El·e·na [el-uh-nuh, uh-ley-nuh; It. e-le-nah] /ˈɛlənə, əˈleɪnə; It. ɛˈlɛnɑ/ –noun a female given name, form of Helen // A proud student of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche // Personal assistant with a BSc (Hons) Psych from Uni of Warwick // These are snapshots of my life, in words and pictures
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Been wanting to write about this for a while! Early last year, I was headed back to Malaysia from the States and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t have a home to go back to. While I’d been in Los Angeles, the lease on the place I shared with my old […]

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Milarepa

June 12, 2016 1

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ང་འཆི་བས་འཇིགས་ནས་རི་ལ་ཕྱིན། ། ནམ་འཆི་ཆ་མེད་བསྒོམས་བསྒོམས་པས། ། འཆི་མེད་གཉུགས་མའི་བཙན་ས་ཟིན། ། ད་འཆི་བའི་འཇིགས་པ་བོར་ཏེ་ཐལ། ། In horror of death, I took to the mountains – Again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, Capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind, Now all fear of death is over and done. ~ Milarepa. I include this […]

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If memory serves, this blog post is an elaboration of a text message that I sent to a friend who was pining after a girl. His opinion of her changed by the day and quite frankly, my patience was tested sometimes especially since he showed little signs of wanting to make a change. After many conversations, […]

How to make an offering

June 2, 2016 3

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I first wrote this in 2014 when I was still in the USA but upon revisiting it, it still feels relevant especially since we are looking for writers and other creative types, so I’m bringing it back up hope everyone finds it useful and it offers some food for thought! Since I’ve been in the US, […]

YourGuru

Over the years, I have seen people come and go. There have been people who wax lyrical about Rinpoche, and people who back-stab. There have been people who devote themselves to Rinpoche, and people who use Rinpoche to get what they can out of him, and then conveniently forgotten about Rinpoche when the contact no longer suits their purposes. It’s […]

Meditation

Where meditation was previously seen as a kook’s endeavour, something that only drug-taking hippies engage in, this perception has been changing with time. Not only have corporations like Google introduced meditation to their employees’ well-being programmes, but more forward-thinking schools have started implementing meditation into their schools’ curriculum. They are reporting an improvement in attendance rates and a decline in behavioural issues among their […]

Sera

Anti-Shugden remark: “There’s no ban. It’s just His Holiness’ advice. Dorje Shugden people have religious freedom. There is no discrimination.” Ummm, how about…no? Marking anyone out to distinguish them from another group IS religious discrimination. So the “clean” monks will get a badge? Does this mean “clean” buildings constructed using non-Shugden funds will also get […]

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Anti-Shugden remark: “You guys have your own monasteries. Since you have your separate monasteries, that is proof there is religious freedom.” Ummm, how about…no? That is a most illogical comment. The fact there are separate monasteries is EVIDENCE there is a ban. Because before the ban, there was NO SUCH THING as a Shugden monastery […]

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Anti-Shugden remark: “You won’t be served because you practise Dorje Shugden? The hospitals won’t treat you? Then you should give up Dorje Shugden. Your lama is wrong and he’s teaching you the wrong things. Listen to me, I am telling you this out of compassion. Om Mani Padme Hum.” Ummm, how about…no? Any Dorje Shugden […]

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Ummm…no

January 23, 2016 1

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After yet another frustrating session debating with people making dumb accusations about Dorje Shugden practitioners, I was inspired to start up this new series of blog posts. Why? When I read the kind of stuff they come up with, the kind of wild accusations they direct at us over and over again, my automatic response […]

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