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

This post, written by one of the featured writers Pastor JJ, is about the proliferation of Vajrayogini practice in China. Interesting because we always associate Vajrayogini with Tibet, Nepal and India but not so much with China. One thing that always amazes me about Buddhism is the universality of the teachings. Regardless of the environment […]


When I receive advice like this from Dorje Shugden, I am reminded again of the kind of Dharma Protector I have had the great merits to meet. He does not want to just give you money, protection and blessings and let that be the end of it. He wants to make sure you are alright […]

A comment on “Serving”

November 20, 2015 0


Rinpoche recently assigned a group of us to complete some online tasks each day. One of them involves reading a blog post and leaving a comment of five points about the post that stuck out for us. The object of the exercise is to encourage us to contemplate on the material and to truly understand […]

Symeon of Trier

November 2, 2015 0


I was doing a little bit of research this morning and read about Symeon of Trier. Granted Wikipedia is not an entirely scholarly source so the information can be a bit one-dimensional. But what I found interesting was that even within the Christian faith, there is a tradition of practitioners going into solitary retreat, blessed […]

Posted in: Educational, General
Don’t try to be right, try to be Vajrayogini

Rinpoche recently gathered a few of us to give us a mind-blowing teaching (which I will blog about in more detail soon). At the end of the teaching, Rinpoche asked me what my thoughts were. I sort of blabbered and gushed about guru devotion, and I was not coherent. My speech is a reflection of […]

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 […]