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.

❯ Learn more about her.

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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Z

My first year of high school I attended an independent Episcopalian school that required us to take a course teaching “world history” and “world literature” as seen through the lens of the religious traditions of the world. The course was constructed explicitly as a rite of passage, and the challenges were so intense that every one of us was transformed by the experience.

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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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Aaron

I encountered spiritual practice through reading BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga when I was 18 and immediately trying a number of the forbidden pranayama techniques that he described in the back of the book, because of course this is what you do when you’re 18.

2021-01-20T19:57:36+00:00

Ryan

I am not sure exactly when I first became aware of the dharma path, but my first brush with it was through reading Thich Nhat Hanh's Beyond the Self a translation of the Sutra on the Middle Way. At the time I had been in recovery for about 10 years and had a sustain spiritual practice of self-reflection and service, but I had never been exposed to the truth of Dependent Origination.

2021-01-16T19:48:38+00:00

Jung

January 2004. I participated in my first 10 day Vipassana retreat as taught by SN Goenka. It was a profound experience for me.

Notes

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

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. [...]

3010, 2020

Pandemic Update

Despite all the external and internal challenges presented by the pandemic on a personal front, it was a productive time for moving this project forward. Because my main source of income was severely impacted, I had much time on my hand [...]

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