Bon's Open Road
Mainstream Society Was Empty (1:14)
Helpful To Have A Mirror (1:44)
Take Time To Learn How Your Mind Works (1:10)
Life Isn't An Image (1:45)
United States 2008
San Francisco, CA
Public Television: Season 5
Empty Gate Zen Center
Buddhism, carpentry, civil rights, civil rights movement, college, control, development, ideas vs reality, influences, mentor, mind, not knowing, psychology, religion, self discovery, society, thinking, vietnam, vietnam war, war
- When he was 14, he realized he was “living a life that was someone else’s idea.”
- Didn’t want to go to college; parents made him a deal: he’d finish his education, then be free to do whatever he wanted.
- Moved to a Zen Buddhist farm in Northern California, his first encounter with Buddhism.
- First Buddhist text he read, he found himself nodding over and over again, going, “Yes, this is what I think, too.”
- Had seen his father’s disconnection from world of physical labor; decided to go the opposite route, became a carpenter.
- People kept telling him he’d be a good psychotherapist—knew he wanted to bring Buddhism to the “regular world,” therapy could be the link.
- Says it’s unrealistic to want to be happy all the time: “You’re not gonna want to go to work some days—that’s just how it is.”
- It’s helpful to find a mentor who can act as a “mirror,” not someone who tells you what to do, but rather shows you who you are.