I now practice meditation for over 20 years. Because of my practice, I now found true sincere peace and happiness from within. This is what meditation is all about. I encourage everyone to go forward with meditation life style. What ever your religion or no religion ; Buddhism is not about any mental believes or blind faith, Buddhism is about purity of mind! Buddhism is about HERE and NOW! Meditation is the only path of true FREEDOM! I am originally from Canada which is one of the richest country in the world. I was a very smart student and could have done what I wanted and earned a lot of money. But in Canada like most of western people, I was quite stressful and not really a happy man. My mind was weak. So I gave up everything and choose ascetic/monk life 17 years ago. Since than, my state of mind totally changed. I am very poor now, but I am truly a HAPPY man! I definitely choose the right pa Earth!