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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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 […]


When I was young, one of the things my parents used to take me to do was visit a local temple on the weekend. These visits were more cultural than anything; there was no meaning to the rituals and we kids had no idea what was going on. All we knew is we would be […]


It has always struck me that Rinpoche has never had it easy. Not only did his birth parents not want him, but the people his mother left him with abused him. Then he was adopted into a family where the parents were physically and mentally abusive, leading him to run away to Los Angeles in […]


This is an issue that strikes close to home particularly because I spend a lot of my time online. It is always there, it is just so easy to do but what I have come to realise is that many of us use social media as a crutch. It has become our de facto source […]


Rinpoche has always told us that the key to world peace is inner peace. Inner peace which is free from the burning anger, burning desire, burning greed, burning ego which leads us to do hurtful, harmful things like wage wars, engage in deforestation, pollute the waterways, mechanise the farming and killing process to maximise profits… […]


This post, written by one of the featured writers Pastor JJ, is about the proliferation of Vajrayogini practice in China. Interesting because we always associate Vajrayogini with Tibet, Nepal and India but not so much with China. One thing that always amazes me about Buddhism is the universality of the teachings. Regardless of the environment […]


When I receive advice like this from Dorje Shugden, I am reminded again of the kind of Dharma Protector I have had the great merits to meet. He does not want to just give you money, protection and blessings and let that be the end of it. He wants to make sure you are alright […]