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

Dreaming of Manjushri

September 8, 2015 1

Dreaming of Manjushri

No, I did not dream about Manjushri. It was actually Rinpoche who dreamt about Manjushri many years ago. It was in a form Rinpoche had never seen before, sitting on a lotus with his hands in the dharmachakra mudra at his chest and his right leg extended. Rinpoche was excited by the dream but did […]

Double of nothing

September 4, 2015 1


Rinpoche recently asked us to examine our lives and what we have accomplished in terms of our spiritual practice. In my case, after 28 years, how many attachments have I reduced or let go of? Double that and when I am 56, how many attachments will I have reduced or let go of? I can […]

Meeting Gangchen Rinpoche

September 1, 2015 1


The first time I met Gangchen Rinpoche, I was too young to remember most details. I remember it being in the Chinese Assembly Hall. I must have been around 12 or 13 years old and Rinpoche was giving some sort of Medicine Buddha empowerment to hundreds of people. Subsequent meetings with Rinpoche took place when […]

Posted in: Travel, Buddhist News

A walk on the wild side

August 30, 2015 0


A few days ago, some members of the Kechara Board of Directors and the pastors took a walk on the wild side. I thought I would share a couple of pictures here. Would you believe that this land is right in the middle of the city? I would not have, if I had not seen […]

Posted in: Kecharians

Tantra is a Trip

August 29, 2015 0


To the uninformed (or the misinformed?), tantra is a badge of pride meant to be worn loud and proud on your chest – “See? I got such and such initiation.” So these days, you will find some practitioners running from one teacher to another, gathering as many practices as they can. Yes, due to the […]


I generally eschew food photos because to be honest, they only fuel my attachment to the stuff and boy, do I have an attachment to the stuff! but this picture, I have to post. Food from my mum means many things to me. It is the salmon (sorry fish!) and gingko biloba that she steamed […]


People have been saying “Tsem Rinpoche came out as a Dorje Shugden practitioner“. Personally, I find that statement quite amusing. First of all, like many of Rinpoche’s close students, Rinpoche never ‘came out’ about the practice because Rinpoche never hid the practice from me. If there was ever a time I didn’t know about Dorje […]

Posted in: Dorje Shugden

Planning for the future

June 26, 2015 0


Back in 2012, a small group of us were staying in Kechara Forest Retreat in shipping containers decked out with beds, standing fans and makeshift showers. They were really fun times! The power was carried in by wooden poles, hastily erected so our containers would not be in the dark, and it would cut from […]

What’s in my bag: The event edition

As I unpacked after the event on June 21 (more details on that soon!), I was reminded of something my dad once teased me about: “Whyyyy do you carry such a big bag?” I usually carry a backpack which is pretty large. It’s my grab-and-go bag and has everything inside, from a spare toothbrush to […]

Posted in: Personal

Trust Rinpoche

June 15, 2015 1


“Psst. Here,” KB hissed as he shoved something into my hand. “From Rinpoche.” I looked down and there was this note wrapped around some money. I guess what I want to say is that Rinpoche’s care for his students is all-encompassing. As if the gift of Dharma is not enough, Rinpoche can often be found […]

Posted in: Tsem Rinpoche, Gifts