Brandon Thompson is a poet, a scholar, a musician and a lover of music, and a Buddhist practitioner and teacher. He is an Associate Core Faculty Member in Sofia University’s Hybrid: Global Master’s program, and spends his days joyfully guiding and humbly mentoring 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. He finds his home practices in lojong (mind training) and tonglen (sending and taking) meditation, first prescribed by the Buddhist sage Shantideva in the 8th century. 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 newest book, “The Medicine is in the Poison: Poems from the Path of Lojong,” was released November 2016. 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.