In this biography, the question is asked whether Van de Wetering was a merchant or a missionary. Newspaper articles, weblogs and documentaries show a freethinker who succeeded in much of what he undertook. That picture is correct. But he was also a complex personality who was constantly looking for a way to allay his anxiety. He wrote about it with style, humor and intelligence. The main message that Buddhism taught him was detachment is subtle, indifference is stupid.
More information about the biography is on the website of the NLclub New York and about Janwillem van de Wetering in Maine on the blog The Dutch Touch.