Dear Dhamma friends
I am very excited to inform you about the successful launch of the crowdfunding campaign, Buddhist Life Stories of Australia (part of Research My World, a collaboration between Pozible and Deakin University, Australia)
You can support the campaign here:
The research team is extremely grateful to all who have offered advice and feedback in the development of this project. We are especially grateful to Venerable Ajahn Brahm, Venerable Thich Phuoc Tan, Venerable Chi Kwang, Venerable Robina Courtin, Venerable Bhante Sujato, Kim Hollow (President of the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils), and Laura Chan (President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Melbourne chapter), who have all kindly contributed to the video.
As you can see in the video, the research team only worked with a basic, minimal script — it is the generous support of Buddhist leaders that have made it such a touching and moving video. And this is what excites us the most about this project: that it is a collaborative process between the research team and the broader Buddhist community, an opportunity for us (who are practicing Buddhists) to perform an act of service to the community.
We envision this present project as the modest first step of a larger, long-term program that will allow us to document more life stories, not only of ordained members of the Sangha but also the lay community. Buddhism in Australia is diverse, vibrant, and multicultural – all sorts of flowers of different shapes and colours. We are so blessed and grateful to be part of this with you.
Please help us spread the word about this campaign. And please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or if you wish to explore ways to actively publicise the campaign at your location. We would be most grateful for your assistance.
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With utmost gratitude and metta
Edwin, with Anna and Praveena