Carmen Koo

Director of Tsem Ladrang

If you asked me six years ago whether I would have ever envisioned myself to be where I am today, I would tell you absolutely not. I mean, I did not even know what Dharma was then, and now here I am, making a career out of it and very much happy to do so.

I came to know about Kechara through its soup kitchen that a friend introduced me to. As a then teenager about to embark on a journey to study overseas, somehow that one experience of feeding the homeless impacted me in ways beyond what I could imagine. Here I was being driven around, getting what I wanted, having supportive parents and having a world of opportunities but there were some people out there suffering, without any possessions, yet were content.

With that thought always lingering at the back of my mind, I went on and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor’s in Food Science. I began my career as a Product Development Technologist and acquired work experience in a variety of environments. However, I never felt truly satisfied or fulfilled. Was this it? Was this all I was going to do for the rest of my life?

In May 2010, when I was introduced to the teachings of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and began learning more about spirituality and Dharma, it all changed. As I embraced it and had the fortune to meet Rinpoche that year, I knew that the Dharma was what I wanted to pursue. Witnessing Rinpoche’s compassion in action broke limitations I had unknowingly set on what one is able to do for others. The infamous phrase “Nothing changes, Everything changes” has become a journey that I experience daily.

Portfolio

  • Board of Directors, Kechara Organisation
  • Gift Team, Tsem Ladrang

Contact

[E] carmen.koo@kechara.com