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 'compassion'

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

ManandBear

The philosophy of our profession is about balance and harmony between man and nature. Man has a close relationship with nature. We could also say man and nature are One. So no matter whether hunting or farming bears for bile, I think both are not good. This is against the principle of balance and harmony, […]

envy

Although I get annoyed quite a lot, there are only few people that I truly dislike. In that group of people fall those who are unable to rejoice in Kechara’s success. Here’s what I don’t understand – where is the competition?! And I don’t mean that in a bad way. What I mean is, if […]

(Taken with Justin’s iPhone) I write a lot about what I like and don’t like, but I don’t write much about what I fear. I see fear as coming from two fronts, although essentially they all stem from the same thing – an ego and the wrong view that I exist in a permanent, unchanging […]

(Taken with my iPhone) Spotted outside the Ladrang again, another lotus.

(Taken with my iPhone) Day 3 of aviary duty, and already the birds have it in for me. You see that blood on his beak? My blood, not his. I have some sort of weird karma with birds and them attacking me.

selfish

For every moment I choose to be selfish, another being might die. Can I live with that? – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

(Taken with my iPhone) The little monster pictured is Dharma, Rinpoche’s new dog. On the day Dharma was brought home to the Ladrang, Rinpoche rescued three other dogs from the pet shops. All of them have now since been rehomed to good families (including my old English Literature teacher!). Many people have issues with pet […]

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?”