Going to Malaysia
Dharma pioneer in a foreign land…
In 1992, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche went to Malaysia at the instructions of his Gurus, H.E. Lati Rinpoche and H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, to serve the Buddhist community in South East Asia. This was confirmed during an audience with Gaden Shartse’s Dharma Protector, Lord Setrap, who predicted great benefit for this region and all over the world, arising from his teachings and enlightened activities.
Rinpoche was reluctant to go, preferring to stay in deep retreat in the monastery. However, he put his personal preferences aside in order to serve the monastery and the needs of the many as opposed to his own wishes. He knew that serving the Sangha just once was equivalent to going into retreat for a whole lifetime.
“I personally didn’t want to go but I am only one person and it would have been very selfish. The needs of the many were more, so I went.”
Following an invitation from Reverend Khoon, a Malaysian monk of the Karma Kagyu tradition, and with the help of H.E. Kyabje Gehlek Rinpoche, Rinpoche began his teaching work in Malaysia.
Arriving in Malaysia with just two bags – one with his personal items, and the other full of mani pills, chakras and other holy items blessed by the Setrap oracle in full trance, Rinpoche travelled around Malaysia, even going to Singapore, bringing Buddha’s liberating teachings to others. His teachings and initiations were extremely well-received and he often received standing ovations from the audience.
After successfully raising the funds to rebuild the khangtsen’s accommodation, Rinpoche returned to Gaden, accompanied by his Malaysian students to offer everything up to the monastery. He had raised more than USD 32,000. Rinpoche then remained in Gaden, continuing to serve his Gurus and engage in extended retreats. Many Malaysians would write to him or visit the monastery, requesting him to return to Malaysia and continue to turn the Wheel of Dharma.