Hi, Howard and staff. I'm not entirely sure if this is worth mentioning to you guys, but I thought I'd give it a shot.
Long story short, there's this wonderful Buddhist Theravadan monk by the name of Ajahn Brahm. You can learn more about him on his official site.
While you're at it, perhaps even watch some of his YouTube teachings when you have the time. Here's his latest one:
Anyway, the point of this email is that Ajahn Brahm is trying to raise money to build the Dhammasara Nuns' Monastery in Perth, Australia. I know it's not in the United States, but it's a very historic and important event for humanity/women in general.
Ajahn Brahm has been working so hard, that he has now even given himself up for auction to the highest bidder in order to bring in donations:
If you watch the short video on the above page, you'll get a better understanding about the auction and why it's happening. It was confirmed the other day that a very high profile Google employee from the US already placed a bid. That's where you come in.
Right now what Ajahn Brahm needs is to get news of his auction out there, and what better way to reach possible donors than either via a popular radio show (*ahem*), or simply through word of mouth from one high profile celebrity (*ahem*) to many others?
Don't get me wrong-- I'm sure there are already many high profile celebrities who love Ajahn Brahm as much as I do. Why, I remember seeing a picture of Sarah Jessica Parker last year reading one of Ajahn Brahms books. But sadly, I'm not sure how many high profile celebrities know about Ajahn Brahm in the states, and it's the celebrities in the states that have the ability to get the word out there as well as donate the funding that is needed.
Supporting the auction is more about supporting women in general than it is about supporting the religion/philosophy of Buddhism. So if you have any celebrity friends looking to donate some money in the not-too-distant future, and they believe in supporting women's rights and may even have an appreciation of the teachings of Buddhism in general, then please spread the word so more people can donate and participate in the auction.
And even if you don't care to help spread the word to possible donors, at the very least make sure to watch some of his videos and encourage others to do so as well. He is one of the most beautiful, enlightened beings I have ever witnessed to grace this planet. And on that note, I don't care what anyone else says... on some level, I believe Howard is some unspoken reincarnated lama... because only someone of that karma could be able to teach people about true dharma in such an odd, indirect manner.