by Sue Hills
Whitstable-born Buddhist nun Emma Slade nourished both hearts and minds with her appearance at Canterbury Wholefoods on Friday.
Notable not only for her maroon and saffron robes but also for her infectiously joyous manner, her presence caused a stir as she signed copies of her first book, Set Free.
Translated now into other European languages, it tells her extraordinary true story of how a high-flying successful banker had her life plunged into turmoil at the hands of a total stranger who attempted to rob her.
The event had a surprising effect on the young, Max-Mara-clad banker as she questioned with increasing depth her role in the world.
Emma went on to found a charity, Opening Your Heart to Bhutan, which now helps many disadvantaged and disabled young people facing harsh conditions in the Himalayas.
Needless to say, the charity is run with absolute financial efficiency and more than 91% of all donations go straight to those in need.
Copies of her life-changing book are available at local bookshops and on Amazon. Click here for information about Emma’s charity.