In his college years, Matthew Burdette spent more time playing video games than he did studying.
But he discovered a passion for life after graduation, and began dedicating his spare time to traveling the country and teaching others how to do the same.
Today, he has over a dozen years of travel experience in different parts of the country, working with youth groups, colleges and faith groups.
In the summer of 2016, he moved to a town near his hometown of Bakersfield, California, with his wife, Emily, and two young children, Austin, now 4, and Eli, now 7.
“The biggest thing I learned was life is a journey,” he said.
“We’re all different, but you can always find something that you can work on together.”
His goal was to find a way to share his passion with people around the country.
So, after months of planning, he decided to set out to travel around the world.
“I think I got a little bit lost in this whole thing,” he recalled.
“There’s a lot of different things you could do.
He has visited cities from the Arctic Circle to the Great Wall of China and even a few in the United States. “
His travels have taken him to Brazil, India, France, South Africa, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, India and Malaysia.
He has visited cities from the Arctic Circle to the Great Wall of China and even a few in the United States.
Burdett said he is “happy to say that I’m not a travel evangelist, but I am an advocate for people who are trying to figure out the way of life.”
Buddhist monks and nuns are often criticized for not teaching their followers how to live their lives, but Burdettes’ experience with the monks and his desire to share that message with others was a way for him to change that. “
My hope is to help people who want to do something and feel inspired by that,” he added.
Buddhist monks and nuns are often criticized for not teaching their followers how to live their lives, but Burdettes’ experience with the monks and his desire to share that message with others was a way for him to change that.
“For me, teaching is about connecting people to their true selves and sharing their journey,” Burdet said.
He said he has found it “very rewarding” to meet people in other countries and learn about their lives and experiences.
“You can’t go around telling people to just sit back and be happy,” he explained.
“To me, that’s just like preaching, telling people you love them, saying that you love the people who love you.”
Matthew Buddette’s journeys have taken them to Japan, Brazil, South America, France and India.
He is now teaching people how to travel, share their journey and teach others how.
Bodies, not lives Burdets journey has taken him all over the world, from the jungles of Brazil to the junglies of India to the mountains of China to the great plains of South Africa.
His travels have also included trips to Africa, Japan and the Middle East, as well as parts of Asia and Latin America.
In some places, Burdetts life has taken a more spiritual, contemplative route.
“This is my way of being here on Earth, where I can just sit and just feel,” he told ABC News.
“If I can get a little quiet, the things that are happening in my life, I can sit and say to myself, ‘Maybe life is so small, and there’s so much more that I can do.'”
He has even made a trip to the Middle Ages to learn about the faith and traditions of the time.
“It’s like when I was young and I was reading the Bible and it was all very confusing and it didn’t seem right, and I’m sitting in a room and there was a priest and I could just see all the history and all the faith,” he shared.
Biddings journey has also taken him on a journey through space.
“Sometimes, I think the way I see it, I’ve never been in a space I haven’t gone to before, I have never been to the outer planets, I haven) never been out in space, I don’t know,” he continued.
“And so for me, it’s like, well, if I was to go out there and experience all of this, then I can be a better person.
And that’s what I’m trying to do, is just to try to give a little more meaning to it.”
Matthew says he plans to continue teaching people and making trips around the globe, but his most popular project is the “Buddhist Monk’s Journey” program that he is launching with his friend and fellow Buddhist monk, John DeMille.
The program aims to inspire young people around this time of religious awakening to embrace Buddhism and to share their story.
The project will be launching on May 20 in New York City.
In addition to sharing their story, the monks will also teach a mindfulness meditation course for kids.