the practical buddhist : essentials

I’m using the Patreon platform….

…as a way of attracting ongoing support for the work here at TPB. Patreon is a unique site that allows creators of all kinds to set up levels of support for those who wish to support creative work and projects in an ongoing manner. It’s similar to crowdfunding, but as I like to call it, it’s a modern day House of Medici.

Supporting the creative artists, such as writers, painters, sculptors, and now filmmakers and online teachers has largely been made possible by those who feel strongly about the endeavors and/or the creator. In the Renaissance period, wealthy aristocrats became patrons of the arts in this manner.

Why you might consider becoming a supporter

There are a lot of folks who know that these are beneficial endeavors that can help change the world because they lead to less violence, healthier choices, and happier people.

They also feel that the books and courses I create help thousands of readers and students. In this small way, they want to do what they can to keep this work going.

“By supporting the work of TPB with an ongoing contribution of support, they, too, can help change the world.”

Levels of Support & Rewards

The following are the support levels and rewards associated with each.

INITIATE LEVEL: $7 or higher/mo. Support me at this level and receive the following:


MONK LEVEL – $17 or higher/mo.  You are really serious about helping me and for that I’ll reward you with all the rewards of the INITIATE level as well as the following:


AWAKENED LEVEL – $27 or higher/mo. You wield a mighty sword and you’ve used it to impact my life beyond measure. Thank you, most worthy Awakened One! In addition to receive all the INITIATE and MONK level rewards, I have some special rewards for this level of support:


BUDDHA LEVEL – $37 or higher/mo. I bow to your innate holiness. You’re an Official Sponsor of my work, kind of like the House of Medici in the Ressaisance period supporting artists they believed in! You seriously rock in all your generous finery! In addition to the rewards of the INITIATE, MONK, and AWAKENED levels, you’ll be entitled to receive: