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Takalah Tan

Singapore

I survived from near-death in 1994. The accident inflicted multiple deficits upon me (permanent amnesia, blinded left-eye, shortened right-leg. Resulting are also financial, emotional and psychological traumas aplenty).
When trapped within in these dire circumstances with the mind of a new-born child and an environment of beings ignorant about acquired brain injury, I had little choice but to detach self to observe the scenarios encountered from a third-party perspective. I meditated on how best to overcome the odds to emerge victorious, how to re-equip self with foundational knowledge, what to let go what to partake as my post-trauma pledge of principles and values.
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshivara's Mantra chant of "Om Mani Padme Hum" came into my mind and I practised its recitation whilst recovering at home. I learnt only of its origin when I visited a bookstore.
With the help of my uncle and his fellow Soka peers, I too participated in the Soka chanting sessions.
I successfully became a qualified teacher as well as complete a Post-graduate Diploma in Health Science on the topic of Acquired Brain Injury at La Trobe University in Melbourne.


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