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The Blogisattva Acceptance Speech

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Okay, so Sandra Bullock is standing in for me, and Meryl Streep is standing in for all of you — Jizo Chronicle readers, other nominees for the Blogisattva Awards, and beloved adminstrators and judges of the awards. A big wet one for all of ya.

I woke up this morning to find out that The Jizo Chronicles had been named “Blog of the Year.” I was in shock… really. I was prepared for the possibility this blog might get recognition in the “Engage the World” category or achievement for “Opinion Pieces or Political Issues,” but not this. No, not this. Not that I am being in-authentically modest here, but really… other nominees for the Best Blog category were some incredibly awesome sites —

So when my name turned up, I felt like what I’m guessing Sandra might have felt after receiving the award for her performance in the film Blind Side. I mean, Sandra did a good job of acting in a kind of mediocre movie, but did you see Gabourey Sidibe in the movie Precious? Sidibe’s performance just blew me away. And I bet Sandra thought the same thing.

So I feel a little sheepish getting this award, even though I am proud of what The Jizo Chronicles has offered over the past year. But I’ll try to get over that sheepishness and be simply grateful for this.

However, in full disclosure, there are two factors that may affect this decision… First, I admit that I have fraternized with one of the judges:

And second, in all fairness, you should know that most of the posts on The Jizo Chronicles are actually penned by my wonder dog, Lucy. I am merely her scribe.

If after all that, the committee still wishes to hand the award over to me and The Jizo Chronicles, I humbly accept it.

May all beings be free and happy…


If you enjoyed this post, I invite you to visit my other website: The Liberated Life Project — a personal transformation blog with a social conscience.

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.

13 responses »

  1. Jeez, oh, MAN . . . does this mean I have to gassho now every time I see you? 😉

    Well, congratulations, Maia. I know you worked hard on your – and Lucy’s – blog. As a peripheral hanger-on in the Buddhist world, I have found delight and inspiration at Jizo’s well. I’m glad that others within the community have seen value in it as well.

    So, is the awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur or what?

  2. Congratulations, dear Maia.
    I mostly don’t read blogs – but I do read yours.
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  3. Yes, we fraternize…but I’m not really a fan of your blog.

    AHAHAHA! Just kidding! Don’t be so modest. Even if I didn’t know you for the fabulous, fabulous person you are, I’d be a big fan of your blog, Ms. Maia.

    And, to be honest and fair with everyone, I tried very hard–almost to a painful degree–not to be a nepotistic judge.

  4. Wonderful and well-deserved. Although, now that I am looking at it I realize that I fraternized with both the the Good Reverend and with your dog Lucy and still fell short.

    One of the strengths of your blog is it’s clear focus and constant drive. Congrats!

    • I’m actually glad you got the Humour Award, John. It was a shock to see Maia as a finalist… I mean, her sense of humour amounts to feeding Lucy bananas! 😀

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  6. Lewis BrighthHeart Headrick

    As a driver and social secretary for therapy dogs, I know the importance of conveying big wet smooches from happy pooches.

  7. If only I had known Lucy was the brains behind the blog! I could have done at least 3 bows to her when I met her!

  8. Ewww… no offense, Sweetie… but having been French kissed by Lucy, it’s a no-brainer what I’d prefer! 😉

    Congratulations, Maia. You’re an inspiration and I hope you noticed my somewhat impartial announcement of your success on yesterday’s post. 😀

  9. I can’t believe the dog wrote it all 🙂

  10. I, too, was really surprised to be nominated.

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