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 'Tsem Ladrang'

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Tsem Rinpoche gave an audience to monk guests from Nepal, before a meeting with students. Some monks from Nyanang Phelgyeling Monastery had come to Malaysia to spend a couple of months with us. Just before they left, Rinpoche granted them an audience to bid them farewell and wish them a safe journey, before commencing a meeting with some of his […]

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Tsem Rinpoche with his schnauzers Dharma and Oser. Rinpoche has always loved animals, even from a young age with his first dogs Princey and Hulter in Howell, New Jersey. Since arriving in Malaysia, Rinpoche has had schnauzers, starting with his beloved late Mumu. As part of caring for them, Rinpoche had his students read a schnauzer book to learn about […]

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Tsem Rinpoche during a rare moment of rest. Or so it seems. Because while Rinpoche was sat next to a waterfall and enjoying the greens and sound of running water, the only reason Rinpoche was there was to scout ideas for construction techniques, building designs and landscaping ideas to make Kechara Forest Retreat a truly […]

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Tsem Rinpoche blessing a statue for a visitor whose father had passed. Rinpoche had heard that a student’s father had passed and through his passing, she had become connected with Dorje Shugden. Touched by her story, and by her love for her father, Rinpoche immediately selected a statue to be gifted to her along with some advice […]

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Tsem Rinpoche inspecting a thangka. Rinpoche has always loved Buddhist art, not just for aesthetic reasons but for its symbology and meaning, and the fact it depicts an enlightened being and a path that, if we wholeheartedly rely on, can bring us to that same state ourselves. So for Rinpoche, it is very important that […]

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Tsem Rinpoche writing heartfelt words of advice to a student. For Rinpoche, every waking moment is spent in service of others. How to take away their pain, how to alleviate their suffering, how to stop them from hurting so much. To this end, Rinpoche spends countless hours every month giving teachings, both private and public, to his students. These teachings […]

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Tsem Rinpoche offering prayers before publishing a blogpost, for it to be of benefit to others. For Rinpoche, an activity is only worth doing if it results in the benefit of someone else. So before every major blog post, Rinpoche will offer incense and prayers to Dorje Shugden, asking for his blessings and assistance that the information […]

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Tsem Rinpoche paying homage to White Tara, the saviouress. A student and devotee of White Tara had commissioned a 5-foot statue for his home. Having requested Rinpoche to bless and consecrate the statue, White Tara was escorted to the Ladrang where, upon sight, Rinpoche immediately paid homage to her and gave a short teaching on […]

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Tsem Rinpoche blessing gifts for our visiting monks. For the past two months, we have had monks from Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal visiting and staying with us. On the day they performed a Vajra Yogini ruchok and daju (self-generation), Rinpoche offered them a Vajra Yogini statue each. Auspiciously, these statues had just arrived in the Ladrang […]

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I first wrote this in 2014 when I was still in the USA but upon revisiting it, it still feels relevant especially since we are looking for writers and other creative types, so I’m bringing it back up hope everyone finds it useful and it offers some food for thought! Since I’ve been in the US, […]