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

One-off solutions

March 2, 2011 0

One-off solutions

I don’t believe in simple one-off solutions [in religion], like if you do good, you go to heaven. Because if that’s the case, why are our sufferings so complicated? – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

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Be brave

March 2, 2011 0

Be brave

If you’re brave enough to be sneaky, if you’re brave enough to lie, if you’re brave enough to steal, if you’re brave enough to be all that – then be brave enough to deal with things when the consequences come back to you – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

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Serving the Buddha

February 28, 2011 0

(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 […]

Mother Tara

February 27, 2011 0

(Taken with my iPhone) White Tara, who heals us from all diseases. So too does Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol.

Posted in: Buddhas

Chill out

February 27, 2011 0

(Taken with my iPhone) I think I’d like to live my life in lomo. Because looking this chilled will always be effortless!

Posted in: Kecharians

Street food

February 26, 2011 0

(Taken with my iPhone) Every Saturday, Kechara Soup Kitchen volunteers take to the streets to feed 650 homeless men and women. Where will you be next Saturday? At another party, hosting another dinner, watching another movie? Or making one person’s life just that little bit more comfortable? You know what it’s like to be hungry…but […]

Eye contact

February 26, 2011 0

(Taken with my iPhone)

Posted in: General

Doggy bento

February 25, 2011 0

(Taken with my iPhone) If there is anyone whom everyone in Kechara finds undeniably precious, it has to be Yogi (Rinpoche’s dog). Yogi has been with Rinpoche for nearly 10 years, and is the perfect model dog. When he was first brought home, Rinpoche spent every day for a whole year just training him. This […]

Posted in: Animal Welfare, Mumus

70s lovin’ in the Big Apple

February 24, 2011 0

(Taken on my Nikon D7000, edited on my iPhone) (Pretending to be) serene in Central Park

Kechara Care Bears

February 24, 2011 0

(Taken with my iPhone) Furry or otherwise. It has been sometime since I’ve spent…well, some time hanging out at the Kechara Care Office. Between e-Division work, retreats, pujas, flea markets and a whole bunch of other things that, although seemingly insignificant, crop up randomly and take up a large portion of my time each day…I’ve […]

Posted in: Kecharians