This month, Malaysia will celebrate its 61st anniversary of independence. Recalling the country’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious values, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche lauds the government’s proposal to table a new bill to protect religious and racial diversity from smear campaigns.
— August is an important month for Malaysians, said H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche the founder and spiritual director of Kechara House Buddhist Association of Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumpur. The senior incarnate lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition spoke about the importance of unanimity as he kicks off a month of prayers for peace and harmony to prevail in the country.
On the 31st of this month, Malaysians will come together to celebrate the 61st anniversary of ‘Merdeka’ or independence which the Malaysian people won from the British in 1957. In the days and weeks leading to this auspicious event, all Malaysians should recall what has made the country a success where many other multi-ethnic and multi-religious countries have faltered, Tsem Rinpoche says. Malaysia is unique and special and what has made us a success is the inherent understanding in the hearts of all Malaysians that it is important to appreciate every single citizen, be grateful for their individual and collective contributions that have made the fabric of our society so rich and warm and to honor their respective beliefs and religions. If we do that, our individual faith becomes foundations that will continue to uphold a successful society. If we fail to do that, they became walls to keep us apart, Tsem Rinpoche counsels his students and those present.
Tsem Rinpoche continued by advising everyone that at the core, all religions are the same and teaches similar moral principles. In practice, that begins with doing what is good for the community we live in. We may label our religions differently but at the highest levels of compassion, it is difficult to imagine that there would be any divinity who would not have a heart that is big enough to care for all beings.
Tsem Rinpoche says that it is timely for the Malaysian government to move to prohibit religious insults and racial slurs, as reported in The Star Newspaper on 25 July 2018 (Govt to table Bill to protect ‘religious and racial sensitivities from insults’). Such a move will protect our community from potential interference from external elements who champion sectarian superiority and promote bigotry over harmony. Tsem Rinpoche says that whilst he is of Mongolian-Tibetan heritage, he was raised in America and then studied in India before settling in Malaysia calling it home and if there is one thing he is certain of, it is that everyone seeks happiness, security and respectability wherever they are. And yet there are those who seek to hijack religion and bend it to serve political agendas and foreign interests. The internet is full of such examples and every Malaysian has a duty to make sure that such discriminations do not take root on our shores.
Kechara House prides itself in its community work such as the Kechara Soup Kitchen that does not recognize social barriers. Kindness must always transcend barriers say, Tsem Rinpoche.
About Kechara: The Kechara Buddhist organization was founded by H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, known for his community-driven work in Malaysia, India, and Nepal. His charitable projects have, amongst others, furnished schools and hospitals for the poor in India, helped disaster victims in Nepal and fed thousands of homeless and urban poor people in Malaysia.
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