After experiencing a blissful meditative state in one of Imee's ten-day silent meditation retreats in Thailand, she had an innovative idea to develop a meditation tool to help people sit comfortably for longer periods.  This was the birth of the Dharma Buddy, a meditation strap and back support inspired by the traditional malong* that always accompanies her in her journeys.  It took three years to finally find her business partner, Marina Bulaong, who would be key in bringing the Dharma Buddy into actuality.  The Dharma Buddy is a livelihood project that gives job opportunities to unemployed women in Mabini, Batangas, Philippines.