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 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 […]

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Tsem Rinpoche reading cards and letters. Did you know that every single offering, piece of mail, letter or gift that Rinpoche receives is personally attended to by Rinpoche and a group of students? First, everything is offered up to the Three Jewels on Rinpoche’s personal altars. Later, Rinpoche opens every single message and then reads […]

Tsem Rinpoche drawing up plans for a vegetable farm. Rinpoche is never interested in secular activities just for the sake of it, but always uses his knowledge, interest and experience to see how he can improve the lives of those around him and how he can bring Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) to the next level […]

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Tsem Rinpoche going through the Dorje Shugden lineage tree. Anyone who spends time in the lama’s mandala will soon come to realise that Rinpoche fills his every waking moment thinking how to benefit others and then actualising those thoughts. The very existence of Kechara itself is Rinpoche’s wish to benefit materialising into something tangible, and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]