In this day in age of attention deficits and instant gratification, I had short debate on how much video I wanted to incorporate into this project. Nonetheless, it become pretty evident that the stories that people were sharing and their passion for the subject manner warrant my commitment to this medium. Although I had always enjoy the poetic nature of photography, there is no doubt I am drawn to the long form that is video and power […]
I am not a big fan of putting things in neat boxes and classifying people in terms of what lineage they follow or at what stage they’re at on their journey. Still, as my intention to make this website a more interactive resource than just a linear format of a book or documentary, I have classified the subjects along the lines of lineages and stages of development to provide a mechanism in which views can explore a […]
When were you first exposed to dharma?
I walked into Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center in January 2012, shortly after coming out of rehab for alcohol dependence. It was suggested that meditation could be helpful in further recovery. I remember in one of the first talks Dave Smith mentioned that, sitting was just sitting. Whether you were in traffic, the motor vehicle department or sitting comfortably on your own couch that the experience of sitting was all the […]
In the beginning, the concept of this project was around a coffee style photo book focusing on how lay practitioners manifest their practice ‘beyond the cushion’, hence the name of the project. But as I interviewed people on their journey on this path, I realize that their passion and authenticity should be captured with video. Given the format of these sessions and the nature of being a one man show, the individual video clips themselves wouldn’t be […]
Even though I had been literally ‘sitting’ on this project for over 10 years when I got the inspiration during a meditation retreat at Spirit Rock, this month marks a major shift for the project. Over the past few years, I have worked on this project as a hobby for a lack of a better word, squeezing in shoots on weekends and etc. Given the ambition of the project and the rate of progress, I was thinking […]