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'

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, […]

(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 […]

(Taken with my iPhone) Spotted outside the Ladrang again, another lotus.

(Taken with my iPhone) Day 3 of aviary duty, and already the birds have it in for me. You see that blood on his beak? My blood, not his. I have some sort of weird karma with birds and them attacking me.

Freedom

What a nice way to start the day, with the release of budgies and finches at Rinpoche’s residence. This of course, isn’t the first time Rinpoche has had us release birds. And we don’t just release the birds and leave them to die. Knowing that they might have difficulties surviving in the wild, Rinpoche also […]

At least once every day, I take a step back to look at this photo and marvel at the opportunities I’ve been given. To sit down at the feet of one of the most attained beings in the world, and have supper with him – he be a fool who does not cherish such precious […]