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. He told me to ‘serve’ instead of doing the practice and I did take advice to heart. It was about that time I started working on this project with more gusto. For a while, I had […]
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 to learn video editing and go through all the footage. Originally, I was working with another video editor but being a self funded project, I had to take over the responsibility of ‘processing’ the hours of […]
I’ve been keeping an eye out of buddhist related films/docs for some time now and it’s great to see in depth docs by others to inspire me. If you’re a tricycle subscriber, you can see the films in their full length. I had the chance to watch the ‘Art of Life’ in it’s entirely and i highly recommend it. Beautifully shot and edited and certainly inspiring to me as a practitioner and artist.
Although I think […]
Even though I would love to explore the theme of what sangha looks like, access to group environments have been challenging. I was fortunate to have permission from my subject, the senior teacher at the monastery, to roam the ‘campus’ after our interview. It’s always an interesting dance between peeking into other people’s world with the camera but also respecting their privacy. For the most part, images from this monastery aren’t necessary the level of intimacy I […]
I didn’t start this journey with too many expectations and was just generally excited to commit more time to work on this project. I had originally frame it as a ‘walkabout’ in the west but a wonderful teacher helped me re frame more along the lines of a pilgrimage. I was telling him that I had wanted to do a pilgrimage to India to visit some of the notable holy sites for Buddhist and he was quick […]