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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(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 […]

Long life puja for Tsem Tulku Rinpoche at Gaden

Oh yeah baby. This is what real love looks like. Prayers for long life, accompanied by presentations of attainments already realised. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

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So you think it’ll last forever? Maybe, maybe not. But don’t you want to try your best? (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

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(Taken with my iPhone) Depending on how you know me, my name is either Elena or Jean Ai. I was born 24-and-something years ago, nothing remarkable. Grew up with loving parents, Malaysian family, went to a great school and an equally great university. Graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, worked in the criminal justice […]

(Taken with my iPhone) Monday was another one of those days – all planned out and supposed to be restful, but suddenly transforming into a whirlwind of activity. It began averagely enough. I woke up, came in to e-Division and plopped myself down at my desk, ready to work. Lionel’s been chasing me for VajraSecrets […]

(Taken with my iPhone) I can’t remember when it was but sometime last week, I woke up and realised that being vegetarian had become effortless. There was a time when I would say “omg I miss meat” and really mean it but now, meh – the feeling’s 99% gone. I started my slow journey in […]

(Taken with my iPhone) This photo was taken outside a very special place. It was just one of those afternoons where I went straight from a very secular discussion, to the inner sanctum, the home of a Buddha. In between pizza he arranged for us, and a short audience, I spent the evening doing a […]