Phng Li Kim

Senior Manager

Director of Kechara Media & Publications

Born as a Buddhist/Taoist, spirituality was merely a concept applicable to wonderful and peaceful people, not me. Praying on Wesak day and during the 8th day of Chinese New Year prayers (Pai Teen Gong) was as religious as I could be.

I was introduced to Kechara in February 2009 by my mother, Datuk May Phng.

My first encounter with Rinpoche was at a private audience, which was an amazing evening. It left me thinking, “ Hey, Buddhism ain’t that boring. And this Rinpoche is pretty cool!” Since this first meeting, I met many other Directors and their sharing of their views intrigued me. In summary, whatever I heard I could accept. Of course, my mother being a Director, being so involved in the organisation and believing so strongly in Rinpoche influenced me substantially.

One day out of the blue Director JP, my mom and Director Henry called me and asked the turning point question, “Are you ready to take Dharma all the way?” My response was, “Yes.” Other questions like “Huh?” and “How?” came later. From this critical question and my spontaneous answer began my spiritual journey and Dharma work – the memorable moment was May 2009.

As the CEO of Kechara Media & Publications (KMP), my main objectives are to take KMP global and to be renowned as a publishing house of best sellers. In achieving this, I will attain my true aspiration which is to take Rinpoche’s teachings and spread Dharma far and wide with no boundaries, benefiting everyone in this world!

I was honoured to be elected to the Board of Directors in December 2009, a good end to a year and a great beginning of another. I see this as a challenge to grow and be a stronger and better person, fulfilling our efforts to benefit many. I am looking forward to meeting the much improved and better me and making a positive impact on many others.

I am grateful to Rinpoche and the Board of Directors for believing in me and giving me this wonderful opportunity to begin my Dharma work and spiritual journey.


  • CEO, Kechara Media & Publications
  • Senior Manager, Kechara Organisation


I am 38 years old and have three boys aged 10, 7 and 5 years old. I have three siblings – two brothers and a sister. I graduated from Pepperdine University, California, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration.

Professionally, since graduating I worked in my family’s business, manufacturing latex surgical and examination gloves as the Director of Operations for 8 years. During this same period, I was also engaged by a German dental company to manage their outsource manufacturing facility in Malaysia.

In short, while managing both these companies, I acquired experience in Management, Production, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Finance, Administration, Product Research and Sales and Marketing. During this time and all the experience I also developed a creative mind in generating ideas and trouble shooting.

Since completing my tenure with both these manufacturing companies, I ventured into completely unrelated new industries doing Network Marketing and IT Digital Signage. I have since then left both industries and am now happily committed to my Dharma career.