Jason Chen, Chinese Intuitive and Fortune-Teller

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“Everyone is the Buddha.”

Jason Chen is an intuitive and fortune-teller originally from Taiwan. He moved to the United States when he was a teenager. He has master’s degrees in business and finance and currently works for the State of Colorado as an information systems manager. He also teaches computer courses at Metropolitan State College and the University of Denver. He lives near Denver with his wife and two children.

Q. How did these experiences change you?

I learned there is no world out there. There are no other people. There is only me. All this was created to test me. Everyone is the Buddha. Even the guy pointing the gun at me is a Buddha. So when I change my thoughts, the world changes. We have to believe that whatever is happening right now is the best thing that can happen. If a genie appeared and said, “I can take you back to any time in your life but after, you will forget I was here,” then we would have to believe that life is giving us the best possible journey. There is no need to feel unsafe or to ask for more. When you gaze upon the Buddha, you don’t ask for five million dollars. You think, Wow, he did it. By doing less—nothing or no thing—he gave a lot to everyone. If you celebrate this in him, then you will look on the bright side in your own life and be happy with what you have. For example, I was unemployed for five years. Without that time, I probably wouldn’t have married my wife, had my kids, and focused on my family. I believe that was a lesson I had to learn before I could step up to the next level.

Q. What has been the most challenging part of your path?

I get tired at big festivals where I look at over one hundred hands a day. Even when my energy and vocabulary run low, I still carefully select my words, especially if there is a big crowd gathered around. Another challenging yet rewarding part is seeing people touched by my work. A few years ago, a beautiful young Vietnamese woman and her friends came over to see me. I kept avoiding talking about her lifeline because it was very short. She kept asking me about it and I said that the quality of life was more important than the quantity. She pressed me for a number and I said she would live to forty-five, even though my feeling was really thirty-five. Later, a guy came over and said I had talked to his girlfriend. I said, “Which girl? I have seen so many today.” He replied, “The one you told would live to forty-five.” I inquired, “What did she think of that?” He said, “Great. The doctor said she wouldn’t live past thirty-five.” My hair stood on end. Sometimes I scare myself.

For the rest of the interview, please check out the book, Seek The Lover Within: Lessons from 50 Spiritual Leaders.

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