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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 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.

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.

2021-11-08T20:58:18+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.

2021-11-25T20:10:45+00:00

Genjo

I started my Zen practice in 1975, got ordained in 1980, and trained in Japan briefly from the fall of 1981 to February of 1982, so I had one training season there.

2021-11-09T17:37:10+00:00

Mara

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 same.  

2021-11-26T18:39:13+00:00

Ben

You could say I found what I was looking for in the first text I read – the logic was clear and simple and fit my experience. I met my teacher a couple years after that and never looked back.

2021-10-28T16:04:52+00:00

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 .

Practitioner Highlights

What is Buddhism?

Notes

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

2410, 2021

First Anniversary of Ngondro Practice

So my first anniversary of ngondro practice is coming up in a few days and I've been thinking about the significance of the practice in my life. I can't quite say it has been so transformative that I [...]

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 [...]

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