digest: what have i done

One shouldn’t mistake a lack of blogging for a lack of productivity. This little Buddhist blogger has had one helluva productive month. Many things are happening. Some, I can’t reveal just yet. But here’s some stuff that I can.

  • I wrote up some thoughts on fundamentalism for the religion website Patheos. Much thanks to the ever-benevolent Gary Gach for taking the reigns on the Buddhist Portal over there. He’s filling it in with content content content, and rumor has it that there’s going to be a great series of pieces over the summer by some formidable Buddhist writers and thinkers. So, if you haven’t already bookmarked and subscribed to your heart’s content, have at it.
  • Speaking of blogging, speaking of Patheos, the Patheos Buddhist Portal has its own blog called As the Wheel Turns. I’ve been asked to add my own voice over there, so expect some cross-posting in the future. Since I’ve been up to my earlobes in other projects that are keeping me from writing any substantial blogs posts, my first couple of posts on AWT will be what can only be described as oldies but goodies. For starters, there’s this one. More, someday.
  • Speaking of other projects, work continues tirelessly behind the scenes on Prapañca. I’m happy to report that we’re on target for the launch of the inaugural issue next Monday, June 21. If you haven’t already, check out our editor’s blog. (Good god, another blog!) And, somewhat more importantly, check out our Flickr page. And even more importantly, contribute to our Flickr page.
  • And, since I like you, here’s a sneak-peak of Issue Number 1’s cover.
  • Speaking of blogs, and in case you’ve been in a cave on Mars with your fingers in your ears for the last couple of days, it looks like the Blogisattva Awards are back. For those of you who don’t know, the Blogisattvas award excellence in Buddhist blogging. Who’s doing the awarding, i.e., who’s on this panel of judges, remains mystery to me. (If someone knows, and it’s not a super-super-secret, I’d love it if you’d share.) I like the idea of this. And I’ll be keeping my eye on it. Something Rod said, that this “is a great way to explore the Buddhist blogosphere,” is I think correct. My hope is that we really do get a chance to explore, a chance to be exposed to new bloggers, to little known bloggers, to bloggers who don’t often get their due, exposed to the full and rich diversity of voices and perspectives that are out there. But, then again, that’s sort of always my hope. *sigh*
  • On that note, here’s two blogs I discovered recently, two blogs that haven’t been updated in a while and may already be headed to the dustbins of Buddhist blogging history, two blogs that perchance will have some life breathed into them if they check their stats and see that someone’s linked to them. The first is from yet another Buddhist academic (in training), Aaron’s Buddhism blog. The other one is a Tumblr feed called “Fuck Yeah Buddha!” I have no idea what it’s about, but I couldn’t resist the very strong urge to use the phrase “Fuck Yeah Buddha!
  • Last but by no means least, if you’re in Oakland this weekend, you should do this.

That is all.

6 thoughts on “digest: what have i done

  1. Kyle and Nate posted on the Tricycle community, their blogs, and repeatedly on Twitter to get the nomination judges. I know they were having a hard time with anyone being willing to judge to narrow the field to come up with the nominations, so I’m guessing that it was probably everyone that volunteered. If you were still interested in judging, you could probably contact either one of them and see if there is still room for one more. The nominations aren’t done with until like October or something, so I don’t see why if you or someone you knew wanted in on the judging they couldn’t make that happen. Worth a shot.

    It looks like the winners will be chosen by poll once the nominees are figured out.

  2. Yes Scott, you are more than welcome to help in anyway. We’ve asked many times for volunteers, but it was difficult to get people to commit. So here is your chance!

  3. Adam, thanks for the info. And Kyle, thanks for invite. For the record, I don’t think I want to be a judge (nor do I want to judge the judges [who watches the watchmen…?]). I’ve learned of late not to stretch myself too thin, and lord knows I’ve got enough on my plate at present. I was more curious than anything, driven by my love of transparency and honesty.

    Thanks for checking in. It looks like the awards are in more than capable hands.

  4. Same here. I have a baby due at the end of Sept and just got a ton of more work piled on. No time for more commitments. I hope to find some new blogs out of it though.

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