construction works.

A) The purpose

To have a forest retreat out of the city where people can visit or seek spiritual solace and growth. People from all walks of life are welcome to visit and practice here.

B) What the Kechara Forest Retreat will have:

1. A butterlamp house where the public can make light offerings to the Buddhas.

2. A Shakyamuni Chapel which can seat 700 people.

3. A Vajrayogini Stupa where practitioners can circumambulate. Click here to see how you can Get Involved with Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Rtreat!

4. Forest Walks where people can enjoy nature.

5. An aviary for rescued birds.

6. An organic vegetable garden where the public can learn on how to grow vegetables in their own homes.

7. A candle-making factory where we will produce our own candles for our butterlamp house and people can also learn how to make their own candles.

8. Circumambulation paths where practitioners can circumambulate and do walking meditations.

9. Walking Meditation Paths for the serious practitioners.

10. Buddha statues will be strategically placed around the land to bless the surroundings and animals.

11. A canteen to cater to the culinary needs of the public.

12. A gift shop where people can purchase souvenirs for family and friends.

13. Private quarters for Rinpoche and his assistants, otherwise known as a Ladrang.

Disclaimer: The facilities above may change as the planning is still ongoing. We may have more or new facilities while the project is in progress.

This is not a one-off post but we will continue to update everyone on the progress, the latest news and happenings at KFR so that you will know what is going on there. Please check back weekly for more exciting news as we progress!

William Chua


Below, we’d like to share some photos with you of the land…


Introducing… Chamang!


Proposed layout the Kechara Forest Retreat in Chamang.


Another view of the proposed layout and map of the Chamang land.


Entrance to the land: The main Gompa will be situated towards the front of the land, to the right of the road, which is easily accessible to the public. Here is Liaison Paul Yap on a visit to the land.


Another view of the front portion of the land.


Meditation and circumambulation path: One of two hills on the land. We plan to place stupas and outdoor statues around this hill, with a circumambulation path for people to walk as meditation or for exercise.


Proposed site for a butterlamp house to make many light offerings.


Proposed site for Tsem Ladrang, the Private Office, living quarters for the staff and guest quarters for visiting monks / visitors.


A general view of the mountain scenery, towards the back of the land.



Kechara Forest Retreat Video

Kechara Forest Retreat – An Explanation



We will continuously update this post until the full completion of Kechara Forest Retreat!

Click on any of the links below to view that particular update,
click here to view all news in full
click here to view a summary of all news.

Check back soon for many more and exciting updates right here to help you keep track with this great project.


More posts on KFR: 

I found a place for Kechara Village!

Condensed Tsongkapa practice for Happiness & clear mind

107 at Kechara Forest Retreat!

Being there for kids the right way

Get involved with Vajrayogini Stupa at KFR

The Power of Ruchok

Two powerful items for Kechara Forest Retreat

Earthworks officially begin at KFR!

Taking Trances

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134 Responses to Kechara Forest Retreat

  1. Pastor Yek Yee on Apr 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Kechara Forest Retreat, a very beautiful place for you and me go to relax, pretend I am a spiritual person…hehe…doing weekend retreat, walking in the forest, breathing fresh air, looking at the Buddha’s statue and one more important thing is I can away from the city for awhile, the noise and so on so forth.

    I am very excited wait for our first Kechara Forest Retreat, because it is something I feel so good to involve in. See all those pictures had uploaded in Rinpoche’s blog, read through each sms Rinpoche had sent out, wowwwww……can’t wait!!!!!

  2. LilyT on Apr 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Awesome work this group did today! It was a delight to read about the progress of the plantings.It is no mean feat planting 345 shrubs but yet one can only sense the uplifting enthusiasm of the team in achieving this. I am truly inspired. There is a smile on everyone’s faces in the photos! To all whose muscles must be sore & stiff because of the hard work, I rejoice. Thank you to Datuk May & team for the great work accomplished.

  3. Victor Phang on Apr 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Another history in-making!!! Rejoice to all of you who were so fortunate to have opportunity to plant trees and flowers at this holy land :) I believe it would be a great experience and memory to see the trees that planted by their own hands growing up day after day.
    Can’t wait to see and contribute to the development of this holy place. Bringing priceless benefits to countless people and all the beings within and around the area. Rejoice for Rinpoche, rejoice for Datuk May, rejoice for kecharian, rejoice for sponsors, rejoice for volunteers, rejoice for chamang’s beings and rejoice for the blog readers :)
    Take good care and have enough rest Rinpoche _/_
    With love,

  4. Han on Apr 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us all the updates about Kechara Forest Retreat through mms and blog post.

    Kechara Forest Retreat, definitely is a place that everyone looking forward to!

  5. lucy yap on Apr 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    So glad to be part of the team to plant beautiful plants and shrubs at Chamang.I will gladly do it again and again!We had a great time and great care from Datuk May.I love the place!!Looking forward to go again.Thank yOu Rinpoche for giving us this opportunity.

    • Daisy Sun on Apr 16, 2012 at 1:09 am

      Wow, A pictureS tellS A Thousands wordS! What a beautiful teamwork to make this happens! Rejoices. The hard works of tears n sweats are priceless. Lucy n Datuk May are more than what I see… Thank you.

  6. Margaretlee on Apr 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    How meritorious you all have planting the furture garden in KFR!

    Rinpoche always have skillful ways to bring dharma to us, be it planting trees and plants and sweating all day long outdoor to blogging on the web in an air-conditioned room, it is all for our learning process and training of our minds.

    I wish to join you all in the next round, roll up my sleeves and show you some feminie power! LOL!

    Thank you William Chua for such a nice updates. Thank you Datuk May for your leadership and your 3 hardworking musketeers, Martin, Joe and Jeffrey.

    • Yoke Fui on Apr 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Yes, join the group for our next visit to plant more trees and shrubs. It is very enegising and refreshing to be one with nature in our holy Retreat Project.

  7. nicholas on Apr 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    It was a great and meritorious day for the 11 of us to be able to put our feet at this wonderful land. The volunteers are so great and they just do it! with no but. They are tired but with joy. They want the retreat forest so much and even asking when is the next trip. I felt so blessed that we are able to make such great offering to our Lama.

    I’m so glad to see some of the volunteers reschedule their plan to make join this trip.

    Rejoice and may Kechara Forest Retreat manifest in soonest time. Can’t wait!

  8. ECheah on Apr 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    What a lovely place, a prelude to KWPC. Bentong/Raub is famed for having the best durians in Malaysia!

  9. Henry ooi on Apr 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I’m sure many of us are eagerly awaiting the day when KFR is built and ready, it will not be long. I would love to bring my family there for the weekend, to be in nature and be with nature and 10 minutes away by car is a refreshing waterfall for the ear, sight, smell and sense.intsPon

  10. nsa on Apr 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    This is absolutely exciting!!! It has been a trend for Malaysians to go to places like Japan, China, Taiwan etc for Buddhist retreats… but with Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR), very soon the trend will be the other way around! And it would be so much more convenient for Malaysians to go on retreats when KFR is up. Currently I am not aware of any other Buddhist retreat land in Malaysia.. could KFR be the first of its kind?? Judging from the design of our current buildings, I’m sure that the gompa, ladrang, butter lamp house, dormitories and private office at KFR will be just as beautiful and tastefully designed. I would love to go to KFR and exercise my green thumbs there!

    • William on Apr 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      KFR will definitely be the first retreat with a Butterlamp house. And the construction of the butterlamp house will start this week!

  11. Helena Chin on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..I am sooooooooo excited about Chamang Land, very looking forward to KFR!!! Beautiful and peaceful place :)
    I am sooooooo wanted to help out!! Can I can I hehehe….
    I wanna thanks to all the people who are helping out.
    Datuk May, Martin and Jeffrey you guys ROCK!!!

  12. Sock Wan on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I am so excited about this project. It is not just a plan but we are already working on it. Look at the mountain, the greenery, how beautiful and serene it is. I am proud to be involved. I am not good in gardening, but I can be a labour. hehe…

    Are you ready to be part of it? Take your first step by visiting us in Kechara, don’t just sit and wish and dream.

  13. Adeline on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Nice updates and nice photos, so many trees and flowers were planted in one day very soon we will have a beautiful garden in our holy Retreat Land. May Kechara Forest Retreat will manifest smoothly and swiftly.

  14. William on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:51 am

    There are lots of work happening this week at KFR. The temporary shelters are coming up very nicely all thanks to the supervision of Martin and his team. The most exciting would be the Butterlamp House! We will be starting to build!!!

    I will be posting the next update with pictures very soon. Keep a look out!

  15. Su Ming on Apr 16, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Datuk May and her team did a wonderful job in getting this land. After, KFR has been completed, most of us can actually do our retreat there instead among so many distraction in town. Rinpoche has mentioned that he would like to send quite a few of us on a retreat however, at this current time, we do not have the right infrastructure.

    Most of all, I am very excited that we will be inviting Rinpoche to his own mountain ladrang. It has been a long time that Rinpoche has long to be in the mountains as it is a very strong imprint from Rinpoche previous lives.

    Offering to the Lama in this case Rinpoche is the highest form of offering the organisation can make as stated in the tantric text. And by this offering, we will create the causes to make Kechara bigger and we will be able to benefit more.

    Tune in for more updates

  16. Irene Lim on Apr 16, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Dear Rinpoche, the report on gardeners planting flowers at Chamang brings me back to memory lane. During the year 1997/98 when we rented the bungalow house at SEA Park for Rinpoche, I was the only garderner planting flowers along the front garden to offer Rinpoche. And about 15 years after which is now you have a group of more than 10 devoted garderners sweating away at our very own land planting flowers for Rinpoche. CONGRATULATIONS Rinpoche it is all the way but up! I truly rejoice. I truly rejoice I dont have to be the lone gardener any more…. he he…
    Love, irene

  17. skyong on Apr 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May’s team of your time and effort that now we are able to build a forest retreat to benefit more people. :)

  18. patsy on Apr 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Another historical event for Kechara. Through the hard work and dedicated team under Datuk May Phng, KFR will manifest soon for all to enjoy. It will be great place for retreats and Rinpoche will soon have a Ladrang in this beautiful forest!

    Thank you, William for all the beautiful photos in your updates.

  19. MayOng on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Having the 1st Kechara Forest Retreat in the mountains is the best offering Kecharians can make to Rinpoche and I am estatic, happy and rejoice for all beings. All beings on the forest retreat land will be blessed by Rinpoche. Students can also go there to do quiet retreats in this wonderful surrounding. How blessed are we!

  20. Andrew chiam on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Its going to be a very beautiful place for the mind and soul. I salute all the Kecharians who had worked so hard to make it possible.
    This is going to mark another major milestone in the history of Kechara success.

  21. lewkwanleng on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

    With the hardwork of everyone, Kechara is now on her way to build the forest retreat, so that people can come chill out in this retreat center in the forest.

    Please contribute whatever you have to participate in this project! Don’t miss out the fun in building a legacy!

  22. Lim KSJC on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Wow, we can visualize that we will have all the facilities to do offering as in Gaden soon. So wonderful, and thanks for all volunteers and especially Datuk May with fold hands…

  23. Uncle Eddie on Apr 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Nestled in the foothills of Chamang at Bentong, about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, our own Kechara forest Retreat is going to be born. A private healthy grassroot retreat is said to have a profound benefit to one’s whole being mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It provides powerful benefits in terms of purifying one’s existence, increasing energy and vitality. In the near future, long or short-term accomodation, or a spiritual journey deep into the jungles, Kechara Forest Retreat at Chamang can be made a private getaway haven for your needs! All credits and thanks should go to our Datuk May, without whom, this dream would not have been born.

  24. Jace Chong on Apr 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    It’s very exciting to know the progress of KFR!!!

    Thanks all the efforts in the project and also the blogging updates. Everybody is putting a lot of time and efforts in it because this is a place to benefit others, how fortunate we have this chance to contribute to others.

    May the project smoothly progress!! I can’t wait to walk on the meditation path with friends and family. Let’s contribute more to make it happen swiftly!

  25. Jamie Puon on Apr 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Greatest ever! O. I love souvenir shop!

  26. Jamie Puon on Apr 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Will Josh Bryan Ho be tour guide?

  27. Cynthia Ng on Apr 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Wow.. Nice and beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing us all the updates of KFR _/_

    Rejoice to Datuk May,team and volunteers hardwork towards KFR especially volunteers put in so many efforts to plants tree,flowers all around KFR. Fully make us of your weekend to benefit others and gain merits for your loves one.

    I like the nature walks, breath meditations, fresh air at Chamang. I miss Butterlamp house in Nepal and i can’t imagine Kechara Forest Retreat has a first Butterlamp house soon in Malaysia. Shakyamuni chapel, Vajrayogini stupa for public to circumambulate and is such a nice Retreat center for all of us.

    I LIKE gardening too! Definitely i WANT to go together with volunteer and do more Dharma work :) They look have many Fun and Happy at Chamang! This is a GOOD retreat for me!

  28. tfreon on Apr 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Fun and meaningful outdoors activities, can’t wait to see how the plants looks like. These plants are planted with loves and care.

  29. Su Ming on Apr 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Plesae watch out for more news on KFR. William is now in Chamang taking pictues of the work going on there. There are a lot of work being done today by Datuk May & her team

  30. suzan on Apr 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the much updates that is always been send in our email and phone.

    I’m happy to see Chamang land coming up so fast. There is so many hard working people coming too your way.May the Kechara Forest Retreat grow very big that it will become a tourist spot alongside with out KWPC.

  31. ERIC LEE KSJC on Apr 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    KFR,another project by kechara to benifit people in Malaysia. Ths Rinpoche had created a lot of easy way that let Malaysian to get connection with dharma. N aslo salute to the the team of Dato May n all the volunteers hard work. Kecharian, w r now move forwards to the KWPC Project, Rejoice…….

  32. Karen C. on Apr 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Are you tired of living in concrete jungle? Have you ever thought of getting a place to release all your stress, frustration and anger that arise from your hectic life? Here comes Kechara Forest Retreat- an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city.. where you can find your inner peace here.

    Thank you Datuk May and her hardworking team for such a great job. Thank you for the updates William.

  33. tsemtulku on Apr 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    You know I am not exactly that excited or happy to be alive. After all what is the point to exist in eating, sleeping, fighting to pay bills, ageing, getting sick, seeing some new sights, in and out of prison-like relationships, endless emotions and it’s useless expressions, ups and downs and then you die anyway. I don’t see the point of doing this for ten, twenty, thirty, fourty or more years. After all it’s the same thing year after year ending up nowhere. It almost feels like some sort of self defeating and glorified cage. I have always been very pessimistic about living because I see it as a huge redundant useless round of activities that lead nowhere. With this Chamang headquarters of our lineage arising, it gives me something exciting to wake up to. To know what it is for..the purpose, the goal and the liberation, the benefits and the lasting results makes me want to be alive to do this. Building a headquarters for our Dharma lineage is rejuvenating and has a purpose. Anything else pales next to this. I hope everyone will consider my wishes in this and truly participate. Not in words. Not in future tense wishes, not in empty gestures, but truly get involved and get it done. After all the uselessness of life and it’s end (death) doesn’t just affect me, it affects all of us…so this project is a good counter. Tsem Rinpoche

  34. leu chong hin on Apr 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for handwork and actions.

  35. Gim Lee on Apr 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    The scenery of Kechara Forrest Retreat is breath taking… I had always love nature surroundings and with this wondeful project kicked start, I really can’t wait for the time that I can attend Rinpoche’s dharma talks, or do my meditations and pujas up there.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this retreat project, thank you to everyone who have involved directly in setting the place for us… THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

    p/s: wow… Datin Lucy! You really rough it up eh. I’m sure those plants will grow beautifully with all the cares and love of Lucy & the gang :)

  36. Paris on Apr 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    VERY VERY exciting for the growth of even more activity… Exciting also for this is the first venue where activity will happen and grow away from the city. Get far away from the madding crowd to a bit of peace and quiet – needed as much for the body as for the mind. This will be an amazing place for retreats, meditations, as well as active work (for when will Kechara ever be a quiet place!).

    Everyone should be a part of making this grow. So many of the world’s largest centers start in this way, and become phenomenal in bringing benefit, peace, teachings and compassion to people everywhere. Let this be the next headquarters of Kechara, so we have one in the city and one away in the forest.

    Then, next step, KWPC.

    Then, conquer the world!

    • Ana on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

      This is going to be huge in a Global way! If Kechara ever needs a Spanish Translator, please think of me. I may be in Toronto but I am more than happy to donate hours to translate the wonderful teachings, and talks and literature from Rinpoche and KH in general. To bring Dharma to Spanish speaking people is becoming important to meI am so excited that this massive project is getting started! Blessings!
      cecilia1986 at yahoo dot com

  37. Loh Seng Piow on Apr 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    As Buddha advised King Sangyal regarding the benefits of building monasteries. “Any human being building Buddha’s temple, even while still in samsara, in future lives will always have incredible wealth, like radiating palaces, like the king of devas.” That includes power and so forth. “In all the lives you will have happiness, will get good rebirth, and will create good karma in the next lives. While experiencing the result for ten millions of eons, all the time you will enjoy your life, with joyful mind, with no sorrow, and in the end will achieve the state of peace, the cessation of suffering and its causes.”

    The great Indian yogi, Nagden Pawo said, “To establish a temple for the mighty aryan beings (Sangha) of Shakyamuni Buddha, soothing somebody with the words, ‘please help to build,’ ‘please donate,’ ‘please give a hand with the work’…”—any group of people who help to build a monastery, even during sleep, while standing up, eating, whatever they do, the merit of building the temple continuously increases, immeasurably.

    Likewise, when we help in building Chamang – Kechara Forest Retreat, the merits will be the same as what Buddha has mentioned before.

    • MayOng on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you, Seng Piow for these powerful reminders for us all to put our words into action, and not just talk. It is time for all of us to ‘walk the talk’.

      • Datuk May on Apr 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        Dear Seng Piow, Thank you for the powerful teaching on generosity and merits of donation in order to benefit others and yourself being benefited the most. Wonderful reminder.

  38. June Tang ksjc on Apr 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us all the updates about Kechara Forest Retreat through blog post and our email.Rejoice to everyone have opportunity to make efforts to the project !! May KFR can manifest as soon as possible and can benefit more people..!!

  39. David Loh on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Am so looking forward to see the finished product! A perfect place for retreat and some peace. Keep up the good work people!

  40. Lim Tat Ming on Apr 17, 2012 at 1:07 am

    We can imagine waking up early at 4 am daily to do our Guru Yoga of Tsongkhapa and Setrap at the KFR Gompa. Then this is followed by performing many full-length prostrations at the KFR Gompa. Then we proceed to circumambulate at the Vajrayogini Stupa many times. At the Butter-lamp house, we offer hundreds of butter-lamps to the Buddhas.

    In between these practices, we do Vipassana meditation by strolling in the forest trails of KFR. The flora and fauna of KFR is such a sight to behold as we continue walking around the forest. We could hear the beautiful sound of birds and other wildlife as we breathe the fresh cool air and submerge our mind in the soothing energy of the forest.

    The imagination above is way too simplistic. It is not an imagination or a dream anymore! It is a reality that Kechara Forest Retreat is offering to everyone and not just only Kecharians.

    KFR is a sanctuary for the development of our mind and body. It is a place for us to get away from the busyness and stressful city life.

    Thank You Rinpoche for the teaching on preciousness of our human life and doing something meaningful to our life now before it ends.

    I am very happy and rejoice that all of us have the golden opportunity to contribute in one way or another to KFR. KFR is another of Rinpoche’s skillful means for us to accumulate lot of merits and to transform our mind for our future happiness.

    Yes I am very excited about this just like every other Kecharians and can’t wait to visit and experience KFR physically!

    Thank You Rinpoche for the inspiration and blessing for Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Thank You Datuk May, Martin Chow, Joe Ang and Jeffrey Yee for your hard work in manifesting KFR so soon.

    Thank You to the liaisons who are working very hard to raise funds for KFR.

    Thank You to others who have contributed in one way or another towards this project so far.

  41. ngeowchin on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    KFR is a vision of Rinpoche which is transforming into reality , thanks to the blessings of Rinpoche and the leadership of this planet’s first 10 Star General !
    It is a project where all Kecharians , sponsors and friends can contribute and benefit spiritually, physically, mentally and environmentally. The exciting thing is that the best is yet to come . If we are all smiles now putting effort and rejoicing to see Chamang come up , we will see bigger smiles in everyone when this Chamang effort becomes the cause for its mother to arise – KWPC.
    Lets join hands to ensure the success of the above holy projects.

  42. JG on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us all the update and convey it to all over the corners. Here we can see, this is the beautiful of Kechara Forest Retreat! Everyone planting the plants , planting the dharma seeds for future generations. Rejoice for all dharma sister and brother in cultivating all capacity to this greeny land . The more seeds it can create, the more it plant in the depths of one’s conciousness.

    Rejoice ^^

  43. JP on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Kechara Forest Retreat is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of KL city. The air was surprisingly cooling and pollution FREE! I saw many types of birds including a wild pheasant. It’s definitely a great place to do retreats.

    DM, Martin, Joe and Jeffery have worked very hard to put up the temporary cabins and tents. It’s not easy logistically coz it’s in the middle of the jungle. And to all the volunteers who worked on the garden, it looks very beautiful! I could see a lot of love and care put into it.

    Those of you who’s not been there, look out for opportunities to volunteer at KFR!

    • DR on May 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      That’s right JP. There were so many nights when they worked late into the nights even before the electricity was installed. Datuk May, the Head of KFR Project is an amazing leader with years of experience in building big development projects. With her great stewardship, I think we can be all moving there by end of next year.

      I watched the video over so many times. It is so heart warming to see the enthusiasm and team work in every part of the work. When this place is up, everyone who has had a part in its development will be so proud of the place as they have contributed in one way or another.

      And to others who are reading this, get involved now. Be a part of the legacy!

  44. Mei Fong on Apr 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This forest setup is going to be so exciting as I can see myself doing pujas and meditation there. I have always like the greens and this will be an ultimate destination for me. Thank you everyone who have help to make this happen. With folded hands, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • James Long on Apr 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Yes, it is very exciting and can’t wait for it to come up. Datuk May and team are working so hard for our Kechara in Forest. Very nice to do various puja which we learned from holy sangha from Gaden in the cooling Forest!

  45. Pastor Susan on Apr 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you for all the lovely pictures, captions and update of progress. Datuk May has so much experience doing development. How beautiful that Datuk May now uses her experience and guides the young people to build KFR.. a development that will bring about so much happiness, a space that will be life changing for many people from around the world.

    Everyone else’s contribution is no less and greatly appreciated to contribute towards this spiritual oasis in our region.

    May Rinpoche’s vision manifest quickly and beneficial works spread far and wide! May all necessary resources be available for KFR to be built!

  46. Thierry on Apr 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    KFR looks very nice, far away from the lights of the city for a true re-sourcing, a place where we are one with nature.
    Perfect for retreats!
    What a great project this is, what great fun it must be to plant and gets hands dirty for such a meaningful purpose. The volunteers sure look like they are having a great time!

    • William on Apr 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      The place is beautiful, especially the view of the mountain! Quick, volunteer yourself to help.

  47. Li Kheng on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for creating this blog whereby we receive regular updated on such an exciting project.

    From the write up, Kechara Forest Retreat is a significant project because it symbolizes the physical manifestation of a stepping stone to cause the swift materialization of KWPC. Additionally, KFR will also introduce a nouveau compilation of spiritual “products” to the world of Dharma.

    Aligned to Kechara’s style, the time-honored, authentic and pure Dharma practice is brought into modern day life in a package that is palatable and practical through KFR. Families can plan a worry-free retreat weekend as every member can find interest and get involved in the wide range of beneficial activities within a comfortable and safe environment.

    Thank you again, Rinpoche, for Rinpoche wisdom, compassion and skillfulness in disseminating the complete doctrine of Lama Tsongkapa.

    Thank you to Datuk May and KFR team for your creativity, commitment and hard work to cause the continuous progress of KFR.

  48. Thierry on Apr 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Pour les francophones, il y a une traduction de cet article en francais sur mon blog:

    For the french speakers here, there is a translation of this article on my blog:

  49. Lim Han Nee on Apr 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Kechara Forest Retreat, a wonderful place to be in to retreat from the madding crowd. I can already visualize being enveloped by the peace and serenity and the resounding spirituality of this forest retreat.

    What a wonderful job done by the committed crew and volunteers to plant and create a garden and a temporary abode.An immensely lovely offering to Rinpoche!

  50. skyong on Apr 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Wow the project moves so fast. Very grateful for all the people who have helped and worked on making KFR become a reality. :)

  51. Matt on Apr 21, 2012 at 3:44 am

    This is spectacular! I rejoice in this marvelous activity! Its wonderful that there will be a retreat culture coming to Malaysia like this

  52. Ethan Chu on Apr 23, 2012 at 4:23 am

    These few days, I have the great honour to help out and do some work at Kechara Forest Retreat. To me this piece of land is not just for retreat, gain merits or another temple. It is the piece of land, the Kecharians found together, and this piece of land is going to be a place for us to do our practices, work, and the benefits that we received and share it with others.

    These few days, I see groups and groups of people visiting. Groups and groups of people volunteering whether it is plantation, construction or fixing furniture; it is so meaningful. Why? Because it is because of us working together, this project is possible. Gaining merits if one thing but seeing the true beauty of Unity, harmony, be a part of bringing dharma and peace to people is another. I am very happy to see many work with smiley faces because deep down inside we are all so honoured to be a part of this massive meaningful project. Never in my life I would imagine doing something like this. I am guessing you too!

    Let’s make it happen people, Kecharians! Let’s make more Kecharians and bring we have to others so they can enjoy and be a part of us too! I’ll see you on the land very soon, just hola!

  53. freon on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I think this is the most tidy, need and fast “build” construction site. In such a short time, water, electricity even wifi and food stalls, washroom are equip. wow!

  54. Li Kheng on Apr 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Posting for Sean:

    How wonderful! Thank you, Kechara House, Datuk May and all who are working so hard to realise yet another great project from Rinpoche!

    I know it’s work in progress but is it possible to visit the KFR site… or maybe even join in to help? A small group of us from Shanghai (Christine, Betty, Vera and me) are coming to KL for the Wesak Day celebration. Time will be tight and everyone will be busy, as usual, but it would be great if we could see it…

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could also have a retreat here, a peaceful sanctuary that offers a break from the hyper mode of Shanghai…


  55. Vaiwa Veg on Apr 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Wow that’s very nice:) and ppl seem to be so happy in these pics… Best of luck for your work!

  56. Louise Lee on Apr 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hahahah we are very busy in last weekend, coz Kechara House is celebrating Wesak Fair in Sunway Pyramid shopping mall. But we’re also dont make it as a reason to stop ourselves visit Chamang Land.

    If you say it , you do it, you’ll do it !!
    I love the place, everyday when i look at the photo in the blog, i tell myself i want to do it. i want to do it!

    Saturday Paul bring us to the land. And tell what we need to do for it. I am so happy , coz we got the blessing from Rinpoche to build statue and everything need in there !!

    Oh my buddha , i want it ! We also make 1 more step to go so near our KWPC !

  57. soon huat on Apr 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche. Wish we could visit the chamang site and perform retreat over there.

  58. Christine on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:06 am

    How wonderful to have such a beautiful land in the middle of forest for people to do retreat! Such a holy land! Very happy to see all the familiar faces in the pictures. You guys work so hard. Wish I could join and help to plant some flowers/ trees. Look forward to visit KL soon!

  59. Elsie Toy on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

    The names sounds very serene to me. I want to go and I hope I can go on the 6 May. I hope I can travel to KH with KSJC study group cos I love to have harmony. I wish to make be there and I know that that is want and I will go for it.

  60. william on Apr 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    It is really amazing to see the rainbow after all work is done. And it is really a sign that we are doing a good thing. Datuk May, Martin, Joe and Jeffrey has done a great job getting the temporary abodes ready. And they did it in such a short time.

    This is the beginning of our dream to achieve KWPC. WE start with KFR! Dreams can become a reality when we work on in. So, let’s join hands together and make this a success for our future generations.

  61. Pastor Susan on Apr 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Oh MY! I love the KFR video which is 3:16 long. This is our first video right? I love seeing all the volunteers helping out in whatever that’s needed to be done. The feeling i get when watching this KFR is a sense of old time communal service..which i love very much!

  62. Victor Hoi on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    This video touched my heart that I sees a great teamwork and effort to make kechara forest retreat happen. This creates the harmonies amongst people n the feelings to attract more and more people to do dharma work especially me. I wish that I can contribute my energy and my sweat at KFR.

  63. Yokefui on Apr 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

    KIM, well done ! I love the video.

    KFR will offer a variety of retreats and holistic activities to all. Let’s get to work, everyone before we get too old to enjoy this Forest Retreat !

  64. tenzin llhamo on Apr 25, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Kechara Forest Retreat is a BEAUTIFUL place to be in! So many exciting activities going on everyday! Thank you everyone who made the place the way it is and better! Everyone is invited to be there in the future when the place is up and ready for viewing and to make offerings to our loved ones! I am definitely going there with my family and friends as often as I can!

  65. Victor Hoi on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    This video touched my heart that I sees a great teamwork and effort to make kechara forest retreat happen. This creates the harmonies amongst people n the feelings to attract more and more people to do dharma work especially me. I wish that I can contribute my energy and my sweat at KFR

  66. MayOng on Apr 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I love the KFR video alot! Watching lay sangha friends sweating in the hot sun working happily is a sight to behold. Friends out there – please contribute to this great cause that is worthy of our life, in effort, resource, money, time, raise funds and whatever way you can to help it manifest quicker for Rinpoche and KWPC.

  67. mayy on Apr 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Wow! Am so excited to see that Kechara Forest Retreat is taking shape now. Can’t wait to go to this beautiful, serene place to do the weekend retreat, walking meditation, butterlamp offering, etc.

  68. LilyT on Apr 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I can’t help but feel that this is the making of “Findhorn of the East”, right here in Malaysia. A spiritual community, organic garden or maybe an ecovillage?

  69. Albert on Apr 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    How amazing when look at the progress of KFR, it started with a thought of buying the land months ago, then start of a visual dream of where we built this, where we built that, that time, everything is just talk, can’t even see anything yet, but today, we not only acquired the land, we even started to built (this time it is not visualize, but it’s the REAL BUILDING)… we are one step, one step walking towards the plan of having a retreat centre that is out of town, where people can go do meditation and prayers.

    When looking at the video, it is really touching, look at the people working, every single inch of the land is filled with efforts, sweat and tears of these hardworking and dedicated Kecharian, just imagine 10 – 20 years later when everything is well established, when we watch back this video, this is where we started…

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the chance to do something so great.

    • Kechara Forest Retreat on Apr 27, 2012 at 12:25 am

      Yes Albert, Kecharians have the opportunity to contribute to this project, through monetary or non-monetary terms. That’s why it is so great! Hope this video will inspire more people to volunteer and do more.

  70. wt on Apr 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you! It is a great video! Happy to see so many working together and building Kechara Forest Retreat.
    Just like Rinpoche said for KWPC, “Alone we cannot, Together we CAN!”
    Let’s work together in harmony to build this KFR and create the cause for KWPC! This will benefit a lot of beings!

  71. jp on Apr 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    The video is very good. So many Kecharians went to KFR to help out. It was a great opportunity to bond and work with Kecharians whom are usually busy with their own portfolios. All us contributed in the building of the forest retreat. The energy was wonderful.

  72. william on Apr 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you Martin, Joe and Jeffrey for your quick action in repairing the road that was flooded by the heavy rain….. great job! Your sweat and back pain are all worth it because a lot of people will benefit from visiting the place.

    • Mc on Apr 28, 2012 at 12:34 am

      Jeff and Joe worked very hard indeed. I was mostly flat on my back in the cabin this time…hehe. I am again amazed that when people work sincerely for the dharma they don’t ask for breaks even though they are tired and they don’t complain that the job is hard. I mean, Joe and Jeff are 2 guys from the city…what do they know about repairing roads and shoveling sand? And yet this is precisely what they did under the very hot sun for the whole day. Jeff did really back breaking work carrying bags of sand. Those things are heavy!

  73. Sock Wan on Apr 29, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Well done, Martin, Joe and Jeffrey. You guys acted really fast to fix the road. 10 years later when you look back, you would see so many people have walked the path you lay and find their peace and happiness.

  74. Andrew.Hibberd on Apr 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    kechara many opportunities in australia the price of 35 acres in malaysia is same price as 35.000.00 acres in australian

  75. Chew Han Keai on Apr 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Very good and good for pratitioner, will love to be there

  76. Khoo Hou Haw on Apr 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Just visited KFR again. I have the honor to visited Chamang 3 times; first time as a gardener, second time as a guest, and today as an assistant video camera man, hehe. It is very different from my first visit, there are a lot of improvement. It is very touch to see the efforts of all the Kecharian whether full timer or volunteers showing up with the result. The 3 Musketeers are always there with their musketeer boots, doing their job tirelessly, haha.

  77. Sofi on Apr 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Today was my second visit to KFR. This time I brought my hubby and children Katrina & Nicholas along. As a visitor this time round, I got the guided tour from Martin. We had a moment of silence to just enjoy what nature has to offer, ie. birds chirping, running water, insects buzzing, etc. KFR will definitely be a great meditative place for all. If we are able to be silent and open our ears/mind, we will be able to receive so much more. Thanks Rinpoche for KFR and all those who work so hard to manifest this project.

  78. joe ang on Apr 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Dear KFR volunteers,
    thank you for your effort in doing work that is greatly meaningful and will benefit many in the future. And also, thanks to Yik Ming and Doreen for offering two rechargeable emergency flourescent lights to KFR. :)

    • Datuk May on Apr 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Joe,
      Great to know how hard you, Jeffery and Martin worked to clear the flooded entrance road and rebuilt it so that 43 people can enjoy being at KFR.

      Thank you, guys. Datuk May

  79. ericchoong on Apr 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm





    此刻,我坐在 (释迦牟尼佛殿),在我前面是尊贵的佛陀,请你聆听我的祈盼。。。

    我期待。。。一个灵修圣地。。。~ 克切拉禅修林 。


  80. Grace KSJC on Apr 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    this is very touch that this project focus on how to benefit people who looking for quite environment for retreat, while at the same time, it can be a place for candle making, learn how to plant vegetable which is benefit us after our can enjoy the nature while no need to worry no basic fundamental structure,food can be provide to here. if there is regular bas provided from KH to KFR, it may benefit for those without transport yet wanted to go to KFR.tq

  81. Alan Chan ( KSJC ) on Apr 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    After read through the picture and blog, I believe this is another historical event for Kechara !

    So beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat !

    Thank you Rinpoche with the update on the blog , it make me felt proud of we have such a forest retreat centre in Malaysia.

    Thank you Rinpoche to have the retreat centre idea to benefit to Malaysian and other being.

    I am rejoice to Datuk May , team , volunteers hard work toward to KFR.

    By the way, I will visit to KFR on 06 May 2012 , i am really can’t wait anymore to visit the KFR . See you there KFR .

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  85. nicholas on May 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    On 29 April, 43 people visited KFR. They were so happy and Pastor Ngeow also share the important of promoting KFR to all the visitors. Even suggest to ask each of them to bring 5 friend to KFR for visiting. The more people we reach the more people will know and support the build of KFR.

    Martin and Pastor Ngeow also brought us to the rubber trees behind the “Cave” and we witness the left over stove and bath tub. Great finding. Some historical finding hahaha….everyone enjoy the trip and uploaded the pic that they took at facebook to promote to their friends! Great.

  86. Kechara Forest Retreat on May 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Dear all,
    Visit our new website at . You will find information on KFR and the latest updates on what has been happening there. More and more people are visiting KFR and sharing to their family and friends.

  87. Li Kheng on May 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for the regular updates! It is amazing to see the progress made in KFR!

    I just want to thank Rinpoche and KFR Team creating this awesome platform. Before it is even officially open, many are already enjoying the Dharma benefits of KFR. This is with reference to the butterlamp offering conducted last night where over 400 butterlamps were lit. The KFR team was so kind to share the breathtaking image with me. THANK YOU!!!

    Additionally, besides benefitting those in Malaysia, KFR reached friends from other parts of the world. 4 Kecharians from Shanghai made a trip to KL in celebration of Wesak Day. Not wanting to loose the opportunity to involve friends back home, they enrolled the lighting 34 candles in the Butterlamp House.

    May KFR quickly manifest and benefit people from all over the world. GLOBAL Kechara go !!! :)

  88. Low ksjc on May 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    We were glad to be able to visit KFR on 6 May with Pastor Ngeow leading the group there.It was a great chance for us to meet those who made KFR happend and those who contribute their time and efford to benefit others, to make the vision into reality.With the synergy of those true Kecharans who show us what is real compassion and dedication I salute them. THANK YOU !!!

  89. Li Kim on May 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Nice new video! Simple and to the point and you get to experience the “feel” of KFR by watching the video. I thank everyone who have contributed to the development of KFR so far… Continue to contribute and introduce this great place to you your friends! The more the merrier…

  90. Gim Lee on May 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    The new video is Short and Sweet, very suitable to use as promo to introduce KFR to newbies and potential sponsors. Good works team, terima kasih!

  91. Sean Pang on May 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Betty, Vera, Christine and I had the great opportunity to visit KFR just before Wesak Day. It still blows my mind how fast the team got everything up in just 21 days!!!

    We were very fortunate to have been there personally to contribute to the butterlamp house while Likheng coordinated contributions from Shanghai right up to Wesak Day, just before the candles were lit on Sunday, 6th May. Thank you, Likheng! You see, we may be far away from KL but we’re grabbing every opportunity to stay connected! :)

    On behalf of the Shanghai group who visited KL, I would like to thank Su Ming and Su An for taking us to KFR and later to the KWPC site, and a big thank you to Martin, Jeffrey and Joe (The Three Musketeers!!) for showing us around KFR and being the hearts and muscles behind this project.

    Thanks, Jeffrey, for the wonderful pictures of the lit candles from 6th May!

    We’ll be following your progress here!

    Sean Pang in Shanghai

    • william on May 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Check out the latest video! You can show to the rest of the members in Shanghai.

  92. Jutika Lam on Jun 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    After this place is fully up and running it would benefit so many people generation after generation. I really love the idea of the stupas where you can cut your pets or even your loved ones hair and toe nails to put in to these stupas for tremendous blessings. I also l like the idea on the huge Gompa, Butterlamp house, Meditation and circumambulation path,Shakyamuni prayer hall and the Aviary where i can help to clean as well as to feed the birds. May it manifest as soon as possible.

  93. tenkumhong on Jul 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    is a wonderful & exciting place.

  94. manh Lay on Jul 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Woo it’s very nice place!

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  98. su_zan on Sep 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Congratulation to all especially a thank you to Rinpoche for giving the blessing to this beneficial project. Not forget also a big thank you to all the KFR team that is lead by Datuk May.

    I cant wait to see it.

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  104. tsemtulku on Oct 13, 2012 at 6:24 am

    On this Kechara Forest Retreat land (KFR) I wish to place a large 8 ft stone statue of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche outdoors. This would bless so many beings both seen and unseen and create lots of merits as He is Heruka.Who would like to help in this? Tsem Rinpoche

  105. Martin on Oct 15, 2012 at 5:14 am

    So much is happening at KFR! Early this month Datuk May and Dato’ Eric jointly kicked off KFR development, commencing with earthworks. While Kechara Village is being planned by JP Thong, Rinpoche decided to move into the existing cabins a few days ago to bring about his energy and blessing onto the land so that work can progress smoothly.

    A group of us spent the last 2 days with Rinpoche up in KFR during which extension plans to the existing cabin site were discussed and decided upon by Rinpoche. As usual with Rinpoche present, ideas germinate, and quickly thoughts are put into action. Rinpoche would like extensions to KFR immediately so that it can accommodate more people to go visit and be a part of Kechara history in the making.

    As of yesterday, Rinpoche has commissioned a full blown semi-outdoor kitchen to be built in the front of the PO cabin (the entire area where the first outdoor movie screening took place). In addition a proper dinning area as well as 2 additional guest cabins will be placed there. It is quite an experience to sit in the tranquil surrounds on the jungle and see your meal being cooked fresh and serve literally hot off the stove.

    The area at the back and facing the forest/hill (where so many volunteers came for planting excursion) is to be converted into Rinpoche’s compound where he can receive guests and visitors. New cabins for Rinpoche’s attendants will also be placed there and the Mumus will also have their own space to enjoy the outdoors and fresh air safely. These being in place will allow Rinpoche to have extended stays at KFR which is so important for his work in spreading Dharma. The plants of course will be moved to a good location.

    The existing and extended space will be well covered under new awnings ranging from 15-25 feet high to provide good airflow to catch the constant breeze that flows through KFR daily. With this new awning, KFR can then accommodate over 100 people in special pujas in the forest!

    And wait for news about the organic garden planned to be located just beside the new kitchen. KFR IS manifesting and Rinpoche’s mission unfolding is truly Dharma in motion.

    Stay tuned for more updates daily.

  106. Martin on Oct 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    16th October 2012: Greetings from KFR. The tractors are getting ready to clear the grounds where we will be building a new cabin for Rinpoche, add a number of new cabins and toilets for guests, a safe “play” area for Mumus, a big kitchen and dining area, and an organic garden. All this additions will be done beside the existing cabin area.

    Rinpoche has had to put up with a small cabin all this time and a bigger cabin and compound will give Rinpoche the badly needed space to work and plan meet with people.

  107. Martin on Oct 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    The tractors are getting ready to clear the grounds where we will be building a new cabin for Rinpoche, add a number of new cabins and toilets for guests, a safe “play” area for Mumus, a big kitchen and dining area, and an organic garden. All this additions will be done beside the existing cabin area. Rinpoche has had to put up with a small cabin and washroom all this time and a bigger cabin will give Rinpoche the badly needed space to work and meet guests. KFR is just growing and growing.

  108. Martin on Oct 19, 2012 at 2:58 am

    At the moment, we have 3 concurrent projects at KFR i.e. (i) expansion of existing cabin set up, (ii) Kechara Village and (iii) the main construction at KFR. On the outset they look like separate projects but very soon all three will dovetail and KFR will be up. All 3 are Masterminded by Rinpoche himself who has an amazing capacity to think in multi-dimensions…lateral and yet focussed. Most of us do not have that kind of capacity and we greatly benefit by following the Guru’s instructions to the letter.

    At the boundary of the of the expansion site is a walkway flanked by trees…Rinpoche calls it the Enchanted Forest and it does look magical. Follow this and you will end up in Kechara Village. Overlooking everything is a hillock on which Rinpoche’s Ladrang will be…the Dharma King watching over his flock.

  109. Martin on Oct 22, 2012 at 3:14 am

    A few days ago, the workers at KFR cut a new service road that goes around the land and with that you can see much more of the land that was previously hidden by the forest and trees. The service road is big and wide enough to allow bigger machines to come and do work which will accelerate development of the 3 concurrent projects (expansion of the existing cabins, Kechara Village and the main development of KFR which will offer amongst other things, a modern Gompa with traditional features that can accommodate up to 3000 people and housing a large Shakyamuni statue, the Ladrang, Galleries and a Kechara Museum, a vegetarian restaurant, circumambulation paths, Buddha walks, stupas, and a lot more).

    For me, the most exciting development this past week is the clearing of the site that is to be Rinpoche’s Ladrang. I don’t quit know how to describe it and ‘stunning’ doesn’t even come near. From the top of that hill, I could see panoramic views of ponds and lakes, undulating hills and so much green all around.

    May KFR manifest quickly so that many will come to be blessed by it.

  110. andrew on Nov 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Please reconsider the master plan make all of the building from local mud and grass , find power and water from local source with all intellect retrurn the bush back to the way it was keep not avaiary but allow local birds to fly free and replant forest for them to do so as for worms dug up in the earth works remember food

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  112. Ng Ah lan on Aug 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Hi can I join you in the trip to Chamang’s Kechara Forest Retreat? Thanks.

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Many come to Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia to make offerings and prayers to the increase form of Dorje Shugden who appears like a prince and rides on a golden horse. Many report having their wishes fulfilled and return many times. Am happy to see this. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Many come to Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia to make offerings and prayers to the increase form of Dorje Shugden who appears like a prince and rides on a golden horse. Many report having their wishes fulfilled and return many times. Am happy to see this. ~Tsem Rinpoche You can learn more about this form of Dorje Shugden here:
4 months ago
In Bentong (Malaysia), the town we live in and where Kechara Forest Retreat is, we have built a public chapel to Dorje Shugden for the locals. They really love it. Many locals like to come early in the morning to make offerings and special prayers to Dorje Shugden then go to work. The locals have reported many of their prayers being fulfilled from praying to Dorje Shugden at this chapel. As a result, more are joining in to pray to powerful Dorje Shugden the world peace protector who is no other than Manjushri. That is beautiful. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Ullambama 2018 in Kechara Forest Retreat
5 months ago
Ullambana candles offering to Lord Tsongkhapa in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong . Feel calm and blessed.
5 months ago
I am not liked by everyone because I choose to not give up my practice of Dorje Shugden even when I am threatened, segregated, hated, degraded and accused of all manner of things just for it. But at least I kept my promise to my guru to practice Dorje Shugden 30 years ago. I am a person that keeps my promises. My respect for integrity makes me who I am. ~ Tsem Rinpoche - Follow H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Twitter :
5 months ago
Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information:
5 months ago
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Visitors at Gyenze Chapel, located at the entrance to Kechara Forest Retreat. Did you know that the Gyenze Chapel is open to the public 24/7?
5 months ago
Many visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat! Have you planned your visit yet? Picture courtesy Pee Bee Chong, shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Have you visited the Bigfoot Universe @ Jalan Ah Peng in Bentong? Have a look here... Picture courtesy Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Lama Chopa puja in Puja House, Bentong. Through the Lama Chopa puja are making a request to all the lineage Gurus for blessings, protection and increased merits for our loved one, ourselves and friends quickly. - picture courtesy from Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Dorje Shugden Kangsol Puja performed by the Puja Team in Wisdom Hall at Pilgrimage Day, Kechara Forest Retreat. - photo courtesy Cynthia Ng Yi Chen, shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
During the Preparations for the Pilgrimage Day in July in Kechara Forest Retreat
6 months ago
Many visitors at the Gyenze Chapel, located at the entrance to Kechara Forest Retreat. Gyenze is the powerful increase emanation of Dorje Shugden.
6 months ago
Pastor Yek Yes together with her friend from schooldays Tang Li Fang and her son Grayson at the Bigfoot store in Bentong. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
This is Bentong, Malaysia. Many prayers answered at Kechara. ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
6 months ago
This is Bentong, Malaysia. Many prayers answered at Kechara. ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
6 months ago
Pilgrimage day today in Kechara Forest Retreat ! A precious opportunity to be blessed by the Buddhas.
6 months ago
Kechara House Puja Team is scheduled to perform many pujas today at Wisdom Hall. Medicine Buddha (or Menlha) Puja is one of the most popular pujas requested by sponsors for the Medicine Buddhas' healing energies, blessings and protections. Enquiries: Kechara House Front Desk 603 78033908 or 6012 9873908 Picture credit Pastor Tat Ming Lim
7 months ago
Powerful healing powers are granted by Buddha Loma Gyonma. Many candles were offered and mantra recited to Loma Gyonma on our first Pilgrimage Day. Picture credit Lew Kwan Leng, shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Circumambulating Mother Tara at the entrance to Tara Walk on Pilgrimage Day, 23.June 2018, Kechara Forest Retreat. Picture credit Lew Kwan Leng, shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Pastor David sharing before our very first pilgrimage day in Kechara Forest Retreat, photo credit Lew Kwan Leng, shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Medicine Buddha puja at Dukkar Apartment in Kechara Forest Retreat. Picture courtesy by Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
At the entrance to Bigfoot Universe in Jalan Ah Peng in Bentong is Dorje Shugden and Bigfoot.
7 months ago
Visit Bigfoot in Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia.
7 months ago
Receive manyfold blessings from powerful Protector Dorje Shugden. Visit Bigfoot Universe at Jalan Ah Peng in Bentong.
7 months ago
Have you seen Malaysia‘s largest Bigfoot in Bentong? Visit Bigfoot Universe at Jalan Ah Peng.
7 months ago