last words

It is now Friday, December 4, 2009. It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted anything, here at the end of a surprisingly quiet autumn for the buddha is my dj. I realize that I’ve been posting less lately. (And, my god, there’s been so much that I could have (should have?) written about!) There are real reasons for the scarcity of posts, to be sure, but rest assured the following: the primary reason I’ve been posting less is that I’ve been deeply engaged with some other projects this fall; and you can expect more from these parts in the new year.

For now, though, I wanted to point your attention to the latest episode of the DharmaRealm podcast. This is the fourth and final installment of Harry’s and my live show that we recorded way back in October. This episode centers around some more political questions like same-sex marriage as well as more details about the lives and spiritual histories of your hosts.

I’m really thankful that Harry and I had the chance to do this show. I think we got off to a rocky start that night, but it came together over time. And we learned a lot in the process. You can count on us doing more live shows in the year to come.

However, because it’s December, because we’ve got a lot of social engagements (and for me a much-needed vacation to warmer climes), because January isn’t much better as we both get ready for the BCA’s National Council Meeting, today’s episode is also the last episode you’ll be getting from us until February. Them’s the breaks kid. Sometimes ya gotta go for quality over quantity!

But you’re going to want to stick around in the new year for the next episode. While I can’t say anything for certain yet, rumor has it we’re going to be adding a third mic to the mix on occasion and do some interviews. If all goes to plan, of course.

Next up in my cavalcade of self-promotion, I’ve been invited to give a talk (or, perhaps more appropriately, lead a study group) at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin on January 12. I’m assuming more info will be up at their website soon, and I’ll of course post more details here closer to the date.

Two important events are coming up here in December, wonderfully and diametrically opposed in a sunyata-esque sort of way: the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Bodhi Day. Of the former, all I can say is that as we remember war-time tragedies of the past, let’s do our best to not repeat those mistakes and work for peace in the present. Of the later, all I’ll say is let’s use the occasion of Buddha Shakyamuni’s awakening as an inspiration for our own waking-up, for our own mindfulness of the Dharma, as a reminder of our interconnectedness with all other sentient beings. (See. I told ya it was sunyata-esque.)

And on that note, should this wave of real-life busyness keep me from posting anything meaningful between now and the new year, I’ll leave you with this: it’s been a rough year for a lot of us, a year filled with discord and acrimony. Let’s do our best to end on a higher note, taking care of those we love and those we don’t, and create a more peaceful and harmonious new year.

Be good to each other out there.