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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Every culture, every country has some kind of tradition of ghosts. They have their own special names for spirits, their own classification of spirits, their own approach to spirits and their own explanation for the existence of spirits. What I think is important about the existence of ghosts is that they demonstrate that there is […]


As an outspoken member of the Dorje Shugden community, Rinpoche gets a lot of flak for his practice and beliefs. This ranges from the calm “why do you practise Dorje Shugden?” to the “f*** you, go to hell” variety. On the blog post below are just a fraction of the comments Rinpoche receives. While these […]


What I wrote below is true, that before this retreat, I had never recited Dorje Shugden’s mantra. This retreat was actually my introduction to the practice. Yes, before this retreat, I had gone to India and Nepal, and met incredible Dorje Shugden lamas but here’s the kicker – at the time I met him, I […]


One of my favourite topics in primary school was the study of Greek and Roman culture, and the Aztec culture. Within those topics, I loved learning about how they worshipped. I found it fascinating how different people contact the divine; one culture will tell you one way is accepted, while another culture will tell you […]


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 […]