Tell us about yourself & your interest in prison dharma: (answer required) .
I am decent easy-going 50 year old white male contemplative person; and a spoiled-rotten child of american privilege! I have learned that I am not always entitled, even though I often act otherwise. I am a sometimes practicing artist/metalsmith. I work in the Exbhibits Design field. I like birds, science, poetry, movies, hiking, PBS and volunteer work. I am partnered, for 17 years. I have three cats. I commute by bicycle to work and live in a beautiful in-town neighborhood in Atlanta. I have studied Buddhism for years. I was raised a Christian but I read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse at 13 and have read Buddhist books ever since. So I think I've been a Buddhist ever since, whatever that means, despite a five-year on and off romance with a Trappist Monastery in the late 1980's. I dated Jesus but I married Buddha. I've not been the most committed practitioner. I sat formally for a year in a lay/community Zen Center. While I still meditate on my own, I mostly try to practice by being in my body, by focusing on my breath, and by chanting the name of the Buddha (Amitabha), Pure Land Practice, quietly to myself throughout the day. I am interested in Prison Dharma Network because I feel its important to break down walls of separation, help where I can and have a hunch that people inside probably have a lot to teach those of us on the outside.
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