An ongoing multimedia
project about Buddhism
in modern times through
the lens of lay practitioners.

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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.

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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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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Michael

“No sessions, no breaks.” This is a saying in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition that seems to be the theme for my spiritual journey.

2021-01-20T19:58:10+00:00

Rachel

My first exposure to dharma was during my undergraduate studies majoring in Philosophy/Asian Studies. However, this didn’t translate to a personal practice until a few years later when I lost two friends to suicide in a six-month period. The bereavement related to their deaths was so overwhelming that it forced me to seek out additional community and support.

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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.

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Kim

I had the blessing to be born in a dharma household where my parents volunteered to host weekly meditation sittings in our home for a local Vipassana organization in Hawaii. We recited the three refuges in pali every night before I went to bed. Monks like Munindra and Sayadaw U Pandita would come to stay with us when I was growing up.

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.  

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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