A giving Tuesday post

The Tuesday after (the U.S.’s) Thanksgiving is popularly known as “giving Tuesday” (#givingTuesday) a day to support causes and non-profits and all the good stuff in the world rather than giving more money to the billionaire narcissists who keep trying to ruin it. So this is just a quick post to remind folks that inContinue reading “A giving Tuesday post”

Some thoughts on the new boss

In the fall of 1998 I was working in a warehouse in Oakland and living with some friends in San Francisco. My room was basically a closet at the back of the apartment, but it had a loft with room for a futon and enough space for a small desk and my Macintosh Performa. WhatContinue reading “Some thoughts on the new boss”

Unconnected updates

Several things, unconnected to one another. It’s been well over a month since I posted something. The blog’s been on my mind. I am interested in fulfilling my desires from the beginning of the year to write more and write more often. But the last few months have been unexpectedly challenging. Full. Full is aContinue reading “Unconnected updates”

The book: the Making of American Buddhism

So I wrote a book. A book about Japanese American Buddhists in the 1950s & their possibility-making labor that helped make American Buddhism a thing. I came up with a title that’s exceedingly clever. And that title’s been nixed by my editor. A thread 🧵 and a plea for help 1/ — scott mitchell (@djbuddha)Continue reading “The book: the Making of American Buddhism”

Kisa Gotami

One of my favorite contributors to the Berkeley Bussei is Hiroshi Kashiwagi. I don’t talk about him nearly enough in The Book, but only because I don’t talk about anyone nearly enough. (Turned out to be not that kind of book, but that’s a different story.) But lucky for us, I can talk about himContinue reading “Kisa Gotami”

The Book: Mid-Century Modern Buddhism

As I’ve hinted at in several posts over the last six months, I wrote a book. (If anyone can find that version of the “this is fine” dog meme but he’s saying “I wrote a book,” please drop a link in the comments.) And I’ve promised more details. So, here they are. I wrote aContinue reading “The Book: Mid-Century Modern Buddhism”

Some thoughts on social media

Over the past several years, I have very intentionally tried to pare down my use of (some) social media and/or use specific platforms in very intentional ways. I’d like to share my thoughts on this both just because I want to (it’s a blog after all) and to give the reader some sense of theContinue reading “Some thoughts on social media”