Vows

Back when I first started writing the Ino’s Blog, I was quite fascinated to see how detailed the stats could be: not just how many people visited the site, and what they looked at, but the search terms that brought them there. Some of those terms seemed rather random to me, although in fact I think they were due to some anime or game character called Ino, rather than someone wanting to know the intricacies of the temple way of life.

Many years on, I still find it helpful to keep an eye on how this blog is doing, though knowing the number of visitors on any particular day doesn’t convince me to do anything different here, nor does knowing that the most popular time for visits, according to WordPress, is generally Monday at 4:00am (local time, that is).

Nonetheless, I have been very curious that for the past few months, there has been a consistent number of downloads (I suspect that actually means listens) of some of the audio that I have posted, namely the series of classes on the Bodhisattva Vows I gave at Zen Center a couple of years ago. Occasionally one of the other talks is listed in the stats, but for some reason, these four classes are always head and shoulders above the others. I don’t have any special feeling about the class myself – I don’t think it was among my best work by any means – and I am somehwat intrigued as to its popularity. If anyone can shed light on this, I would be very happy to hear about it.

And since we are on the subject, I will put in another plug for the class Zachary and I will be offering for Zen Center in about a month on Hyakujo and the fox. And, while I am blowing my own trumpet so shamelessly, a reminder that there is a roam on Saturday, and that if you are reading this post on the day it is published, you can attend my Within class at noon, local time.


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