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Bodhipaksa

Sep 26, 2014

An urgent appeal – please give today!

Holding a red roseUnfortunately we’re struggling financially again this month, and we need to raise at least $4000 before the end of September so that we can cover our payroll expenses as well as the rent and other bills that are due at the start of October. Despite the meditation we do, we find that our position is still rather alarming!

Two months ago Wildmind hit a financial crisis, and you, our supporters, responded magnificently. We were deeply grateful to be helped out of a very scary situation. I apologize for having to approach you again so soon. I’ll say a little about what’s going on so that you understand our situation.

Last year …

Bodhipaksa

Jul 24, 2014

Urgent appeal for donations

woman hands with wooden bowl of water with petals,Wildmind needs to raise at least $3000 before the end of July, and preferably a bit more since $3000 would just allow us to scrape by.

Right now we have a financial crisis. The end of the month is coming and we don’t have enough in the bank to pay our staff. That’s rather worrying for all of us on a personal level, for obvious reasons.

(This has been an unusual month for Wildmind, financially. I’ll put a note with more details below.)

Anything you can contribute would be most welcome. You’d not just be helping those of us who work at Wildmind (Mark, Amy, and myself), …

Bodhipaksa

May 29, 2014

Progress, pitfalls, and more progress!

spring flowers in wooden bowlLast year we had an amazing response to our Free Bodhi campaign. Until last year I was up to my eyeballs in administrative tasks, like publicity, financial planning, and even buying office supplies. The Free Bodhi campaign was to raise funds so that we could take on Mark Tillotson as my business manager, and to free me up to teach and to write.

That’s worked out wonderfully! We reached our target, and now I spend my time writing and teaching. This has allowed Wildmind to run massive events as part of our Year of Going Deeper, like our Sit Breathe Love meditation challenge …

Mark Tillotson

Dec 13, 2013

Free Bodhi!

Buddha Meditation mit WasserspiegelungOur Indiegogo campaign, Free Bodhi, is going well. We’ve raised over $13,000 of our $22,000 target, with six days to go.

Why are we raising funds?

Wildmind is raising seed-funding for a business manager post so that Bodhipaksa (a.k.a. Bodhi, a.k.a. Mr. B.) can be freed up from admin and spend more time teaching and writing.

One of the first fruits of the Free Bodhi project is Wildmind’s Year of Going Deeper which is a year-long program of free meditation events, spanning the whole of 2014.

What’s in it for you?

  • On the most basic level, we’re giving away great perks to our donors. For example a donation of $15

Mark Tillotson

Dec 11, 2013

Free Bodhipaksa!

Buddha Meditation auf der grünen WieseThere’s just one week left in our Indiegogo campaign. We’re doing fairly well, with $12,716 raised so far of our $22,000 target. But there’s still a long way to go, and time is growing short.

If you’re new to the Free Bodhi fundraiser, we’re raising money to help Bodhipaksa be more effective in promoting meditation, by providing seed-money for a new admin worker at Wildmind. This new position will help free Bodhipaksa (Bodhi) up from day to day admin that gets in the way of writing and teaching.

To get an idea of how this can benefit the world, Wildmind is providing a year-long program of free meditation …

Mark Tillotson

Dec 05, 2013

A life-changing encounter

Free Bodhi projectIf you’d like to support our efforts to promote the practice of meditation, please contribute to the Free Bodhi project on Indiegogo.

Brendan, who lives in a small town in Sardinia, far from the nearest meditation center, talks about the benefits he’s experienced because of Bodhipaksa’s work here on the Wildmind web site, where we offer thousands of pages of meditation instruction as well as many guided meditation videos and audio recordings, and on Wildmind’s Google+ Community.

We already do a lot. For example:

  • More than 1.5 million people visit our site each year.
  • Our most

Bodhipaksa

Dec 03, 2013

Paying the Dharma forward

walking-buddha-1The Buddha really emphasized giving. In fact in you think about it we wouldn’t have any Buddhism today. The Buddha’s life, after his Awakening, was a life of giving. His time and his talent in communication was spent in giving people the tools they needed to become awakened. His energy was spent traveling around India, teaching.

The entire community of monks and nuns likewise gave their time and energy — their lives, really — in order to help others.

And if it wasn’t for 2,500 years of householders donating to the sangha, none of that teaching would have been passed onto us. It wasn’t just a question of lay Buddhists putting some …

Bodhipaksa

Nov 17, 2013

A guided meditation, and an invitation

bodhipaksaBelow is a guided meditation that I led on Saturday, at the closing of Wildmind’s contribution to the week-long Urban Retreat, led by the Triratna Buddhist Community. It’s a guided meditation on cultivating compassion, with a short talk at the beginning.

Now the invitation. Most of the guided meditations I lead and talks I give aren’t recorded. For example, back in February I led a retreat in Florida, and nothing was recorded. I’ve led workshops in Maine and Toronto, where again nothing was recorded. I intended to record the talks and meditations, but the trouble is that I get very focused on the act of communicating and forget to hit “record.”

Bodhipaksa

Nov 11, 2013

Five benefits of helping to free Bodhi

freedom!We do a lot here on Wildmind with the intent of helping people become happier. And we do it on a shoestring. And with a tiny team.

There is a “we” at Wildmind, but only barely. I have an assistant who works part-time, three days a week, and who takes care of our online store. This helps pay the costs of running an office and an extensive website. We have a volunteer in Toronto who posts the news stories. And we have a couple of regular or semi-regular (unpaid) contributors to our blog. A professional bookkeeper comes in two afternoons a month. But otherwise it’s all up to me. I write the …

Bodhipaksa

May 14, 2013

Helping to make the world a more compassionate place

sit-love-give-buddhaAs the Buddha said,

“Looking after oneself, one looks after others.
Looking after others, one looks after oneself.”

(Attānaṃ rakkhanto paraṃ rakkhati.
Paraṃ rakkhanto attānaṃ rakkhati.)

Over the last 33 days of our 100 Days of Lovingkindness, I’ve written a blog post every day. Here’s a list of all the posts I’ve written, offering teachings on developing lovingkindness and compassion.

I hope you’re finding all this useful. If you haven’t had a chance to read these posts yet, then of course they’ll be there for you in the future.

Many people have said that they’ve benefited from this writing I’m doing, and it’s even been suggested that I turn all these posts into a book. I feel …