It seems to me that if you supported one community-funded independent creative work that tells the story of an important chapter in American Buddhist history, well then you should support another community-funded independent creative work that tell story of an important chapter in American Buddhist history.
An earlier iteration of my online self would have jumped on this one, a piece by the Angry Asian Buddhist regarding the Buddhism portal on the religion website Patheos. I’m not really interested in having a debate I’ve had before all to no avail. But I was contacted by @cherryblossom on Twitter today about one aspect of this debate that I think needs closer attention.
I know truly how grievous it is that I, Gutoku Shinran, am sinking in an immense ocean of desires and attachments and am lost in vast mountains of fame and advantage, so that I rejoice not at all at entering the stage of the truly settled, and feel no happiness at coming nearer the realization […]
The lotus of enlightenment will not take root on the high plateaus of abstraction, nor in the rarefied atmosphere of the cloistered retreats. It grows in the swamp of everyday living, filled with crying babies, unpaid debts, noisy neighbors, petty rivalries, and unreasonable bosses.