Diary & blog

Winter Journal making good progress

We our working to get the Winter issue out by the end of December.

Articles are being proofed and we are just tidying up the news.

Our thanks to our loyal team of proofreaders who give us their time and expertise to cast a fresh eye on the copy.

Everyone who subscribes to our newsletter will get an email letting them know when it is ready.

Rev. Alina and Rev. Berwyn

Summer Journal on the way

Summer Journal on the way soon.

We are pleased to let you know that the journal has been completed and is currently being converted into a MOBI file for e-book readers. The local company we have hired to do this work have a major project on and cannot complete until towards 11th July. We can in the meantime prepare the pdf version. This issue has an interesting mix of articles and lots of news and photos; more news on the contents will follow when we are ready to launch.

The Spring issue, our first digital journal, was downloaded by nearly 600 people in the first two months and 64 bought a kindle copy. We can see already that we are acquiring a wider readership with the more open access and the Amazon version.

Our mailing list for our newsletter, which gives notice and details of each upcoming journal once it is ready, is over 300 and rising every day. If you have not yet subscribed, you can do so at the e-newsletter sign up.

Thank you for your interest and all good wishes from the Journal monks

Rev. Alina and Berwyn

 

First digital version of the OBC Journal

3rd April: We are glad to announce that the first digital version of the Journal is now available.

The Journal is now available as a free pdf download, and as a kindle eBook from Amazon, US version for $3.43, (£2.06, UK version – also available worldwide). We receive 70 % of the Amazon price to help cover the cost of conversion to eBook format (£300 per issue).

It has been a long process with many monks and lay Sangha involved in considering the various options, developing the website, and offering advice on many aspects of the process.

So thank you to you all and I hope you benefit from the Journal in it’s new form.

Rev. Berwyn and Alina

 

Winter Journal sent to printer and Happy Enlightenment Day

The Winter Journal was sent to the printers on the 2nd December. It takes at least a couple of weeks to get the Journal printed and delivered, so the Winter issue will most likely be mailed out after Christmas, around the 2nd January.

This will be the last printed version of the Journal, the next issue will be available from the website as a download and an ebook version will also be made available. For further details sign up to our email newsletter.

The 2nd December was also the day we celebrated the festival of the Buddha’s Enlightenment here at Throssel Hole. Here is a picture of our Altar for the ceremony, and I wish you a Happy Enlightenment day, and a peaceful Christmas break.

Buddha's Enlightenment festival.

Buddha’s Enlightenment festival.

In Gassho,

Rev. Berwyn

 

Email newsletter

Just a reminder that you can sign up to our new email newsletter at this page: http://journal.obcon.org/e-newsletter-sign-up/ and on that page there is a link to previous issues of the newsletter if you want to catch up on the news about the Journal. The autumn newsletter is now available to view, and covers such topics as ebook formats and options for printing on demand.

I hope you find it useful.

In Gassho,

Rev. Berwyn

Journal sent to Printers July 2nd

The Summer Journal was sent by FTP to the US printers on 2nd July and will go to the UK printers today. I expect the UK printers will have it ready within two weeks, so it should be mailed out by mid-July. It may take a little longer for the US version to be mailed out.

My apologies for the delay in getting this issue out.

In Gassho,

Rev. Berwyn

Summer issue out mid-July

Dear Subscribers,

The Summer issue is running  few weeks late, but we have all the articles and the news just about ready to go, so it should be mailed out by mid/late July.

Sorry for the delay this time.

Best wishes,

Rev. Berwyn

 

Spring Journal sent to the printers, ready to mail early April

The Spring issue of the Journal was sent to the printers this weekend 9/3 so should be ready to mail out early-mid April.

We have articles covering several areas relevant to practice, including :

  • Serene Reflection meditation
  • Patience
  • Right speech applied to emails and internet use
  • Dealing with the opposites when listening to the news etc.
  • ‘Bowing to what comes’

Please Note: the news deadline for the Summer issue will be the 21st May.

 

Happy New Year & Journal ready to mail out

The Winter 2012-13 issue is ready to mail out to UK and Europe, we have it back from the printers and are just waiting for some help during the New Year retreat at Throssel to mail it: so it should reach subscribers from around the 2nd Jan. The US issue was sent to the printers at the end of November and should be mailed at roughly the same time.

Our thanks to all our readers for your support and we wish you ‘All the Best’ for 2013!amida triad in w allen compressed(picture Amida triad over the West Allen Valley – acrylic on board)

Ebook experiments

As we announced in the Autumn 2012 Journal news, we are researching different ways of distributing the Journal electronically, so we can avoid the hefty costs of mailing and printing whilst maintaining quality. This is likely to take some time as we to look carefully at the various options to see what will work best for our readers.

We have been looking in to how we can turn Journal articles into formats that can be read on ebook readers and tablets. Some of the feedback we have had suggests that some people find it easier to read on ebook readers (that allow you to resize the font whilst keeping the same page size) than on a computer. Some who are partially sighted are really looking forward to having versions available that have larger text, or even can be read out through an ebook reader or computer.

As part of our research I have converted a recent article of mine from the last issue into pdf, epub and mobi format. You can find it here: Time to Live?

It seems that epub format is useful for Apple devices, some ebook readers and some tablets. The mobi format can be read by Amazon Kindles. The pdf format remains useful if you wish to print out the article. A full list of what works on what device is available from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats

We would very much appreciate any feedback on how useful readers find it to have ebook versions of the article, and if anything can be improved in its presentation. You can send emails via the contact page.

With best wishes,

Rev. Berwyn