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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 the US to add their voice to this project. 

Themes

Currently, I am exploring a variety of themes that illustrate the scope of practice as well those that have the most impact on lay practice. Ultimately, the themes will be group around Buddhist frameworks such as the 3 Jewels and the 3 vehicles. Since this is not an academic study per say, through the visual journey and interviews the project is an invitation to investigate the transformation power of Buddhist practices in a world full of too many choices.

In today's world, it's not surprising that people don't view it as a religion.

What is Buddhism?

Importance of Sangha

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Ben, a Vajrayana practitioner, compares it to science.

Aaron, a student of zen, shares his enthusiasm for the question.

Mara provides another intriguing perspective on the subject

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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Phyllis

I was first introduced to Eastern philosophy when I was about 15. At 16 I read Hesse’s book, “Siddhartha”, and thought, “Ok, I’m the Buddha!” I began to explore yoga at that age, and it was a time of many eastern ways of being introduced into our culture.

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Alex

I was first exposed to dharma when I was in high school/college. It was recommended by my therapist to check out a group call Dharma Punx and thought that meditation would be a good way to help with depression/anxiety. I initially didn’t like it but when I came back from college, I thought I would give it another try.

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Tamara

I was first introduced to Buddhism during a course in college on world religions. I was raised Lutheran but was so confused and questioning of it my entire childhood.

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Indigo

I was more connected to the teacher than the teaching at first. I had a vision of a teacher, in the way you generate a visualization of a deity during some Vajrayana practices, while the lines of “Crying to the Guru from afar” started playing in my head. I had only ever read the text once, so was quite surprised to learn that I had memorized it.

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Linda

Retired Lawyer from Portland, OR. In the fall of 2004, a friend asked me to attend with him and I did. The first time I went, I knew I would return. Not sure I would call that experience knowing this was the path for me; what I knew at that point was that being able to stop talking, to be away from being an “expert”.

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Melissa

In brief, I currently aspire to the Vajrayana path as laid out by the great masters of the Indian and Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Many have dedicated their entire lives to the preservation of their lineage which has been unbroken and thus is an intact living lineage, still “whispered” from teacher to student .

THE SANGHA

More relevant than ever.

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The Buddha

The teacher reimagined.

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Notes

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

508, 2021

Year of Impermanence

The importance of a consistent contemplation practice became an experiential realization in the past year. I vaguely recall reading a passage from 'Words of My Perfect Teacher' in the past year about the how critical the teaching on impermanence is. When [...]

2307, 2021

Drupchen Visual Journey

I stumbled on this video piece while researching Drupchen and it is a beautiful example of the kind of work I would like to make in the future. I had the chance to attend a Drupchen retreat at Pema Osel Ling [...]

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 [...]

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

❯ Learn more about him.

Alex is CEO of a bio
tech company.

A Zen Practitioner of 15 years.

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