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

Loa loa (graphic image!)

February 17, 2018 0


It has always fascinated me how there are just so many ways a person can die and in fact, it is easier for a person to die than to stay alive. The thought first came in high school when, at Rinpoche’s urging, I watched Faces of Death. The thought then continued into university when our developmental and abnormal […]


In early January 2018, I had the great fortune to attend the International Buddhist Conference of Dorje Shugden Followers on behalf of my Guru, Tsem Rinpoche. To say it was an eye-opening experience would be an understatement. It was my first time attending a Tibetan conference and I do hope it will not be my last. It […]

Posted in: Travel, Dorje Shugden

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 […]

Posted in: Tsem Rinpoche, Gifts


June 12, 2016 2


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 […]

Posted in: Tsem Rinpoche, Gifts

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


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]

Whew! We’ve been having a busy few days showing Geshe Sopa-la and Kelsang Tsultrim (aka Tomtom) around Kechara. It is a long overdue visit, the history of which goes back to our first meeting in 2014! Geshe-la and Tomtom are the types of people you read about, whose guru devotion and ability to sacrifice inspires […]


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 […]

Posted in: Ummm...no