An ongoing multimedia
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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.

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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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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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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Bryn

Besides reading a few books over the years, I was first exposed to Buddhism twenty years ago. I was in a transition period of my life, leaving a relationship and moving to a new town. One of my main goals was to find a spiritual community.

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Jogen

Jogen Salzberg, Sensei has been practicing Zen since 1997, he entered monastic training at Great Vow in 2003 and received Dharma Transmission from Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi in 2017.

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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.

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Rigzin

At 19 I was finishing my second year of college. I was studying fine art photography. One of my professors was very scholarly and her class was very challenging. I was always looking to be challenged. Her subject was East Indian Art. My boyfriend at the time was graduating. He was/is Japanese American and had grown up always being a minority, and wanted to experience being in a place where he was in the majority. We couldn’t afford to travel in Japan, so he chose India. It was about 1980… I took the year off from school. We were serious budget travelers, 3rd class all the way….

THE SANGHA

More relevant than ever.

EXPLORE NOW

The Buddha

The teacher reimagined.

INVESTIGATE NOW

Notes

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

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 [...]

3012, 2020

Ngondro

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. [...]

3010, 2020

Pandemic Update

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 [...]

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.

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