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 'buddha'

Devadatta and how NOT to end up in Avici

Rinpoche had us writers watch this video today of Professor Donald S Lopez narrating the story of Devadatta. Whilst the Professor’s narration was very clear, I have to say that it was our discussion afterwards that really changed my perspective about Devadatta. Lesson #1: don’t be surprised when people are never happy with how well […]

Mahasiddha Ghantapa

From http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajradhara-and-84-mahasiddhas.html Gandrapa was a prince of Nalanda but renounced the throne to be a monk, and later, a yogin. In his travels he met the guru Darikapa and was initiated into the Samvara mandala. He then travelled to Pataliputra, where King Devapala, a pious man welcomed monks and yogins into his kingdom. The king […]

Amitayus

(Taken with my iPhone) Please grant me long life so that I may live always in the service of others.

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300

Kechara helps all, regardless of race or religion, culture or background! Every day, Kechara Soup Kitchen feeds more and more people. They’ve just donated 300 cream buns and 300 soft drinks to Muslim orphans being cared for by a wonderful mosque in Puchong. By all accounts, the kids were extremely excited for the treats 😀 […]

The day I met a true Muslim

It’s Friday prayers here in Malaysia. Every week, it makes me think back to the night Justin died. We were in the van rushing to the hospital, because the ambulance had taken too damn long. When we pulled up outside a mosque, all the men came running out to ask what was happening. After we […]

Backyard Buddhas

(Taken with my iPhone) Shakyamuni, Fasting Buddha and Shakyamuni again, all sitting happily on the verandah of the Bangkok Ladrang.

Oh my Buddha

(Taken with my iPhone) The Wat Muang Buddha as seen from the wat’s entrance.

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, […]

What does it mean to benefit all sentient beings?

It is easy to say ‘benefit all sentient beings’ – it doesn’t mean anything! The hard work is to benefit the person in front of you. – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche