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  • 4 References 4 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, French, German; learning Japanese
  • 57, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Projectmanager
  • University
  • From Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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About Me

I am a Buddhist but not a monk, though my apartment looks a bit like a temple. My temple lies high up the Amsterdam mountains so you will have to climb a lot. Of course when you are tired you can take the elevator. When you enter the temple you put of your shoes and greet Buddha (it is just politeness).

I like to meet people and you are very welcome. If you want we can watch the sunset together, cook together, walk, talk, laugh and enjoy the world as it passes by (you will understand once you are here). Depending on my work I can show you around. I live alone in this temple but sometimes my children (students) are visiting.

There are a few rules to prevent me from suffering. When you make a request, show that you have read my profile. Please confirm that you are really coming and if you are unable to, please let me now in advance. In general I accept only one person at a time and usually they are female and older then 25. If you are not then you better have an interesting story. You can do whatever you want but my temple is not a hotel.

Life is wonderful and worth embracing it in every moment, even the bad moments. I can offer you a simple and safe place to stay so you can enjoy Amsterdam. In return I expect nothing and meeting you will be the reward.

Sometimes there are so many requests that I will just decline them. Please do not be offended. I cannot host you all. In general I will host once a month. I will not accept requests for one or two weeks. Make your request at least 2 weeks in advance. And please no mail requests.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


While I was traveling in Japan I met some great people. I have been hosted for 7 nights. It was a great experience and very kind people. It is great to meet new people, every person is unique and it is fun meeting them and learn from them.


  • buddhist
  • buddhism
  • taoism
  • compassion

Music, Movies, and Books

I like Jazz, Classical, Epic and ofcourse Rock and Roll. I saw a beautiful Japanese movie Our little sister. I like action movies but also more serious movies.

I am reading "How to become a Buddha in five weeks" . Maybe it is a little bit optimistic, five weeks is short, but it is fun to read.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I traveled a lot around the world. I visited Japan in 2010 , 2013, 2014 and 2015. I loved it very much. I visited all of the 88 temples in Shikoku (I walked 1200 kilometers). That is when I became a Buddhist.

Teach, Learn, Share

I hope you want to cook for me or let me cook for you. I like to hear you stories and tell you mine, Together we create new stories. There is a lot going on here. And make no mistake I also like to go out .

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nepal, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In


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