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Kerstin Han – life in a Buddhist monastery

Kerstin Han lived in China for five years before recently moving to Los Angeles.

When Kerstin Han stepped into a Buddhist temple in Xi’an five years ago and told one of the monks there that she wanted to become a Buddhist and a permanent member, the monk’s eyes widened and he turned pale. The only way he had ever known foreigners was when they came to the temple, took pictures, maybe joined a ceremony, and then left. But Kerstin Han wanted to stay, she was serious.

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