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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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 […]

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 […]


Nothing in samsara is healthy. Blackmail samsara. – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche The quote above is extracted from a short teaching that Rinpoche gave to us earlier today. I love it because it’s so simple and logical, and yet subtly aggressive. Above all, it’s not that difficult to accomplish. I say ‘not that difficult’ because it […]


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 […]


Here are three things that bug me: People who trawl other centres looking for members – I’m VERY happy with my teacher, thank you People who run off with those who came trawling for members – did you learn nothing from the Dharma about loyalty? People who give uninvited teachings on other people’s Facebook walls […]


These boots are made for walkin’


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 […]

So you think it’ll last forever?

So you think it’ll last forever? Maybe, maybe not. But don’t you want to try your best? (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

(Taken with my iPhone) I can’t remember when it was but sometime last week, I woke up and realised that being vegetarian had become effortless. There was a time when I would say “omg I miss meat” and really mean it but now, meh – the feeling’s 99% gone. I started my slow journey in […]