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

Browsing Category 'Gifts'

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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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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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“Psst. Here,” KB hissed as he shoved something into my hand. “From Rinpoche.” I looked down and there was this note wrapped around some money. I guess what I want to say is that Rinpoche’s care for his students is all-encompassing. As if the gift of Dharma is not enough, Rinpoche can often be found […]

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“Oh wow! Hey (Pastor) Niral, that book looks interesting!” I was sat amidst boxes and envelopes, all containing books and gifts that Rinpoche had bought online to send back to Malaysia. Of course being the greedy gumdrops that I am, I could not help but peruse the titles myself, to see if there was anything […]

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Rinpoche took a group of us to Genting yesterday for a delicious dinner and a short break. Rinpoche often has these impromptu trips in appreciation of hardworking students, and they’re always lots of fun…why WOULDN’T you WANT to spend more time with your lama? One of the things we toured was the Ripley’s Believe or […]

(Taken with my iPhone) Yes, Jamie is reading a card that Rinpoche wrote to her, but what does it have to do with anything? Because the picture is a snapshot of a situation that answered how crap I’ve been feeling these last couple of days. Since the soongdroop and rabnye pujas began, and in fact […]

(From a text) At the end of a long meeting yesterday, I had a little surprise to perk me up after what had been a very exhausting night. If you ask me what I like in this world, if you ask me what I am good at in this world, or what I am interested […]

(Taken with my iPhone) I have so many different thoughts going through my mind at the moment, most of them unfinished and not fully formed… You see, originally I was going to write about my likes and dislikes. I had just been given an incredible image of Yamantaka from Rinpoche and realised of all the […]

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Ever wondered where the money that people offer to Rinpoche goes to? Back into Kechara, and back into Kecharians. All 100% of it. And when I say Kecharians, I don’t just mean it in the monetary sense. In the picture above, Tham (the contractor we use for 90% of our renovation works in Kechara) and […]

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(Taken with my iPhone) Depending on how you know me, my name is either Elena or Jean Ai. I was born 24-and-something years ago, nothing remarkable. Grew up with loving parents, Malaysian family, went to a great school and an equally great university. Graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, worked in the criminal justice […]