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Jizo Celebrates His/Her First Birthday

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This month, The Jizo Chronicles celebrates its first birthday. (I can’t decide Jizo’s gender, and historically Jizo is gender-fluid anyway. Thank goodness.) A year is not much in the human realm, perhaps, but a pretty good feat for the blogosphere. And now I understand why… it takes a certain level of commitment and creative imagination to continue posting new material week after week.

The biggest thing I’ve learned this year is what an amazing virtual sangha of Buddhist bloggers is out there. When I started TJC back in November of 2009, I was only aware of Danny Fisher’s great blog. It’s been wonderful to meet so many new sister and brother bloggers who inspire me and challenge me. Many of them are listed in the right sidebar… I encourage you to check them out. Four bloggers who I have come to particularly appreciate for the depth and quality of their thinking and writing and willingness to grapple with tough issues are Katie Loncke, Nathan of Dangerous Harvests, Rev. James Ford of MonkeyMind, and Arun of Angry Asian Buddhist.

My intention this year with TJC has been to explore how my own dharma practice informs how I look at and act upon suffering in the world, and to share stories and information with all of you that are relevant to that topic.

I’ve been looking over the posts from this past year and have created my own award categories, kind of a narcissistic version of the Blogisattva awards just for The Jizo Chronicles. So here we go…

Most viewed post

2nd most viewed post

This one is fascinating to me… for some reason, this quote from Thomas Merton came out in spot number two, with 547 viewers. I didn’t do anything to promote it, but it seems to have taken on a life of its own and pops up every week in my statistics as one of the most viewed posts.


Posts that generated the most comments

Post with the most provocative title:


Some of my favorite first-person accounts

The tagline for this blog is “bodhisattvas in the trenches,” and I’m always looking for moving stories from people on the frontlines of social change and social justice. We’ve featured a diverse group  of voices on The Jizo Chronicles over this past year, ranging from a nuclear disarmament policy analyst to a peace volunteer in Bangkok during the uprising in Thailand. Here are a few of my favorites:

Three favorite posts that almost nobody read


Some of the topics Jizo covered this year


If you have any favorite Jizo Chronicle moments from this past year, or if you want to let me know the kinds of posts you’d like to see more of, I’d love to hear from you. Just drop a comment below. Even just to say hi. Bloggers love our readers…we’d be nothing without you.

I’ll have one more birthday celebration post next week with a special giveaway coming up.

Most of all, thanks for reading along with me and Jizo this year!

About Maia

I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi. I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work.

5 responses »

  1. Happy Birthday!!

  2. Judy Worth Friedsam

    Happy Birthday Jizo !

    I for one, as a newbie here, am truly enjoying The Jizo Chronicles although I haven’t spent as time here as I would like to. I love the diverse posts, PLUS all the time, and dedication it takes to keep such a wonderful and thought provoking blog going ! Our personal lives get so busy sometimes that well, let’s just say many a blog has fallen by the wayside over the years for lack of nourishment…..

    Here’s to many more celebrated birthdays or anniversaries Jizo !

    with metta…….

  3. Happy Birthday, Jizo! Looking forward to many, many more!

  4. Thanks so much, Danny, Judy, and Seth!

  5. Pingback: The Great Jizo Book Giveaway « The Jizo Chronicles

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