Good afternoon, こんにちは, ようこそ, and welcome.

I want to take a moment to address the recent occurrences of what are known as hate raids on Twitch recently. I’m going to discuss what one is, where it’s happened in the Twitch communities of which I’m a part and then some, and what’s being done to address it (along with resources).

What is a Hate Raid?

A hate raid is a phenomenon that occurs when numerous viewers, bots, or both, enter a channel for the purposes of disrupting the stream with hateful, bigoted language. They generally aim to cause distress to the broadcaster, distress to their viewers and communities, and a disturbance to their show.

These recent occurrences of hate raids have been primarily targetting those in the LGTBQIA+ community, women, and BIPOC.

It’s Close To Home

While a number of Twitch streamers were struck, one such example comes from a talented woman going by Epolight (, who I had the pleasure to find through the community of The Thunderfoot Bros. (

She was the victim of a hate raid only a couple of nights ago (as of the date of this post). Being a transgender woman, she gets her share of people who attend her streams to make prejudiced remarks. The hate raid she received, however, gave cause for her to defend herself. Sadly, it initially resulted in Twitch suspending her account instead of addressing the problem at hand. It’s my understanding that Twitch reversed their decision.

Unfortunately, Epolight wasn’t the only one whom Twitch met with victim punishment. It’s happened with Toxicidi (, as well.

Beyond any community I’m presently in, Epolight retweeted a video of a hate raid in progress as presented by CypherOfTyr ( in a video she took along with one of the moderators of the channel, HackBolt (,, running a mass banishment on those participating in the hate raid. I encourage you to go to Cypher’s tweet,, to watch the video.

What’s Being Done About It?

Twitch has released a statement vowing their commitment to work toward mitigating the problem on Twitter.

Some content creators on Twitch are also taking measures to stop or prevent hate raids on their own channels. Some (myself, included) seem to be taking suggestions from this article on The Verge (, which highlights tools and methods streamers can use right now. Some streamers have also organized a broadcast boycott on September 1, 2021, using the #ADayOffTwitch hashtag to spread the word (reported on Screenrant, This is being done in an effort to bring more attention to the situation with hate raids and demand that Twitch make the best efforts they possibly can to ensure this and all forms of harassment are properly addressed.

What Is Taizen Doing About It?

As you know, I do my best to cultivate a community that’s safe for everyone in which to participate. This includes anyone who is BIPOC, LGTBQIA+, and anyone who falls under a marginalized group. Generally, all are welcome on my streams as well as my community and social spaces. I want people to feel safe being themselves without prejudice, cruelty, and scrutiny.

Hate raids, along with hate speech, harassment, and abuse, would serve to slow, stifle, or prevent me from doing this. More importantly, these things cause tremendous amounts of suffering. I have vowed to help alleviate this not just as a Buddhist, but as a human being. So, I had to think of the most feasible and compassionate way to help prevent this from happening on my channel (

As people who watch my streams and participate in my community are diverse and many are potential targets for hate raids, I have chosen to mass ban any known bot and person accounts tied to them. I’m using a list compiled by HackBolt and Pixelsuchter ( called Twitch Bots N Bigots on GitHub ( as a reference (of which there are well over 1.5 million accounts listed), and the Chat Ban Manager tool by the person behind CommanderRoot, a known bot account who lurks on channels to gather leaderboard information, sometimes streaming the data collection live (Thank you to all three of you for making these things possible to help protect ourselves and our communities on Twitch.). I understand that means hiding the welcome mat from a lot of accounts, however, I feel this is necessary to help protect my community both current and future participants and, as many of you know, there is a zero-tolerance policy on this kind of thing anyway. This process has already begun, but it will take some time. Your patience is appreciated.

As for #ADayOffTwitch, September 1st falls on a Wednesday this year, so I will not be streaming anyway.

My hope is that those who participate in hate raids, whether personally or by proxy, find the healing they need to release the suffering they cause to others through the poisons of hate, anger, and ignorance in which they immerse themselves and that they may be ready to do this sooner rather than later.

Closing Words For Those Who Were or May Be Affected

To those of you who are Twitch broadcasters who have had the unfortunate luck of receiving a hate raid, may potentially get one, or fear you may be hate raided, I would like for you to know something.

Please, do not let these people rattle you, shake you, or break you down. Know that your presence online is important, desired, and makes a difference in peoples’ lives. You are so valued and treasured among us. If ever you feel your resolve dwindling, please remember that you are absolutely loved so much by your fans and communities no matter what the haters say.

Also, please be sure to (continue to) do healthy self-care, whether that’s meditation (which I recommend, of course), relaxation, exercise, etc. Talk to someone if you need, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

May all beings be safe, healthy, and joyous. Gassho. 🙏

Hello, こんにちは, ようこそ, and welcome!

This is to announce that I will be hosting The 2 & 200 Community Stream and Gift Card Giveaway! It’s a stream that celebrates 2 years online and the 200 follower milestone on Twitch! This will include playing games together and a couple of raffles featuring digital gift cards for online gaming stores as prizes!

Here’s how it’ll work.

Community Switch Gaming

For the entire stream, we will be gaming with anyone who attends, playing together featuring the Nintendo Switch using the Nintendo Switch Online service. Among the titles up for play will be:

All are welcome to participate or watch, as well as chat and be among friends and fellow fans.

Gift Card Giveaway

There are prizes to be won! That’s right! There will be two (that’s right, TWO) raffles during stream for two gaming gift cards, both digital! They are…

  • Nintendo eShop valued at $50.00 (U.S.)
  • Valve Steam valued at $50.00 (U.S.)

During the stream, you’ll use the !raffle command to acquire an entry to win! You can have multiple entries for more chances to win, and you can enter for one, the other, or both raffles.

Continue reading on how this this works.

While you’re in the Twitch channel during the broadcast, you will earn Zen Panda Points (a custom loyalty point). Each raffle entry (using !raffle) costs 15 Zen Panda Points. These points accumulate the longer you’re in the channel while the stream is live as well as other ways. Refer to the chart below.

Live ParticipationZen Panda Points EarnedAdditional Information
Present In Channel5Earned every 5 minutes.
Active In Channel5Chatting. Earned in addition to presence.
Donating/Tipping5Per $1.00 (U.S.) donated. Must be done at
Following45Worth three (3) raffle entries if spent on !raffle.
Hosting60Worth four (4) raffle entries if spent on !raffle.
Raiding75Worth five (5) raffle entries if spent on !raffle.
Subscribing105Worth seven (7) raffle entries if spent on !raffle.
All Zen Panda Points must be earned while the stream is live. Use !zpp to check or !givezpp to give some to someone else.

Once time is up on a raffle, the entries are tallied. The bot will chose the winner base on acquired entries.

When This All Goes Down

This streaming event will take place on… SUNDAY, JULY 11th, 2021 at 6:00 PM CDT (7:00 PM EDT, 4:00 PM PDT) on Twitch (! The first raffle will begin in the middle of the stream with the last raffle ending close to the end of the stream.

But, there’s more good news! You can come to earn Zen Panda Points NOW! Come to the Twitch stream whenever we’re live and accumulate your ZPP for to spend in raffle entries for the big day.

Additional Terms and Conditions

A few more rules and conditions apply for the event.

  • You should be 18 years of age or older to participate in the raffles. Those younger should have parent or guardian permission first.
  • Playing games with the community is not a requirement or condition for raffle entry.
  • If you win a raffle, you must be present and respond in chat when your victory is announced to claim your prize. If not, your victory will be forfeit and a new winner will be drawn.
  • If you win and claim your prize, you will receive your prize via direct message from within Twitch. Be sure you have messages enabled in Twitch.
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged, modified, or replaced. All completed claims are final.
  • Any attempt or endeavor in cheating or hacking will result in disqualification from both raffles and possible banishment from the channel.
  • All chat rules for the channel and Discord servers must be abided.
  • In case of an error, please allow ample and reasonable time for rectification.
  • Participating in either raffle, or both, is an agreement to all rules, terms, and conditions.

Come sit and be in the moment with me, start collecting your ZPP (Zen Panda Points) and good luck!