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'


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 […]


Rinpoche recently assigned a group of us to complete some online tasks each day. One of them involves reading a blog post and leaving a comment of five points about the post that stuck out for us. The object of the exercise is to encourage us to contemplate on the material and to truly understand […]

Don’t try to be right, try to be Vajrayogini

Rinpoche recently gathered a few of us to give us a mind-blowing teaching (which I will blog about in more detail soon). At the end of the teaching, Rinpoche asked me what my thoughts were. I sort of blabbered and gushed about guru devotion, and I was not coherent. My speech is a reflection of […]


Rinpoche recently asked us to examine our lives and what we have accomplished in terms of our spiritual practice. In my case, after 28 years, how many attachments have I reduced or let go of? Double that and when I am 56, how many attachments will I have reduced or let go of? I can […]


To the uninformed (or the misinformed?), tantra is a badge of pride meant to be worn loud and proud on your chest – “See? I got such and such initiation.” So these days, you will find some practitioners running from one teacher to another, gathering as many practices as they can. Yes, due to the […]