Tuesday, June 25, 2013
As part of my commitment to supporting fellow writers and artists on the path, I'd like to offer my endorsement to Adam Tebbe's Sweeping Zen and invite readers to give a financial contribution (of any amount) to Adam's Indiegogo campaign. Sweeping Zen has been run almost entirely on donations from it's beginning nearly four years ago. It has become quite the hub for news, interviews, and noteworthy links for all things American Zen. Adam regularly offers space to showcase the writing of Buddhist bloggers, and has frequently published difficult, but necessary articles about some of the challenges facing our sanghas.
It's important to remember that many of us writers producing regular content online aren't "making it" financially. That goes for those like Adam who are building the structures to house and spread what we offer to wider audiences. In great part, this is because we have chosen to speak from our hearts, as opposed to crapping out the kind of formulaic content that corporate folks love to pay for. Even though "Zen" the word and it's attendant popular associations sell, the bulk of quality writing about zen really doesn't sell. And in a way, that's how it should be. Getting to the heart of the matter shouldn't be about getting wealthy and famous. The teachings of the Eight Worldly Winds are an excellent antidote to such thinking. At the same time, we are each living in material bodies with material needs. I need financial support. Adam needs it for Sweeping Zen. Many other quality spiritual writers need support. It's always wonderful to receive kind words, have your articles shared, and generally get kudos from our readers. But we're in a conundrum in this capitalist society where the aims of our spiritual practice are tangled up by the demands of a manifestly brutal and unjust economy.
Last year, I did my own Indiegogo campaign. It was an experiment in moving beyond capitalist notions of "having a job" and getting a paycheck. I've been considering doing another one for more targeted work in the social activist community, but haven't figured out how to pitch it yet.
In the meantime, if you have a few dollars to spare, please consider sending them to Sweeping Zen. Thank you.