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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I have to admit when I first heard this news, I was pretty stunned. I thought, “No way China issued a statement like that” because I have always known them to be an authority that does not feel the need to publicly and directly respond to religious matters. So I was pretty happy to hear […]


Did you know that there are pujas in the Tibetan tradition that are specifically for averting the energy created from negative talk, bad speech and gossip? One such puja is called Miga Tramdo; it clears obstacles and negative energies created by other people gossiping about you. You might wonder how gossip can create obstacles. Well, […]


When we read articles like this, it is very easy to judge the behaviour of the monks who kept the bear under these distressing conditions. The end result is not people questioning the monks and the level of their practice, but people questioning the validity of the Buddhadharma and asking how can a religion lead […]


It is because of our perception that each person finds different things valuable and precious. They are valuable and precious to us because we assume they will bring us happiness and everlasting joy. Whether it is a relationship, a career, a family or diamonds, we view them relative to ourselves and what they can do […]


In 2004, Dorje Shugden (through the Ladakh Oracle) advised me not to go to university just yet so I stayed back for a year. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made (duh). That year, I was able to go to Bodhgaya twice on pilgrimage, as well as Gaden and […]


“Food is one of the few pleasures we can control”. I heard this quote somewhere on YouTube the other day and thought it was interesting. My first thought was, is the rest of our life so out of control that one of the only things we can control is what passes our lips? Surely the […]


After posting the comment on Rinpoche’s blog, it occurred to me that the space in these apartments is no bigger than many meditation spaces and retreat huts. Yet the result derived from the same square footage is so vastly different… Blog post: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/23-shocking-pictures-of-apartments-in-hong-kong.html   Comment: Who should read articles like these: 1) children, to expose […]

A comment on “I Want My Pain to Last…Forever”

Li Kim’s debate between the Ego and Wisdom made me chuckle. I have had my fair share of such conversations after painful relationships. Over time, the conversations got shorter and the pain healed more quickly, but it did not mean the endings still did not suck. But articles like these are good for self-reflection on […]

A comment on “Earthlings”

This video came at a time when I was reconsidering vegetarianism. Living in England with two vegetarian flatmates, I had slowly been phasing out meat from my diet but moving back to Malaysia, my conviction (whatever there was of it!) was starting to waver. Then Rinpoche started encouraging his students to watch Earthlings. Rinpoche often […]

A comment on “7th Pastorship Ordination”

The pastorship role was conceptualised by Rinpoche to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. The first Buddhist Pastors were ordained on 24th October 2011 and every year since then, more have made this commitment to bring the Buddha’s teachings to people in our modern era. We now […]