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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The day I died

This freaked me out because I’ve nearly died eight times now, and every time it’s happened in the exact same way this video describes (and I didn’t realise how closely it matched until I watched the video!). First, my hearing goes. There’s a loud ringing-buzzing sound in my ears and my hearing closes in, into […]

Wise words

It just goes to show, you can’t argue with a Buddha. (Taken from…I don’t remember where)

Hard work and Dharma

Those who really want the Dharma to grow within themselves and to grow for others should never fear hard work, timing, difficulties, struggles, disappointments because it is for a good cause. Working for Dharma is not a prison or work, but it is purely spiritual practice. It is purely collection of merit and purification. Actually […]

If you can observe alertly…

…keenly, but without judging, without concluding, you will find that your thinking becomes astonishingly acute. Then you are learning all the time. Jiddu Krishnamurti (via elige)

Integrity

I’ve been lacking it in recent times. Mind changing. Game changing. Integrity

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, […]

Getting angry…

…is actually to punish yourself with other people’s mistakes. – Master Cheng Yen

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

(Taken with my iPhone) Yes, Jamie is reading a card that Rinpoche wrote to her, but what does it have to do with anything? Because the picture is a snapshot of a situation that answered how crap I’ve been feeling these last couple of days. Since the soongdroop and rabnye pujas began, and in fact […]