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Another full show! Tonights lecture is on Nichiren Daishonin's teaching called, On The Buddha's Prophecy. The lecture is about the purpose of Buddhist practice. Some of the headings include: A Leap Month! Life at Ichinosawa Bodhisattva Medicine King Former, Middle and Latter Day of the Law Doing time in the "When I" Prison The teaching, the teacher and the mission What did the priests do for 700 years? The Soka Gakkai fullfills the Buddha's Prophecy Its time to create happiness We have President Ikeda's New Year's message for 2009, read by Ken George. There are shoutouts and music from Ioda Promonet including "Balance" by Sara Tavares which you can buy here at iTunes Music Store The second track we play tonight is by Cohen which is also availabe here!Gold Is Where You Find It (mp3) We are proud members of the Ioda Alliance! Thankyou for all your support and encouragement! Have a fantastic week.
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Tonights show is so full! Tonights lectures is based on guidance that President Ikeda gave earlier this year about the four points for victory. The four points are Prayer, Action, Unity and the Oneness of Mentor and Disciple. This lecture is about the second theme, Action! The main points of the lecture include: Developing our own individual attitude to faith Taking responsibility for the happiness of where we live The roar of the tiger of death Take the initiative and make new friends We reveal buddhahood in our behaviour The old man in the park What is the Buddha's great teaching? Living with my mentor Three powerful enemies If not you then who? We have a poem from Rabindranath Tagore called The Stream of Life. The music to accompany this poem is the Indian National Anthem, the words of which were also written by Rabindranath Tagore. We have a question, and a lot of shoutouts from around the world. We have music, courtesy of Promonet tonight! We have Be the Change from the album Elephant Power by MC Yogi. We also have Atlas from the album Arabesque by Belly Dance which you can buy here at ITunes! We are proud members of the Ioda Alliance! We would also like to express our thanks to Anji Bee for her help in finding music for this show. Anji has a great podcast and we are both big fans of her band the Love Spirals.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:50am PDT

Have you ever wanted an explanation of where this Buddhism came from to give to your friends or family to help explain your practice? Well that is what the substance of tonights show is! William Woollard reads Chapter 3 from his extraordinary book, The Reluctant Buddhist! We have shoutouts and the music tonight comes from Beth Thornley. Its not like us to only play one artist, but we liked both of the tracks! So from Beth Thornley we play Mr Lovely and Birmingham. As usual we are very grateful to the Podsafe Music Network for providing us with the ability to play this music on our show. We are working on two new shows which will be appearing in the next few weeks! Thank you so much for listening to the show and for all your wonderful feedback. Have a great week and take care of yourselves and the people around you.
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Tonight's show is a bit of an experiment! For some time now we have had a lot of requests from listeners to provide support for the level 2 study courses that are taking place in Europe at the moment. This study will culminate in an exam in mid November for those who want to take it. William Woollard has also had many requests for support in this activity, so we have got together to produce a special edition show! The exam consists of 5 sections, A, B, C, D and E. Each section has a number of questions. In the exam you will be asked one question from each section. On this podcast, William has prepared an answer for every question. It is NOT a model answer but the kind of answer that William would make based upon the study material provided. Remember the questions require you to use the study material rather than your existing knowledge. If you are not a member of SGI in Europe at the moment but you would like to follow along, you can hop over to this site and download the study material we are looking at! Remember you need to look for the Grade 2 material. If you are doing the Grade 1 study course, you still might find value in listening to the show as both Grade 1 and Grade 2 share the same questions in Section E about the Priesthood. In between all of this study material, we have still found time for some music. On tonight's show we play a wonderful track by Black Lab called Lonely Boy and for the second time on the show Great Day by the amazing Jody Gnant. Music courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network Thank you for downloading the show! We have a great show coming up in 2 weeks so keep an eye out for it! Thank you as well for all your support.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:28am PDT

Well we have a bit of an extravaganza for you this week! Kicking of the show is William Woollard who completes the second half of Chapter 1 from The Reluctant Buddhist. Karen reads a truly inspiring contribution from Cindy Woodland from Canada! We have more shoutouts that cross the globe and we attempt to answer a question about how we as parents interest our children in Buddhist Practice. Tonight we play three tracks from the Podsafe Music Network, Anduze with Just Feel Good, Lee Coulter with I Would Love and Black Lab with Broken Heart!. Keep a look out for a special show coming out next week. William Woollard has put together some great study material surrounding the Level 2 Study Exam that is taking place in Europe in November. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to the show, for writing to let us know how you feel about about it, for your encouragement on Facebook and for the great comments on the website. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you! Have a wonderful week.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Chapter_1_Part_2_and_Much_More.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23pm PDT

Thanks to Jessica Miller who not only did the wonderful artwork for tonights show but also came up with the idea of asking Kevin Robinson to give tonights lecture. Kevin originally gave this lecture at the North London Area Course at Trets in September this year (2008). I travelled up to London and we recorded this lecture at Kevin's wonderful home. Its about Prayer and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording and putting it together! Great shoutouts from the wonderful Karen and some wonderful music from Mark Erelli singing The Only Way and Bob Gentry singing Goldie Hawn! Both tracks are available from the Podsafe Music Network. Again we had planned to play the second half of William Woollards Chapter 1 tonight. However, we wanted to include an interview that we are working on but we did not manage to get it done in time! Bear with us and we hope the next show will include the second half! Thank you so much for listening and for your encouraging comments and emails. Enjoy the show and have a great week.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Prayer.mp3
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Tonights show is a lecture on Nichiren Daishonin's letter called 'Reply to Sairen-bo'.The theme is once more on the mentor disciple relationship . Themes include: Trapped for 3 score years and 10 The disciple chooses the mentor What is Buddhahood? Devil kings and demons I don't want to spend my life in the toilet of mankind What qualifies the mentor? Creating a whirlpool of joy. In honour of 25 years playing music, we play, from the Podsafe Music Network, Howard Jones and his song Building our own Future. We are also lucky enough to have a great track from Peter Robinson called Roar of the Wind for the men of the South of England. Originally we had planned to play the second half of William Woollards Chapter 1 tonight. However, we wanted to include an interview that we are working on but we did not manage to get it done in time! So the next show will include the second half! Thank you for listening and for your encouragement comments and kind emails. Your support is really welcomed, have a great week.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:23pm PDT

Tonight we are very pleased to have William Woollard back on the show. William reads the first half of Chapter 1 from his book, The Reluctant Buddhist. We have shoutouts that span the globe and a great poem from Bob Kemp from Bournemouth in the UK. Thank you so much to William Wey who provided the artwork for this weeks show! Tonights music comes from the Podsafe Music Network. We play White Feather by Phil Ayoub and Inside of Me by The Ivy League. Thank you for listening and for the wonderful comments and kind emails. Your support is really welcomed, have a great week.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:28am PDT

Tonight we are looking another passage from Nichiren Daishonin's letter to Sairen-bo, The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life. The theme of tonights lecture is the Bodhisattvas of the Earth and it includes the following headings!
What is Buddhism about?
Bodhisattva Superior Practices
Belief is not enough
The Mystic Law is life itself
What does Nam-myoho-renge-kyo mean?
Our lives are the candles of life
Flushing with the Mystic Law
Blowing away negativity
Nurturing life
Tapping our toes to the tune of the Mystic Law
Awakening others to the greatness within their lives
We have a wonderful experience from Jonathan Steele and shoutouts that stretch across the world!

Tonights music comes from the Podsafe Music Network. We play a great relaxing kick back tune from Slackstring called Sun Again Will Shine. Also tonight we have a really great tune from singer songwriter Amy Regan, what an amazing voice, she sings Everybody Needs Somewhere To Go.

Thank you for listening and for the wonderful comments and kind emails. Your support is really welcomed, have a great week.

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Bodhisattvas_of_the_Earth.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:15am PDT

On tonights show we study a passage from the writing, The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life. The theme of tonights lecture is the mentor disciple relationship and it includes the following headings! The Tsukuhara Debate The purpose of Buddhism The Buddha was not a bronze statue Hardships strengthen our happiness Human revolution produced human gold Mount Sumeru Tsunasaburo Makiguchi Josei Toda Daisaku Ikeda What happens when the mentor passes away? Again its another full show with shoutouts that criss cross the globe and music from the Podsafe Music Network. On tonights show we play Ocean from Zach Ashton and Great Day from the wonderful Jody Gnant.Thank you so much for your support of the show, have a great week.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Mentor_and_Disciple.mp3
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