Hello, こんにちは, ようこそ, and welcome!

You may have noticed I’ve been scarce on Twitch and YouTube lately. I should provide an explanation; it is health related.

After a couple of clinic visits and a short hospital stay, I’ve been diagnosed with lymphedema. This condition has caused swelling in my legs and feet (one severely worse than the other). I won’t go into great detail here, but one thing the doctors are insisting I do is to keep my legs up as much as possible. Between that and some of the physical limitations I now have, I haven’t been able to stream as often.

So, until my condition improves, I may need to play things by ear. I may also need to redo my schedule. We shall see.

I appreciate all of your understanding. 🙏 Miss you all and I’ll be back soon.

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 https://streamlabs.com/taizenorg.
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 (https://twitch.tv/taizenorg)! 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!

Hello, こんにちは, ようこそ, and welcome!

Just a small update regarding my live presence and well-being, and changes to the website and Discord.

Recent Wellness and Live Streams

For the nearly past fortnight, I’ve been experiencing another flare-up of lingering symptoms resulting from my illness to COVID-19 back in January. For those of you who have read my previous posts, followed my social media and Discord, and watched me on Twitch or YouTube, you know this has been ongoing. I won’t go into details again. Suffice it to say this is why I haven’t been streaming live and running reruns lately.

This will pass and, as I’ve stated before, even though I try and adhere to a schedule, I have to play things by ear because of all this. I appreciate your understanding and I’ll be back to broadcasting as soon as possible. 👍

Website and Discord Updates

First, I made updates to this website, https://taizen.org. They regard the Schedule & Events and the new Community pages.

  • Schedule & Events: I wasn’t able to update the calendar that was implemented, so I changed the calendar used (embedded a Google Calendar). There’s a different aesthetic and it shows the broadcast and even schedules a bit differently. The page has also changed a bit to show a little more detail. Check it out by selecting Schedule & Events in the menu or by going to https://schedule.taizen.org.
  • Community: There’s a new community page! It serves as a guide to the various community participation places people can use. It has links to the Discord server, social media, and the Twitch and YouTube channels. Community rules and standards are also listed there. You can select Community in the menu or go to https://community.taizen.org to have a look.

Land Acknowledgement

In addition, I’ve included a land acknowledgement.

For those of you who don’t know what this is, a land acknowledgement is a formal statement which recognizes the sacred and enduring relationship that exists between indigenous peoples and their traditional territories. We recognize this out of respect, honor, appreciation, and gratitude toward those whose land we dwell upon who have been living and working here since time untold.

You may read the land acknowledgement on the website (the Community page, https://community.taizen.org, and the Land Acknowledgement page, https://land.taizen.org) as well as one on the Discord server (#land-acknowledgement), the Twitch channel page (the Land panel), and as a command for the channel’s chatroom bot (!land).

See you all again soon. May all beings be safe, healthy, and joyous. Gassho. 🙏

Hello, こんいちは, ようこそ, and welcome.

You may have noticed that I haven’t published and streamed content in the past few weeks. For this, I apologize. Allow me to explain.

Update on Wellness

Over the past few weeks, the lingering symptoms I’ve been experiencing due to COVID-19 have been acting up more. One of my symptoms made a return for several days. It’s all left me unable to stream. This won’t be permanent; my symptoms are starting to calm down again. I hope to start streaming again very soon.

Streaming Schedule?

My schedule for streaming still stands (https://schedule.taizen.org for more info), but I humbly ask for your patience and understanding. Now that I know I may still have times when my symptoms can flare up, I may have to play it by ear. I will do my best to adhere to scheduled streaming times, but I may not always be able to until these effects from COVID-19 have subsided (enough) to broadcast regularly.

I appreciate your patience, understanding, support, and generosity through this unusual and trying time. Love you all, and you’ll see me again soon.

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