text in dharma

About us


Irene & Karin

We, Karin and Irene Zwaan, are two sisters who each found our way to NgalSo Buddhism. We were raised protestant but we did not feel at home in the traditions of the church. Painful events and difficult periods in our lives made us look for support and meaningfulness. That is how we came to meet Lama Gangchen Rinpoche. Karin met him for the first time in 2004 and Irene joined her in 2005.

The lessons in NgalSo Buddhism were of great importance to us and changed our lives a great deal positively. We wish to share the knowledge and experience that we gained through Tibetan Buddhism with others. Because we both write professionally, we decided to dedicate our skills to Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha. Therefore: Text in Dharma.



Karin was born in 1964, received her master’s degree in law and worked as a journalist with a newspaper. She resigned from her job in 2010 in order to have time for the family business in Nepalese goods, which she runs with her husband Kiran.
Soon after her resignation, she started to write a book with Toet de Best, one of Lama Gangchens’ students: The magic of Tibetan Buddhism. Borobudur, Buddha’s Garden of Peace and Healing she wrote together with Irene.



Irene was born in 1968, received her master’s degree in development sociology, worked in Tanzania as a community development advisor and in Holland as a consultant for social diversity issues.
She resigned from her job in 2010 to start her own agency for socio-journalism: Text with content. www.irenezwaan.nl
She wrote several books and articles on social development issues, some of them together with family therapist Kitlyn Tjin A Djie, including The Family Soul. Lama Gangchen wrote the foreword for this book on the importance of our family. Borobudur, Buddha’s Garden of Peace and Healing was the first book she wrote together with Karin.




New project with stories


When Prince Siddhartha left the protective walls of the palace for the first time he was shocked by the pain and suffering that people experience through birth, ageing, sickness and death. He started his quest for a solution. What he then discovered is still, 2500 years later, being practiced as Buddhism. The next book will be about this topic.


How does Buddhism help you?

For this new project we are collecting NgalSo experiences. How has Buddhism helped you? Do you want to share your story?
Contact Karin or Irene.


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