Why Visions of a People’s Dharma?

Hi.

My name is Bryan Wagner and I wanted to tell you a little about why I started this site. 

     I have been interested in Dharma teachings for decades. I am using the word Dharma in the sense that Hinduism defines it as wisdom. Since I was a child I have been attracted to the wisdom of the worlds spiritual teachings and movements. I noticed early on that there were many underlying themes and directions. I often wondered what it was that kept so many paths diverse and at odds. I decided to do something about it. I have dedicated myself to the study and use of wisdom from the worlds spiritual paths. 

     Zen, Buddhism, Tao, Hindu, Sufi, Christian mystic, Jewish, American Indian, Shamanism, Agnostic, and Tribal are all areas of spiritual evolution that I love to study and am entirely engaged in learning about.

     Problematic to much of the teachings is the problem of too much commentary.  I we take Buddhism as an example the following is what usually occurs. All spiritual paths start with some  basic ideas and direction. Then as they evolve there is a tendency to add complexity, commentary, and special translators of the medium. Buddhism starts with the four processes needed to engage with less suffering and a wholesome life. This in turn evolves in the four Noble Truths and tons of commentary. People lose focus on what’s really important. They “learn” the initial four processes and then proceed to study the commentaries before they are able to start using the initial teachings in any helpful way. They then continue to be confused when they fail to integrate the basic teachings into life’s patterns. 

 My process, as I see it, is to cut through the commentary, complexity, and special translations of the teachings and cut to what we can use in everyday living. Join me on this journey. 

Bryan Wagner

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