The Thekchen Choling Story
On 20th March 1999, the late Geshe Lama Konchog, now reincarnated as Tulku Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, instructed Singha Rinpoche to start a Dharma Centre. He bestowed the name Thekchen Choling, meaning ‘Great Mahayana Dharma Temple’ named after the monastery of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Geshe-la’s vision was for the temple to change the current mindset of that one can only practice the Dharma as ordained Sangha. Thekchen Choling’s focus is thus to impart ways that lay people can practice the Dharma, integrating it into their everyday lives and learning to realize their inner potential, be happy and fulfilled.
In 2001, Thekchen Choling (Singapore) was formally registered. From a handful of students, the crowd at Thekchen Choling has been increasing to what it is now.
At Thong Soon
Dharma centre Thekchen Choling started
20th March 1999 - The late Geshe Lama Konchog, now reincarnated as Tulku Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, instructed Singha Rinpoche to start a Dharma Centre.
He bestowed the name Thekchen Choling, meaning ‘Great Mahayana Dharma Temple’ named after the monastery of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Geshe-la’s vision was for the temple to change the current mindset of that one can only practice the Dharma as ordained Sangha. Thekchen Choling’s focus is thus to impart ways that lay people can practice the Dharma, integrating it into their everyday lives and learning to realize their inner potential and be happy and fulfilled.
A house on Thong Soon Road was rented so that Rinpoche and his students could have a regular premise to give and receive teachings and conduct activities.
At Bukit Timah
Thekchen Choling (Singapore) formally registered
2001 - Thekchen Choling (Singapore) was formally registered and move to Bukit Timah.
A suitable unit, a rented double-storey premise, came about at the foot of the Bukit Timah Hill for a place of worship and Thekchen Choling was officially registered in that year. In the beginning, Thekchen Choling was only opened on Thursday and Friday evenings, when Rinpoche gave teachings and on weekends. Very quickly, the study body grew and in 2002, Thekchen Choling started to organize larger scale events. The temple’s Vesak day and Ullambana festival celebrations were held off site, at open field complete with large tentage set ups.
Thekchen Choling was officially approved by the Registry of Societies of Singapore as a society in 30 March 2001.
At Pasir Panjang
Temporary space to accommodate students
2002 – Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup visited Thekchen Choling and he expressed his desire to see the temple owning its own permanent premise within 5 years.
It was an ambitious target and the students took on the challenge and fulfilled this wish. In the meantime, to accommodate the growing number of people attending teachings, Thekchen Choling rented a commercial space at Pasir Panjang.
At Beatty Lane
A suitable building available
Through the Guru’s blessings and students’ efforts to identify a suitable property materialized. An existing temple building become available for purchase and after a series of negotiations, Thekchen Choling acquired the property. Thekchen Choling grew from humble roots to be the most active Vajrayana Buddhist temple in Singapore, operating 24/7 all year round.
Thekchen Choling Malaysia (Melaka)
Dharma centre started at request of Melakan students
For many years, Malaysian students of Singha Rinpoche have persistently requested him to start similar temples in Malaysia so that people in Malaysia can benefit from Dharma as well as the community outreach programmes.
After numerous location searches of three months since June 2012, Melaka was found to be suitable to start our first overseas centre. Thekchen Choling Malaysia was officially approved by the Malaysian Federal Government on 15 October 2012 as a society to operate Buddhist temples.
Thus begins the chapter of Thekchen Choling Malaysia (Melaka), operating on a rented premise at 8 and 8A Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho from 10 November 2012.
Thekchen Choling at Kota Tinggi
Land offered to RinpocheIn late 2013, a 2-acre piece of land in Kota Tinggi was offered to Rinpoche. This marks the birth of Thekchen Choling Kota Tinggi Meditation Centre. The Kota Tinggi Meditation centre has a big hall that can sit 500 people comfortably, big dormitories and small retreat rooms with supporting facilities. It is ideal for individual and group retreats.
Thekchen Choling USA (Syracuse)
Dharma centre in USA official established
On the auspicious day of the 29th day of the eighth lunar month of the Wooden Horse year (22nd October 2014), Thekchen Choling USA (Syracuse) - a new temple for the cultivation and practice of Buddhadarma was officially established.
Mandala of Thousand-Arm Chenrezig
Tallest Chenrezig statue at Thekchen Choling Malaysia (Kota Tinggi)
Connect with the Tallest Chenrezig Statue (11.5 metres) in Southeast Asia. Specially commissioned by Singha Rinpoche, this magnificent statue of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig stands at 48 feet tall and is beautifully adorned with pearls, corals, turquoise and dzi-beads.
This statue is the largest representation of Avalokitesvara in Tibetan style outside of Tibet and China that has been accurately represented and traditionally filled with tsung under the personal guidance of His Eminence Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche in the Vajrayana tradition.
Within the statue are Dharma texts, precious relics and holy objects granted by His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, H.E the 102nd Ganden Tri Rinpoche, H.E. Dagri Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche, H.E Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, H.E Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and many other precious lineage gurus. The construction and consecration of this most Holy statue was auspiciously completed in May 2016.
Grand Opening Ceremony of Thekchen Choling (Malaysia) at Kota Tinggi
In conjunction with the Guru Rinpoche Retreat, the Grand Opening is held on the final day on 19 June 2016 graced by our Guest of Honour, YB Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and our precious Guru, Singha Rinpoche.
Thekchen Choling USA (Syracuse) move to new Premise
Thekchen Choling USA (Syracuse) has moved to new premises at 109 East Avenue Minoa, New York 13116. With effort from the disciples, the new temple is consecrated on 18 September 2017.
Thekchen Choling Malaysia (Melaka) move to new Premise
Thekchen Choling Malaysia (Melaka) has moved to new premises at 40 Jalan Pandan Indah 1, Taman Pandan Indah Melaka, Malaysia.