Kechara Forest Retreat in pictures

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KECHARA FOREST RETREAT

The Kechara Forest Retreat welcomes people from all walks of life to visit and enjoy the serenity of nature. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it will feature various facilities and buildings designed to serve those who visit to relax, and those who come seeking spiritual solace and growth.

  1. A Shakyamuni World Peace Hall which can seat up to 3000 people
  2. A Vajrayogini Stupa where practitioners can circumambulate
  3. Butterlamp houses where the public can make light offerings to the Buddhas
  4. Forest walks where people can have exercise and enjoy nature
  5. An aviary for rescued birds
  6. An organic vegetable garden where the public can learn how to grow vegetables in their own homes
  7. A candle-making workshop 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. Kechara Village – cabins for students/practitioners, offices, a meditational hall and classrooms
  10. Dormitories and retreat houses
  11. Buddha statues strategically placed around the land to bless the surroundings and animals.
  12. A vegetarian restaurant to provide healthy and nourishing meals to the public
  13. A gift shop where people can purchase souvenirs for family and friends.
  14. Private residence and office for Rinpoche and his assistants, otherwise known as a Ladrang.

~Admin


 

The Kechara Forest Retreat was conceptualised by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche as the heart of the Kechara organisation. It will be a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city; where anyone can take a break from our hectic lives and rest, relax and recharge at this beautiful holistic centre.

In the very 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 conceptualised in a way to embrace nature, hence the name Kechara Forest Retreat. The moment you step into KFR, you will be greeted by beautiful fauna and flora. Nestled 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.

At the Kechara Forest Retreat, we will have a spiritual experience that will leave our mind and body rejuvenated; allowing us to take on whatever comes next in our hectic lives. It is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration within a natural forest environment.

Here, we will give back to society through educational programmes for the young and the old, by instilling universal values such as patience, acceptance, kindness and compassion. It is a unique opportunity to experience a sustainable spiritual lifestyle within a conscious community.

~Admin


IN YOU MANJUSHRI

~ a poem by Tsem Rinpoche

How much I have explored I find no repose,
Pleasant always turns unpleasant revealing
unfailingly the true nature of samsara,
All attractions look infallible, but all
that is infallible appears fallible,
Where do I seek a place where my senses
can rest, trust and rely?

Nowhere have I searched in the wide spacious
universe can reliability be found.
Only in You, Your dharma and Your results
My Lord Manjushri can I trust.

For You are,
the lord of all illusions, phenomena, and
penetrative insight fulfilling my thirsty
need for substantial reliability.

Grant me the clairvoyance, insight and laser like sight to
penetrate concepts and see them for what they are not.
Grant me Oh Gentle Lord of unsurpassed light and Manifestations
I may reach Your penetrated state of bliss and illumination.

This life if the goal shall not be won, I implore You
to safeguard me this seeker of Your omniscience
to reach in a life to come, guarded by Your infinite
compassion and watchful eye.

I rest my faith, will, trust, and mind in Your
illumination and awakening My Lord of who appears as
a gentle youth and innumerable manifestations.

Manjushri, for me You are the perfect Buddha,
please appear to me auspiciously day and night
life cycle after cycle. I find in You, the sublime
and final goal.

~Tsem Rinpoche
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)


KECHARA is the sacred heaven of the Buddha Vajrayogini – and where we all aspire to go to. And while we are on our way there, we can stop by at the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT to have a glimpse of heaven on earth.

Today in a world where the only certainty is uncertainty, do you live in anxiety of this uncertainty? Do you plan day to day only to have your plans turn against you? Do you live in sadness? Do you live in the past? Are you afraid of the future?

What if today we offer you a place, a sanctuary where you can arrive and be embraced in the beauty of pristine nature, where you can connect with yourself and be in a warm, caring community where you can see that the solutions to the uncertainty lie within yourself.

The certainty in your ability to sustain, maintain, endure and overcome life’s uncertainties. Why worry when you can come to the Kechara Forest Retreat – to be a part of a community which doesn’t want to be afraid anymore and is willing to dream beyond. Empower yourself. Come and be a part of this possibility; to live the dream and create a legacy.

And this is the chance of a lifetime to make this dream become reality. For you and your loved ones – for many generations to come.

Grab this unique opportunity to be a part of building this vision of heaven on earth.

Start now. Start today!

Beauty of nature. Clean air. Fresh food. Peace.

~Admin


LAMA TSONGKHAPA

The birth of Tibet’s immortal yogi and saint Lama Tsongkhapa had been prophesised by Buddha Shakyamuni.

The Buddhas of Wisdom, Compassion and Skilful Means (Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani) incarnated in this divine child.

By his genius, his example of perfect balance of study and practice, his utter humility and boundless energy, he restored the holy Buddhadharma to its original purity and caused it to spread like a wildfire all over Tibet, Mongolia, China and India.

Already practising the most profound tantric methods as a five-year-old, having been given his ordination vows by H.H. the 4th Karmapa, Je Tsongkhapa went on to study at the feet of no less than forty-five Gurus of all existing traditions.

After an eight-year retreat, eating only one seed of a tree per day and offering 3.5 million prostrations and 1.5 million mandalas, many deities appeard to him directly and he remained in constant communion with Lord Manjushri for the rest of his life.

Vajrayogini advised him to use the colour yellow for his teaching hat and the lineage that originated with him, the Gelugpa school, has often been called “Yellow-Hat School’ for that reason.

Lord Tsongkhapa founded the three main monasteries of Gaden, Drepung and Sera whose many attained Masters uphold his enlightened tradition and share it with the world. He is the author of many texts unsurpassed to this day in depth and clarity, most famously his work “The Stages on the Path to Enlightenment”

Hailed as the second Buddha by contemporary Buddhist masters of his time, Lama Tsongkhapa comes from the mystical land of snows, Tibet. He is an incomparable pure monk, scholar and great teacher to thousands then and millions now.

This simple monk has become a limitless treasure trove of love, wisdom and compassion. He is an ideal spiritual inspiration for everyone throughout the ages.

Some look upon him for simple career advancement and some for a guide on a spiritual path. It simply doesn’t matter, as Lama Tsongkhapa grants wealth, business and career to the practical minded. He thus allows us to look deeper into spirituality with minds freer off mundane matters.

Having Lama Tsongkhapa’s image has the immense benefit of harmonizing the energy wherever his image is placed. A direct result of having him in your home would be stabilizing wealth and happiness. Essentials of food, money, shelter and clothing will cease to be a problem.

Lama Tsongkhapa’s image is well known to have a calming effect on aggressive minds and those with destructive emotions. Making offerings to him and doing his meditations and practice allow us to cultivate the inner qualities of wisdom, compassion and inner strength.

This practice’s other benefits are destroying all problems and obstacles. This is displayed with the flaming sword of wisdom on a lotus on his right. The Book of Dharma on the left lotus indicates by taking refuge in him, one can attain the higher wisdom of achieving true inner peace, tranquility and ultimately, Enlightenment.

Je Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga meditation (Gaden Lhagyama) is open to all, easy and pleasant to do, yet infinitely profound. Healing of depression, restlessness and sickness, protection from negative energies, enhancement of intelligence and clarity, deep joy and peace are experienced by those who practice it.

His spiritual energy in the form of sound that helps to transform the mind (Mantra), called Migtsema:

MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG
DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG
DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG
GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKHAPA
LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB

Click here to listen to the mantra recited by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche: http://www.tsemtulku.com/dharma/mantra/migtsema.mp3

~Admin


Making Light Offerings to Lama Tsongkhapa

This is the holy Tsongkhapa with many light offerings at the Kechara Forest Retreat. Everyone should make or arrange for light offerings on a regular basis. It blesses you and your mind’s wisdom. It assists in your spiritual development. It’s an important practice.

Tsem Rinpoche


Conceptualised by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT is a holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit through spiritual retreats, learning and conscious living within a natural forest enclave.

The Kechara Forest Retreat provides a spiritual experience that will leave your mind and body rejuvenated allowing you to take on whatever comes next. It is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. We have a common commitment to give back to society through educating the next generation by instilling moral values and teaching them kindness and compassion. Experience a sustainable spiritual lifestyle within a conscious community.

A cause such as the Kechara Forest Retreat has long lasting benefits – even beyond our own lifetimes. Our online partner, VajraSecrets asks for your kind support of this highly beneficial project. Every contribution is greatly appreciated – no matter how big or small.

Find out how you can contribute by clicking here.

~Admin


Office in the Forest

Manjushri is the Buddha of Wisdom and therefore, he is also the patron of writers, artists, intellectuals and such. So, it was apt that His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche named the hill Manjushri as a special blessing on those who work here as the work is meant to reach out to millions and to have Manjushri bless the work so it would be beneficial to these people. This is where the writers and the IT people spend most of their time in KECHARA FOREST RETREAT.

When the building was being built, Rinpoche made sure that the glass windows are large enough so that the people working in the office can enjoy the spectacular view of rolling mountains and green forest, to relax and rejuvenate while working hard.

~ Admin



I was standing at the exact spot where this picture was taken exactly 1 year ago in October 2012 (inset). That was the very first time I went up to that hilltop where the panoramic view of the 1st phase of KECHARA FOREST RETREAT development can be seen.

With the hard work and dedication of students and friends of KECHARA, exactly 1 year later, we have almost completed the 1st phase of the development, and have transformed the raw jungle into a place with holy statues, temple, residences, admin area, aviary etc. We are getting one step closer to our dream of creating a holy place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration within a natural forest environment called KECHARA FOREST RETREAT.

Tsem Rinpoche


The Kechara Forest Retreat was conceptualised by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche as the heart of the Kechara organisation. It will be a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city; where anyone can take a break from our hectic lives and rest, relax and recharge at this beautiful holistic centre.

In the very 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 conceptualised in a way to embrace nature, hence the name Kechara Forest Retreat. The moment you step into KFR, you will be greeted by beautiful fauna and flora. Nestled 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.

At the Kechara Forest Retreat, we will have a spiritual experience that will leave our mind and body rejuvenated; allowing us to take on whatever comes next in our hectic lives. It is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration within a natural forest environment.

Here, we will give back to society through educational programmes for the young and the old, by instilling universal values such as patience, acceptance, kindness and compassion. It is a unique opportunity to experience a sustainable spiritual lifestyle within a conscious community.

~Admin


I love Manjushri. I have always loved Manjushri and the much needed benefits He bestows upon practitioners. His practice can bring so much benefit to the person by increasing their memory, learning, composition, absorbing the Dharma, teaching, poetry, and much more. There are many forms of Manjushri which are depicted in different colors, two arms, four arms, peaceful and wrathful forms. Each form has a special function.

A very good friend of mine recently offered me a beautiful 9 feet four-arm Manjushri statue carved of stone. This form of Manjushri is very rare and he made special arrangements for it to be carved. This four-arm Manjushri holds in his right hand a fiery sword, representing that he cuts asunder all causes of suffering. His left hand he holds a pure lotus flower by the stem in a teaching mudra. A scripture text sits atop the blooming lotus represents Manjushri’s stainless wisdom and his loving vow to teach us. His other two hands hold a bow and arrow representing wisdom and skilful means in union to bring benefit to people.

Director Paul Yap has arranged for this Manjushri statue to be enthroned on a special made platform on Manjushri Hill overlooking the valley to bless the people and surroundings in Kechara Forest Retreat (http://retreat.kechara.com/). The Green Team led by Li Kheng did a very good job making the surrounding area of the platform beautiful with bamboo and white pebbles to give it a Zen look.

As soon as the statue was placed on top of the platform, a group of students who were working out from Manjushri Hill prepared offerings for a special puja to enthrone Manjushri and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the background to the right of Manjushri. I was told that the rainbow was visible throughout the duration of the puja together with a constant drizzle. Both the drizzle and rainbow stopped when they completed the puja. Very auspicious omen.

It is a very auspicious omen as the light rain and rainbow appeared throughout the puja as we believe that the land deities and spirits residing in the area are very pleased also. With the installation of Manjushri, I wish to bless all those who come in touch with Kechara Forest Retreat with the blessings of wisdom and the Dharma so that they will be able to attain peace and happiness.

I would like to share the picture of this holy Manjushri with everyone so that you may all be blessed.

Much care,
Tsem Rinpoche


This is the iconic mango tree next to The Dining Room in KECHARA FOREST RETREAT (KFR). This tree is very special because last year while we were looking around for lands to build KFR, a miracle related to this tree appeared to show us that this would be the right place to build KFR, so we acquired this piece of land. This is a very auspicious tree. A Buddha Shakyamuni stone statue is placed under this tree to mark its significance.

~Admin


The 9ft stone statue of Lama Tsongkhapa in front of Wisdom Hall at KECHARA FOREST RETREAT, in the background is the 12ft copper statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in the main prayer hall.


At Kechara, Dharma’s sacred spaces are evolving in modernity. Our locations are moving from the busy city to the peaceful forest. Our architecture, which has already been considered modern compared to the traditional Tibetan busy, elaborate, colourful interiors have also evolved to cleaner, brighter, more minimalist designs.

Wisdom Hall is an example of a modern building within a forest enclave, which is practical, simple yet exuding serene spirituality. Surrounded by the Enchanted Forest, the Dukkar Apartments and Manjushri Hill, Wisdom Hall serves as a venue for traditional pujas and for Tsem Rinpoche to give teachings. It will cater for the growing number of students while the larger 3000 capacity multifunction hall in the front of KFR is being built. The capacity of Wisdom Hall is twice that of the current city gompa at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.

The main focus of the altar at the end of the Hall will be a 12ft Shakyamuni copper statue. Shakyamuni Buddha’s image is universal and everyone can relate to him. This beautiful handcrafted statue was commissioned under the artistic and watchful eyes of Liaison Paul Yap, who has been in charge of commissioning all the large Buddha statues at Kechara and now Kechara Forest Retreat.

Director Dato’ Ruby Khong was placed in charge of overseeing the construction of Wisdom Hall approximately two months ago. The hall was designed to be simple and uncluttered, with a zen-like concept. It is fully glazed with floor to ceiling glass panels on the sides and the front, bringing light and the surroundings right into the building.

Facilities in the Hall include a large pantry with sufficient space to make tormas for pujas, an audience room for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, a Dharma shop and a reception area. The building has also been designed with access for people with disabilities in mind. There are two handicapped toilets, as well as ramps for wheelchair access to the main hall.

In the front of the hall, there is a feature wall, which cleverly camouflages a shoe rack behind it. There is a roundabout in front, and within the roundabout, there are a large Lama Tsongkhapa stone statue, a large incense burner and a space for making up to 600 candle offerings.

~Admin


(Thoughts by Martin Chow)

In Tsem Rinpoche’s Kechara you learn not to be proud and yet it would be remiss of me not to point out how tremendously powerful it is when you believe your Guru and your motivation is for the advancement of the Dharma.

In just over a year ago, Kecharians started working on the land and they stayed in simple tents and slept on the ground. No one cared or minded at all. They were there on a mission, not a holiday. After a little while, something “better” was erected which was merely a bigger tent city under a timber structure. Again no one minded.

And now, look at what has happened on the very site that the old tent city stood a year ago…Dukkar Apartments which is really a resort-like community living. It is beautiful, it is comfortable and complete with all the mod cons…and yet, no one minds. The same people who work on the land would readily return to the simple tents if that is what is required for the Dharma to grow. The mission is far from over but already the undisputed truth is great things happen to ordinary people when they do it for Dharma. BELIEVE!

The POINT is, although Dukkar Apartments have come about beautifully, it is merely a manifestation of minds that have transformed under the tutelage of a holy and compassionate Guru. You should see the “Dukkar” inside the minds of the people who build KECHARA FOREST RETREAT…its unimaginably beautiful.

Click here to watch the video showing the amazingly beautiful yet practical interior of Dukkar Apartments:


This is the Aviary in KECHARA FOREST RETREAT, this is where we keep various species of birds that we rescued from pet shops, previous owners etc. They were not treated well before, they were abused, some were kept in very tiny cages, some plucked their feathers because they were neglected, some were weak due to old age, some were sick, crippled, blind…

We rescued these birds and housed them in this huge aviary (they will not survive if released into the wild), now they have the freedom to spread their wings fully, fly around, make friends, recuperate…and everyday our people give the birds plenty of food and clean water, and they clean the aviary well. The birds are almost in their natural environment with trees, greeneries, sound of water flowing in the nearby stream, sound of breeze, ruffling leaves, and we also play mantra chanting from a CD to plant the seed of Dharma in their mind.

The birds are extremely happy now in this aviary.

May all animals be free from sufferings of any sort or kind.

Tsem Rinpoche


Manjushri Hill is a spot in KECHARA FOREST RETREAT conceptualized by me, it is a place where our great writers and IT people work to bring Buddha’s words of wisdom out to the world.

Tsem Rinpoche

2 Responses to Kechara Forest Retreat in pictures

  1. Uncle Eddie on Oct 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Yes, within the span of 1 year ago in Oct.,2012 till today, Kechara in their own capacity is said to have almost completed the 1st phase of KFR development, transforming the raw jungle into a place filled with holy statues, temples, admin area, aviary etc.! Whether as an individual, group or with families, one will be able to relax and find peace and spiritual inspiration within the natural forest surroundings of KFR, as a result of the loving care, hardwork and concern of KFR group! All are welcome!

  2. Uncle Eddie on Oct 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Within the span of 1 year ago in Oct.,2012, till today, Kechara in their own capacity have almost completed the 1st phase of KFR development, transforming the raw jungle into a place filled with holy statues, temple, residences, admin area, aviary etc! Whether as an individual, group or with families, one will be able to relax and find peace and spiritual inspiration within the natural forest surrounding of KFR, as a result of the loving care, hardwork and concern of Kechara group and followers. All are most welcomed!

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