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

It’s been four days (that’s right, FOUR) days since Rinpoche’s post on the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu’s connection to Dorje Shugden was published and at the time of writing, it has already exceeded 6,000 views. I know what y’all are thinking…Drukpa Kagyu? Dorje Shugden? What? But it’s all there. All the proof you need, published by […]

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Rinpoche in DA

Just wanted to share with everyone this great photograph that I came across. I am not sure who took it but it is a lovely, candid snapshot of what Rinpoche is really like. For me, it captures the depth of Rinpoche‘s commitment towards Kechara and Kechara Forest Retreat. Rinpoche has his head down, fully concentrated on […]

Posted in: Tsem Rinpoche

Choose Nepal

April 28, 2018 0


Originally penned for Rinpoche’s blog. The first time I ever travelled to Nepal was in 2005, on a pilgrimage led by Rinpoche. What was meant to be a one-week trip turned into a two-week stay, with the second week being fully dedicated to stock-buying for Kechara Paradise. My next trip was in 2009, for a […]

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What’s your process?

April 27, 2018 2


Martin (welcome back!) and I got into a little discussion today. He asked about my process for writing and how I get started. After answering him, I realised it is something I have never really given much thought to. This is despite the fact I have been writing in some capacity since I was 15 / 16. When I was in my teens, my […]

Loa loa (graphic image!)

February 17, 2018 0


It has always fascinated me how there are just so many ways a person can die and in fact, it is easier for a person to die than to stay alive. The thought first came in high school when, at Rinpoche’s urging, I watched Faces of Death. The thought then continued into university when our developmental and abnormal […]


In early January 2018, I had the great fortune to attend the International Buddhist Conference of Dorje Shugden Followers on behalf of my Guru, Tsem Rinpoche. To say it was an eye-opening experience would be an understatement. It was my first time attending a Tibetan conference and I do hope it will not be my last. It […]

Posted in: Travel, Dorje Shugden

Been wanting to write about this for a while! Early last year, I was headed back to Malaysia from the States and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t have a home to go back to. While I’d been in Los Angeles, the lease on the place I shared with my old […]

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June 12, 2016 2


ང་འཆི་བས་འཇིགས་ནས་རི་ལ་ཕྱིན། ། ནམ་འཆི་ཆ་མེད་བསྒོམས་བསྒོམས་པས། ། འཆི་མེད་གཉུགས་མའི་བཙན་ས་ཟིན། ། ད་འཆི་བའི་འཇིགས་པ་བོར་ཏེ་ཐལ། ། In horror of death, I took to the mountains – Again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, Capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind, Now all fear of death is over and done. ~ Milarepa. I include this […]

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If memory serves, this blog post is an elaboration of a text message that I sent to a friend who was pining after a girl. His opinion of her changed by the day and quite frankly, my patience was tested sometimes especially since he showed little signs of wanting to make a change. After many conversations, […]

How to make an offering

June 2, 2016 3


I first wrote this in 2014 when I was still in the USA but upon revisiting it, it still feels relevant especially since we are looking for writers and other creative types, so I’m bringing it back up hope everyone finds it useful and it offers some food for thought! Since I’ve been in the US, […]