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

Making kindness an attitude

January 23, 2020 0


Tsem Rinpoche gifting many weeks’ worth of groceries to our Nepali boys. Rinpoche was never one to do things by halves. When Rinpoche said we should be kind to everyone, Rinpoche really meant it. It was kindness with no and’s, if’s or but’s – no exceptions, even for those who have been cruel, unkind or […]

The traditional modern lama

January 16, 2020 2

The traditional modern lama

Tsem Rinpoche offering tsok. First of all, what is tsok (Sanskrit: ganachakra)? According to Rinpoche, Tsok happens twice a month every month. It is a special day where the dakinis of the 24 holy places gather together to bless the tantric practitioner‘s body, nerves, chi, chakras, speech and mind. On Tsok Day we can perform […]

Rinpoche, Jersey and Tara

January 9, 2020 0


Tsem Rinpoche with Jersey, the puppy of our handyman in Los Angeles I still remember when this photograph was taken. Our handyman was working in the house and while a few of us remained behind to observe what was being done, Rinpoche had gone out with some students. Jersey was going bananas in the house, […]

Lama Dorje Shugden

January 2, 2020 0


Tsem Rinpoche offering prayers to Lama Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche had a different kind of relationship with Dorje Shugden. It was a special kind of relationship, like Dorje Shugden was a father, brother, friend, guardian, guru all rolled into one. In private moments, Rinpoche would converse with Dorje Shugden, speaking as he would to a friend; […]

Christmas with Rinpoche

December 28, 2019 0


Tsem Rinpoche happily gifting Christmas presents. This past week, I had the honour of hosting a Christmas dinner for members of our Kechara community. 50 people came together to eat and be merry, and to remember the kindness of our lama, His Eminence Kyabje Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. After dinner, all of us adjourned to perform […]

Tsem Rinpoche consecrating some gifts for visiting monks. One afternoon, Rinpoche called a group of us over. “Open all the cupboards next door and turn on the air-cond, I want to go next door and select some gifts.” So we did just that – we ran next door, turned on the air conditioning and opened […]

Spending time with students

December 1, 2019 2


Tsem Rinpoche explaining the purpose of live-streaming. These sessions were always very important and precious for Rinpoche. Rinpoche saw them as a means of connecting with people from all over the world, particularly those who did not have easy access to a centre or teacher, or had not met with Rinpoche before or in a […]

It was from this view

October 26, 2019 2


Tsem Rinpoche has an adorable little audience while He works. This week, I would like to share with everyone a very special view that few have been privileged to experience. It was from this view that we would learn about and be exposed to all manner of things, from the acerbic wit of Joan Rivers […]

It’s all in the details

August 30, 2019 2

It’s all in the details

Tsem Rinpoche directing a photo shoot. “It’s amazing all of this could’ve arisen from one mind” is a statement I often hear people utter about Rinpoche. It is usually accompanied by a look of awe on their faces, their eyes widening and jaws dropping as they look around to take in the extent to which […]

Shopping for the Buddhas

August 14, 2019 2


Tsem Rinpoche making offerings onto Vajra Yogini. One of Rinpoche’s absolute favourite activities is making offerings to the Buddhas on altars and onto the statues themselves. No matter where Rinpoche is or where Rinpoche lives, the most important thing is the altar. The altar must be as beautiful, abundant and elaborate as we can make […]