This last week we had scheduled two interviews for Tuesday, the 21st, with a psychic and an anthropologist. Unfortunately the psychic had to cancel but we still went to go interview David Holmberg, who is an anthropologist who specializes in the Nepal Himalayas and Buddhism and teaches at Cornell University.
Our interview was at 5 pm on Tuesday with David and we learned one major aspect about being prepared for an interview – make sure you have your SD cards. However we made it and set up for the interview easily now that we are more comfortable with using the GY-700 cameras. David discussed a lot about the history of Buddhism and about the beliefs of both the religious leaders as well as their followers. He was able to give us a lot of information about the background of their traditions and a bit about how it has changed more recently, where people are not as devoted to the old ways.
Now we aren’t actually going to jail, but Cornell parking services are probably not so happy with us.
Next week we are looking into talking to people at religious services and looking for more people who have gone through a religion change. One person who has expressed interest, Torben Russo, grew up with a Protestant mother and a Roman Catholic father and had dabbled in multiple religions and is now a Pagan/Wiccan. We hope to find more people that have changed their religious beliefs and talk to them about why they implemented the change.