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'

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In Malaysia, Tibetan Buddhist lamas are well-known for one thing. Unfortunately, it is not the Dharma they teach, the wisdom they impart or the fact that they help countless people to find inner peace and clarity of mind. Rather sadly, it is their skill in fortune-telling. For the most part, Malaysians are a pretty superstitious […]

(Taken with my iPhone) They say that experience is a tough teacher – it gives you the test first and the lesson later, and that has certainly been the case for us down at Amcorp Mall for the last ten weeks. Every Saturday and Sunday, a group of us wake up early (try 7am!) and […]

(Taken with my iPhone) I can’t remember when it was but sometime last week, I woke up and realised that being vegetarian had become effortless. There was a time when I would say “omg I miss meat” and really mean it but now, meh – the feeling’s 99% gone. I started my slow journey in […]

(Taken with my iPhone) This photo was taken outside a very special place. It was just one of those afternoons where I went straight from a very secular discussion, to the inner sanctum, the home of a Buddha. In between pizza he arranged for us, and a short audience, I spent the evening doing a […]

(Taken on my Nikon D7000, edited on my iPhone) (Pretending to be) serene in Central Park

At least once every day, I take a step back to look at this photo and marvel at the opportunities I’ve been given. To sit down at the feet of one of the most attained beings in the world, and have supper with him – he be a fool who does not cherish such precious […]