Buddha Weekly Celebrates 10 Years of Publishing Buddhist Feature Stories, Teacher Interviews, and News: We Look Back at Our Successes and Failures
On our 10th anniversary, we wish to thank our thousands of regular readers for returning to us week after week for Buddhist features and news. Our volunteer writers and web team are very grateful for the loyalty — and have a lot of fascinating new content planned for 2017. We also thank the Buddhist Teachers who gave of their time in interviews, videos and comments on topics.
Buddha Weekly Began as a Forum Sangha
Buddha Weekly began as a forum sangha of Buddhist friends who wrote “mini features” on their Dharma practice, with perhaps a hundred reads a week. From that wobbly beginning in 2007, Buddha Weekly evolved into an online magazine reaching an average a couple thousand readers a day, and covering most important areas of Buddhist living and practice — with a special focus on Teachers, Meditation Practices, and Dharma.
Staying true to our roots, Buddha Weekly is published by volunteer Buddhist students, for the love of Dharma. Buddha Weekly accepts no donations, advertising or revenue from other sources.
The only donations are student time — in writing the stories and managing the website. And what a great experience it has been for all of us. We’ve met so many great teachers and interviewed so many wonderful people!
In those ten years, we’ve published many stories, normally two large features a week, most written by senior students, and most with quotes and insights from the great teachers of various Buddhist traditions. We’re all volunteers, but we try to make our “deadlines” as if it was our “job.” And we have plenty “no read misses” — and plenty of spectacularly popular features.
Hits and Misses — Who Knew Animal Sentience and Water Bowls Could Be So Popular?
Looking back on our hits and misses, it would be fair to say some of our features were stand-alone successes that went viral outside of Buddhist readers. Notable in that category was a feature “Prominent Scientists Declare “All Non Human Animals… Are Conscious Beings.” This still draws two-thousand or so readers a week, and in its first week was read by 78,000. Stories on Water Bowl Offerings, the Psychology of Prostrations and Reciting Sutras continue to draw a thousand reads a week, two years after they were published.
Then there were misses. A story, “I’m attached to my Mala” from an early contributor, had a whopping 308 reads. A story on “Mantras helping crops to grow” was also a blip.
Perennial Favorites: Medicine Buddha, Animal Sentience, and Namaste
There are a few feature stories that continue to draw many reads each week (with links):
- The First Doctor: Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru — Empowering You to Heal
- Namaste: Respect Overcomes Pride, a Universal Greeting and a Sign of Reverence
- Swift Healing with White Tara
- Buddhism Could Now Be the 2nd Largest Spiritual Path with 1.6 Billion
- Science: Research Proves Vajrayana Meditation Techniques Improve Cognitive Performance
- Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence for Rebirth
- The Better Way: Standing Meditation? For Those With Arthritis or Sports Injuries
The Steady Reads: “What the Teachers Say” and “The Scientific Buddhist”
Always favorites, landing in the middle of the hits/misses, are our three “special column” features:
- Our most popular series is “What the Teachers Say.”
- Also popular is “The Scientific Buddhist.”
- Our newest series is “Interviews with the Teachers.”
What’s New for 2017: Our Volunteers Are Busy with Videos
Our web designer volunteer took on extra duty as a volunteer video editor. These videos, featuring “live-recorded” teachings from Notable teachers and a new mini series “Video: Advice from the Teachers” are already becoming popular — thanks largely to the wonderful video advice from our first featured teacher, the Venerable Zasep Rinpoche.
We have many major stories in the pipe for 2017, including dozens of new videos, starting with the first ten “advice videos” and our ongoing series of “live teachings” videos.
We hope you’ll drop by weekly for a read, or subscribe to our weekly Ezine. And we’d love to hear from you on our contact page>>
Thank you, dear Readers, for ten great years! Hopefully, you’ll contribute your own stories and continue to visit over the next ten years.
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Lee Kane is the editor of Buddha Weekly, since 2007. His main focuses as a writer are mindfulness techniques, meditation, Dharma and Sutra commentaries, Buddhist practices, international perspectives and traditions, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Zen. He also covers various events.
Lee also contributes as a writer to various other online magazines and blogs.