Terry

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Transcript/History My name is Terry, and I live here in Galveston. And we've been here about 30 years. And we came moved down here from New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, outside Santa Fe, up in the mountains outside Santa Fe, had an art gallery. And so we started an art gallery here. My wife and I did and used a lot of the artists that we were working with up in New Mexico down here. And so we had a nice entry into this community because we started the business and people liked what we had. And so [...]

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, [...]

Christopher

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Transcript/History Hi. My name is Christopher and I am a father. I have two boys. I have Ronan and Teague. I'm married, I have a regular job. I am a currently I am a corporate instructional designer and I do that 40 to 50 hours a week. And then on my free time, I'm a lay minister with the Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship. I'm the founding sensei there, and I am from a kind of a newer tradition called the Bright Dawn Way of Oneness, this Buddhism tradition, which was born out of John Ocean View and a modernizing [...]

Bruce

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I would go to bookstores and actually the first book a guy recommended to me was, um, Sex, Spirituality and Ecology by Ken Wilber. And it's a thick, rough going read, right? But I dove into it and it just kind of really opened me up and I thought, okay, I'm going to go further. And I started reading other stuff of his and of course he talks about Buddhism and the relative and the absolute and, you know, these kind of things in there. And one thing led to another. I picked up a book by showing him Trungpa, uh, spiritual materialism, I think it was. And I read two or three of his others, uh, and then I found a book by Sylvia and became the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and which is written in even more plain English than Trump was even.

Mark G

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And it was a very difficult year for me because I came upon this what I now know it as existential kind of this this urgency or angst, not knowing where I was headed, what I was going to do, having an expensive degree, which I was not going to use and I knew I wasn’t my parents were, to put it mildly, less than than happy about any of that. And what is this, this Eastern stuff you’re starting to talk about some. So I was really pretty lost and it was a difficult time for me. And I had an epiphany that big because of my propensities with the cars and women and drugs and whatever else it was that I wouldn’t survive, that I would I would be driving a very nice car, but I would I will wrap myself around a pole or whatever. And I and I just couldn’t do it. There was nothing in me that allowed me to move forward in that direction. So a friend of mine, an ex-girlfriend, invited me and some others to go out to Naropa Institute for Ram Dass. And I had looked at the book in my in my dormitory be here now and you know the book the famous book from Ram Dass and I had didn’t have a clue what would be here now men but there was a certain internal shift that said I have to I have to learn what this this means. And I went went out to Naropa Institute in 1974.

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