The Relic Temple
“When a great teacher passes away, a stupa is erected as a symbol that his subtle mind remains unchanging and ever-present in our lives.”
Following the parinirvana of our beloved teacher and founder, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, we have begun the construction of the Tsem Rinpoche Relic Temple, a permanent spiritual memorial to house Rinpoche’s holy relics and commemorate his life, deeds and legacy for current and future generations.
Sited on an idyllic field in Kechara Forest Retreat, the 20,000 square-foot Relic Temple will see a two-storey Incarnation Chapel housing a 7-foot statue of our beloved teacher alongside reliquaries and statues that pay homage to all 24 of his previous incarnations. The ring-shaped building wraps around a circular courtyard in the front. At the centre of the courtyard is the 20-foot Outdoor Relic Stupa that will enshrine Rinpoche’s precious white relic pills and holy remains. Surrounding these will be landscaped gardens with outdoor seating, candle offering grottoes, circumambulation paths and prostration decks – providing quiet spaces for prayer and contemplation.
The first of its kind in Malaysia, the Relic Temple is more than just a tribute to the rich legacy left by Tsem Rinpoche — it is part of a sacred Tibetan Buddhist tradition to create a beacon of spiritual energy to draw the teacher’s incarnation to take rebirth in this time and place, and for disciples to create the spiritual merit for this to occur swiftly.
Work on the Relic Temple (and the overall Relic Stupa Project) began in October 2019. In September 2020, the first memorial – Rinpoche’s Indoor Relic Stupa – was completed in conjunction with Rinpoche’s one-year parinirvana anniversary. Concurrently, the construction of the Relic Temple is well underway despite tremendous challenges caused by the global pandemic. Work has also begun on the Outdoor Relic Stupa and other spiritual monuments of the Relic Temple.
With your generous support, we hope to complete the Relic Temple in August 2022.
Check out some of the latest photos and videos from the Relic Temple construction site to see how far we’ve come!
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- See more progress photos of the Relic Temple, Stupas and Statues.
The Building Fund
To make it easy for anyone to become a sponsor, we’ve broken down the cost of the Project into “Bricks of Merit”. Sponsorship starts at an affordable half brick and there is no limit to how many bricks you can sponsor (or how often).
Each Brick of Merit goes directly towards the costs of the project including:
You can also choose one of our larger sponsorship options (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Diamond), or sponsor one of the featured items in the Relic Temple in its entirety.
Click below to see sponsorship options
|Stupa garden tree (small), 50 units||RM1,000|
|Stupa garden tree (large), 50 units||RM2,000|
|Memorial stone bench, 6 units||RM5,000|
|Longevity prostration board, 8 units||RM20,000|
|Wisdom candle grotto, 2 units||RM50,000|
|12in Holy reliquary, 3 units||RM80,000|
|30in Tsem Rinpoche statue, 1 unit||RM388,000|
|15ft Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen stupa, 1 unit||RM600,000|
|7ft Tsem Rinpoche statue, 1 unit||RM750,000|
|20ft Outdoor Relic Stupa, 1 unit||RM888,000|
|Relic Temple building, 1 unit||RM4,000,000|
In gratitude for your contribution, your name will be included on our Wall of Merits (for contributions above RM10,000) or on a digital screen (for contributions above RM150), located within the Relic Temple. In addition, prayers and merits will be dedicated to you by the high lamas and erudite monks who will perform the consecration ceremony upon completion of this incredibly blessed project.
Overall Contributions through April 2022
RM7.8 million raised out of RM10 million needed
Benefits of Sponsoring
Buddha has taught that those who help build places of worship will enjoy incredible wealth and power in future lives, and will eventually attain enlightenment. The great Indian yogi, Nagden Pawo also said that anyone who contributes to the building of a temple, no matter how small that contribution is, even if it is just requesting others for donations, continuously collects tremendous merits even as they go about their daily lives.
More benefits of supporting this project
Where you can make your contribution
Contributions for the Relic Stupa Project can be made via our online partner VajraSecrets.com.
Alternatively, you can contribute via bank transfer to:
Please quote “Project 0037” in your remittance so that your contribution can be appropriately directed and tracked.
You can also make your contribution by cash, cheque or credit card at Kechara House, PJ or Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong.
More ways to contribute
Be a Volunteer
Whether you’re a student, a follower, someone whose life was touched by Rinpoche’s works, or someone who wants to bring spiritual benefit to society, we would love to have you onboard. Learn more >>
Or, if you wish to give to the Project in other ways, please contact JP Thong (+6012 207 3503) or Ooi Beng Kooi (+6012 313 0489). You can also write to [email protected].