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A reader wrote (Back in 2010):

I listened to all 60 of your podcasts about a year ago and just recently started listening to the ones still available on itunes again. I feel I’ve learned more from your podcasts than any other website or book about buddhism. Is there any chance you would resume the podcasts?

My response:

Yes and no.

It’s been four years since the site was really active, other than the occasional poster adding to the comment sections of many of the posts. As you may know, I revisited, re-read, and collected most of the old topics into my recent book, “The Five-Minute Buddhist” just recently. It really got me back in the mood and the mindset to return to things.

I had to give up writing for the site because of my job, and I’m still working, but I’ve been doing it long enough now that I think I can manage doing that and still find time to run a website or two, so I think it’s high time to get back to Daily Buddhism. I’m back!

That being said, there are a few things I’m going to do differently this time around.

First, I still get a request probably every week about bringing back the podcast. The podcast, to be honest, was one of the things that drove me away from the site before. I never much enjoyed making the recordings, audio editing, and all that stuff; I’m a writer, not a “radio personality.” So my answer is no, the podcast isn’t coming back. I won’t say never again, but I have no plans for it. All the old podcasts are still available on the site, and always will be.

I’m also not going to do the email list again, at least not right away. This one isn’t entirely my choice. I always liked getting the daily bits of Buddhism into people’s email boxes, but my mailing list is four years old. If I started sending stuff out now, I just know there’d be problems. Maybe I’ll start that from scratch sometime; let me know what you think.

Which leaves what? This website. I can still post articles and information here just like I always did, and the improvements in RSS technology over the past couple of years makes it easier for you to get the updates as I post them. It’s not perfect, but it’s a good place to restart.

Over the years since I stopped writing for the site, people have still been sending me emails with questions. I’ve answered most of them privately by email, but I’ve also saved them for eventual posting here. I’ve got material for close to a month, but after that, it’ll be up to you guys to submit new questions and topic requests. Wanna see me cover it? Let me know!

So get those questions coming in, and I’ll get on the answers.

as always,

3 comments to Returning

  • Welcome back! Although I personally liked the podcasts best, I understand why one might not want to keep them up. Are you still interested in having guest writers as you once were, or was that mostly limited to the podcasts?

  • Wes

    I’m very glad to hear you are back and active with the site again! When I discovered this great blog awhile back I was pretty distraught to see the last post was nearly 4 years ago!
    Remember-this work of helping our fellows is very important, maybe the most important work there is. Spreading the dharma, the message Buddha has of a practical method to live our lives with optimal happiness, productivity, sincerity, and compassion is about the best method at our disposal of reducing suffering and moving our world forward. Your work keeping the wheel turning is certainly appreciated!