All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness ... the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A Little About Me

I've been very fortunate...I'm married to the man of my dreams who I affectionately call my "main squeeze." We have two wonderful children and I have three just as wonderful step-children. Altogether there are 9 grandchildren.

I've also been fortunate in the "work place." I graduated from the University of California at Fullerton back in the day when it was still a State College surrounded by fields...and, at a time my entire tuition for a semester (counting books) was around $150.00! I lived at home, worked part-time for $2.00 and hour and bought gas for 30 cents a gallon! Several years and two children later, I managed a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University.

I've had several careers...I spent 20 years in human services developing programs for emotionally/mentally handicapped adjudicated teenagers. Most of this work took place in North Carolina among some of the most talented and compassionate people I have ever known.

Things change. In the 1980's our family made the move to Southern California where I became somewhat of an entrepreneur, learned all I could about computers, and by the early '90's found myself addicted to the Internet. I learned HTML and began writing web pages for anyone who wanted them...which was just about everybody. By 1992 I was hired by a large corporation to be their webmaster and helped develop one of the first totally interactive web sites on the Internet. I was doing what I loved and getting paid for it!

By the late 1990's our children were grown and my main squeeze wanted to move to Indiana (where he grew up). But, that is the simple reason we moved here...the real reason is that we both felt compelled to be here. We always laugh and say in all honesty, "We had to move to Knightstown, Indiana to find our home in Buddhist practice!"

Today, we are semi-retired and able to dedicate our lives to the people we love and the things we love to do. We live in a cute little house in the middle of 23 acres of fields, streams, and woods about 5 miles from the little town of Knightstown, IN.

We spend a lot of time at the An Lac Temple where we met our current teacher Thich Nu Nguyen Thien, Abbess of the Temple and another group of wonderful, caring, compassionate people. I suspect we will be spending even more time there.

Earning a Living and Dharma Work

In addition to Mantras in Wood and other wood projects, I teach computer literacy at IUEast in Richmond, IN. I try to support An Lac Temple, the Indiana Buddhist Center, and other Buddhist organizations like Buddhist Geeks, the Buddhist Geeks Podcast site, and other Buddhist groups that strive to share the dharma in mindful, non-sectarian ways as much as I can. My husband Walt has started two Buddhist Meetup groups - one in Indianapolis and one in West LaFayette.

Although I'm still not as successful as I'd like to be, I try to make my life my practice...I try to make my practice my life. I try to remember to set my intention before every activity I undertake during the day and I then try to remember to dedicate the merit of positive activities. Needless to say, I also do my share of purification practices and prayers!

My Root Teachers

I pay homage to my root teachers:

  • Geshe Jinpa Sonam;
  • his teacher, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Samten, Abbot of the Drepung Gomang Monastery;
  • Thich Nu Nguyen Thien, Abbess of An Lac Temple, Indianapolis;
  • His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet.

I also pay my deepest respect and gratitude to all those who have assisted me along the path. These wonderful people include (but are not limited to):

My compassionate, loving parents, Anthony and Josephine DeGrandis My precious friend, Nelle Wheeler My kind and loving husband, Walt Bush
My first grade teacher who taught me to read George Williams Ven. Lobsang Chukyi
Robert Thurman Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Contact Information

JoAnn Bush
6717 S. State Road 109
Knightstown, IN 46148