The Dharma Center
Kechara House (KH), the Dharma center, was founded in 2004 by our Spiritual Guide H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Spread over two shop lots, the original KH gompa was soon overwhelmed as the number of KECHARA members grew rapidly due to the popularity of H.E.’s teachings. Thus after six happy years, the search was on for a new space from which Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings and Buddhism could grow.
In November 2010, the new Kechara House gompa was opened in the quiet SunwayMas Commercial Centre. Its opening marked the start of a new chapter in KECHARA’s history. Designed and built by the Kechara House Gompa Committee, the new gompa spans four shop lots and has a seating capacity of 700 people.
The new KH is the venue for a variety of spiritual activities offered by the KECHARA organisation. On the ground floor, the multi-function hall provides a friendly meeting place for impromptu Dharma teachings, pujas, prayers, education classes, informal get-togethers and social events. This hall lies adjacent to H.E.’s private audience room. Set up in the traditional style with a Tibetan throne, the audience room allows visitors the chance to make prostrations, prayers and offerings in peace, thus creating a connection with His Eminence.
On the first floor there is a large Dharma library and the Sunshine Room, where the elderly and young children can sit comfortably during formal Dharma teachings. The Dharma library is stocked with books donated by KECHARA members and is also where some of the education classes are held.
The Sunshine Room looks on into the new gompa, a beautiful teaching and prayer hall, endowed with splendid representations of the Three Jewels. The most significant feature of the gompa is the altar, featuring three statues that are the largest of their kind in Malaysia. A 10-foot Lama Tsongkhapa, 7-foot Vajrayogini and 7-foot Setrap bless all who enter this oasis of peace and serenity. It is in this spiritual sanctuary where H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gives formal teachings, and where the main pujas and prayers are held.
Everyone is welcome to visit the gompa and join in our regular sessions of study and meditation, engage in group retreats and pujas or simply spend some personal time in its soothing, spiritually charged atmosphere.
Kechara House is now expanding across Malaysia with puja or study groups established in Penang, Ipoh, Kuantan and Malacca. Of particular note is the Kechara Southern Jewel Chapel in Johor, which was established in December 2007 to spread H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings, Buddhism, Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition and Dharmapala Setrap’s practice to the people in the south of Malaysia.
With weekly pujas, Dharma classes and a wide variety of activities to suit different inclinations and personalities, KH aims to bring the teachings of Buddha to the people in a practical way that will help to fulfill the highest goal of bringing peace and happiness to others.
7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +603 7803 3908
Fax: +603 7803 3108