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


January 23, 2016 1


After yet another frustrating session debating with people making dumb accusations about Dorje Shugden practitioners, I was inspired to start up this new series of blog posts. Why? When I read the kind of stuff they come up with, the kind of wild accusations they direct at us over and over again, my automatic response […]

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Buddha’s compassion

January 19, 2016 0


I was just going through my archive and I came across this comment that I wrote two years ago. I thought I would share it here and hopefully some may find the information useful. I am sorry but I cannot find the original article / post that it is in response to     The […]


I read an article recently (on the BBC? HuffPo? I forget) about how people’s inherent nature is altruism. In particular, greater levels of altruism manifest when people have less time to make a decision. The relationship is an inversely proportional one – the longer we have to deliberate over something, then the lower the levels […]


Some time in my high school years, we had to write an essay arguing the existence of aliens. It was framed as a debate and you could choose your position i.e. if you support the existence of aliens or otherwise. Not your typical high school assignment, I guess. I chose the former position and one […]


I was on the hunt for a short blog post to read up on, mostly because I only had three hours of sleep the previous night before going into a long, important Board of Directors meeting that required my full attention. And as I was searching, I stumbled upon this post on Rinpoche’s blog. The […]

One of the reasons I went to the university I did was because there was a module “Psychology and Buddhism” as part of the syllabus. Although it was a third year module (and I would therefore have to wait three years to take it!), I was so excited to be going to a place that […]


This news report was the same accusation that has been rehashed over and over again (I know, I know, it is redundant to use ‘rehashed’ and ‘over and over again’ in the same sentence!). I was just amazed that a reputable news agency like Reuters would use the testimony of someone who has been discredited […]


Every culture, every country has some kind of tradition of ghosts. They have their own special names for spirits, their own classification of spirits, their own approach to spirits and their own explanation for the existence of spirits. What I think is important about the existence of ghosts is that they demonstrate that there is […]


As an outspoken member of the Dorje Shugden community, Rinpoche gets a lot of flak for his practice and beliefs. This ranges from the calm “why do you practise Dorje Shugden?” to the “f*** you, go to hell” variety. On the blog post below are just a fraction of the comments Rinpoche receives. While these […]


Someone asked this question on Rinpoche’s blog chat, and Rinpoche gave me the opportunity to reply. Below I append my response because I’m pretty sure there will be more people wondering the same thing. Hopefully it helps clear up some confusion for some people JOHN ON BLOG CHAT: Tsem Rinpoche, I think that you are […]

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