This blog has been active for a little over two and a half years, and I have typed out close to a thousand posts. It felt like it was time for a change. I hope you like it.
Apart from the appearance, one other thing I did was pay the good people at WordPress for an annual plan, which I have not done before. This should mean no more annoying ads popping up in the posts, but the main reason I did it was so that I could host audio on the site. I still have a few talks posted on Soundcloud, and those that are on the Zen Center site might as well stay there, but this will allow me to put a few more talks online, past and future. I may even have a separate place for some favourite photos.
The readership for this blog is not vast, and I am happy with the modesty of it all – if nothing else it is a good practice for me to keep reading and writing. Nevertheless, apart from sometimes marveling at how far-flung some of my readers are, I do occasionally get reminders of the impact the dharma can have. This week I got an email out of the blue from someone I know; I haven’t seen her in over a year, and I had no idea she was even a reader of the blog. She read the post by Zuiko Redding about skillful means, just as she had been writing to her family to confront them on traumatic events in her early life that she had just been painfully uncovering; as she said,”This led me to edit out as much of anger as I could and just leave what was true.”