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'

There have been many lessons I’ve learnt over the years, thanks to the experiences that Rinpoche and my parents have given me the opportunity to…experience. They are lessons I wish I could tell my 10 year old self. It’s not that my 10 year old self needed much advice or was particularly messed up. Okay, […]


I know I have not blogged in a while, and this post was originally intended for Rinpoche’s blog but before it goes up there (alongside a number of other commentaries and reflections), I thought it might be something interesting to blog here because there are plenty of people in our everyday lives who really get […]


I’ve never had a very high opinion of Taylor Swift (not that it matters to her!). I find it both interesting and a little…exploitative how quickly she goes through her relationships and then writes songs about them. But then I’ve heard people argue, why shouldn’t she? She’s young, beautiful and (some might say) talented. She’s […]


When I started my Gratitude Series over two months ago, lots of things were happening around me and through it all, I noticed a common theme – no matter how bad life appeared to be, I had so many things to be grateful for. In the past, people have told me that I am extremely […]


The beautiful poem appeared in my newsfeed today. I’m not one for poetry and usually, I’m more inclined to skip anything related to it. But I could not help but read this one because it’s by Chogyam Trungpa, one of the most amazing lamas of our time, who set the stage for so many other […]


Yesterday, Rinpoche took a small group of us for dinner, then to a movie and then on to KFC for supper (don’t worry, we only had the wedges, mash and coleslaw!). During supper, Rinpoche summarised for us many teachings on emptiness that Rinpoche has recently been giving…and yes, Rinpoche really did all that to open […]

It’s just coffee (aka how we dress up our attachments)

It’s been a few days since I completed my write-up on emptiness for Rinpoche’s blog. I’ve been thinking about the teachings since and something I saw online today prompted further thoughts. It was a blog post about a girl who frequents coffee shops, and she was discussing the perfect outfit for a coffee shop. It […]

Let Go

We had a liaisons council meeting two days ago. After concluding another meeting, Rinpoche came to join us and give us a teaching. The liaisons are a group of Kecharians who work closely with Rinpoche to ensure that his direction and vision for the Kechara organisation is fulfilled. During the teaching, amongst the many things […]


Perhaps it’s my imagination, perhaps it’s not but I’ve noticed a theme in Rinpoche’s teachings lately. They’ve been related to the mind, reincarnation of the mind and the false ‘I’. I think these teachings, which are philosophical yet accessible, appeals to a lot of us who are aware that material success does not necessary translate […]

Impermanence definitely exists

Oh lordie me, where to start? Rinpoche gave an amazing teaching today about self-limitations and I had loads of thoughts after Rinpoche concluded. Rinpoche started by talking about procrastination and how we always delay things, and how Malaysians move so slowly and get things done tomorrow…I mean, why do something today if it can be […]