Meditation helps soothe a broken heart

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 March, 2005, 12:00am

Writer Eunice Lam Yin-nei has found Buddhist meditation a great aid in dealing with traumatic events of the past two years - the deaths of her two younger brothers and close friend James Wong Jim. Lam, who has been practising 'silent Buddhist meditation' in Korea from time to time for a couple of years, told CitySeen: 'We are asked to sit in meditation for at least eight hours every day. The master told us if we think of something unhappy, just let it pass through our minds like a train.' Temple life was sometimes tough, with participants rising at 3.30am and going to bed at 10.30pm. 'We all wear grey gowns and do everything by ourselves, like sweeping the floor and cleaning washrooms. There are no maids.'

With the temple's help, 'I realised many of our desires are in fact not necessary. I have a new understanding of life. I think the Buddhist practice is more effective than consulting a psychotherapist.'