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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 20ft Outdoor Relic Stupa that enshrines Rinpoche’s precious white relic pills and holy remains.
  • The 15ft Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen Stupa that enshrines the relics of the 17th-century master Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, and those of his previous lives.
  • The 7ft Tsem Rinpoche Statue, a larger-than-life likeness of our beloved spiritual guide.
  • The 7ft Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen Statue, the erudite master who arose as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
  • The 3ft Incarnation Statues of Rinpoche’s previous lives, as formally identified by Dorje Shugden.
  • The Tsem Rinpoche Incarnation Chapel, a two-storey building that houses the indoor stupas and statues, and the Wall of Merits, dedicated to everyone who has supported this project.
  • The Holy Reliquaries, to allow visitors to view and receive blessings from Rinpoche’s precious white relic pills and the relics of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.
  • The Relic Temple grounds, a circular courtyard with landscaped gardens, outdoor seating, candle offering grottoes, circumambulation paths, prostration decks and quiet spaces for students and visitors to engage in prayer and practice.


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.

Construction Progress

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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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:

  • Raw materials
  • Labour
  • Piling
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Tiles
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Landscaping
  • Altars
  • Statues
  • Stupas
  • Prayers and ritual ceremonies
  • Travel expenses for high lamas and monks


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


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

  • Prosperity, abundance and fulfilment of wishes
  • Long life and good health
  • Purification of negative karma
  • Protection from obstacles, misfortune and negative beings
  • A strong connection with H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s next incarnation
  • Favourable rebirth blessed with good appearance, influence, fortune and wisdom
  • Collection of great merits for swift enlightenment

Where you can make your contribution

Contributions for the Relic Stupa Project can be made via our online partner

Alternatively, you can contribute via bank transfer to:

  • Beneficiary Name: Kechara House
  • Bank Account Number: 8003-73-1474
  • Bank Name: CIMB Bank
  • Swift Code: CIBBMYKL
  • Bank Address: 1-1, Jalan PJU1/3F,
    Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,
    47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
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].