Visitor Highlights

Live, Pray, Love

Highlights and Facilities

Wisdom Hall
Dukkar Apartments
Manjushri Hill
Tsem Ladrang
Tsem Rinpoche’s Cabin and the Holy Bodhi Tree
Vajrayogini Stupa
The Aviary and The Recovery Aviary
The Organic Farm and The Herb Garden
Gyenze Chapel
Fish Pond


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.

The Kechara Forest Retreat boasts extensive facilities, comfortable accommodation, and functional working environments for guests, events, teachings and retreats.

Wisdom Hall

Wisdom Hall

This 11,000 sq. ft. meditation and teaching hall features minimalist architecture and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering near 360° views of the surrounding tropical beauty. The tranquil and peaceful surroundings create the ideal environment for meditations, retreats, teachings and even a wedding.

Wisdom Hall features a 13-foot indoor statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism; an 24-foot Great Protecor Dorje Shugden, the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world; and an 8-foot outdoor statue of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug lineage, blessing all visitors and the environment.

A well-stocked souvenir shop is also available for visitors to invite Dharma items, Tibetan inspired trinkets or a keepsake of their visit.


  • Indoor Shakyamuni statue
  • Indoor Dorje Shugden statue
  • Outdoor Tsongkhapa statue
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s throne
  • Meditation Hall
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s audience room
  • Souvenir shop
  • Torma making
  • Pantry
  • Sound system and projector screens
  • Disabled access
  • Public toilets

The 24 feet Dorje Shugden statue

The Souvenir Shop

Outdoor Lama Tsongkhapa (at night)

Audience Room

Must Try

  • Making light offerings in front of Lama Tsongkhapa
  • Breathing meditation in the airy and spacious meditation hall
  • Retail therapy at the souvenir shop

Opening Hours
Mon–Sun: 10am-6pm


Public Announcement
பொது அறிவிப்பு

All Sangha members (monks and nuns) who wish to visit Kechara House and Kechara Forest Retreat are kindly requested to write in via any of the following channels at least three days in advance:


கேச்சாரா இல்லத்திற்கும் கேச்சாரா ஃபோரெஸ்ட் ரீட்றீட்டிற்கும் வருகை புரிய விரும்பும் அனைத்து சங்க உறுப்பினர்களும் (துறவிகள் மற்றும் கன்னியாஸ்திரிகள்) கீழ்கொடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ள ஏதெனும் ஒரு வழியில் மூன்று நாட்களுக்கு முன்பாக தொடர்பு கொண்டு தெரியப்படுத்துமாறு கேட்டுக் கொள்ளப்படுகின்றனர்:-

By mail:
தபால் வழி:

The President
主 席

Kechara House
克 切 拉 佛 教 中 心
கேச்சாரா இல்லம்

No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia

By phone:
தொலைபேசி வழி: +603 7803 3908

By fax:
传 真:
தொலைநகல் வழி: +603 7803 3108

By email:
电 邮:
மின்னஞ்சல் வழி:

In your communication, please state:
உங்கள் மடலில் தயவு செய்து கீழ்கண்ட தகவல்களை எழுதுங்கள்:

1. Name of Dharma centre
தர்மா மன்றத்தின் பெயர்

2. Address and contact of Dharma centre
தர்மா மன்றத்தின் முகவரி மற்றும் தொடர்பு எண்

3. Date of visit
வருகை புரியும் நாள்

4. Time of visit
வருகை புரியும் நேரம்

5. Number of visitors
வருகையாளர்களின் எண்ணிக்கை

6. Purpose of visit
வருகை புரிவதன் நோக்கம்

Your cooperation will enable us to give you the proper accord befitting the Sangha community.
உங்களின் ஒத்துழைப்பின் மூலம் சங்க சமூகத்திற்கு உகந்த வசதிகளை நாங்கள் வழங்குவதற்கு உதவியாக இருக்கும்.

Thank you,
谢 谢。

主 席
Kechara House
克 切 拉 佛 教 中 心


Dukkar Apartments

Dukkar Apartments (Morning)

Dukkar Apartments (Night)

Step into Dukkar Aparments for a welcome change of pace. This home away from home offers open-plan container-style guest accommodation in the middle of the forest, featuring high ceilings, vast spaces and raw finishes. This is communal living with a unique twist, aimed at fostering mindfulness, civic consciousness and an awareness of others and their needs.


  1. Each cabin is fully air-conditioned, carpeted and is furnished with wardrobes, worktables, chairs, bedside tables, ceiling fan and comfortable beds.
  2. The Function Lounge seats 20 and is equipped with projector, large 12ft. screen, sound system, wireless microphone and DVD player.
  3. The Dining Room offers scenic views of the lush, green surroundings. Ideal for hosting small scale meetings and functions of 10 to 30 people.
  4. Other facilities available –
    • Communal kitchens
    • Communal dining areas
    • Communal washrooms and bathrooms
    • Communal library
    • Art gallery and installations
    • Chill-out upper deck
    • Laundry room (washer and dryer)
    • Thumbprint security
    • CCTV
    • Wifi
    • Public computers
    • Ample parking lots
    • Printing and fax services (coming soon)

Guest dining area

Guest lounge

Communal lounge and dining area

Chill-out spaces at the upper deck

The Function lounge

The Dining Room

Manjushri Hill

4-armed Manjushri

Admin Office @ Manjushri Hill

Situated on a natural hilltop in the Kechara Forest Retreat, and named after the majestic stone statue of 4-armed Manjushri that looks over the entire valley, Manjushri Hill is where the administrative and creative offices are located. Visitors are welcome to walk up the hill to make offerings to the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri, and enjoy the spectacular views.

Must Try

  • Making light offerings to Wisdom Buddha Manjushri
  • Take in the breathtaking views from Manjushri Hill

Tsem Ladrang

Tsem Ladrang (Morning)

Tsem Ladrang (Night)

This is H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s official residence in the Kechara Forest Retreat where Rinpoche and his attendants and assistants live and work. The Ladrang also serves as the headquarters of the Kechara organisation. Visitors are welcome by appointment.

Tsem Ladrang also includes the 5,881sqft gift building adjoining Wisdom Hall, which serves as a functional display and storage space for the gift section. This is where Tsem Rinpoche chooses and blesses gifts and writes letters for lucky recipients around the world. The gift building also plays host to the Flea Market, where many Dharma items donated by Tsem Rinpoche are available at very affordable prices.


  • Audience room
  • Guest rooms
  • Staff rooms
  • Waiting area
  • Dining area
  • Fully equipped kitchen and pantry
  • Offices
  • Gift building
  • Zen garden
  • Flea market
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Dog-friendly areas
  • The Aviary
  • Sangpor (traditional Tibetan incense burner)

Office area for Tsem Ladrang staff

Kitchen and dining area

Waiting lounge


The Audience Room in Tsem Ladrang

Dogs are welcome at Tsem Ladrang

Must Try

  • Making incense offerings at the Sangpor
  • Reflexology walk at the Zen garden
  • Grab a bargain at the flea market

Opening Hours
By appointment only

Tsem Rinpoche’s Cabin and The Holy Bodhi Tree

Make prayers and light offerings at this powerful pilgrimage site

Visitors to the Kechara Forest Retreat are welcome to visit the original cabin where H.E. Tsem Rinpoche lived, worked and conceptualised each and every step of the 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. Visitors are welcome to make aspirational prayers, offerings, meditations and circumambulations at this holy site.

A short distance away from the cabin is the Holy Bodhi Tree, a sapling from the original miraculous Bodhi Tree that spontaneously grew in Tsem Ladrang, Kuala Lumpur. Bodhi Trees represent Enlightenment and have tremendous significance for Buddhists of all traditions. Hence, the self-arising tree was a very auspicious sign, symbolizing the eventual fruition of Tsem Rinpoche’s Dharma work in this region.

Interior of Tsem Rinpoche’s cabin

Exterior of Tsem Rinpoche’s cabin

Must Try

  • Circumambulate and offer light at Rinpoche’s cabin
  • See the holy bodhi tree

Vajrayogini Stupa

A stupa is the most sacred monument in the Buddhist world, symbolising the fully Enlightened mind and the path to Enlightenment.

The 15-ft. traditional 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.

To read more, click here.


  • Authentic traditional Tibetan stupa
  • Holy Vajrayogini Statue
  • Walking and circumambulation path

Must Try

  • Circumambulating the stupa
  • Making full prostrations at the stupa

Enclosed within low fencing


The Aviary and The Recovery Aviary

One of the rescued birds

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. The Kechara Forest Retreat features a spacious, purpose-built walk-in 4,000 sq ft aviary adjacent to Tsem Ladrang, which is home to a large flock of rescued birds and a pair of tortoises who have been nursed back to full health by Rinpoche and His students.

The 720 sq ft Recovery Aviary serves as a home for newly rescued birds, and those recuperating from illnesses.

Visitors are welcome by prior appointment, to feed and learn how to care for the various species in our care, including cockatoos, African Greys, cockatiels and budgerigars, and enjoy watching their amusing antics.

Must Try

  • Talk to our birds and hear them respond!
  • Feeding the birds and tortoises (by appointment only)
  • Learn how to clean the aviary (by appointment only)

The Aviary (Interior)

The Aviary

The Organic Farm and The Herb Garden

The Organic Farm

One of the core pillars of conscious living at the Kechara Forest Retreat is to embrace and live in harmony with nature. Visitors and residents are invited to dive into the breathtaking abundance of our earth through green programmes held all year round, and to partake of the bounteous harvest from our organic farm and herb gardens.


  • Fruit orchards
  • Herb garden
  • Nursery
  • Organic Farm

Must Try (by appointment only)

  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Planting

Green Programmes – Learning

Green Programmes – Healing

The Herb Garden

Organic Produce – Passion fruit

The Gyenze Chapel

Gyenze – Increasing Form of Dorje Shugden

Conceptualized by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, the Gyenze Chapel is located at the external perimeters of Kechara Forest Retreat. It is open to the public 24 hours daily, allowing visitors and practitioners alike to visit at their convenience. There are various offering items made available including various sized candles, and incense. A video is continuously played at the chapel, explaining Dorje Shugden’s history, practice and iconography. For those interested in learning more, educational and praying materials are provided for people to invite home. To read more, click here.


  • Gyenze Statue
  • TV explaining Dorje Shugden and His practice
  • Various free educational materials

Must Try

  • Making incense offerings
  • Lighting candle offerings

Chapel – External Perimeters

Education Section

Fish Pond

Over two decades ago, when H.E. Tsem Rinpoche was in Gaden Shartse Monastery and he had a vivid dream. He dreamt of a rare form of Lord Manjushri which was in recorded in a Tibetan text, and a 9ft statue of ‘Dream’ Manjushri was commissioned and arrived in Fish Pond to bless all beings around. There are many koi fish and green plants in the fish pond. Rinpoche always loves and cares about animals, and fish pond is one of the way to express Rinpoche’s loves and cares about animals and fish. To know more about Dream Manjushri please click here and about Fish Pond here.


  • Dream Manjushri Statue
  • Gazebo with chairs and tables

Fish Pond during night time

Fish Pond with 9ft Dream Manjushri statue

How You Can Help
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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
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.
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