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Portraits Of Boston: A Year In Solitude

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“Two years ago I got into Buddhism. Around that time I also spent a year in solitude.”

“Did you go to a monastery or did you just stay home?”

“I mostly stayed home and tried not to talk to anybody. People thought I was crazy. I just wanted to figure out who I am because I wasn’t very happy with myself at the time. I came out of it with a lot of clarity. Now I’m not going to have a midlife crisis or anything like that. But if you want a mantra, I’ll give you this: To understand everything is to forgive everything.”

“Have you had a lot to forgive?”

“I’ve had a tough life but I don’t dwell on it.”


Portraits of Boston is a project of independent photographer Ivan Velinov. He is regularly sharing some of his favorite portraits with WBUR. Visit his website to see the hundreds of portraits he has taken on the streets of Boston.

This program aired on October 10, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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