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Volume 5 no 4

From Our Readers

Readers of the Digest and the Jen Chen Buddhism website ( write to tell us about what Jen Chen Buddhism means to them. We would like to share this with you and should you wish to air your views, please feel free to drop us a few lines. We hope that more and more people will be able to encounter Buddhism and understand it in its true spirit. Together, let us walk the Bodhisattva Path!

Something had to Change in my Life

By Hans van den Berg, The Netherlands

Before I learned about Buddhism, I tried to live my life in a way that I thought was as good as possible. But, often I encountered times in my life when anger, hatred, sadness and other such poisons engulfed me.

My visit to Taiwan and Singapore became a turning point in many ways. I met with Buddhist monks from Tibet and Taiwan. Following a visit to a Buddhist vihara on Vesak Day, I knew that there was something that had to change in my life. Then, I visited a bookfair in Singapore where I received complimentary copies of the Jen Chen Buddhist Digest and cassette tapes on Buddhism. It was then that I began to learn about the Budhha-dharma. I made gradual progress in understanding the Dharma, and it changed my life and others around me.

People were curious about the changes that they can read from my face. Sadness was replaced by joy, anger and hatred by compassion and negative gossips by speaking well of others. From being a person who could not care less, I have been able to take care of people who were infected with the deadly HIV virus, and also of my own parents who were stricken with cancer and subsequently passed away.

I am not saying that I am very good at it. I am but a human being, and like my grandmother who said this to me when she was 86, "I still feel like a little child in primary school, because we are never too old to learn.", I will continue to learn more and more. My commitment to listen to and learn from the Dharma will help me to grow and benefit all sentient beings.


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