The dhamma, or teaching of Buddhism, is free. As is this podcast -- there are no commercials during any episode, and pains have been taken to avoid any kind of banner advertising on the web, too. This is not a profit venture; The Secular Buddhist podcast's Mission is quite simple, and I'll be sticking to it. You'll notice "make a big pile o' bling" isn't on that Mission statement.
So I've tried to come up with some ways folks can help with the support of the podcast and website, while possibly doing things they might do anyway. Here's what I've come up with:
- If there are others who might be interested in this podcast, by all means, let them know about it! It's free, it's easy, and you'll have more to chat about over fru-fru coffee on Thursday morning.
- Got a Buddhist topic you'd like to hear about on the podcast? Head on over to the Contact page and drop me a line, I'd like to hear from you. This isn't the product of one mind, your input can help, too.
- Constructive criticism is also welcome. I'm just one person, prone to tripping and whoopses in my research. Though this podcast is very much one of opinion and not scholarly distinction, I would still like to hear from you -- even when we may agree to disagree.
- There are a number of books that you may find helpful to your practice of meditation, learning about science, and expanding your horizons of critical thinking. On the Resources and episode pages are links to those books, and if you happen to want one of the books, consider buying it through one of those links -- it doesn't cost you any more than buying from Amazon's website as your starting point instead of starting here, and a small percentage of that purchase will then go to supporting The Secular Buddhist website.
Please note that this is not a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, it's just a dude doing a podcast. Please understand that it is not tax-exempt. It's my hope that some of the costs of the web in particular will be offset by listeners ordering the books I've linked here.
My much greater hope is that listeners actually get something useful out of those books, so if you'd rather read them at the library, please do!
I've also wrestled with the notion of putting one of those Paypal donate buttons on the site, as some listeners may be more comfortable with a one-time or monthly contribution in that manner. But, honestly, it just doesn't feel right. Makes my spider sense say That Way Lies Darkness. So I've left it off. If you feel like making a donation to something, I have confidence that you'll find a more worthwhile endeavor that would benefit from your help.