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 'Reflections and Teachings'

Rinpoche-3

I glance over at my laptop’s clock. It is coming up to 3am and a small group of us are sitting here with Rinpoche as Rinpoche goes through the blog for what must be the 200th time tonight. We’ve been here for 12 hours already, writing and clicking and checking, and then checking and rechecking […]

Suffering-2

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, […]

AudienceWithRinpoche-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, […]

YourGuru

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 […]

Meditation

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 […]

TsemRinpocheZongRinpoche

I was just going through my archive and I came across this comment that I wrote two years ago. I thought I would share it here and hopefully some may find the information useful. I am sorry but I cannot find the original article / post that it is in response to     The […]

YourChoice

I read an article recently (on the BBC? HuffPo? I forget) about how people’s inherent nature is altruism. In particular, greater levels of altruism manifest when people have less time to make a decision. The relationship is an inversely proportional one – the longer we have to deliberate over something, then the lower the levels […]

TheMysteryOfTheSphinx

Some time in my high school years, we had to write an essay arguing the existence of aliens. It was framed as a debate and you could choose your position i.e. if you support the existence of aliens or otherwise. Not your typical high school assignment, I guess. I chose the former position and one […]

ShortSimple

I was on the hunt for a short blog post to read up on, mostly because I only had three hours of sleep the previous night before going into a long, important Board of Directors meeting that required my full attention. And as I was searching, I stumbled upon this post on Rinpoche’s blog. The […]

One of the reasons I went to the university I did was because there was a module “Psychology and Buddhism” as part of the syllabus. Although it was a third year module (and I would therefore have to wait three years to take it!), I was so excited to be going to a place that […]