Episode 132 :: Adam Eurich :: Seeking Heartwood

| August 27, 2012 | 12 Comments

Adam Eurich

Film maker Adam Eurich speaks with us about the development of his movie ‘Seeking Heartwood’.

What does Buddhism look like, in all its diversity, in contemporary society? How is it taking root and growing in the variety of different conditions we find today in America, in the U.K., in Australia, Germany, Austria, and France? And perhaps even more importantly, how do we contribute to this change rather than just being consumers of it? How do we give back?

For some people, it’s teaching. For others, it’s supporting their local sangha, or writing a blog. There are so many ways we clever little bipeds can create, can build, can nurture. What ways do you use your talents, every day?

A self-educated, one man documentary film-making crew, Adam Eurich originally studied engineering at UT Austin. After a 5-year career as a structural engineer in Washington, DC, he left that life behind to explore his passion – Buddhism. Prior to this major change, he had practiced for over ten years in nearly every major tradition, interviewing with Zen masters, surviving the Theravadan vipassana retreats, and performing Tibetan rituals and visualizations. To further explore Buddhism in America, he embarked on what has become a 21-month long road trip to create a documentary film about the Buddha’s teachings and how they’re manifesting in our modern society. Adam documents his journey into American Buddhism through a blog and photography on his site SeekingHeartwood.com. Special thanks to our dear friend Linda Blanchard for introducing me to Adam, this episode would not have happened without your foresight and kindness.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice cool drink from a mountain stream. Can you tell I just got back from Colorado?

:: Discuss this episode ::


“I’m going to do something…. I’m going to get a camera, and I’m going to go around the country, and I’m going to find out how well people express dhamma.” — Adam Eurich



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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. The track used in this episode is “Kyden no Kurayami” from his CD, Beyond the Times.

Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Candol says:

    Nice talk. I”m concerned that there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight for this film. When is it going to be finished. Have you completed the research at least. From the sounds of it, i would think you must surely have completed the research but no mention was made of where you are up to.

  2. adameurich says:

    Candol, if you take a look at my Kickstarter page you’ll see more details about the end date of the project and what needs to be accomplished to get there.

  3. Linda Linda says:

    Wow, Adam, the production values on the kickstarter short are stunning. You do all that with the equipment you pack into your little old car, and then you put it together on a computer?!? I am seriously impressed and can’t wait to see your film just for the views of America from the road, alone — but I am so looking forward to getting to “be there” for your interviews of so many of the movers and shakers in our local variant of Buddhism, as well as emissaries from so many other cultures bringing Buddhism to our shores.

  4. Dana Dana Nourie says:

    Hey Adam, great meeting you at Buddist Geeks. What you’re doing sounds really awesome. Maybe with those terabytes you can get two documentaries with slightly different angles. Wonderful to hear your story in this podcast with Ted. It was fun to listen to. I’m so glad that one place you stayed at where they took your keys didn’t also make you drink funny kool-aide! Can’t wait to see the video when it comes out!

    Oh, in going through your posted photos I didn’t see pix from Land of the Medicine Buddha in Soquel, ca. If you’ve not been there be sure to go before you wrap up. Great place for photos, but also a great place to chill and talk to some nuns or lamas. The ten medicine Buddhas there are impressive as is the sand art. Go in winter when the redwood forest is drippy and wonderful.

    I wish you much success!

  5. Dana Dana Nourie says:

    Candol, Adam said in the podcast that he hopes to be done at the end of 2013/14.

  6. Jordan says:

    Your comment about finally reading the Suttas and using the discourses to guide meditation practice really struck home. Can I hear and Amen. If only more people took a little time to read Suttas. MN118 and MN111 changed everything in my meditation. I paraphrase 118 when I teach mindfulness of breathing… long time meditators are blown away when they start to experience pleasure and rapture…. just like it says in the Sutta. Imagine that… and then it really gets good as described in MN111. Read the Suttas and lean from the teacher. I hope some of this heartwood is in the film. I am going to donate to the move so get ready for a few more bucks but don’t get to exited because it will just about cover a healthy cab ride. Much metta, rapture, and success.

  7. Ted Meissner Ted Meissner says:

    Just an update that today, Adam’s Kickstarter campaign did reach and exceed the goal needed to put the film together. Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort!

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