we’re doin’ it live!

It’s Saturday morning. It’s actually way too early on a Saturday morning (thanks, cat). But it looks like it’s going to be a lovely day out there, so I think I’ll make the most of it.

For the last week and a half, I’ve been floundering out here as my primary work computer’s hard drive crashed. I sort of pieced together a not-so-great working solution of the home computer and an old laptop, but I got very little done. So the next few weeks are going to be full of catch up. Oh, goodie. The reason I bring this up — well, one of the reasons I bring this up — is to reflect on how very attached I became to that computer. Or, more accurately, the routine I’d created with that computer and the work space. Not having that particular machine in that particular space was really disorienting. Working on the laptop in my living room just didn’t feel right. Funny how easily we are affected by change.

Ah well. The computer’s all fixed up and is back on my desk, and I can happily settle back into my old routine and learn nothing from this experience. (Note: sarcasm.) All is right with the world. All is so right with the world that I now have the pleasure of alerting you, my small but quite fan base, to a couple of updates and reminders.

Item number one: yesterday was the third Friday of the month and you know what that means. Another episode of the DharmaRealm. This time around we talked about Nagarjuna, a seminal figure in the history of Buddhism.

On a related DharmaRealm note, mark your calendars! Harry and I are planning a live recording of the podcast. The details are still fuzzy at this point, but here’s what we do know. On October 2, we’ll set up in front of a live audience and do our usual thing. We hope that the audience will come armed with questions so we can get a good dialogue going. I think many of our recent and best episodes have been so good because of listener questions and feedback. So having this happen in “real time” could be interesting. And I’m sure we’ll get a number of episodes out of the event.

So, stay tuned for updates. (The best ways to stay tuned would probably be to become a fan of our Facebook page or follow me on Twitter.)

Finally, since I have a fear of things getting buried or lost in the shuffle around here, I’m going to remind you about my little research project on “coming out” Buddhist. I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback already, but more work needs to be done. If you’d like to participate, check out these two posts (this one & this one), and please forward them off to anyone you think may be interested in participating. And note that despite the tenor of “coming out” and the connotations that this may have to just converts, I am actually very interested in the wide diversity of Buddhist experience in this country, regardless of when you “became” a Buddhist (whether through an explicit, adult choice or through upbringing). All of us in this country who take the Dharma seriously are members of a minority. So the “coming out” experience may not be limited to the narrow category of converts. So, please. Contact me with your story.

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