Listening To Dhamma: Metta’s Audio Project

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. – Franz Kafka

Insight Dialogue and relational dhamma audio teachings are shared by Metta through our website, newsfeeds and Facebook. Currently we have over 1,000 audio recordings from Insight Dialogue retreats all over the world from 2005 to present time, a small amount of these available to the public through our Teachings Library. In addition, Metta has forged a unique partnership with Dharmaseed, a website dedicated to preserving and sharing the spoken teachings of Theravada Buddhism, to support us with general warehousing of our audio materials.

Kyle_RPortraitTo help us sort through this treasure chest and enhance our Teachings Library with these gems, Metta is pleased to announce the launch of its new Audio Project, spearheaded by Kyle Raub, Metta’s volunteer Audio Manager. Kyle shares a commitment to the Buddha’s path and has a rich background in Creative Development and Auditory Design. With Kyle’s leadership, Metta is developing a system to optimize the quality and accessibility of audio recordings.

The Audio Project has four distinct phases:

    1. Develop a database
    2. Evaluate recoded content and use
    3. Edit recordings for optimal quality and upload into the database
    4. Develop systems and middleware (computer software that connects the database with our website) to facilitate the delivery and increase accessibly of the teachings

So far, we have a new database that allows us to organize and archive recordings for specific audiences and uses. During these next two phases, Metta seeks volunteer support in two different categories:

Audio Evaluators: people to listen to recordings for quality and content
Audio Editors: people with a good ear and technical know-how

If you are interested and qualified, this is great project to immerse yourself in the dhamma while giving generously to the Metta community. In the near future, Metta will also be looking for support to help build its middleware, which will allow us to enhance search and download capabilities.

Stay tuned for more exciting developments in this project.