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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Tsem Rinpoche consecrating a Dorje Shugden image for someone who contacted us complaining of spirit disturbances. I think most people do not realise how common spirits are, and how frequently they create disturbances. Perhaps in the West people do not readily believe in them but then again, why else would Hollywood make so many ghost […]

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Tsem Rinpoche greeting a student from the USA. Originally, it was not planned to be a long visit but in the end, she decided to stay and volunteer for a few weeks, writing and editing, and contributing to the blog. One night, Rinpoche decided to do a live-streaming session. It was, as usual, an impromptu […]

We are all connected

April 29, 2019 0

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Tsem Rinpoche explaining to students about the holiness, background, and intense practice of some lamas of other traditions. Oftentimes, Rinpoche will share quotes, teachings and stories about lamas of other lineages that he feels will enrich our spiritual practice and Dharma learning. For example, the time Rinpoche met His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and how […]

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Tsem Rinpoche meeting with some students over future plans. After someone updated about a nearby glamping resort, a few weeks ago Rinpoche and a group of students bundled into a convoy of cars and made their way to check it out. But it’s not for what you think. We are looking at expanding Kechara Forest […]

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Tsem Rinpoche takes a personal interest in all Kechara projects. For Rinpoche, every single Kechara project involves spreading the Dharma so Rinpoche wants every project to be executed as best as it can. Why? Because every missed opportunity means someone suffers because they did not connect to the Dharma. Therefore doing our best is actually an expression our […]

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Tsem Rinpoche fulfilling various requests for special prayers. For Rinpoche, prayers don’t need to be complicated. For them to have power, they just need to be performed sincerely. Rinpoche always says that you don’t need to be a high lama, a Rinpoche, some great meditative sage for the Buddhas to hear your prayers. By their very nature, which […]

A gifted storyteller

March 13, 2019 0

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Tsem Rinpoche animatedly re-enacting a story for some students. Rinpoche is not only an accomplished Dharma teacher but also a gifted storyteller. Very often during Rinpoche’s talks, philosophy will be punctuated with jokes and anecdotes that has students doubled over in laughter but at the end of the talk, you’ll realise was not just a […]

Real objects of refuge

March 7, 2019 0

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Tsem Rinpoche with his Lama and protector. Rinpoche often says that the real Dharma protector is the Dharma itself. If we take refuge in the Three Jewels and are steady in our refuge, then we need not fear anything else. However, since we often lapse in our commitments, and since we have immeasurable negative karma accumulated […]

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Tsem Rinpoche relaxing with some students and Pema, one of the Kechara Forest Retreat dogs, after the Mt. Kailash kora. After circumambulating the whole length and breadth of Kechara Forest Retreat on a route now called the “Mount Kailash kora”, Rinpoche gave a teaching on guru devotion and the importance of maximising our Dharma practice at every […]

Blessing someone

February 28, 2019 0

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Tsem Rinpoche blessing someone who had travelled from India. A visitor from India had been regularly travelling to Malaysia for business and work when one day, he came across our store on Petaling Street. Intrigued by the large Dorje Shugden statue, he ventured closer to take a peek inside and a few months later, was surprised […]