Thursday, January 23, 2020

Take My Newsletter, Please!

A Newsletter AND a Podcast? I'm In!

NOTE: Comments added later as this page was transferred here from Substack in June of 2024 are in [square brackets].

On January 27, 2020, I'm launching TEMPLE TALES, a newsletter sent by email three times a week. [But only at first; later, it became less frequent.]

It'll be about a page long (500 words or so) and illustrated. [Some of them got quite a bit longer.]

Every newsletter [through Episode 100--I gave up after that] will also contain a link to a Podcast version of the same material, adapted to the spoken form. (See the bottom of this page for an example.) The Podcast will seldom be over fifteen minutes.

Best of all? It's FREE!

But you may be asking: Why a newsletter? Aren't they sort of passé?

Not according to the tech news; apparently, they're making a comeback!

For another thing, my website ( has gotten HUGE, and fast! It now holds over a thousand pages and posts, and it's still growing. So serving up small portions of its content, revised a bit for palatability, seems like a good move.

Why not just make a blog, you ask? Well, the episodes will be posted as a blog (right here!). But serving it up directly to you, three times a week, saves you the hassle of clicking into it all the time. It's like regularly-scheduled pizza delivery!

And listen to this, here's something special: ONLY the emailed newsletter--not the blog, not the podcasts--will end with a few "thought questions" to help you integrate the lessons in each edition into your own life. "How can this benefit YOU?" is the issue. [That's no longer true; for the early episodes, where Thought Questions were given, I have transferred them here in June of 2024.]

But wait! That's not all!

There will be a "secret group" [no longer active] on Facebook--available ONLY to newsletter subscribers--to discuss those questions.

And we're not finished yet!

Newsletter subscribers may also receive occasional "extras," short ebooks or similar publications that will also be sold on my website. [It never happened.]

Now, let's take a closer look at this Newsletter-and-Podcast content. Each episode will focus on one of the following themes:

  • Temples and/or the Figures found in them (Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, etc.) [I've been to a LOT of them like around 700 in Japan and China alone!]
  • Historical Figures, especially famous Japanese and Chinese monks;
  • Buddhist and other folk stories from Japan and China;
  • The Buddha's teachings (Dharma) and the background and contents of Buddhist scriptures (Sutras)
  • Scenes from the Buddha's life
  • Reviews of Buddhist books and films
  • PLUS, occasionally, I'll cover similar topics but instead of focusing on temples, I'll zoom in on the Spanish missions and Native sites of California, Baja California, and the American Southwest--all part of my travels and longtime interests.

And guess what? IT'S ALL FREE! (Oh, did I say that already?)

Once you sign up--which I truly hope you will--expect the Newsletter to arrive Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting January 27, 2020 (that's the first Monday after Chinese New Year). Here are the approximate delivery times, by location:

  • East Coast: 7AM EST / 8AM EDT
  • West Coast: 4AM PST / 5AM PDT
  • Most of East Asia: 8PM year round; an hour earlier in Japan and Korea

[The above schedule information is all obsolete, as I'm no longer publishing regularly.]

Well, that's about it.

Please, send me your email (it'll be kept safe, I promise!). You can use one of the many subscribe boxes found on Substack, or you can send it to Then watch for a "Thanks" mail with more information.

[They look like this. You can still sign up for if/when I publish again.]

Remember, it's FREE, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

So what have you got to lose?

Find the Podcast on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music [Episodes 76-100 only] and the audio version of all Episodes at


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