Brandon Thompson is a poet, a scholar, a musician and a lover of music, and a Buddhist practitioner and teacher. For over a decade, he was core faculty in Sofia University's Global Master's Program, guiding students from all over the world. Brandon has been a student of Mahayana Buddhism since 1999, and has taught in this tradition since taking his bodhisattva vow in the summer of 2007. His home practices are the lojong (mind training) framework and tonglen meditation. Brandon's first published book of poetry, “The Long Road Home: A Collection of Poems from an Open Heart,” is currently in its Second Edition. His second collection of ecstatic poetry, "From the Back of a Thirsty Camel: Ecstatic Longings," was released March 2016. His exploration into Buddhism through ecstatic poetry, "The Medicine is in the Poison: Poems from the Path of Lojong" began its journey in November 2016. Finally, Brandon published “Fire and the Moon: Poems for my Daughter” in August of 2018, as a gift for his daughter’s second birthday. He regularly facilitates ecstatic poetry workshops across the United States.
Brandon's current work involves bringing ecstatic poetry more fully into his life and into the world. Through his publications, scholarly writing, teaching, and workshops, Brandon is seeking to engage with ecstatic poetry as a visionary art: an art form with transformative potential and mystical underpinnings. Entering into this visionary art dialogue is at the forefront of Brandon's work at present.
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