Channel: Towards a "compassionate, life affirming, socially engaged" information
Dear Friends in the Dharma,
2010 has been a particularly challenging year for us, as far as our
finances go. Our key financial backer (who has been heavily subsiding the site's operation for the last 10 years and wish to
remain anonymous) recently suffered a period of cash flow crisis.
As a community based service, and a project which we do out of love and happiness, we do not actively solicit donations from our
readers. Hence for the whole of 2010, ad hoc donations received by us amounted to US$ 798.50 and RM 4,400, which was just
enough to support the site for two and a half months of operation.
Next year on May 8, 2011, the Buddhist Channel celebrates its 10th anniversary. It was born on a day of infamy. On that day the towering
2,000 years old Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan were destroyed by the
Out of concerned on the lack of a news outlet dedicated to Buddhist news, the (then) Buddhist News Network (BNN) was first
established. The BNN was later re-branded as the Buddhist Channel in 2005.
As our 10th anniversary approaches, we survey a much changed digital landscape. How the Buddhist Channel continues to stay
relevant depends on how we create new tools and adapt to this rapidly changing environment.
We have identified 3 key areas that will impact you as a stakeholder:
The advent of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr
Pervasive high speed broadband (more Wi-fi enabled areas, 4G
Mobile internet (with rising popularity of smart phones such as
iPhones, Androids phones, iPads etc).
These factors will continue to play significant roles in how you
access, and participate in creating, sharing and disseminating Buddhist related news and events to your community.
We believe that by transforming the BC into a "socially engaged media news" site, you will get much added value for your time spent
here. Therefore, from just being a news site, we transform the BC into a "compassionate, life
affirming, socially engaging" information portal.
As such, we invite your participation to join us in this transformation by helping to cover for these initial expenses:
fees for system administrator to upgrade system (upgrade of
Content Management System, server migration for greater efficiency and more cost effectivness - for higher bandwidth access
and greater server capacity)
webmaster and graphic designer (free lance supporters)
total revamp of the site to enable it become a "social media driven
We are appealing for your immediate assistance to help us raise
US$ 6,430 by December 22, 2010.
Your participation will go in a long way to help us leave a lasting legacy for the global Buddhist community.
To make a donation, please select any one of the payment choice below:
Method 2: Via Cheque:
Please make your cheque to
"Bodhi Vision" and mail it to:
No. 45B, Jalan SS24/8
Selangor DE, Malaysia
Tel: 603-7804 7615
Fax: 603-7806 1829
If you wish to bank in
directly to Bodhi Vision, please use the following info:
Bank A/C No.: 2122 00 000 44661
Bank: RHB Bank
Taman Megah Branch, Petaling Jaya
11 - 15, Jalan SS 24/11 Taman Megah
47301, Petaling Jaya
Tel: (603)7804 1258 / 7481 / 7090 / 9040
Fax: (603)7804 1629
We thank you for your love, great
compassion and generosity in the sharing the Buddha Dharma. May you and
your loved ones be
well and happy always.
With much loving kindness
Lim Kooi Fong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia