To My Readers


I wanted to take a minute to write a shoutout to my readers. This blog is still in its infancy, and yet I already have a base of readers and fans, both on this site, and on Facebook and Twitter. I just want to say thanks to you all. It means more than you might think. I’ve wanted to write a blog for years, but always had some reason for avoiding it: not having the technology, not having the experience, thinking my writing style wasn’t good enough. Every like, comment, and share shows me that I was wrong. I can actually do this.

I also want to say thank to my readers who aren’t in the U.S. From time to time I’ll check my stats and notice that this blog gets hits from Canada, Germany, Australia, the U.K., and India. I’ve even gotten some hits from places like Macedonia and Nepal, which is pretty cool! So to my international readers, thank you. You guys are awesome!

I started this blog for a number of reasons. One is the obvious: I’m a writer. I work through my life and my world by writing it all down. Writing keeps me from going crazy most days. Being able to share my thoughts with an audience helps me stay on my toes as a writer. Plus, as an English major, getting feedback from others just goes with the territory.

Another reason is so I can share and explore my understanding of Buddhism with others and learn more about it. For my U.S. readers, I live in Tennessee. Right in the middle of the Bible Belt. And even though there is a thriving sangha in my area, being a Buddhist in the American South isn’t something you widely advertise. At best, you are misunderstood and labeled as a hippie or something similar. At worst you might be verbally attacked for not adhering to the commonly accepted religion. People here just don’t get it. So when I’m not practicing with the other members of my sangha, it’s nice to know there’s an online community to talk to.

My third reason is to chronicle my journey through these practices, and through life in general. I am nowhere close to being an expert, on Buddhism or on life. I’m so very new to these ideas of impermanence and suffering, compassion, helping others, being true to myself, etc. So please, don’t ever read what I write and think that I’m purporting to be some expert. I’m not trying to turn my readers into Buddhists, that’s not the point.

There are times when I feel very alone in my life, times when I feel that I must be the only one in this spot. Then there are times when I look around and realize how wrong I am. That there are people of all ages, genders, and circumstances, who feel like I do. So when I find myself depressed or doubtful or unworthy, or angry, or ego-driven, or high on Life and happy beyond words, I try to write all of that, so that I can show others that they aren’t alone. Whether you’re Buddhist or Christian, atheist or otherwise, young or old, American or from somewhere on the other side of the globe, I’m writing for you too. I write so that I can learn about Life and how to be the best that I can be. And I’m inviting you along for the ride.

I realize that was lengthy. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read it. And thanks again to all my readers. You guys are really awesome. I look forward to comments from you all. If you have something to share, please do. I’m here to learn. And feel free to follow me on the Rise Like A Lotus Facebook page, or on my personal Twitter page if you like.  

You guys rock! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

May all beings be happy and well,

Zack.

Bonus: here’s a picture of me practicing at home.

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