Spirituality, declined in religious belief or simply as following some philosophical principles that lead us to live our lives better, is experienced and cultivated by many people, while in other situations, this path is totally lacking.
Taking care of our minds and change our thoughts to achieve a state of happiness is a long and intense path that brings us definitely to relate more positively with ourselves and with others.
Working on the mind and turning into concrete action the positive teachings of each religion or philosophy, every day, are acts of love towards ourselves and others.
The sharing of this journey doesn’t always happen because it is deeply intimate and personal.
The project “The Buddhist Experience” wants to connect, to combine these two aspects of my personal experience at the Buddhist Institute Lama Tsong Khapa in Pomaia where I lived for two and a half months together with Tibetan Geshes, Buddhist monks and nuns, students, volunteers and employees.
Living every day in contact with these people, created in me the desire to get in touch more deeply with their lives, to hear their stories related to their way of life, to discover the motivation that has led them to embrace this religion or simply to share the philosophy, and the reasons for them to walk this path.
Together with these two aspects of the genesis, motivation and initial choice to go “towards” Buddhism, my desire was to investigate which are the teachings of Buddhist philosophy that these people put into practice every day and who have contributed and are contributing to constantly improve the quality of their life in relation to themselves, to others and to their environment.
The project consists of text and images. The stories I’ve heard from each person have been transcribed and then I took one or more images that symbolize the Buddhist principles that everyone carries in his/her own daily life.
The project was a way to share thoughts and different stories, a way to personal and reciprocal enrichment that I wish to donate to anyone who will look at these pictures and read these thoughts.