Discovering Inner Transformation
I have always been inclined towards Buddhism from a young age, but my knowledge of Buddhism was limited to its founder, Buddha Shakyamuni. Anything beyond that was unfamiliar to me perhaps because in Malaysia, Dharma teachings were not readily available and the influence of simple practices that involved offering incense and mindless chanting prevailed.
In this age of information, it is easy to get knowledge and teachings online, and what little I read about Buddhist philosophy at the time resonated within me. I liked the teachings of Buddhism that supposedly led one to obtain lasting happiness through inner transformation such as letting go of attachments.
But although I understood the concepts that were presented to me, I had no idea how to implement them in my life. In this sense, the Buddhist teachings that I read became mere leisure reading, which in turn had little effect on my personal growth to become a better person, a better Buddhist. It was during this time, when my spiritual calling was strong, that I searched for a Dharma centre and came to meet my Guru, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and his Buddhist organisation, Kechara.
When I first connected with Kechara, I had no idea what Dharma Protectors were. However, after learning how Protector practice could remove obstacles towards Dharma practice, I started practising without delay. It was not long after that when I began to notice many changes in my life, particularly in relations to my mind. My mind became more stable, allowing me to focus better and stabilise my emotions that went up and down according to external factors.
I also became more aware of my mind, which enabled me to control myself from acting out negatively, an essential improvement especially if one believes in the law of Karma. I became more open towards other people’s difficulties and was able to empathise more than I previously could. As a whole, I felt these were spiritual milestones for me, as I now see less conflict and anger in my mind, and through this, I can focus and understand the Dharma better as time passes.
Not long after I began volunteering for Kechara, I was offered a full time position in the organisation. I was shocked, amazed and yet felt conflicted. At the time, I had just received a lucrative job offer in Germany and although I was looking forward to embarking on this new opportunity, I was also reluctant to go as leaving would mean being away from my Guru. Until today, I still feel strongly that it was my Protector who created this opportunity and provided the conducive conditions for me to be in an environment where work becomes my spiritual practice ground and my tasks are all for the benefit of others.
Please support us so that we can continue to bring you more Dharma:
Sharon OngPosted on September 10, 2016 #1 Author
Dear Sock Wan,
Thank you for sharing your honest and inspiring story. Your account on how your mind and life have changed for the better due to your practices will no doubt encourage and inspire more people to embrace this path of spirituality towards lasting happiness.
I am glad and happy that you found your calling and that you realised how our Protector has provided the favourable conditions for you to venture further in your spiritual journey. Whether we realise it or not, am sure that our Protector will always push us to the right direction, even though sometimes on the outset, it doesn’t seem that way.
Sarah YapPosted on September 11, 2016 #2 Author
Thank you Sock Wan for sharing your story. Dorje Shugden can truly help us in so many levels, and one of the most important and treasured help he can ever give us is stability in our Dharma practice. May more people come to meet his practice so that they may advance in their spiritual practice just as you did, and eradicate the root cause of their sufferings.
Wah YingPosted on September 11, 2016 #3 Author
I still can remembered the day I first met Sock Wan in front of Kechara Care office, when she came to volunteer for Kechara Care. And she is now working full time to support her Head of Department Su Ming, one can see and feel her transformation to a more focus and helpful person. For one thing about Sock Wan is, she is always willing to share with those willing to hear some dharma teachings she get from her Guru and her seniors like Su Ming. And her sharing is always in such a way is clear and easy to understand. She always offers positive and constructive solution, yet straight to give one her honet opinion about your situation when one is sharing their problem with her.
Thank you for your sharing, Sock Wan.
Stella CheangPosted on September 12, 2016 #4 Author
Thank you Sock Wan for sharing a very personal spiritual journey. She was the coach for the few of us who attended the volunteers training program. She is diligent in sharing Rinpoche’s vision and Kechara with us. We are moved and motivated from her attitude and drive in volunteering and doing good in an organization like Kechara.
SofiPosted on September 16, 2016 #5 Author
Thank you Sock Wan for sharing your personal journey into becoming a student of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and the benefits of Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden’s practices. It is amazing how our minds stabilises and less selfish with our reliance of Lord Dorje Shugden. You had the merits to make the right decision of staying with our Guru and had blossomed into a beautiful caring young lady over the years. May you always receive the blessings of our Guru and Protector Dorje Shugden to reach high attainments in your practices.
FongPosted on October 2, 2016 #6 Author
Thank you, Sock Wan for sharing your journey. Many times, we see signs from the Protector but are yet blind to it. And, then we go asking for signs from Protector.
I’m glad that you could see the signs and appreciate them. It shows your faith and clarity in small matters like these. I’m sure further clarity is on your path.
Thank you for showing us the way and connection with us.
Lin MunPosted on October 6, 2016 #7 Author
Thank you Sock Wan for sharing your spiritual journey experience. It is indeed important that we believe in dharma protector for he will help us lift the obstacles and lead the way so we have a smooth spiritual path. Also the more we practise dharma, the more it will help in our mind transformation.
I rejoice for all your achievement in Kechara and your spiritual [practise.
June KangPosted on October 20, 2016 #8 Author
I witnessed the change of Sock Wan, she is open minded now and always care about others. She has very strong faith toward the Guru and Protector, with this faith she works well with everyone happily. She is the one always put herself in your shoes. A model of change after joining Kechara oragnisation, practice protector practice and walk the Dharma taught by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Thank you for your sharing, Sock Wan.
JennPosted on March 9, 2017 #9 Author
Campasimpukka: No tuo on kyllÃ¤ toeat..harvtmmin sitÃ¤ tarvitsee mitÃ¤Ã¤n ihan kauheita mÃ¤Ã¤riÃ¤ syÃ¶dÃ¤. Juustokakunkin suostun ottamaan nykyÃ¤Ã¤n puoliksi miehen kanssa kahvilassa joskus, ja se on erikoista se..
Alice TayPosted on February 6, 2017 #10 Author
Thank you Sock Wan for sharing this inspiring story.
We believe that due to kindness and compassion of Dorje Shugden, he arose as a Dharma Protector to protect Nagarjuna’s Middle view as taught by Lama Tsongkhapa. Besides, Dorje Shugden also protect all sincere Dharma practitioners. Therefore, when we have strong faith in a qualified guru and practice dharma, Dorje Shugden will help us swiftly.
I rejoice and happy to see Sock Wan has found the path that she wish to and stay in Kechara.