Posts tagged #Alms


A friend of mine led me to this article from the San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm blog

They have a group there called Ecosattvas, which is such a brilliant new term. I really like this. Ever since I discovered the high mountain basin farms of the Chan Monasteries in Southern China, I have been enamored by the sure purity of their consumption cycles. ALMS is a short portrait of that. It shows a community that lives in a sensical, respectful and intimate relationship with their landscape.

When I was a student in Bodh Gaya, I remember watching cows eating up the waste from the little restaurants near the Vihar where I lived with my classmates. The plates were made of a kind of tree leaf. I wish I knew what kind of tree. The bottles and plastic bags had been collected away already, re-used in a million clever ways. Those cows would gobble down all the “waste” from the restaurant and then out back in the grazing area near the river folks gathered up the cow patties in baskets to dry in neat little bricks which in turn were burned in homes and restaurants to cook on.  For the 20-year-old from Ohio, seeing the shear efficiency and purity of this cycle struck me deeply. And it is part of my world ever since.

Posted on April 20, 2013 and filed under Shared Journey.

ALMS @ The American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting

When I was an undergraduate in Religious Studies at The College of Wooster, my professors always attended this yearly event. It’s very exciting to have ALMS presented there. One more of life’s full circles I am happy to complete.

Alms will screen at 8pm this November 19, 2012 at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Chicago. My friend and fellow filmmaker, Mark Patrick McGuire (Shugendo Now) from John Abbot College in Montreal, will present the film on my behalf.


Posted on October 29, 2012 .

ALMS @ The Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival

I strive to craft my films in The Dreaming Buddhas Project to a high standard of academic integrity. My work toward upholding these values as a filmmaker includes reading and research into methods and practices of ethnographic filmmaking. In light of this, I was particularly pleased that the Society for Visual Anthropology accepted ALMS as part of their festival this year.


Posted on October 29, 2012 .