I have been meditating for over ten years now and it has changed my life. I first learned mediation from spiritual books I read from different religious traditions. I noticed a change in my behavior and thoughts after a few months of meditation.
I became a vegetarian that same year. It helped clear my mind even more and also gave me appreciation for all life! I was happy to find Dharma Jewel Monastery which helped my practice go deeper. I have learned so much from the Shifus. I continue to meditate and practice the Dharma to this day, not only because of the profound experiences that I have had but also because it has helped me understand the world better and bring less suffering to my wife, family, and all sentient beings! May all beings be free of suffering and obtain Enlightenment! Amituofo!