Youth Journals


      Let Dreams Soar International Youth Camp              Xu Pei Er, age 19, Malaysia              Prior to this camp, I didn’t have a direction in my life. The idea of focusing on clear aspirations had never struck me. But through the camp’s inspiring teachings, I came to realize that I want to be an outstand…
      Shaping Destiny              The 12-Day Bodhi Meditation International Youth Camp held at Kepong Bodhi Meditation Center, Malaysia, commenced on July 22, 2017. More than 200 participants from Canada, the United States, France, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Malaysia came together for an exciting journey. &nbs…
A New Music Translation by Sheng-Ning Ming-Xing, Los Angeles From Boring to Magical Ming-Xing moved with her parents to Los Angeles from Taiwan in 2010. She enrolled in Santiago High School in the town of Corona. Already an accomplished musician, she brought to her new life her love of the guzheng, an exquisite Chinese musical instrument, and began entering competitions in her adopted home. As…
Bright Young Light Translation by Sophia Lui With her tall, slender frame and smile like sunshine, Irene Li naturally draws people toward her. At the age of 14, she arrived with her mother in Vancouver from Beijing, bravely meeting the challenges of beginning life in a new country. Graduating high school as a school representative of the local students association, Irene now studies at an Ameri…
Sunshine Girl By Yong-Hui Tay Shi-Xuan, whose endearing megawatt smile graces the cover of this issue, hails from the tropical and sunny island of Singapore. Like the weather, her bright and chirpy personality never fails to brighten up the ambience and bring joy to those around her. According to Shi-Xuan’s friend, Yang-Zhou, Shi-Xuan’s sunny personality and ‘cool’ outlook has always brought ch…
Navigating a New Land With a Wise Friend By Jeff Yang , Vancouver, College Freshman I’ve been deeply connected to Bodhi Meditation since birth. My earliest memory is of my mother sitting in stillness, meditating. As a little boy, I imitated her meditation practice for fun. As I grew older, my understanding of meditation and its benefits grew, and I developed a strong interest in it. As a p…
From Atheist to Spiritually Religious By Nina Zhou, Connecticut, Ninth Grade When I was a little kid, there was never mention of religion in my family. Everyone, from my mom to my dad to my grandparents, was atheist. As I grew and learned more about this vibrant world, I became aware of environmental issues, politics, human rights concerns – but never religion. My knowledge of religion remained …
Translation by Sheng-Ning Ming-Xing, Los Angeles From Boring to Magical Ming-Xing moved with her parents to Los Angeles from Taiwan in 2010. She enrolled in Santiago High School in the town of Corona. Already an accomplished musician, she brought to her new life her love of the guzheng, an exquisite Chinese musical instrument, and began entering competitions in her adopted home. As far as Ming-Xi…
She is a dance and rhythmic gymnastics champion. She specializes in painting and design. And she lit up the runways of Vancouver Fashion Week with her stunning beauty. Her name is Kara, and she’s a 15-year-old high school student who radiates a glow of peace and poise that is rare in one so young. She is a member of Bodhi Meditation’s Canadian Youth Elite Association (CYEA), and she credits this …
With her tall, slender frame and smile like sunshine, Irene Li naturally draws people toward her. At the age of 14, she arrived with her mother in Vancouver from Beijing, bravely meeting the challenges of beginning life in a new country. Graduating high school as a school representative of the local students association, Irene now studies at an American “Top 15” university.