The Kickstarter Campaign:
As of this writing I have 174 backers on Kickstarter with a total donation amount of $13,602!!! It’s amazing how much support has turned out for this project.
So this support isn’t wasted, I need your help now more than ever. The campaign ends on October 11th and if I don’t meet my fundraising goal I lose everything that I’ve raised so far. All of the donations that have been pledged so far will return to the donors.
Since the campaign is in it’s last leg, I thought I’d highlight some of the coverage I’ve been able to get for Seeking Heartwood over the past month:
-Featured on the online editions of the major Buddhist magazine publications Shambala Sun and -Buddhadharma (thanks Sam!).
-Emailed every single person I’ve met on the road over the past 2 years (over 500 emails!).
-Email blasts from organizations such as BuddhaFest, Engaged Buddhists, and Dharma Bum Temple.
-Asked close friends and family for contributions
-Asked many of the teachers I’ve already interviewed and will interview to share the project with their communities
-Posted information about the project on every major online Buddhist forum including Dharma Wheel, Dhamma Wheel, Dharma Overground, Zen Forum International, Buddhism Without Boundaries, and Free Sangha
-Posted on 35 Buddhist Facebook groups
-Interviewed by Ted Meissner for the Secular Buddhist Podcast
-Interviewed by the Long Beach Post (article forthcoming)
-Featured on more blogs than I can count including: Buddhist Art News, Sumeru, the worst horse, Dharma Cowgirl, Ironwolf, Dharma Flower Sangha, Embracing Samsara, Full Contact Enlightenment, Awakening the Bay, and more
-Posted on Reddit
-All blog entries shared on Pinterest
-550 new followers on Twitter
-Nearly 1,400 video views on Kickstarter and an additional 500 Youtube video plays
-Had an overall campaign reach of 240,000 with Facebook ads and achieved 500 new “Likes”
-Nearly 9000 views on the social photography website 500px
-Roughly 12,000 page views on this website since launching the campaign
-and much more, including all the sharing done by supporters like you.
I’m putting at least 10 hours daily into the campaign, on top of filming, photographing, researching, and making contacts and arrangements for the documentary! Below you’ll find a recap of some of that work:
It’s been an extremely busy month working on Seeking Heartwood. Since I’m doing so much these days, I thought I’d start to doing a recap post at the end of each month and write about anything that fell through the cracks of my blog.
This past month I highlighted some of the amazing examples of socially engaged Buddhism:
Secondly, since some of the Kickstarter donation rewards involve photos from my travels, I thought I’d beef up my available travel photos with non-Buddhist places. There’s some amazing places from California, Texas, North Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, and Utah:
I also wrote up a short review of the outstanding Buddha Play. It’s always exciting to see Buddhism explored through the arts:
Additionally, I had a successful time in the Bay area (I always do), interviewing meditation teachers James Baraz, Phillip Moffitt, Shaila Catherine, and Leigh Brasington:
Lastly, I posted some pictures from one of the large Thai temples in North Hollywood:
In addition to the above, I was able to visit with Buddhist blogger Rev. Danny Fisher, spoke with American Buddhist scholar and retired professor Charles Prebish, and made contacts with some of the amazing contemplative scientists at the forefront of research on meditation including Dave Vago of Harvard, Willoughby Britton of Brown, and Judson Brewer of Yale.
During my time in DC, I also had the wonderful opportunity to film and visit shortly Tara Brach of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.
I also attended the country’s oldest Zen temple, Zenshuji in LA, for their 90th anniversary and discussion panel of “The Future of Zen in America.” I meant to write up a post of the discussion, and may in the future, but I’ve been so swamped with the Kickstarter campaign that the best I can do for now is put up photos from the event. I was also able to snap some photos of the surrounding area of LA’s Little Tokyo and some of the nearby Buddhist Temples. Enjoy!
Check out photos here: