I know I know. I never call. I never write. But it’s not for a lack of productivity. Here’s some stuff I’ve been working on (or care about) that I can share with y’all.
- The DharmaRealm podcast is back in full swing. Harry and I have released two episodes this month — in which I say some ridiculous things but in which there’s also some real gems — and more are on the way. As always, bookmark, Twitter, Facebook, whatever, to your heart’s content.
- Also, the second issue of PrapaÃ±ca: a buddhist journal has just hit the digital newsstands. This one feels a bit more ambitious than the last, fuller and more well-rounded. And it includes, among other wonderful and notable pieces, an article about a favorite topic in some corners of the Buddhist blogosphere — Buddhism in the West — by none other than Brooke Schedneck. So. Check it out.
- In a somewhat less self-promotional-y vein, for those of you who are interested in Carl Jung and/or Jungian archetypes and/or the intersection of Buddhism and psychology, the Institute of Buddhist Studies is co-hosting a couple of “Red Book Dialogues” in October and November. (I’ll be at both, the man behind the camera; say hi if you like.) The first one will be held in Berkeley and features Norman Fisher of the San Francisco Zen Center. The second one will be in the City and features… wait for it… Jack Kornfield. He’s, like, super famous, or something, right? So yeah. You should go.
- I was going to write something in point number four down here about something completely unrelated to me, something completely un-self-promotional-y. Something about Zen teachers being fired, or ongoing arguments about racism, or the stupidity of certain politician’s feelings regarding masturbation (or witchcraft or evolution or whatever her gripe-de-jour is). Or maybe even something completely opposite from all of that, something completely hopeful and inspiring like hope for LGBT youth, or rallies in our nation’s capitol, or just freaking cool. But, quite frankly, while I feel as though I have been rather mindful lately, I haven’t been particularly mindful about any of that. There’s just too much other stuff going on, too much other stuff that is inspiring, hopeful, enraging, intense, wonderful, in my little corner of the world. And it’s not the type of stuff that I either feel compelled to share with the world at large, nor is it the kind of stuff that makes headlines, not even blogosphere headlines. In short, it’s just life. And it’s beckoning me to put my nose back to the proverbial grindstone. But before I do, I just wanted to remind everyone that there is indeed a lot of beauty in the world — a lot of beauty in your world — so go out and find it.