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

Browsing Tag 'animal'

Earthlings

For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking more and more about becoming vegan. It started when Rinpoche asked us to watch Earthlings. It reminded me why I stopped eating meat, and introduced (what was then) a very troubling thought to my mind – what is the difference between an egg and a chicken? The […]

honey

Particular attention should be paid to rebuttal #6 “Well, you kill other bugs, so who cares if you eat honey?”

vegetarian

All sentient beings should have at least one right – the right not to be treated as property Gary L. Francione

Freedom

What a nice way to start the day, with the release of budgies and finches at Rinpoche’s residence. This of course, isn’t the first time Rinpoche has had us release birds. And we don’t just release the birds and leave them to die. Knowing that they might have difficulties surviving in the wild, Rinpoche also […]

complain

Today I… …cleaned my Dharma house’s altar …did some copywriting …did some editing …had a meeting with my boss in e-Division …went to a meeting in the Ladrang …fixed some bird cages …took Mumu and Oser for a walk …cleaned my Guru’s altar …cooked lots of yummy food as an offering …made dinner …took some […]

live-fish-keyring

Is life really a toy to be played with?

Just a bird

Yes, she might be just a bird but she deserves a happy life and not to suffer too. – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

kundun

If there is any point during the movie that always makes me cry, it is the point where His Holiness is asked to choose what ritual implements are his. What a groundbreaking moment that must have been for the entourage to witness something as special as that, for that was the moment the world regained […]

mumu

(Taken with my iPhone) He’s always tired on his way home from the vet.

(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 […]