For the last few years, ever since I added the donation button to this blog, I have had to go to my PayPal account at tax time and figure out how much I received in the previous year so that I could report that income.
Last year I noticed that I’d received substantially more from donations to this blog than I’d gotten in book royalties. I’m pretty sure I said something on the blog then and thanked you all for contributing.
This year when I added it up I found that my single largest source of income for 2014 came from your donations to this blog. Book royalties were, once again, not even close to enough to live on. The various retreats and things I did in Europe and in a few American cities brought in some cash – just barely more than I spent to get out to those places and live on the road. But even with that added to my book royalties I would not have been able to make my rent.
Yet because of your donations, my income in 2014 inched past burger-flipper/barista level almost to school teacher in rural Nebraska level. That feels really nice. It’s relieved a substantial amount of worry I’ve had over how I can continue to do what I do.
More than any other segment of my audience, it is you folks who read this blog and donate to it that are making it possible for me to continue to write and teach. Most individual donations are around $5 – $10 a month from people who choose to subscribe. But there are enough of those that it’s starting to work out.
I’ll be posting more here in the coming year and striving for better quality in my own work as a way of thanking you for your help. We’re working on repairing that stupid “security warning” some of you are getting when you access the blog. It’s actually completely meaningless but, for reasons I will never comprehend, there’s some kind of technical glitch that continues to make that happen. It doesn’t affect donations at all since donations don’t go through this blog but through PayPal. But we’ll get that fixed, I promise.
Anyway, I’m still not done with my taxes and my appointment’s coming up in a few hours, so I have to make this short.
THANK YOU again for your kind support.
And remember there are still a few open spots of our retreat in a couple weeks. Come out and sit with us!
April 16, 2015 Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA HUMAN LIBRARY EVENT
April 24-26, 2015 Mt. Baldy, CA 3-DAY ZEN & YOGA RETREAT
May 16-17, 2015 Nashville, TN 2-DAY RETREAT AT NASHVILLE ZEN CENTER
July 8-12, 2015 Vancouver, BC Canada 5-DAY RETREAT at HOLLYHOCK RETREAT CENTER
August 14-16, 2015 Munich, Germany 3 DAY ZEN RETREAT
August 19, 2015 Munich, Germany LECTURE
August 24-29, 2015 Felsentor, Switzerland 5-DAY RETREAT AT STIFTUNG FELSENTOR
August 30-September 4, 2015 Holzkirchen, Germany 5-DAY RETREAT AT BENEDIKTUSHOF MONASTERY
September 4, 2015 Hamburg, Germany LECTURE
September 5, 2015 Hamburg, Germany ZEN DAY
September 10-13, 2015 Finland 4-DAY RETREAT
September 16-19, 20015 Hebden Bridge, England 4-DAY RETREAT
Every Monday at 8pm I lead zazen at Silverlake Yoga Studio 2 located at 2810 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039. All are welcome!
Every Saturday at 9:30 am I lead zazen at the Veteran’s Memorial Complex located at 4117 Overland Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230. All are welcome!
Registration is now open for our 3-day Zen & Yoga Retreat at Mt. Baldy Zen Center April 24-26, 2015. CLICK HERE for more info!
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Your donations to this blog help out more than you think. Thank you!