‘To cease and abstain from evil forbearance with respect to intoxicants, and steadfastness in virtue. This is the highest blessing.’
Gautama Buddha, Manggala Sutra
Jennifer Tan who came to see me knowing she had a drug problem. She first came to see me eight years ago. 21 years old, she was barely five feet tall, very thin and frail. Her lips appeared dry; her skin was sallow and lifeless. When she stepped on the scales, she weighed 42 kg.
She was accompanied by her boyfriend, Adam.
When she finally settled into the chair, I asked her, “What’s the problem?”
“I have to lose weight.”
I thought she was joking. But her tone was resolute and I could tell that she meant every word.
“I want to be 35 kg. I have to be 35 kg.”