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'

Integrity

I’ve been lacking it in recent times. Mind changing. Game changing. Integrity

Atisha

(Taken with my iPhone) Once a week, I get the immense honour of making like Atisha. Who is Atisha? Atisha was a scholar from Nalanda Monastery, who is credited with reviving the Buddhadharma in Tibet and writing A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. His teachings were passed from one great master on to another, […]

envy

Although I get annoyed quite a lot, there are only few people that I truly dislike. In that group of people fall those who are unable to rejoice in Kechara’s success. Here’s what I don’t understand – where is the competition?! And I don’t mean that in a bad way. What I mean is, if […]

(Taken with Justin’s iPhone) I write a lot about what I like and don’t like, but I don’t write much about what I fear. I see fear as coming from two fronts, although essentially they all stem from the same thing – an ego and the wrong view that I exist in a permanent, unchanging […]

lottery

That’s quite possibly my favourite line of the week. If I win the lottery, I’ll donate to schools. If I win the lottery, I’ll sponsor medication. If I win the lottery, I’ll rescue abused animals. If I win the lottery, I’ll feed the homeless. So IF you win the lottery, only THEN you’ll help others? […]

(From a text) At the end of a long meeting yesterday, I had a little surprise to perk me up after what had been a very exhausting night. If you ask me what I like in this world, if you ask me what I am good at in this world, or what I am interested […]

(Taken with my iPhone) Can I just say how immensely grateful I am for this precious human rebirth, and for the kindness of my lama in giving us the opportunity to recite the holy of holiest texts? May I never squander such a precious gem!

(Taken with my iPhone) “What are you doing tonight?” “Nothing urgent. Is there anything I can do for Rinpoche?” “Come to Batu Caves in 30-45mins. Carpool.” And just like that, off we went, ‘we’ being myself, Jamie, James and Jean Mei (yes, four J’s). Standing at the bottom of the 270-odd steps, Rinpoche proceeded to […]

sleepingmonk

Sometimes people are tiring. There, I said it, the words a ‘Buddhist’ should never use because we’re all meant to be aspiring Bodhisattvas. Problem is, I’m not a Bodhisattva yet so my mind is not controlled, and my mind goes up and down. On good days, the whole world is in pain and I live […]

(Taken with my iPhone) Gone fishing? Gone vegan. One week ago, I announced on Facebook that I was going vegan for a week. I had little idea of what that really meant until I started doing research – no animal products or by-products whatsoever, including sugar, honey, leather, gelatine, etc. So how has the week […]