Zhang Qingzhang | Taiwan

He fell into a serious depression when his son was critically injured in a car accident. He began drinking excessively. At worst, he was drinking at least 500 milliliters of spirits to put himself to sleep. He was surrounded by negativity and felt hopeless every day.

Luckily for him, joining the 8.5-Day Health & Happiness Retreat became the first step of his major transformation. He has lived a different life ever since. How did Bodhi Meditation transform him? Find out by listening to Zhang’s story.

I am Zhang Qingzhang, from Chiayi, Taiwan. I am 65 years old. My son was in a car crash in 2005. The doctor told me to give up on him, because he would be paralyzed forever. I couldn’t lose him, so I asked the doctor to save him. Ever since that day, I was always in a bad mood. I started drinking excessively. I couldn’t sleep if I didn’t drink; I would wake up feeling tired. It became a habit.

Back in 2010, I had to drink at least 500 ml of hard liquor to be able to sleep. I felt tired because I slept very little. I never got enough sleep. At that time, I was on negative thoughts all the time; that made me anguished, all I saw was darkness in my life. Life was painful for me.

I joined the 8.5-day retreat in 2014. I saw that others didn’t drink, so I shouldn’t drink either. The meditation center is a pure place. So I tried to control my drinking urge. We listened to teachings, chanted and practiced GI. Or we practiced Energy Bagua in the morning. Even though I wasn’t drinking, I didn’t feel agony. I still couldn’t sleep, but it was OK. I wasn’t feeling tired; I felt there was a surge of energy in me. I felt at ease during that 8.5-day period. Ever since that retreat, I haven’t had a drink in 8 years.

I turned pale in 5 minutes when I first tried out Energy Bagua. I had no strength to continue; I had to stop. When I first started, I still couldn’t sleep well, but it wasn’t that bad. 6 months later, I began practicing for an hour every day without fail. That is when I began to sleep better. I was sleeping for 2-3 hours a day, then 3-4 hours, 5-6 hours a day. 6 months later, I was sleeping normally. I lived a regular life thanks to Energy Bagua. I fell asleep at 10pm and woke up at 3am. I would go tidy up the practice site. I am now more energetic than I was. I feel recharged after my practices. It puts me in a good mood, and I feel unrestricted.

My knee joints were not in good condition before this. I had to take breaks between my walks because of this. After 6 months practicing, I could walk up to 30 minutes without feeling sore. My knees also got stronger. It feels like I am in my 40s. I feel strong and energetic. I can move things without feeling sore. It was hard for me to get back up after I bent over. I can bend without a problem now. Now I can’t wait to practice every Energy Bagua session. I am happy when I share my experience with others. It feels like life has just got more interesting.

I am grateful to Grandmaster JinBodhi for my transformation. I now live a meaningful life of health and happiness.