Latest Developments at KFR – Nov 2012

Dec 5, 2012 | Views: 327

A lot can happen in just a few weeks at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR), in spite of the unstoppable rains of the monsoon, soggy roads and unstable electricity surges! Here’s a round up of the latest developments on the land.

There’s been plenty of earthworks in the last few weeks. Most important has been to create better drainage systems to handle the large volume of anticipated rainfall during the monsoon month of December. Our land is lower than our neighbours’ and a lot of water runs under the land, making it very wet and very difficult for rain to drain out quickly and efficiently. Before further works can continue and the necessary machines and vehicles go into the land, sorting out the drainage is of utmost importance and we are now working on finding the best possible solutions. If you have any expertise that can help in this area, please do get in touch with us!

Alongside this have been extensive works to secure the roads, also to allow better access for heavy machinery to travel in. Again, the workers have had to battle consistently wet passageways but there has been a bright rainbow at the end of the (dark, wet) tunnel. The first wettest stretch of road leading into the land has been cemented, and a retainer wall is being erected for better support and to prevent soil erosion.

Simultaneously, many hours have been put into improving the road leading up to the Ladrang Hill – finally, it has stopped flooding and being sludgy. The road is flattened, hardened and stable, slopes have been compacted and terraced, and a sturdy retainer wall has been built along the sides for even better support. Once all the main works are done, we’ll be going in to plant grass and trees to hold the soil even more strongly.

In making way for Kechara Village, a lot more land to the side of the temporary abode has been cleared and tractors are now working on leveling and compressing the land. It sure looks like we have a lot of land now! It looks a little bare at the moment, but once all the structures are in, we’ll be working hard to replant many new trees, flowers and shrubs all over the place to recreate the green.

In the meantime, a separate group of works are doing up the Enchanted Forest, which will hold the private quarters for Rinpoche, his personal attendants and of course, the 6 mumus (dogs). Cementing work is underway, together with building of metal structures for awnings, supportive retainer walls and replanting of lush greens around the area. We’re all really excited about building this new beautiful space for Rinpoche surrounded by greens, with ample space for the 6 dogs to run around in nature.

Master Loo and his wife Nancy helping out at the new cabin area

Dr Ming's little daughters Lauren and Yasmin came to volunteer during their holidays

Kien and Cynthia beautifying the new cabin area for a new altar

Moh Mei and Khoo having the ride of their lives (being hoisted up to mount an electrical cable on Ladrang Hill)

On top of works done by the contractors and workers, there have been many volunteers coming up to the land to help with expansion around the temporary abode as well as with basic but very necessary works on the land – laying new water pipes, pegging the land with the land surveyor and bricking up areas for new structures.

Su Ming kisses the first TNB pole that is planted on our own land – let there be light!

Ongoing works to bring more electricity into the land

On top of battling floods and bugs, the electrical supply into the living area of KFR has been erratic and difficult over the last few months… all part and parcel of starting up and building in the virgin forest, I suppose. But we’ve finally got more electricity coming into the land! Thanks to the many efforts of Liaison Su Ming, TNB has planted new electrical poles and is pulling larger cables from a nearby sub-station into the land. We’ll never take electricity, lights and the toaster for granted again!

While the works go on outside, we have also been doing our best to improve the current cabin area. Four new cabins have arrived and more toilets/ showers to accommodate the many people who are staying on the land and in anticipation of future visitors. And as you know, Kecharians are never the sort to leave things plain – we’ve painted the cabins a cool black and are working to dress up the area now so that it doubles as an educational gallery and cool, chill-out space for staff and guests.

It’s busy days up in KFR now, with several groups working through the days on different aspects of the land. Overseeing everything of course, is our own Liaison JP Thong and his very dedicated, hardworking KFR team, comprising Khoo H.H., Joe Ang, Moh Mei and Nicholas. They work directly with the contractors and workers to ensure works are in order and timelines met, as well as manage smaller projects within the cabin areas. They are our unsung heroes – sweating many hot hours in the sun, getting burnt and running back and forth all day throughout the land, just to make sure everything runs like clockwork. The works wouldn’t be what they are today without them and we thank them for their dedication!

Keep checking back here for more updates. Don’t forget that there’s also lots of photos going up daily on KFR-on-the-Go where we bring you all the latest developments and news as they happen, so you can feel like you’re right there watching it all unfold!

One Response to Latest Developments at KFR – Nov 2012

  1. pavara on Jan 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    when i first came to kfr the road was very slippery and only the construction vehicle and 4 wheeled drive could go in. at that time it was really muddy you would have to wear boots to go in to kfr. but now normal cars can drive in because they cemented the the old road for cars to drive and now walking in is much easier.

How You Can Help
Medicine Buddha Hill – Donate Here!

Progress Updates

Visit Kechara Forest Retreat during Chinese New Year for an Auspicious Year of the Dog!
12 hours ago
"Pray to Tara for everything from business success, the safety and happiness of our family, it will be beneficial. As stated in the praise: “Desiring children you will gain offsprings; seek wealth and you will be granted riches; whatever you desire you will obtain”." From Dorje Shugden's Advice for the New Year 2018 http://bit.ly/2CAA853
3 days ago
Visit Kechara Forest Retreat for an auspicious Chinese New Year!
3 days ago
Happy Chinese New Year! May everyone be blessed by Dorje Shugden and Gyenze. Pastor Antoinette
6 days ago
Burning Huge Incense for an Auspicious New Year of the Dog at Gyenze Chapel, Kechara Forest Retreat, Pastor Antoinette
6 days ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is ready for Chinese New Year2018, Year of the Dog
1 week ago
Laughter Yoga is fun! Read more about Laughter Yoga in Kechara Forest Retreat here: http://www.kechara.com/peace-centre/news/laughing-is-the-best-medicine/
1 week ago
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat - yes... it is Laughter Yoga!
1 week ago
Make a headstart for the year ahead, filled with abundance, prosperity and all things auspicious. Sponsor any of the incense and light offering packages. Contact http://www.vajrasecrets.com or frontdesk@kechara.com
2 weeks ago
4 weeks ago
2018 the Year of Golden Dog - Make your Wishfulfilling to Gyenze, Kechara Forest Retreat and welcome abundance, health, wealth, merits and grant our wishes for the New Year.
1 month ago
Boy, the cockatoo who loves toys. This is the playground we hang toys for him to play and bite, to keep him busy and happy. Parrots are in intelligent animals. Boy likes to try everything out and we make it fun for him in our aviary. retreat.kechara.com/aviary (Jace Chong) shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
Start the Year of the Dog with an Abundance of Blessings and Good Energy!
1 month ago
Klang visitors in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat and making a connection with Buddha and Protector Dorje Shugden, January 2018.
1 month ago
Thank you Klang visitors, for coming to visit Kechara Forest Retreat and make a connection with Dorje Shugden, January 2018. Picture while getting ready to pay homage to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's throne.
1 month ago
Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
1 month ago
Holy site light offering in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia.
1 month ago
Kechara Forest Retreat’s Meditation program featured in China Press.
1 month ago
Dukkar Puja in Wisdom Hall, to purify the karma for being wrongly accused such as in arguments or legal cases and protects those who travel frequently. Find out more here: http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/pujas/dukkar-puja/ and here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dukkar-chakra
2 months ago
Lama Tsongkhapa Retreat in Wisdom Hall, December 2017 in Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Holy site light offering at Tsongkhapa Day 2017 in Kechara Forest Retreat! ❤️❤️❤️
2 months ago
2 months ago
Animal Liberation on Medicine Buddha Hill, led by Pastor Han Nee, assisted by CK Siah on Lama Tsongkhapa day. By practicing Animal Liberation, you gain the benefits of Healing, Long Life and Purification of Negative Actions.
2 months ago
Recently, on Lama Tsongkhapa day, many too the opportunity to offer light to the Buddhas in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong.
2 months ago
After weeks of cleaning and repainting, the Recovery Aviary finally decorated like a Christmas party welcoming the birds back home! from Jace Chong
2 months ago
Fun time during creative painting session @ Kechara Forest Retreat !
3 months ago
Learning how to fold a khata during the 3N2D kids and teenagers Manjushri Retreat, at Kechara Forest Retreat
3 months ago
Ready for the Manjushri kids and teenagers retreat with a good motivation at Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong
3 months ago
3D2N of Children Manjushri Retreat began yesterday in Kechara Forest Retreat. Rejoice to all children who participate and get connection with Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. May all be blessed by Buddha Manjushri.
3 months ago
The Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat Vajrayogini, is a representation of complete Buddhahood in female form, and her heaven was chosen as the name of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche‘s Buddhist organization, Kechara. If you would like to visit the Vajrayogini stupa, do join one of the Kechara Forest Retreat tours. To find out the next available date, please call 03-7803 3908.
3 months ago