Joe

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Transcript/History My name is Joe Evans and I've been studying Buddhism with my teacher switching camp, which are very important for 17 or 18 years now, close to 18 years now. And, uh, yeah, I've, I've had a wonderful journey and I really, really am grateful for the practice that I have now. Um, so I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I'm a musician. I play violin in the Utah Symphony. And, uh, yeah, the, the way I got into Buddhism. Well, first of all, when I was young, I was I was interested in Zen. And, [...]

Sensei Michael

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And I was known for talking people down from bad trips and things of that nature. And he said, Oh, I don’t do that anymore. I just do Zen. Okay, well, that’s interesting. What’s that all about? And so I said, Well, I’m going this weekend. Why don’t you come with me? So that weekend I went with him to the temple on Halsted Street near Fullerton, on the North side of Chicago. I met Matsuoka Roshi, who became my teacher, so I sort of backed into that. Like everything else, I think I’d read maybe a book on Zen or to not not much.

Willy and Kim

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My first exposure to Buddhism wasn’t significant. In fact, it was a turn off. A man who claimed to be Buddhist visited our high school and basically told our class his goal was to become a heartless robot. Well, not entirely, but pretty much… There wasn’t any joy. 

Alex

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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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