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'


…that we need to hide behind a cause, an ideal, a project or institution to get self-worth, it’s only a temporary measure. We need to face the damages we have done to others. Own up. Confess openly. Truly apologise without repeat episodes. Heal the hurt. Stop creating more hurt immediately. Then we can hope to […]

Pity party

If it is to be, it is up to me. – Datuk May Phng I absolutely love this phrase. I love it because when you realise it, and you apply it, automatically so many of the problems that people love to complain about, all of them disappear. If you have a life that is less […]


Buddhas didn’t appear in Samsara to teach other Buddhas how to be better but to help ordinary, trapped, deluded and confused beings like us. Teachers didn’t open dharma centres to help other teachers. In Dharma centres, do not expect perfect members, but expect all types of characters and be encouraged they are there even seeking […]

Loyalty is being with the person even if it inconveniences you. – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche (From a text)


Is life really a toy to be played with?

When you do Dharma work

When you’re doing Dharma work, you shouldn’t expect to be thanked. Otherwise you’re not doing Dharma work at all. In fact, you should be THANKFUL you have the opportunity to do Dharma work and serve others. Just think, “WHAT did I do in my previous life to do Dharma work now? What prostrations did I […]

Just a bird

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


(Taken with my iPhone) One of the most beautiful verses ever composed.


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 […]


I’m not exactly the most Zen person in the world. In fact, it’s hardly a well-kept secret that I’ve got a temper, that I can be quite outspoken and that if something’s wrong, well I don’t keep quiet about it. I’m more than happy to point out when people have screwed up, not because I […]