Stories and practices
from real life practitioners
to demystify the legacy
of Buddhism
On the path of true liberation
you will find profiles in
courage, wisdom , and compassion
Developing the equanimity to navigate
the complexity of the modern world
and enlighten qualities to transcend it

The wisdom of
spiritual friends.

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About

This is a work in progress multimedia project exploring the diversity of Buddhist lay practice in a complex modern life. Eventually, the project will culminate in a book and a series of short films. Meanwhile, I am looking for practitioners throughout US add their voice to this project. 

Themes

Until I can find a collaborator to write a better narrative, I  am structuring the project around themes that may interest people that are curious about how the path manifests in modern practitioner’s life. With the vastness of teachings by notable teachers already available online, the focus of these stories reflect the embodiment and impact that the path has in real life. 

BRYN

LINDA

ALEX

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BRYN

BRYN

A Vajrayana Practitioner

Bryn is retired from
the bicycle industry.

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LINDA

LINDA

Linda is a retired lawyer.

A Zen Practitioner of 20 years.

ALEX

ALEX

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Alex is CEO of a bio
tech company.

A Zen Practitioner of 15 years.

Spiritual Friends

As much as I would like to showcase an authentic reflection of ‘diverse’ practitioners in the west, the reality of this issue is beyond the scope of this narrative. Consider these subjects as spiritual friends that are brave enough to share these stories about their intimate practice.

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Jogen

Jogen Salzberg, Sensei has been practicing Zen since 1997, he entered monastic training at Great Vow in 2003 and received Dharma Transmission from Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi in 2017.

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Shinchok

Shinchok (Tracy) is a former Buddhist nun returning to lay life after many years at a dharma center.

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Dottie

Nothing seemed to fit, however, until I began to be introduced to Buddhism. At first it was Insight Meditation, and then I moved to a town where the only Buddhist community was a Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Bryn

Besides reading a few books over the years, I was first exposed to Buddhism twenty years ago. I was in a transition period of my life, leaving a relationship and moving to a new town. One of my main goals was to find a spiritual community.

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Alex M

Growing up, my mother would take my brother and I to Chinese Buddhist Temples scattered around the Bay Area on a very sporadic basis. Usually, just a few times a hour, if that. I wouldn’t say that I was introduced to the dharma per se then, but it does have a place in the memories of my childhood as an introduction to traditions and ritual.

Notes

From time to time, you may find these notes about the project and my pilgrimage slightly entertaining.  

3105, 2021

Tattooed Buddha Interview

The good folks over at The Tattooed Buddha did an interview on the project. I did a media outreach earlier in the year and they were the only ones that responded so back to drawing board. My main intention on doing [...]

903, 2021

Highlights from first leg

Originally I was going to put together a just photo slideshow of all the beautiful places I got to check out on my journey. However, I only recently decided to engaged more on the video editing side of this project and [...]

3012, 2020

Ngondro

Having switched from Theravadan practice to Varjayana almost overnight during a particular retreat, I  have been interested in doing ngondro for the last 5 years but I was 'deter' from doing it from one of my teachers a few years back. [...]

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