patreonIn a twist of irony mixed with a dash of absurdity, from virtually the day I launched this blog in 2011 I have been approached by publishers of Buddhist and other “spiritually”-oriented books and magazines to advertise their wares on the blog. Not only have I declined to do so, I even pay annually to remove all ads.

If you benefit from this blog, or if you might like to have some personal conversations with me about the ideas presented here, please consider becoming a patron. I greatly appreciate even the smallest offering.

I have created a Patreon site for this blog. Briefly, Patreon is a platform that enables creators of web content to solicit subscriptions. Think of the olden days, when lucky artists and musicians had patrons who supported their work. Patronage is also a way for us––you, the readers and we, the writers––to build more substantial relationships. Here is the pitch:

Thank you for supporting critical thought and engaged dialogue around the question: What are we to make of Buddhism in the West today?

“The Speculative Non-Buddhism site is, to my mind, the most strikingly original, penetrating, and provocative writing about Buddhism on the web.” —Blogger Richard Blumberg

Since its founding in 2011, SPECULATIVE NON-BUDDHISM has received 600,000+ views. It has published 100+ long-form essays and 7,000+ comments, and has attracted 1000+ subscribers. The blog exerts a substantial influence on the discourse on Buddhism in the West. It has been treated in scholarly works, such as American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity; Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism; Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment; Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe, the Swedish anthology Mindfulness: Tradition, tolkning och tillämpning (Mindfulness: Tradition, Interpretation, and Application), and more. Its reach extends well beyond North America, as evidenced by its influence on blogs and podcasts in Italy, Poland, Germany, Ireland, and France.

Maintaining the blog takes a ton of love and passion. I have plenty of that! But it also requires resources of time, energy, and money. I would be profoundly grateful for any support you can offer, even the smallest amount. Onward!

So, for instance, for as little as $5 a month, the reward is:

Access to unpublished or not yet published written material.

Other tiers include:

Access to unpublished or not yet published written material. PLUS:

Monthly 30-minute one on one Skype/Hangout/phone conversations with Glenn Wallis.

For the most generous amount, it’s the bonus material, plus:

20% discount on A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real or any other of my books, signed and personally dedicated. OR: a free pdf file of A Critique.

Please have a look. I am also open to suggestions you might have for other rewards.

You can read more about Patreon here.

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