Dancing with Dharma

Dancing with Dharma (McFarland 2016) features 27 authors from 6 countries writing about the intersections of movement and dance with Buddhist practice. The anthology features sections on Movement, Dance, Performance, Ritual, and Theory, ending with Guided Practices, which leads readers in practicing several of the modalities themselves. Contributors range from professional choreographers to Buddhist masters to dance/movement therapists.

 

"This book offers a series of rare insights into the increasingly relevant intersection of dharma, dance, and community... useful for enthusiasts, scholars, and fans alike." 

-- Amazon.com review

 

"This is a long-awaited, and somewhat overdue, first book of its kind...a landmark text."

 -- Goodreads review

 



Moving Meditations with danceroom Spectroscopy

This 6-minute film, written up in the Lion's Roar, features highlights from three moving meditation sessions I led with award-winning danceroom Spectroscopy (dS) technology at Northeastern University.


"Buddhists, Get Your Prayer On"

“Holy envy is a fascinating dynamic in the field of Interfaith relations and this book does an excellent job exploring the various academic and theological dimensions of it.”

--Eboo Patel, Founder of Interfaith Youth Core

"Buddhists, Get Your Prayer On: Reflections on Christian Spontaneous Prayer by a Buddhist Chaplain" chapter in Learning from Other Religious Traditions: Leaving Room for Holy Envy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

 

Abstract:

Buddhist chaplain Harrison Blum draws inspiration from spontaneous Christian prayer in challenging Western Buddhists to expand the often internal, silent, and measured nature of their practice into something more relational, spoken, and prophetic. Drawing from examples of his university, medical, and psychiatric care chaplaincy work, Blum describes his own path to finding his authentic voice in praying across faith traditions, and in turn invites further modalities of Buddhist practice beyond silent meditation and Dharma talks.

 

On the book:

This book brings together academic scholars from across various religious traditions to reflect on the beauty they find in traditions other than their own. They examine these aspects and reflect on how they inform and constructively assist with rethinking their own religious worldviews and practices. Instead of focusing only or primarily on the theory and practice of interreligious dialogue, this book presents living examples of learning from other religious traditions, identities, and persons.

 



Emerson College Meditations at St. Francis House

A video summary of the weekly meditations classes provided by Emerson College's Center for Spiritual Life for the residents of St. Francis House, New England's largest day shelter. Film shot and edited by CJ Clervil and BaoLong Song.


"Mindfulness Equity and Western Buddhism"

"Mindfulness Equity and Western Buddhism: Reaching People of Low Socioeconomic Status and People of Color"

International Journal of Dharma Studies, 2014.

This article shares research findings on the first pilot of the Mindfulness Allies Project -- a model to partner meditation teachers and centers with organizations serving people of color and people of low socioeconomic status.