Master Gotama! Magnificent! Just as if he were to
place upright what had been overturned, were to
reveal what was hidden, were to show the way to
one who was lost, or were to hold up a lamp in
the dark so that those with eyes could see forms,
in the same way Master Gotama has -- through many
lines of reasoning -- made the Dhamma clear. I go
to Master Gotama for refuge, to the Dhamma, and
to the Sangha of monks. May Master Gotama
remember me as a lay follower who has gone to him
for refuge, from this day forward, for
~ Abhaya Sutta,
About this Site
We stand at an interesting point in
history. Since the time the Buddha first turned the wheel
of Dhamma, his teachings had spread to lands in close
geographical proximity to the Ganges Valley of India. It
is only in the last few decades that the Dhamma had
reached beyond oceans to touch the lives of those in far
and distant lands. For each and every person who finds
his or her way to the Buddha, there is a personal story,
how they first encountered the Dhamma, what attracted
them, what touched their lives, sometimes in very deep
and profound ways.
This page is a page of such stories.
The people are not extra-ordinary, just a sampling of
sentient beings taken from the present chapter of time.
But like Buddhists down through the ages, each reveals a
Click on the names to go to their full stories!
- Lee Yu Ban lives in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Through the guidance of his mother,
he was introduced to the Dhamma, and was familiar with its teachings. However, he
did not take much interest in it until his early twenties when his father
suddenly died of a heart attack. It was then that the truth of the Buddha's teachings
- Greg Bester, is a Canadian
and works as a Librarian. He found the Dhamma in
his mid-thirties when his mother was diagnosed
with cancer, and watched as she slowly
- Bernadette, from USA
is a Computer Science student. At the age of
eighteen, she made a trip to the Far East. She
walked into a small temple at the end of a lane
and immediatly felt "at home".
- Ang Siew Mun is a Malaysian
of Chinese descent and presently works as a
lecturer. When she was a child, she picked up a
small booklet on the Dhamma from the family
altar. Since then, she deepened her knowledge and
practice through studying with several monks.
- Binh Anson is a Vietnamese
immigrant to Australia. He began to reflect on
life one eventful and quiet night while camping
out in the desert in the Great Australian
Outback. Circumstances then brought him to the
Theravada teachings which he has chosen to mould
- Jerry Douglas MD, from
the USA grew up in a Christian family. He
explored western philosophy and eastern thought
while pursuing a career as a medical doctor.
Seeking to overcome clinical depression he
discovered Buddhist meditation and teachings
through the Internet.
- Jim Anderson, a Canadian
was born with a genetic defect that rendered him
deaf and almost blind. Introduced to
Krishnamurthi and Thoreau at an early age he was
inspired to live alone in a cabin in the woods.
His search for lonely places took him across
Canada and to a Tibetan temple in the Scottish
borders of the United Kingdom.
- Joy Russell from the USA is
a mother of two teenage children and works as a
counseler. Her ancestors were devout Christians
but she found Buddhism crossing her path on
several occasions. When faced with a difficult
operation, she chose to bring a little Buddha
statue with her into the operating theatre.
- Mary Duggan is a police
lieutenant on the tropical island of the US
Virgin Islands. At 15 she had a first taste of
alcohol. She subsequently suffered from
alcoholism. After recovering with the assistance
of Alcoholics Anonymous, she started her
spiritual search and encountered a book "The
First Discourse of the Buddha".
- Michael Symonds of Iowa,
USA was a Methodist until he fell in love with a
Asian girl. Realising then, that Christianity's
tenet that non-Christians are damned is
unacceptable, he began to explore the Dhamma.
- Eric Via from the USA was on the run
from a failed marriage, and from thousands of anonymous
faces on the streets in Hong Kong. Finally, he locked
himself in the bathroom and found the Buddha there.
- Rocana of the UK was initially discouraged
from learning the Dhamma but eventually found it when eavesdropping
on a Dhamma talk from her kitchen.