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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If someone threw you a birthday party of this scale and size, wouldn’t you turn up? Well, of course you would because it’s a celebration of YOU. Think of the gifts! The presents! The ang paus! The adoration! The praises! The worship! Nope, not Rinpoche. Every single year, when Rinpoche’s birthday rolls around, the same […]

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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 […]

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Working closely with Rinpoche means that we always have to be prepared for a wide variety of situations. On any given day, we could be asked to do anything from rescuing animals to assisting Rinpoche in a funeral, to shopping for students to caring for sick people. No two days are ever the same and […]

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Rinpoche took a group of us to Genting yesterday for a delicious dinner and a short break. Rinpoche often has these impromptu trips in appreciation of hardworking students, and they’re always lots of fun…why WOULDN’T you WANT to spend more time with your lama? One of the things we toured was the Ripley’s Believe or […]

(Taken with my iPhone) Yes, Jamie is reading a card that Rinpoche wrote to her, but what does it have to do with anything? Because the picture is a snapshot of a situation that answered how crap I’ve been feeling these last couple of days. Since the soongdroop and rabnye pujas began, and in fact […]

(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) “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 […]

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“I’d like to request for ordination…” at 5:11… This was the last video we ever expected to see, the moment when Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, my guru, requested from ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Truly deserving of an ‘Oh my Buddha’, whether gasped under a hushed breath or exclaimed. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

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These boots are made for walkin’

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Ever wondered where the money that people offer to Rinpoche goes to? Back into Kechara, and back into Kecharians. All 100% of it. And when I say Kecharians, I don’t just mean it in the monetary sense. In the picture above, Tham (the contractor we use for 90% of our renovation works in Kechara) and […]