Sunday, December 12, 2010

2010 Blogisattva Award Winners

I'll be perfectly honest, I was trying to find another word other than winner to use in the title here. Not because the winners here are less deserving, and not because I was trying to blur the line between winner and non-winner in the spirit of being a "Buddhist," but because all of these people that have had the heart, the guts and the determination to come online and share their thoughts and their practice with the world, cannot win or lose. What they do, what you do, day after day is immeasurably beyond the realm of relative winners and losers. YOU together are all the voices and the spirit that is moving and shaping the future of Buddhism, the future of an ancient tradition that points to a way beyond winners and losers, a way beyond suffering, a way beyond doubt.
Collectively, all of our words, which are linked together by print or by digital media or by podcasts, is far greater than one lone voice could ever be; and its real power and influence is beyond the poor abilities of human vocabulary to describe. However if I had to choose, I would say this community is the embodiment of Prajñā, Dāna and Śīla. We are all Sangha; Perhaps not in the traditional meaning of the word, but nevertheless a Sangha that I am most humbly overjoyed to be a part of.

In the Dhammapada, Guatama Buddha famously taught:
Are you a shepherd
Who counts another man's sheep,
Never sharing the way?
Read as few words as you like,
And speak fewer.
But act upon the dharma.
Give up the old ways -
Passion, enmity, folly.
Know the truth and find peace.
Share the way
From all of us at the Blogisattva awards, we thank each and every one of you for sharing the way in your own words and in your own way.

Your 2010 Blogisattvas!

✍ Best Achievement with Humor in a Blog or Blog Post 
✓ Sweep the dust, Push the dirt - Blogger: John Pappas

✍ Best Achievement in Wide Range of Topic Interests Blogging 
✓ Buddhist Geeks - Blogger: Group Blog

✍ Best Achievement in Design 
✓ 21awake - Blogger: Rohan Gunatillake

✍ Best Achievement Blogging Opinion Pieces or Political Issues
✓ Dangerous Harvests - Blogger: Nathan Thompson

✍ Best Achievement in Kind and Compassionate Blogging
✓ Discovering the Divine Connection - Blogger: Emily Horn

✍ Best Blogging on Matters Philosophical, Psychological or Scientific
✓ Wandering Dhamma - Blogger: Brooke Schedneck

✍ Best “Life” Blog
✓ Cheerio Road - Blogger: Karen Maezen Miller

✍ Best Buddhist Practice Blog
✓ Mind Deep - Blogger: Marguerite Manteau-Rao

✍ Best Achievement Blogging on Buddhist Practice or Dharma
 The Meditative Gardener - Blogger: Cheryl Wilfong

✍ Best Achievement in Skilled Writing
✓  Wandering Dhamma - Blogger: Brooke Schedneck

✍ Post of the Year!
Sweep the dust, Push the dirt  - Post: Point of Contact - John Pappas

    ✍ Blog of the year, Svaha!
     The Jizo Chronicles - Blogger: Maia Duerr

    I would like again thank our judges Rev. Danny Fisher, Philip Ryan, Tanya McGinnity, Barbara O'Brien and Andy Lambert; our resident guru graphic artist Anoki Casey from BuddhaBadges and DharmaDots; my amazing co-administrator and the man whose idea it was to revive the awards Nate DeMontigny; and with special thanks to the founder of these awards, Tom Armstrong.

    Also, a big thanks to Shambhala Sunspace, Tricycle Magazine's Editors Blog and Elephant Journal for getting the word out to the world about the awards. We will have some information about the 2011 Awards soon, so stay tuned for that.

    With deep gratitude to the entire community, thank you! - Kyle

    For those that would like them, here are some badges for the winners to post on your blogs, etc.


    Adam said...

    Congrats to everyone! And thank you to the admins and judges that made it happen!

    Kyle Lovett said...

    Yes, congratualtions to everyone!

    BuddhaBadges said...

    Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, made it to the final round, and those voted winners for the year! You are all winners!

    Much thanks to all for your amazing work spreading and sharing the Dharma, your personal truths, and helping us all become more acquainted with the universe as a whole.

    Much metta, respect, and gratitude!

    Marguerite Manteau-Rao said...

    What a sweet thing to wake up to! an award in category that matters to me most, and seeing all my friends and other bloggers also rewarded for all their contributions to the Dharma.

    As you pointed out, this is Sangha in action - online Sangha, worldwide sangha :)

    With metta, and gratitude.

    Anonymous said...

    Hey Team Blogisattva,

    A big thank you to all the admins and judges who worked so hard on this... what an amazing effort!

    I am speechless about this award...everyone really deserves this, and I think we all make each others' writing better by inspiring each other on (and in some cases egging each other on). You definitely ARE all winners.

    And now I need to talk with my designer about an outfit for the awards ceremony... Anoki?!

    metta to all

    Nathan said...

    Thanks everyone. Such good company to be in.


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    Rohan said...

    Likewise, thank you everyone at Blogisattva for your work and also everyone else for your kind words and of course for gifting me with the award for design.

    It's a true pleasure to be among such fine company.

    And for those who are interested in why design might be more than just good web layout, I have written a post to celebrate my award called Buddhism by Design