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

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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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Just wanted to share with everyone this great photograph that I came across. I am not sure who took it but it is a lovely, candid snapshot of what Rinpoche is really like. For me, it captures the depth of Rinpoche‘s commitment towards Kechara and Kechara Forest Retreat. Rinpoche has his head down, fully concentrated on […]

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I glance over at my laptop’s clock. It is coming up to 3am and a small group of us are sitting here with Rinpoche as Rinpoche goes through the blog for what must be the 200th time tonight. We’ve been here for 12 hours already, writing and clicking and checking, and then checking and rechecking […]

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Been wanting to write about this for a while! Early last year, I was headed back to Malaysia from the States and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t have a home to go back to. While I’d been in Los Angeles, the lease on the place I shared with my old […]