Kuen Cheng Alumni visits KFR

Jun 2, 2014 | Views: 135

Kechara Forest Retreat is getting more visitors during weekends and sometimes even weekdays! We recently welcomed a wonderful mix of 34 adults and children from the Kuen Cheng Alumni on 1 June 2014.

Everyone gathered in front of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s first cabin while Pastor Chia explained how to make a khata offering there.

Candles were offered in front of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s first cabin

Animal Liberation is one of Kechara’s activities that promote compassion towards all living beings. It is a popular family activity and an educational one for the young. Liberating animals help us develop the nature of not harming others and the awareness of living in harmony with every living being in this world. It is His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s hope to also reduce the attachment to eating meat for the sake of gastronomic pleasure.

Pastor Chia checked the conditions of the birds prior to liberation prayer chanting

Pastor Chia and Pastor Adeline led the Animal Liberation prayers while visitors joined in

At the next stop on Manjushri Hill, everyone had the chance to enjoy the breathtaking views of the surroundings atop the hill. They were also taught to recite “Om Ah Ra Pa Tsa Na Dhi’ and were explained the benefits of the Manjushri’s mantra.

Lord Manjushri gazes upon the visitors

The guests circumambulate Lord Manjushri’s statue

Next, they visited the herb garden where a large variety of herbs from various plant families are cultivated. Pastor Chia plucked a leaf or two for visitors to sample the practical uses of some herbs while Julia explained more about contributing towards planting trees. They were also given an opportunity to do some planting which the children enjoyed.

Visitors looked on to the many shades of green

Visitors trying out gardening in the spirit of the tour

As the sun climbed high over the horizon, it was time to go indoors to Wisdom Hall to continue with other activities such as pastor blessings, meditation and dharma shopping.

Khatas were offered to His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche at Wisdom Hall

The pastors led the chanting of Guru Yoga

Pastor blessing services

Jennifer, the main coordinator of this visit, assisted in answering queries from visitors at the souvenir shop

Louise, the manager, recommended some core reading material

Many visitors wished they could stay longer to enjoy Kechara Forest Retreat but their busy schedule did not allow it. Reluctant to leave, many promised to make a trip to Kechara Forest Retreat again.

To register for upcoming tourw, please call Kechara House at +603 7803 3908 or email us at retreat@kechara.com. Below are upcoming day tours scheduled for 2014:

  • 19 July, 2014
  • 16 August, 2014
  • 14 September, 2014
  • 24 October, 2014
  • 23 November, 2014
  • 14 December, 2014

For other upcoming events, please visit http://www.kechara.com/.

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