Who is Tara?

22 Sep

The maternal Tara is one the most widely revered within the old Indo-Tibetan Buddhist world. However, she is not as well-known within the earlier diffusion of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism. Even then, some Lamas proclaim that Kuan Yin (a popular Chinese Bodhisattva of compassion) as a manifestation of White Tara (one of the more popular forms…

Sights and smells of Penang

25 Aug

I was in Penang last weekend for the launch of Kechara Soup Kitchen there. It was a relatively low key event but we were still graced by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng. He seemed rather down to earth, attending the event with his wife and son. It was nice, fair-weathered day,…

Lemon Detox

18 Aug

Almost everyone I meet in Kechara would ask me whether the stones are out. It is almost like a standard greeting from the people I meet to ask me about my ‘stone’. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining but I find it rather amusing. Unfortunately, the stone is not out and so…

Kidney Stone.

10 Aug

Last Thursday morning, I woke up with a slight dull pain on the left side of my stomach. I thought I had stomach ache so I sat on the toilet bowl and it took me quite awhile to realise nothing was coming out. I thought it might be a food poisoning so I grab my…

Shield against Spirits

2 Aug

There was a time when I was constantly being attacked by an unseen spirit when I was asleep. I would hear a buzzing sound and then I would be rudely awakened by the feeling of paralysis. I would struggle for awhile before I would be set free. There were times I would feel hands pinning…

The Spectrum of Sexuality

28 Jul

Have you heard of the Kinsey scale? I have not and I just came across it recently and I was very fascinated to read about it so I thought I share it here on the blog for the world to discover their sexuality. Just kidding. I guess anything about sexuality ‘arouses’ (pun intended) my curiosity….

Break in…

27 Jul

There was a break in this afternoon at Heruka House, the place where I am living. It is scary to discover this but fortunately nothing was taken. There were only three of us living in this house. The intruder went into our rooms and opened all of our cupboards and rummaged through everything including our…

Photo of A Tibetan Yogin

26 Jul

I have always loved this photo that I saved from the Internet sometime ago. This sepia photo depicts a Chod yogi wielding his ritual Chod drum and thighbone trumpet along with a display of ritual implements right before him. Chod is a practice of cutting off the self-cherishing mind. It is a meditative practice developed…

What’s a Moleskine?

21 Jul

A Moleskine is basically the most expensive notebook in the world! Well I can’t vouch for that statement but it is the most expensive notebook in any bookstore in Malaysia. Only a few stationery shops carry these yummilicious notebooks. Well, this is not a paid advertisement although I wouldn’t mind if it became one. They…

I gave an Interfaith talk…

20 Jul

Last Saturday, I was invited (by Rev. Thomas George) to participate in an interfaith lecture, in memory of Swami Satyananda. This was held in the Pure Life Society center. It was interesting to be here on premise and the topic was ‘Religion in the Marketplace’. It was such a broad topic and the panel of…

A Buddhist Past…

19 Jul

A visit to the local muzeum was not really on the top of my to-do list. However, I found myself visiting it along with a bunch of my friends from Kechara as part of an educational visit arranged by H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. We are there not to soak in the culture of Malaysia…

A New Abode

14 Jul

Due to monetary reasons, Paul (my housemate) and myself have been looking towards moving for sometime to lower our rental cost. Simulataneously, my mum has an apartment in the Hartamas area and she had recently asked me to find someone to rent the place because she didn't want to live in this 1600 square feet…

Welcome to Laddaland

26 Jun

Welcome to Laddaland, the latest Thai horror flick to reach our shores. Like many other brilliant horror films from Thailand, it is not a mere mindless scare-fest. It is smart, sexy and packs with enough psychological drama to make the on-screen characters come to life.  Initially, I didn't really like the main character, Thee (Saharat Sangkapreecha)…

Gone Down South

25 Jun

For the weekend, I am in Johor, the southern-most state of the Peninsular. Unfortunate for me, it is not a holiday. I am down here in Johor to help out at a roadshow with the Kechara Paradise crew – Chia, Jazz and Wan.    We are here in JB's Sutera Mall for the whole weekend…

You don’t impress me much!

23 Jun

(In order to safeguard the identity of this person, I took the liberty to change the details of these people so as not to offend anyone. So, please don't jump to quick conclusions about the identities of these people.) This afternoon, I went for lunch with this person, who has a sibling in the Dharma….

My Lil Personal Shrine…

16 Jun

I promised a facebook friend that I will take a photo of my shrine to share with him. So I thought I share it here with anyone who would chance upon this blog. The main deity is Lama Tsongkhapa sitting on a little Dharma throne with his two foremost disciples at his feet, Gyaltsab Je…

An Evening of Vegies

9 Jun

One of my recent projects was to organise the launch of the cookbook, Eat Healthy, Daily. Li Kim (my boss) wanted it to be more than just a launch, she wanted it to be a platform to promote vegetarianism and turn the whole world green. Well, I wasn't really very keen with the idea as…

KMP – Best workplace in the world.

8 Jun

I know this is way overdue but I am going to post up some pictures of KMP (Kechara Media and Publications). I have never worked in such a beautiful office before. The showroom of Volvo (one of my previous jobs) was not bad too but I was a lousy salesman. Anyway, never in my wildest…

Under Repair…

2 Jun

I drive this lovely car, the Proton Savvy 1.2l car for just over 3 years. Unfortunately, the gears had always been a little clunky – it jerks each time the car changes gears. After awhile, I gotten used to it. Probably due to my aggressive driving, the gearbox is giving way. The speedometer shuts down and…

Psychology of a Fatty

14 May

This post is inspired by Jamie Khoo’s funny encounter that she posted on her blog. I feel for her… Sigh! I feel fat and I have always felt fat and I am told I am fat! I know I am fat by tipping the scale at 76kgs. On the health-ratio chart, my weight and height puts…

A Nordic Adventure

3 May

I just watched Thor last night (thanks to a treat by Tsem Rinpoche) and although before watching, I was not too thrilled because I was expecting some silly blond guy in Viking armour wielding an oversized hammer. Well, it turned out to be exactly that but this Viking guy turned out to be a Nordic…

Finding Peace and Solace

10 Apr

For those of you who are interested in engaging in a Je Tsongkhapa retreat, I have taken the liberty to include here the instructions from the Tsongkhapa boxset manual. However, I would encourage those of you who are interested in conducting the retreat to go through the entire manual and read about Je Tsongkhapa's amazing…

I was attacked!

1 Apr

I was attacked by Amnesiac Monster who had a sidekick called Laziness. They both pack a powerful punch and quickly overpowered me. Well… Not really. I was just busy and I had completely forgotten about this ole' blog. So much has happened since the last post and it would fill a whole big book if…

Lord Over Life

1 Feb

There is a special puja that can be performed to request Lamas who have control of their lifespan to extend their lives. No matter how spiritually attained the Lama is, they still cannot live forever. However, an attained Lama can extend their life according to the collective merit of the students. Therefore, a very special…

Why Do You Sell Dharma Books?

29 Jan

KMP, the publications office that I am working for is currently having a roadshow in 1 Utama – a popular suburban mall. However, the roadshow spans over 21 days and our manpower is really stretched out. We even had Deborah Pereira (pictured above), our dear production's manager help out with manning the roadshow both. It…

Red Planning

28 Jan

We had a briefing today at Kechara House Gompa with Liaison Paul Yap leading it. It was all prim and proper with a name list of people in charged along with the itinerary for the two-day event. When all was settled, the liaisons and Kechara Care ushers went downstairs to for a trial run of the escort….

Poor Dog, Poor Men

27 Jan

  The news is abuzz with a video footage of a brown poodle being abusively trained to stand. What's amazing about this video footage is the amount of publicity it rallied and as a result, so many people want to see the perpetrator behind bars now. I guess that's the power of Facebook and the Internet.  I…

Chinese New Year Garbs

25 Jan

Our dear lady boss of KMP, Li Kim took the whole KMP team out for Chinese New Year shopping yesterday at 1 Utama shopping mall. I couldn’t follow because I was at the airport waiting to pick up Paul and Datuk May Phng, who had just arrived from Taiwan. Upon my return to KMP, I…

Setrap Rejuvenates!

24 Jan

I am feeling a little tired and listless after a weekend of flea marketing. It was fun but the whole lot of fun have left me drained. Earlier this evening, I was feeling that I needed rejuvenation. Perhaps a soothing evening massage but I decided to drag my ass for puja at Kechara House instead. Needless…

A Very Special Contest!

21 Jan

 Dear friends, I have a special request of my blog readers. You can change lives, change thinking, change attitudes and change outcomes if you try and all from the comfort of your homes and Pc’s….You just have to care. Please care. It’s beautiful to focus out.. Cruelty towards animals is against genuine spiritual developement, unethical and…

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