This periodical occurs through people getting together and giving what they can. It comes out of what comes in - the simplest law of nature.
|After a week or so, during which time the typist has assembled the mailing list and prepared the envelopes, the Newsletter comes back for mailing. Postage costs affect the size of the Newsletter and how quickly we can get it to you; in North America a Thai community in New York covers the costs of printing and posting, and similar situations exist in Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. Like all of this sangha's life, this periodical occurs through people getting together and giving what they can. It comes out of what comes in - the simplest law of nature.|
Recently we upgraded our out-of-print meditation booklet with a view to having something to offer wherever needed. We'd printed and given away about 10,000 of the first edition in the last couple of years, so it seems that people appreciate them. However, the new booklet will need to be sponsored, as publications expenditure has to be met independent of general funds. David Cowey covered the costs of the galleys; Barry Durrant heard about it and magnificently threw in GBP500, which sets the presses up and will produce 1,000; subsequent thousands cost about 9150 each - which compares favourably with The Daily Tabloid - so it makes sense to produce a few thousand at one run. A couple of other people have made a generous response, but a print run of less than 5,000 is not going to cover much ground. So if you've benefited from meditation instruction, you might like to consider what contribution you can make for the welfare of the manyfolk. The English Sangha Trust (Publications) at Amaravati will act as the bursar.
And for the Newsletter, we're going to allow another week to work on it in the future, so - contributions by September 3rd, please.