Excited to finally get involved with this website, I've heard a lot about it. I've been on a 21 month road trip all around America in an attempt to discover what the Buddha actually taught and how best to express it to Americans. I've been visiting with every meditation teacher I can find in an attempt to get to the heart of this stuff. I'm a firm believer that the best gift you can give is the dhamma and this is what I'd like to help give to this and upcoming generations, especially if I can dispel a lot of them misconceptions and confusion about what the historical Buddha taught.
I am putting together a documentary film on this, but I hope the moderators won't prevent me from posting because I'm not here to promote that, and besides, it's a long ways away from being finished. I'm still out interviewing, meditating, and visiting temples, meditation groups, and monasteries. I'm only here to have an outlet to mull over a lot of what I've experienced within a good community. And hopefully people will suggest places/teachers that mean a lot to them so I can visit them.
“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19
>Mike, I actually have been out to the East coast quite a bit. I've been to about 35 states all over the country at this point. I just didn't start the blog util about 4 months ago, once I was headed from Texas to Cali.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)
---The trouble is that you think you have time--- ---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe--- ---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
Unfortunately I haven't been out to Las Vegas yet but I've heard there's a lot of Buddhism there. I'm in the LA area though, so not to far and need to get out there soon. I've got the Buddhist Geeks Conference coming up next, so maybe after that I can head out to Vegas.