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Going Global, Acting Local
by Kooi Fong Lim, the Buddhist Channel, December 6, 2006
Dear friends in the Dharma,
We are often asked by our loyal readers on how we are doing. All we can say that for now we are doing pretty well. In fact we feel most grateful and are truly blessed to have been able to provide this humble service to serve you all, Buddhists and the “spiritually inclined” from the world over.
Since the launch of the
upgrade in August this year, many of you have kindly supported the Buddhist
Channel (BC) through donations, or have given us a lift in kind by using the
materials posted on the site and “doing something with it”.
Over the weekend, we have had a little “technical” spring cleaning. One part
of the exercise was to have a stock take of our current position. Looking
through at the statistical jargon churned out by the server’s web
statistics, we were a little surprised at how much the site has grown.
The web statistics have indeed quite a story to tell. For starters, an
average of 15,040 pages is downloaded everyday. That makes about 4 pages of
Buddhist materials read every second.
At any moment, someone from some where in the world accesses the site every
15 seconds. We are discovered 30% of the time via Google Search, while about
6% comes via Yahoo. About 36% of our readers bookmark the BC as their home
If you think that Buddhism is an eastern dominated faith, in the realm of
the BC think again. 36% of our readers are from North America and 33% more
from continental Europe. If ever there is a vehicle to drive and encourage
the practice of Buddha Dharma in the western hemisphere, the BC would be it.
In terms of dollar support, for every US$ 1.00 donated in November 2006, it
brought in 214 readers. So it matters very much to us, whether you make a
US$5.00 donation via Paypal, or a hundred dollars in any other denomination.
All monies received are ploughed back for system maintenance and of course,
to help support the news team.
Sometimes, as the case in November, we channeled parts of the sum donated to
other worthy causes, such as the production of the e-edition of the late
Venerable K Sri Dhammananda’s last book, “Where is the Buddha?”
As a result of that exercise, a kind gentleman from Japan, Yoshiko Demura
took the initiative to translate the book into Japanese. By early January
2007, 5,000 copies of the Japanese edition in print will be distributed to
Seikyouzi Temple in Yamaguchi, Aranna Vihara in Osaka, Housenzi Temple in
Kyoto, Buppou Gakusya Temple in Shizuoka, Houzouin Temple in Tokyo, Zentoin
Temple in Tokyo, The Japan Theravada Buddhist Association in Tokyo and other
community schools in Tokyo.
Others see the BC in different light but their proposition to use its
content for a specific purpose can be enlightening. Take for instance
Venerable Song-hue from Seoul, South Korea. He runs a “Shelter”, which is
basically a meditation center that offers study of Buddhist sutras and
Dharma teachings for local college students and foreign expatriates. In the
long run, he aims to turn his “shelter” into one-stop center for needy teens
who wish to take up judo, meditation and practical studies such as computer
lessons and English.
In the immediate term however, he follows the articles in the “Personality”
section of the BC with a special interest in Hollywood and Asian movie stars
who have taken Buddhism as their guiding light. He advises never to under
estimate the power of pop culture on the young. And so he intends to
translate the selected articles into Korean and distribute them to the
youths. “At least they’ll (the youths) take a peep into something Buddhist,”
he says of his initiative.
Efforts such as these, from people like Yoshiko Demura and Venerable
Song-hue give life to the channel. Readers are not just “visitors” and the
Dharma materials downloaded are not merely “hits”. Articles posted onto the
site may just be digital text on a LCD monitor, but when customized in other
forms, such as printed booklets in local languages, it becomes conduit for
Dharma outreach. It gives the meaning “going global, acting local” a sense
What ever it, we are most happy to see that there are people out there who
are using stuff published on the BC for good causes. We just don’t know what
else that might trigger other kinds of actions. It could an e-card, or that
quirky wallpaper, or even that mundane travel advisory about a situation in
Most important of all, we would like to make it known to you that we truly
value your support. By keeping us going, you also play a big part in keeping
the Dharma wheel well oiled. It’s a virtuous cycle that only dedicated
hearts and devoted minds can appreciate.
Again many thanks for your support from all of us here in the Buddhist
Channel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. May the Buddha Dharma ever protect and
guide you and your loved ones wherever you are.