Visitor Highlights

Live, Pray, Love

Nature’s haven away from busy city streets
Welcomes all race, colour and creed
An oasis of peace, calm and tranquility
To be here right now and listen to the inner Me.

If you’re seeking to escape hectic city life, Kechara Forest Retreat is only an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur and is home to exotic Tibetan cultural and spiritual traditions. You are welcome to spend a few hours, a day or more as our guest, take a walk through our gardens, offer candles to the Buddhas, make a prayer in our meditation hall, or just sit and listen to the calming sounds of the forest.

 

World’s Largest Dorje Shugden Statue

Feast your eyes on the remarkably lifelike 24-feet high statue of Dorje Shugden and receive the blessings of this powerful
Tibetan guardian deity, regarded as the “World Peace Protector.”

Suggested activities: Prostration, Circumambulation, Meditation, Prayer Wheel Spinning

 

Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain

Drink from the healing fountain which is energised by semi-precious stones and crystals blessed by Medicine Buddha, Dorje Shugden and many Tibetan high lamas. The water heals the body, clears the mind and is also good for pets. Our craft glass bottles make it easy for you to bring the water home too.

Suggested activities: Circumambulation, Prayer Wheel Spinning, Mantra Stone Offering

 

Gyenze Chapel

Follow in the footsteps of the local Bentong folk and make a prayer to this special 5-ft wish-fulfilling statue. Visitors from all over Malaysia flock here to receive Gyenze’s blessings for wealth, health and success. Located at the entrance of Kechara Forest Retreat, the Gyenze Chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience.

Various offering items are freely available including incense and candles of assorted sizes. A looped video plays in the chapel, explaining Dorje Shugden’s history, practice and iconography. Free distribution educational and prayer materials are also available for you to bring home.

Suggested activities: Incense Offering, Candle Offering

 

Holy Walk

Go on a leisurely self-guided tour of our landscaped grounds along tranquil walking paths. Over 10 holy sites await you, each with exquisite Tibetan-style Buddhas and other monuments based on the Tibetan tradition.

 

1. Dorje Shugden

Our 9-ft outdoor statue of this popular Dharma Protector grants swift assistance, opportunities, wealth, health, protection, wisdom and blessings.

Suggested activities: Incense Offering, Candle Offering, Circumambulation, Prayer Wheel Spinning, Mantra Stone Offering

 

2. Buddha Shakyamuni

A 13-ft indoor statue of the historical Buddha who founded Buddhism as a spiritual tradition and a way of life.

Suggested activities: Circumambulation, Prostration, Meditation, Sutra Reading, Prayer Wheel Spinning

 

3. Lama Tsongkhapa

An 8-ft outdoor statue of the ‘Second Buddha’ who brings wisdom, wealth, protection and harmony, and heals depression and negative emotions.

Suggested activities: Incense Offering, Candle Offering, Circumambulation, Prostration, Prayer Wheel Spinning

 

4. Vajrayogini Stupa

A traditional 15-ft Tibetan monument in the ‘Stupa of Enlightenment’ style. The Vajrayogini Stupa is filled with billions of sacred Vajrayogini images, scriptures, mantras and holy items, constructed by Himalayan artisans, and consecrated with authentic rituals and prayers by senior Tibetan lamas from Gaden Monastery. Kechara is named after Buddha Vajrayogini’s pure land.

Suggested activities: Incense Offering, Candle Offering, Circumambulation, Prostration, Prayer Wheel Spinning

 

5. Buddha Nageshvaraja

One of the 35 Confessional Buddhas who purifies heavy negative karma, protects from lower rebirths and pacifies harm caused by nagas.

Suggested activities: Candle Offering, Circumambulation, Prayer Wheel Spinning

 

6. Tsem Rinpoche’s Cabin

The original residence of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche during the construction of Kechara Forest Retreat. This is where Rinpoche lived, worked and conceptualised each and every step of Kechara Forest Retreat’s development. It is also here that Rinpoche did his daily practices, rituals and pujas to consecrate and bless the land, making the cabin a repository of spiritual energy and a powerful place of pilgrimage.

Originally located on the site of what is now Dukkar Apartments, Rinpoche’s cabin was relocated to its present location in November 2013. The interior of the cabin has been preserved exactly as it was when Rinpoche lived here from May 2012 to April 2013.

Suggested activities: Incense Offering, Candle Offering, Circumambulation, Prostration, Prayer Wheel Spinning

 

7. Four-Armed Manjushri

Located atop Manjushri Hill, this stunning statue of the Bodhisattva of Wisdom brings academic success, clarity of mind, improved memory, increased focus, powerful speech and insightful wisdom. Highly recommended for children.

Suggested activities: Candle Offering, Circumambulation, Meditation, Sutra Reading, Prayer Wheel Spinning, Mantra Stone Offering

 

8. Green Tara

The extremely popular female Buddha who is quick to grant help, success and protection. Recommended for expectant mothers and those wishing to bear children. Nearby is Tara Walk for the practice of Walking Meditation.

Suggested activities: Candle Offering, Circumambulation, Meditation, Sutra Reading, Prayer Wheel Spinning, Mantra Stone Offering

 

9. Loma Gyonma

The healing deity who is very effective to heal and protect against illnesses, especially contagious diseases and epidemics.

Suggested activities: Candle Offering, Circumambulation, Prayer Wheel Spinning, Mantra Stone Offering

 

10. Manjushri Nagaraksha

This special form of Manjushri protects against harm caused by nagas especially skin problems and brings healing and peace.

Suggested activities: Candle Offering, Circumambulation, Meditation, Sutra Reading, Prayer Wheel Spinning

 

Wisdom Hall

Our 11,000 sq. ft. contemporary prayer and meditation hall fuses minimalist architecture with Tibetan monastic traditions. The tranquil and peaceful surroundings create the ideal environment for meditations, retreats, teachings and even a wedding. It is also home to the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world.

Suggested activities: Circumambulation, Prostration, Meditation, Sutra Reading, Prayer Wheel Spinning

 

Fish Pond

Rescued fish swim in a crystal-clear pond around a statue of Dream Manjushri, a rare form of the Buddha of Wisdom that appeared to Rinpoche in a vivid dream. The lush gardens and secluded gazebos are ideal for quiet reflection and meditation.

Suggested activities: Circumambulation, Meditation, Sutra Reading, Prayer Wheel Spinning

 

The Aviary

Say hello to the inquisitive birds in our 4,000 sq ft walk-in aviary, including four sulphur-crested cockatoos and three African grey parrots rescued from dismal living conditions. The adjacent 720 sq ft Recovery Aviary serves as a home for newly rescued birds, and those recuperating from illnesses.

Animals have a very special place in Tsem Rinpoche’s heart and every effort is made to feed, care and provide for our furry and feathered friends wherever Rinpoche lives.

 

Retail Therapy

Bring home a souvenir of your visit. Choose from blessed protection amulets, Tibetan-inspired jewellery, spiritual books, Himalayan-inspired home decor and much more!

 

Manjushri Guest House

Step into Manjushri Guest House for a welcome change of pace. This home away from home offers comfortable guest accommodation in the middle of the forest, featuring large bedrooms, tasteful spaces and eclectic furnishings. This is communal living with a unique twist, aimed at fostering mindfulness, civic consciousness and an awareness of others and their needs.

Facilities:

  • Fully air-conditioned rooms equipped with wardrobes, worktables, chairs, bedside tables, ceiling fan and comfortable beds.
  • Communal kitchen
  • Communal dining area
  • Communal washrooms and bathrooms
  • Communal library
  • Art gallery and installations
  • Laundry room (washer and dryer)
  • Security system
  • Wifi
  • Ample parking

 

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Progress Updates

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
5 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: https://bit.ly/2wxQyes
5 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
5 months ago
Ullambama 2018 in Kechara Forest Retreat
6 months ago
Ullambana candles offering to Lord Tsongkhapa in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong . Feel calm and blessed. tsemrinpoche.com dorjeshugden.org
6 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 : https://twitter.com/tsemtulku
6 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
6 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: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
6 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
6 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
6 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?
6 months ago
Many visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat! Have you planned your visit yet? Picture courtesy Pee Bee Chong, shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 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
6 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
7 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
7 months ago
During the Preparations for the Pilgrimage Day in July in Kechara Forest Retreat
7 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.
7 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
7 months ago
This is Bentong, Malaysia. Many prayers answered at Kechara. ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
7 months ago
This is Bentong, Malaysia. Many prayers answered at Kechara. ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
7 months ago
Pilgrimage day today in Kechara Forest Retreat ! A precious opportunity to be blessed by the Buddhas.
7 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 tsemrinpoche.com dorjeshugden.org retreat.kechara.com vajrasecrets.com Picture credit Pastor Tat Ming Lim
8 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
8 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
8 months ago
Pastor David sharing before our very first pilgrimage day in Kechara Forest Retreat, photo credit Lew Kwan Leng, shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Medicine Buddha puja at Dukkar Apartment in Kechara Forest Retreat. Picture courtesy by Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
At the entrance to Bigfoot Universe in Jalan Ah Peng in Bentong is Dorje Shugden and Bigfoot.
8 months ago
Visit Bigfoot in Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia.
8 months ago
Receive manyfold blessings from powerful Protector Dorje Shugden. Visit Bigfoot Universe at Jalan Ah Peng in Bentong.
8 months ago
Have you seen Malaysia‘s largest Bigfoot in Bentong? Visit Bigfoot Universe at Jalan Ah Peng.
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