Last night we got talking about writing a book, and amidst much groaning about how I'd never want to do such a thing, we started speculating what sort of a book would be appealing to write. As we talked about it, it actually started to sound more appealing and more "doable" as well. So, with the help of Nagasena, I've started looking into writing a real book with chapters and everything.
The idea is to take past video and audio talks, as well as borrowing from talks given by my teacher and maybe Mahasi Sayadaw, Luang Po Jodok, etc., and put them in organized lesson format. It won't be so much of a cohesive manual as a collection of useful lessons. Each lesson will be prefixed by an appropriate quote. The working title so far is:
"Lessons in Practical Buddhism"
Why I'm posting this here is because we probably need help to see this through to some sort of completion. Nagasena has offered to select some of the YouTube videos and audio talks and transcribe them for me, but it would be nice to have a wider forum of input than just him. So, if you think any of the teachings I've given on YouTube or on my audio page (or even material from this forum) are worth putting in a book, and would be willing to transcribe them for us, here are instructions:
1. please let us know which you are working on by adding it to the wiki page for this project, so we don't double up on transcriptions.
2. Transcriptions are best in editable format (plain text is easiest, or odt, but .doc is okay too).
3. Once you have completed a transcription, please send them to my gmail address (just my monk name at gmail.com)
Once the talks are transcribed, I'll edit them as chapters for the book and put them in some sort of order - right now we're thinking four sections for the book:
5) Q & A
Thanks in advance for your help, and for everyone's participation in this forum and our community. May this help bring light to the world!
Update: Added Wiki page, please mention your contributions there.
Update 2: added section on Q & A - Ask A Monk videos, or even questions and answers from this forum would be appropriate here.
Update 3: the book is now on my weblog here, so I will add chapters there as I edit them... sorry for the slow speed