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 'responsibility'

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

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A firm belief in karma is a vote for living ethically by taking personal responsibility. – Mr Ngeow in Lamrim and Life

However difficult something might appear, it will become easier through persistence combined with enthusiasm and effort. – Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen (Sent via a text)

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 […]

lottery

That’s quite possibly my favourite line of the week. If I win the lottery, I’ll donate to schools. If I win the lottery, I’ll sponsor medication. If I win the lottery, I’ll rescue abused animals. If I win the lottery, I’ll feed the homeless. So IF you win the lottery, only THEN you’ll help others? […]

sleepingmonk

Sometimes people are tiring. There, I said it, the words a ‘Buddhist’ should never use because we’re all meant to be aspiring Bodhisattvas. Problem is, I’m not a Bodhisattva yet so my mind is not controlled, and my mind goes up and down. On good days, the whole world is in pain and I live […]

(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 […]

problems

If the very nature of existence is problems, then why should we be surprised when problems arise? Understanding that, we will become calmer. When good things arise, we should be surprised and use that to rejoice and do more. And when negative things arise, we should not react in a way that creates more negative […]

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The only virtue of collecting negative karma is that it can be purified. – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

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 […]