Level 8 Buddhist

So there’s this great blog called the Level 8 Buddhist. It was online as recently as yesterday, but it was gone when I logged in to check it out today: “The authors have deleted this blog. The content is no longer available.” It was quite without warning, and I was shocked and am still pretty sad about this. Whether intentional or otherwise, all things are of course ever-changing.

I really thought this was one of the best Buddhist blogs out there, a great resource to many and the heart of some great discussions. The owner had on various occasions mentioned that the effort he put into blogging took away time from his practice. Blogging was also sometimes a little bit stressful. I hope he has much more time on his hands now to practice and spend time with his family.

Now if this deletion happened to be accidental, I hope we get the Level 8 Buddhist back soon!

12 Replies to “Level 8 Buddhist”

  1. Al: …or restored it and moved it. Or moved it, archived it, restored, then moved it again only then to delete it. 😉

    Actually, this latest change is intended to be a bit more than just another blog. While I enjoy blogging much, I felt it was time to retire the whole “Gerald Ford, level 8 Buddhist thing” and just be more myself. I don’t want to be a scholar anymore, since I felt like a hypocrit. So, I thought about it for a couple days and decided to write more personal experiences, and more light-hearted stuff instead. That and I dropped the persona as well.

    Kyoshin: The text message was greatly appreciated.

    Anyways, sorry everyone for yet another change. One of these days I’ll either stick with a blog, or just stop for good.

  2. P.S. There’s enough checks-and-balances in WordPress to keep from doing an accidental deletion. You have to click through 3 links or so before your blog is really gone. I should know.

  3. Hey Doug,

    Sorry to hear you aren’t keeping the level8 site going anymore. I often wondered where you found the time for doing all of the research to come up with your posts.

    I was wondering why you didn’t just leave a “I have taken the site down, I am OK, etc” type of post. I know I was kind of wondering if something happened to you. Just a thought.

    I have bookmarked the new site. Carry on :-).

  4. @zensquared: Thanks for the kind words. 🙂

    @bradymacdonald: Good question. I hadn’t really thought of that. Originally that day I did post a “I am going to take a break for a while” post, but then a few hours later, I just abruptly decided “the heck with it”, backed things up and deleted it. Impulsive, yes. :p

    I did try to notify folks via email about the change, and an explanation, using emails I found in the comments of the blog. I realize now that a number of folks slipped through though so there’s a number of folks out there who may not have heard. Thanks to Arun for posting an update.

    It is nice to break with tradition though and start anew. Sorry for the hassle in any case.

  5. Have you thought about leaving the site up as a sort of reference material? You have a lot of good data there and it is a shame to not leave it out there for people. Google cache is kind of flakey at times and also your site was linked from quite a few other sites and now those links are now broken.

    Also, I don’t think you were putting on a persona of trying to be scholarly or anything like that. At least it didn’t come off like that.

    I completely understand what you are saying though. Life priorities change once you have children and with 7 and a 5 year old running around the house, I can attest to that. I am just trying to give a perspective from the outside looking in.

  6. @Brady: I did upload most of it to the new blog, so it’s there for perusal though Google hasn’t caught up to it yet. I cut out redundant material though. Also, a lot of what I wrote was just citing other sources already on the web, so they’re very much accessible elsewhere.

    As for the comments, no offense taken. In any case what’s done has been done so I can’t go back and fix it. The URL is deleted for good and can’t be recovered. People with broken links can either link to the new blog, or find more relevant resources elsewhere. I do believe better Buddhist blogs exist, and more qualified people can speak on Buddhism than I did.


  7. @Brady (et al): I finally managed to upload all the old posts from the old blog to the new one, for those still looking, as some apparently are. 🙂

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