Last Leg of the Kickstarter Campaign & Recap of September

<– Click here to donate and please help spread the word!  My fundraising campaign ends on October 11th and all of the money I’ve raised will be returned to the donors if I don’t meet my goal. 

The Kickstarter Campaign:

As of this writing I have 174 backers on Kickstarter with a total donation amount of $13,602!!!  It’s amazing how much support has turned out for this project.

So this support isn’t wasted, I need your help now more than ever.  The campaign ends on October 11th and if I don’t meet my fundraising goal I lose everything that I’ve raised so far.  All of the donations that have been pledged so far will return to the donors.

Since the campaign is in it’s last leg, I thought I’d highlight some of the coverage I’ve been able to get for Seeking Heartwood over the past month.

I’m putting at least 10 hours daily into the campaign, on top of filming, photographing, researching, and making contacts and arrangements for the documentary!  Below you’ll find a recap of some of that work:

 

September Recap:

It’s been an extremely busy month working on Seeking Heartwood.  Since I’m doing so much these days, I thought I’d start to doing a recap post at the end of each month and write about anything that fell through the cracks of my blog.

This past month I highlighted some of the amazing examples of socially engaged Buddhism:
Secondly, since some of the Kickstarter donation rewards involve photos from my travels, I thought I’d beef up my available travel photos with non-Buddhist places.  There’s some amazing places from California, Texas, North Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, and Utah:
I also wrote up a short review of the outstanding Buddha Play.  It’s always exciting to see Buddhism explored through the arts:
Additionally, I had a successful time in the Bay area (I always do), interviewing meditation teachers James Baraz, Phillip Moffitt, Shaila Catherine, and Leigh Brasington:
Lastly, I posted some pictures from one of the large Thai temples in North Hollywood:
In addition to the above, I was able to visit with Buddhist blogger Rev. Danny Fisher, spoke with American Buddhist scholar and retired professor Charles Prebish, and made contacts with some of the amazing contemplative scientists at the forefront of research on meditation including Dave Vago of Harvard, Willoughby Britton of Brown, and Judson Brewer of Yale.
I also got accepted into retired Oxford professor Richard Gombrich’s intensive 2-week introduction to Pali course.  It’s in Berkely in January.
During my time in DC, I also had the wonderful opportunity to film and visit shortly Tara Brach of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.
I also attended the country’s oldest Zen temple, Zenshuji in LA, for their 90th anniversary and discussion panel of “The Future of Zen in America.”  I meant to write up a post of the discussion, and may in the future, but I’ve been so swamped with the Kickstarter campaign that the best I can do for now is put up photos from the event.  I was also able to snap some photos of the surrounding area of LA’s Little Tokyo and some of the nearby Buddhist Temples.  Enjoy!

 

<– Click here to donate and please help spread the word!  My fundraising campaign ends on October 11th and all of the money I’ve raised will be returned to the donors if I don’t meet my goal.  

 

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