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

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Hard work and Dharma

Those who really want the Dharma to grow within themselves and to grow for others should never fear hard work, timing, difficulties, struggles, disappointments because it is for a good cause. Working for Dharma is not a prison or work, but it is purely spiritual practice. It is purely collection of merit and purification. Actually […]

To infinity, and beyond!

“All the qualities of the Buddhas of the ten directions and three times (past, present, and future) are embodied in Vajra Yogini. So these 8 Praises praise all the Buddhas simultaneously through Vajra Yogini. In reality every Buddha embodies the qualities of all Buddhas in existence. So every Buddha is a complete and perfect object […]

One night in Bangkok

A different side of Khao San One night in Bangkok

Atisha

(Taken with my iPhone) Once a week, I get the immense honour of making like Atisha. Who is Atisha? Atisha was a scholar from Nalanda Monastery, who is credited with reviving the Buddhadharma in Tibet and writing A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. His teachings were passed from one great master on to another, […]

Commitment

Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome. – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche (Sent via a text)

Guru devotion and servitude

I don’t see them [my students] as my slaves. I see them as people I am responsible for. If I am not here to teach them Dharma, then what am I here for? – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

Oh yes.

(Taken with my iPhone) Can I just say how immensely grateful I am for this precious human rebirth, and for the kindness of my lama in giving us the opportunity to recite the holy of holiest texts? May I never squander such a precious gem!

live-fish-keyring

Is life really a toy to be played with?

Loyalty to your teacher

Have loyalty and gratitude towards your teacher, lay all your energies to practice the Diamond Lady*, Known for her expediency, and realize your sufferings are your real protector opening your eyes to past deeds, *Vajrayogini Tsem Tulku Rinpoche