A Buddhist Podcast

Practical Buddhism for living in the 21st Century.

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Welcome back to another new podcast! Sadly I was not able to finish part 2 of The Drum at the Gate of Thunder, but we do have the amazing William Woollard reading Chapter 11 from his wonderful book, The Case For Buddhism. Its all about Buddhism and money! Tonight we play a jaunty little jazz number by the amazing Robin Lukas, its called Le Fin and it from her album, Chianti and Olives! We will back soon, have a great week!

Direct download: ABP_Chapter_11_Buddhism_and_Money.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52pm PST

Tonights episode is the first of a few lectures on a letter Nichiren Daishonin wrote to Sennichi-Ama known as The Drum at the Gate of Thunder. 

As the first lecture in some time, Jason talks about Buddhist study and goes into some depth on the background to this letter. He starts to explain some of the first passages and then, realizing he has run out of time, rather abruptly ends. Seriously, he has already started writing the next part! The podcast finishes with a wonderful song by the incredibly talented Jody Gnant, from the album Pivot, Great Day is one of Jasons all time favourite tracks! Check out her Jody's website!

Thank you so much for listening, have a wonderful week!

Direct download: ABP_The_Drum_at_the_Gate_of_Thunder_part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17pm PST

Well, this one might come as a surprise! After reading the news last week and thinking about the news of this week and next, I thought I would try and get a lead on it with two brilliant talks from William Woollard on Negativity and Anger. William reads from his book The Case For Buddhism

I felt both of these chapters would be a compliment to one another and something to hold in mind as we go through these turbulent times. To keep our spirits up, Robin Lukas sings "Smile" from her album Beyond Paradise Edge.

More coming soon! Have an amazing week.

Direct download: ABP_Chapter_9_and_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41pm PST

Welcome to a fresh new podcast! William Woollard reads Chapter 8 from his very readable book, The Case For Buddhism. Its a slightly longer chapter about Buddhism in Daily Life. We play one of my favourite tracks called Pettigoe by Cat Malojian. More coming soon! Have a wonderful week.

Direct download: ABP_Chapter_9_Buddhism_and_daily_life.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:54pm PST

Welcome to another podcast! William Woollard continues his reading of his marvellous book, The Case For Buddhism. Tonights instalment is about Buddhist Practice. We play a marvellous track by Brian Blain called Ten Worlds. Its a brief show but I wanted to give you something while I continue to prepare more material! Have a fantastic week. 

Direct download: ABP_Chapt8_Buddhist_Practice.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:32pm PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! Tonight William Woollard reads Chapter 5, Buddhism and Ethics from his book, The Case for Buddhism. Its a great chapter that I’ve learned a lot from. Williams use of accessible language makes this a great book to give people who know nothing about Buddhism.

We play a fun track by Robin Lukas called How are you? I love it! As soon as there is an official final version, we will post links here! After getting some emails from listeners with huge challenges I decided to talk about my experience of taking on challenges and lose grief to help me become a better person. So lots of voices tonight and a couple of experiences too. The artwork for the episode is the last picture I had taken with my uncle, Barry Brooks who recently passed away. Barry introduced me to this practice.

Thank you to everyone for your support. The show continues to evolve!

Direct download: ABP_-_The_Case_for_Buddhism_-_Ethics_Some_music_and_more_thoughts.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:33am PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! Tonight William Woollard reads Chapter 5, Buddhism and the Problem Paradox from his book, The Case for Buddhism

I chat for a while about my life and share a recent understanding I've developed about a writing from Nichiren to a disciple going through challenging times!

We play a wonderful track that matches my summer, Chianti and Olives by the amazing Robin Lukas. You can buy the track on Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.

Feels great to post this, have a fantastic week and take care of the people around you. Thank you

Direct download: ABP_TCFB_Chapter_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13pm PST

Welcome to the first show of 2018. We start tonights show with a chapter from William Woollard's book that sits alongside chapter 3, its a simple chapter about Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha who’s teachings we follow. This is such a great book to give to friends and relatives who want to know more as it explains concepts in easy to understand english and is jargon free! I loved editing Chapter 4 and I hope you get as much out of it as I did.
We play two tracks from the wonderful Robin Lukas, Smile (Robins track) from her album Beyond Paradise Edge, and Walkin’ By Myself from her Album, Robin Lukas. Thank you for supporting the show and for putting a smile on my face Robin!
The show is going to evolve and change but not overnight! Have a wonderful week everyone. Thank you everyone for your support

Direct download: ABP_TCFB_Chapter_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:18pm PST

Welcome back to A Buddhist Podcast!

On tonights show we have  William Woollard  reading Chapter 3, from his new book, The Case For Buddhism! In the second half of the show Karen hears an experience from Vancouver Womens Division member, Joely!

We have music from the Podsafe Music Network! We play the Dala Girls track, Hockey Sweater, from their album, Girls from the North Country.

Thank you so much for everything, enjoy the show. Such a delight to put out another podcast!

Direct download: Podcast_23rd_August_2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:25pm PST

Welcome back to A Buddhist Podcast!

On tonights show we have Part 2 of Chapter two from William Woollard  reading from his new book, The Case For Buddhism! In the second half of the show Karen interviews the amazing Diane Esguerra about her new book, Junkie Buddha!

We have music from the Podsafe Music Network! We play the Chris Ayer track, Awake, from his album, Don't Go Back To Sleep

Thank you so much for everything, enjoy the show. Such a delight to put out another podcast!

 

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_July_26_2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:33pm PST

Welcome back to A Buddhist Podcast! 

On tonights show we have William Woollard  reading from his new book, The Case For Buddhism! William reads Chapter 1 and part 1 of Chapter 2. It includes a refreshingly honest experience from William on how he started to practice! 

Of course we have music from the Podsafe Music Network! We play the lively Nick Rave track called  - The Heaven Empire Radio Edit and Christie Grace with a really mellow tune called Lions Roar. 

Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement. Have an amazing week! 

Direct download: ABP_-_The_case_for_Buddhism_part_1_and_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:53am PST

Welcome to the first show of the year! Tonights Jason lectures on the writing, On Practicing The Buddha's Teachings. His lecture is based on President Ikeda's lectures series from The Teaching for Victory.

Some of the theme for tonight include:

From provisional to true

How did Buddhism get so confused

Former, middle and latter day of the law

An accursed time

Changing our minds

The banner of our behaviour

Archers of the mystic law

Three carts and the burning house

Shakabuku, compassion and reason

Using struggles to become happy

We have an great and inspiring experience that covers 40 year of faith from Roxanne Rae in Oregan. We also have music from Nic Saunders who kindly allowed us to play a piece from his Weald and Downland Suite, its called The Water Mill. From the pod safe music network we have Geoff Smith playing Gravity and Death Cab for Cutie with Title and Registration. 

Thank you so much for continuing to listen and support the show. Have an amazing week! 

Direct download: On_practicing_the_buddhas_teachings_Feb_2014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:39pm PST

Welcome to a podcast that took a long time to write! Tonights show is about death and dying from a Buddhist perspective. My lecture is based on President Ikeda's lecture in Unlocking the Mysteries of Life and Death. I am also very grateful to Donna and Dash for sharing their experience!

Subjects include:

Nobody believes they are going to die

How do you want to feel when you die?

Near death experiences

5 stages of dying

3 paths into 3 virtues

And then there was one

Nam myoho renge kyo is not constrained by death

Eagle peak and mystical rendezvous

We are responsible for how we die

Of course we have some music on the show. First up we have the Canadian, Christie Grace, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network, playing her version of Joni Mitchells track, Both Sides Now. Beautiful voice! We also have the one and only Howard Jones, singing Building our own future. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement. Have an amazing week! 

Direct download: Death_and_dying_part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:28pm PST

Thank you so much for waiting. Welcome to the first show from our new home in Vancouver, Canada. Tonights lecture is based on some passages from a famous letter written by Nichiren Daishonin to his loyal disciple Shijo Kingo. My lecture is based on the first half of President Ikeda’s lecture on The Three Kinds of Treasure which can be found in SGI Newsletter No 7908. 

Shijo Kingo is in the middle of a huge struggle and has written to Nichiren for guidance in faith on how he should go forward. Some of the points we cover include:

Practicing as Nichiren taught

Encouraging each other revitalises the SGI

Treasuring others

The honest friendship of Nichiren and Shijo Kingo

Backgammon

Breakthroughs and victories

Huge targets and how we achieve them

The tragedy of jealousy

We have a lot of shout outs and almost as many questions! We play two tracks from the Podsafe Music Network on tonights show. First we play Falling by Grace Kelly and later we have Gravity by Geoff Smith (who does the intro music to the show!).

Thank you so much for listening and for your encouragement, support and patience while we have been moving! Have the best week of your lives and take great care of each other.

Direct download: The_three_kinds_of_treasure.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:49pm PST

Longer than we expected but none the less, here we are again with the second of a two part lecture on a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin to Shiiji Shiro in 1261. The letter is called A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering. This lecture is based on SGI President Ikedas lecture in SGI Newsletter 8518. It was a challenge to get this done and I suspect you may need to listen a couple of times to pick up all the points. Subjects include:

  • a ship to cross the water,
  • five flavours,
  • discarding earlier teachings,
  • unfurling the sail, 3000 realms,
  • middle way,
  • leaving the dock of our karma,
  • tickets of faith,
  • the good ship SGI.

We have shoutouts and a question about chanting for stuff! We play Howard Jones singing Building Our Own Future and courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network we play Let me know by the Fire Apes. Thank you for your constant encouragement, it means so much to us. Click on the link on the left hand side of the website if you want a shout out on the show. Take great care and have a fantastic week. Thank you for listening.

Direct download: A_ship_to_cross_the_sea_of_suffering_part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:29pm PST

We are back with the first of a two part lecture on a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin called A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering. The lecture is based on SGI President Ikeda’s guidance in SGI Newsletter 8518 which was giving in May this year.

Subjects we cover include:

Connecting our hearts to those around us

Who was Shiiji Shiro?

See like Li Lou, hear like Shih K’uang

Faith rooted in action

Teaching others about Buddhism

The voice does the Buddha’s work

A single sentence or phrase

Karen reads a wonderful experience by Sue Davis from Essex in the UK. We also have some great music starting off with Smile by Robin Lukas (written by Barbara Pool). We also play Lucky Day by Stavia and $12.99 by Dave Potts from the Podsafe Music Network. 

We have lots of shouts outs as well! Thank you all so much for supporting and encouraging us! If you want a shout out on the show, write and let us know or click the link on the left hand side of our website “Shoutouts”. If you have a great experience of practicing this Buddhism that you would be happy for us to read on the show, you can click the link for Experiences on the site! Thank you so much for listening, take care and have a wonderful week.

Direct download: A_ship_to_cross_the_sea_of_suffering_part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:56am PST

Well finally we are back with another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! Its been a long gap since the last show, so thank you for your patience.

On tonights show Jason and Karen give a lecture on a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin called Letter to Nakaoki. The lectures is based on the lecture given by SGI President Ikeda in SGI Newsletter 8294. Subjects we cover include:

Buddhism before Nichiren

Individuals create change

Buddhism in daily life

Protection from within invites protection from without

Compassionate correction

Hoisting the banner of Buddhism

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Eagle Peak

How do you want to die?

Karens talk

Lives that contribute

We have shout outs that criss cross the globe. We have a great experience from Anuraag Khanna We play a great track, Happy, by Adrianne Richards from the Podsafe Music Network. We also play an independent track that we fell in love with called Right Here by Annette Beja.

If you want a shout out on the show, write and let us know or click the link on the left hand side of our website "Shoutouts". If you have a great experience of practicing this Buddhism that you would be happy for us to read on the show, you can click the link for Experiences on the site!

Thank you so much for listening, take care and have a wonderful week.

Direct download: ABP_Letter_to_the_Lay_Priest_Nakaoki.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22am PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have William Woollard reading the last part of Buddhism and the science of happiness, Appendix B. This is the show that is for every beginner you have ever wanted to have something to say, "Here, listen to this, this is the basics of Buddhism!"

By popular demand we have some more questions that we do our best to answer as well as the traditional shootouts!

In addition, we have music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play England by the great band, Great Big Sea and When We Are Old by Molly Magdalain.

This is the first show that we use the new octa capture interface from Roland, so let us know what you make of the sound, we want to improve!

Have a fabulous week and thank you so much for listening.

Direct download: Buddhism_and_the_science_of_happiness_-_Appendix_B.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:12am PST

Wow! This show was a challenge to bring you! In the first part of the show which we recorded last week we have William Woollard giving a lecture on Nichiren Daishonin's writing called, The Offering of the Mud Pie. Its a terrific lecture and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it!

A good friend of the show sent us an email and Karen and Jason talk about their reactions and thoughts to it. During the editing, Jason wished he had said more about gratitude in his answer, but then that will be coming up in a lecture soon! Let us know what you think of this section, if its popular we might do some more!

We have music from the podsafe music network tonight. Firstly, we play David Ushers track, The Music, from his successful album Strange Birds. We close with a wonderful track from Adrina Thorpes album, Halflight and Shadows called Everything Changes.

Thank you for taking the time to download the show and listen. Have a fantastic week and take great care of yourselves.

Direct download: The_Offering_of_the_Mud_Pie.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:19am PST

And we are back with A Buddhist Podcast! Thank you for downloading the show! Tonight we have William Woollard reading Chapter 16 and Appendix A from Buddhism and the science of happiness. We also have an experience from Uri Rosenrauch in New York City, which was so much fun to read and record.

As usual we have shoutouts from all over the world and music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play Reach Out by Beatrice Ericsson, Not on the radio by Geoff Smith and 143 by the Australian band, Stingray!

Take great care and have a fabulous week! 

Direct download: Buddhism_and_the_science_of_happiness_-_Chapter_16_and_Appendix_A.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:09pm PST

Thank you for taking the time to download and listen to the show. We are back with another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. On tonights show we read an editorial written by SGI President Ikeda encouraging young women and we play a recording in which William Woollard interviews Karen and Jason about the podcast.

As usual we have shout outs that criss cross the globe and some great music. On tonights show we play a song written by an SGI - UK member and sung by Olivia and Florence when they were 6 and 9 years old respectively. We play Cardboard Dreams by the very talented Ellie Jamison from Cambridge in the UK, listen to the lyrics, its really well written. Also we have two great tracks from the Podsafe Music Network, the amazing Molly Magdalain singing a track that definitely gets to Jason, its called Movin On. We finish with the amazing Dala Girls who sing Levi Blues that somehow always gets us smiling!

We send you our very best for a truly wonderful week and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support and encouragement!

Direct download: William_interviews_Karen_and_Jason.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:50am PST

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have the wonderful William Woollard reading chapter 14 from Buddhism and the science of happiness.

We have two tracks from the Podsafe Music Network. Firstly we play What To Do With Michael by the Candy Butchers. Secondly we play a new artist to the show, Molly Magdalain singing Gentle War from her album The Open Road. 

As usual we have the shoutouts and chat from us. Thank you so much for listening, take care and have a great week.

Direct download: Buddhism_and_the_science_of_happiness_-_Chapter_14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:14pm PST

Thank you for downloading this show and welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. On tonights show we have a lecture from Jason. The lecture is based on President Ikeda's third lecture on Nichiren Daishonins letter, On Practicing the Buddha's Teachings. Here is a snifter of some the subjects we cover:

  • Sitting down to study with the Buddha
  • Handing over responsibility to the youth
  • Practicing as the Buddha taught
  • Changing ourselves changes the world
  • Compassion amidst our struggle
  • Doing the right thing
  • Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo
  • A real king in the religious world

We have a very moving experience from Sharon in Hong Kong as well as shoutouts that criss cross the globe! Courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network, we play Some People Say from the Saucier album by Ed & Jojo aka the Supersuckers and quite possibly one of our most favourite tracks, Great Day by Jody Gnant!

Thank you so much for listening to the show, we really appreciate your encouragement and supporting emails and contacts. Please take great care of each other and have a most fabulous week.

Direct download: On_Practicing_the_Buddhas_Teachings_part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08am PST

We are back with a very full show for you tonight. We have the wonderful William Woollard reading from his new book, Buddhism and the science of happiness. Tonight he reads Chapters 12 and 13! Great news that his earlier book, The Reluctant Buddhist is now available in Spanish!

Also tonight we were very lucky to have the amazing Lucille Barclay who came to our home to give her experience and took part in the show as well! 

We play four tracks tonight from the Podsafe Music Network. First up is Stavia with Lucky Day, then Wonder by the Fire Apes, Rocky Votolato with White Daisy Passing and finally Can't Believe by Pippa Rogers. 

As usual we have shout outs and we pop a bottle of champagne to celebrate 6 years of doing the show and 1.3 million downloads! Have a fabulous week everyone!

Direct download: Buddhism_and_the_science_of_happiness_-_chapters_12_and_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:12pm PST

We are back with another show! Tonight we have William Woollard reading Chapter 11 of his great book, Buddhism and the science of happiness.

Also we have an experience from the wonderful Steve Sant (picture of both of us in the artwork for this show!) and music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play two songs from the band, Black Lab. You might want to turn it up, and some of you might want to turn it down for their tracks, Broken Heart and Without You!

Shoutouts and chat from Karen and Jason. Thank you so much for listening. Have a wonderful week wherever you are.

Direct download: Buddhism_and_the_science_of_happiness_-_Chapter_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:26pm PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have the wonderful William Woollard reading from his amazing book, Buddhism and science of happiness. Tonigh he reads Chapter 10!

Also on the show we have music from Nick Daugherty who sings Movin' Higher and the great band, a long time favourite of ours, Carbon Leaf with The War Was in Colour. Both tracks tonight are available for us to play thanks to the Podsafe Music Network at Mevio.

We have shoutouts and banter between Karen and Jason. Thank you again for listening. Take great care and have a fabulous week!

Direct download: Buddhism_and_the_science_of_happiness_-_Chapter_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45pm PST

Welcome back to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! We have been away travelling, but we are back with a lecture for you based on President Ikeda's lecture from SGI Newsletter NL7973XV. The lecture is about a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin called, "On Practicing The Buddha's Teachings". Themes include:

My first campaign

The correct teacher

Four powers

The brave question

42 years of preparation

Golden words

Shakabuku and Shoju

Practicing correctly

As usual our music tonight comes from Podsafe Music Network at Musicalley.com. We play Round the Bend by Adrina Thorpe and Anywhere Under The Moon by the Dala Girls. 

Once again, if you want a shout out on the show, write and let us know or click the link on the left hand side of our website "Shoutouts". If you have a great experience of practicing this Buddhism that you would be happy for us to read on the show, you can click the link for Experiences on the site!

Thank you so much for listening, take care and have a wonderful week.

Direct download: On_practicing_the_Buddhas_teachings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:54am PST

We are so pleased to be back with you tonight with another show! We have William Woollard reading chapters 8 and 9 from his great book, Buddhism and the science of the happiness!

We have music from the Podsafe Music Network who are currently having their website upgraded for a better experience so check it out! The music we play is from Phil Ayoub who sings Goodnight Kiss, Dala with their great track Levi Blues and the amazing Stavia singing one of our favourites, Lucky Day.

We have the shoutouts and our travel itinerary for the next frew months. Have a fantastic week everyone!

Direct download: Buddhism_and_the_science_of_happiness_chapter_8_and_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:02pm PST

Tonights show is very full! We have the wonderful William Woollard reading chapters 5 and 6 from his amazing book, Buddhism and the Science of Happiness. We play three tracks tonight. Spoons and Winning Hand by Sheri Miller are from her brand new album, Winning Hand. Our thanks to thePodsafe Music Network for facilitating the playing of tonights music. To finish the show we play the wake up track, Love is True by The Palpitations.If you like Karen's wonderful voice, listen in to her swiss german making a brief vocal appearance! Shoutouts to friends across the globe! Take great care and have a fabulous week. Thank you so much for listening.

Direct download: Buddhism_and_the_Science_of_Happiness_-_Chapter_5_and_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13pm PST

Welcome to another evening of A Buddhist Podcast!. Tonight we are very fortunate to be able to have William Woollard reading Chapter 4 from his new book, Buddhism and the Science of Happiness. Congratulations to William on the books recent translation into Spanish as well!

We have two tracks from the Podsafe Music Network to play for you tonight. First off, we have Spencer Lee singing Burnin the Bed. Second we have the wonderful Lascivious Biddies with Hell of a Boy.

We have another run of shout outs as well! Thank you so much for continuing to listen to the show, we have just gone over the million downloads milestone with Libsyn. Thank you for being with us. Have a wonderful week!

Direct download: Buddhism_and_Science_of_Happiness_-_Chapter_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:30pm PST

Jason is back from Japan and we are back with another show! Tonight we have a lecture for you on Nichiren Daishonin’s writing, “Letter to Jakunichi-Bo”. Based on Newsletter 7676, this is the second time Jason has lectured on this writing, but it’s so different! Themes include:

Forging ordinary human beings into buddhas

Gohonzon, a blue print for Buddhahood

What are the odds being able to practice

The four virtues

Bodhisattva Superior Practices

Three powerful enemies

The right teacher

Three presidents

Johan Galtung

Tonight we have music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros singing Coma Girl and Kelly Brock with Cowboy Boots and Levis. We have shoutouts and a quick catch up with Jason’s last few weeks. The artwork for tonights show is of the cherry blossom in Tokyo last week.

Thank you so much for waiting and for taking the time to download the show. Have a fabulous week!

Direct download: Letter_to_Jakunichi-Bo_April_2011.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:04am PST

Welcome back to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have the amazing William Woollard reading Chapter 3, "So What's Religion All About?", from his book, Buddhism and the Science of Happiness.

We also have some questions about chanting and about the relationship between the priesthood and the SGI, frank and honest opinions from Jason. 

We have three great pieces of music courtesy of Mevio.com.  The first track is Katie Websters record, "Hard Loving Mama" ; the second is Tom Waits with "You Can Never Hold Back Spring" and finally we have Slackstring playing their timeless, kick back and relax "Sun Will Shine Again". If you like the music please check the Music page on our website where we have added links to help you find the music to buy if you want to.

Shoutouts to people from all over the world. You know every email, review on ITunes, shout out request, facebook message, tweet that we receive is such encouragement for us both, thank you for making the time to both listen to the show and to let us know you care. Have a fantastic week!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Buddhism_and_the_Science_of_Happiness_-_Chapter_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:47am PST

Well, we seem to be on a roll! Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. We are delighted to present Chapter 2 from William Woollards new book, Buddhism and the Science of Happiness. Reading, recording and editing this chapter really gave me pause to think! 

Thanks to the wonderful podsafe music network at mevio.com we were able to bring you three fantastic tracks tonight. The first is from Yael Naim who sings New Soul. The second and third are from a great and talented duo called the Dala Girls from Toronto, Canada. We play two tracks from the Dala Girls, Levi Blues and Hockey Sweater.

We have an experience from John Renner in the US and we read the World Tribunes obituary for David Kasahara who recently passed away. Our shoutouts criss cross the world and also Jason answers a question as to what the quotes are on the family alter.

As usual look to the right hand side of our website for the shoutout link if you want to make use of it. Alternatively you can send us a note on the Android or Iphone app! Thank you so much for your continued support. Please take great care and have a fabulous week. Sometimes its hard, but chant and determine to win, there is always a way through.

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Buddhism_and_the_Science_of_Happiness_-_Chapter_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:26am PST

And we are back with yet another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! Thank you so much for continuing to listen and for all of your support!
On tonights show we have Chapter 1 from Buddhism and the Science of Happiness, a wonderful book written and read by our dear friend William Woollard.
We have music from the Podsafe Music Network at mevio.com and tonight we play Melissa Forbes track, Blackheart Blues and the amazing Bombskarewith their track Don't Give It All Away!
If you want a shout out on the show, let us know by clicking the link on the left hand side of our website "Shoutouts", or you can send us a note if you have the iPhone or Android app for A Buddhist Podcast. If you want to share a great experience of practicing this Buddhism and you would be happy for us to read it on the show, click the link for Experiences on the site, remember to really to try to use language that anyone can understand.
Thank you so much for listening, have a wonderful week, take great care of yourself and everyone around you.


Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. On tonights show we have the final chapter of the Reluctant Buddhist read by the author, the wonderful William Woollard. We also have news about his amazing new book, “Buddhism and the Science of Happiness”

We read SGI President Ikeda’s New Year Message and of course the shoutouts!

 

We play three tracks tonight, Last of the Superheros by American Heartbeat, Wonderwall by Melissa Rebronja and Let it Rain by Laura Clapp. Thank you to the artists for making this available on the Podsafe Music Network. The Podsafe Music Network have made so much of the music on the show possible and we really are grateful to them.

 

If you would like to for us to give you a shout out on the show, click the link on the left hand side of our website "Shoutouts". If you have a great experience of practicing this Buddhism that you would be happy for us to read on the show, you can click the link for Experiences on the site!

 

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to listen to the show. Happy New Year!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist_-_Chapter_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:28am PST

Welcome to another show! It has been a really long time, thank you for bearing with us. Jason has new work that requires a lot of hours and travel that we are still getting used to!

On tonights show we have a lecture on the letter that Nichiren Daishonin wrote to the Ikegami brothers in 1275, its called simply, “Letter to the Brothers”. Tonights lecture is based on President Ikeda’s lecture from SGI Newsletter 7832 and subjects include:

  • Buddhism is about overcoming negativity
  • Walking the talk, the first three presidents of the Soka Gakkai
  • The Dad, the priest, the wives and the brothers
  • Faith is believing in peoples greatness
  • We lose because of fear and influence
  • We win because of wisdom and courage
  • Three obstacles and four devils
  • Will power is not enough
  • United in purpose
  • Master your mind
  • Change within creates change without

We have wonderful experiences from Jay Osburn in Michigan (The artwork for this episode is of Charley) and Gerald White in Las Vegas in the US. We have shoutouts that really span the world and of course music. On tonights show we play Days of Summer by Now is Now and Lucky Day by Stavia, both courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network on musicalley.com

We send you our very best for a truly wonderful week and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support and encouragement!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Letter_to_the_Brothers_-_Aug_2010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:05am PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have a lecture on the letter that Nichiren Daishonin wrote to Sennichi-ama, its called The Drum at the Gate of Thunder. Subjects include:


Hope spreads like fire


Sennichi-ama the sincere disciple


What does it mean to make an offering to the Lotus Sutra?


Open the storehouse of your life


Blossom with hope


Even Devadatta attains Buddhahood


Women with the heart of a Lion King


Igniting the field of our unhappy karma


Did they die in the state of Buddhahood?


The Drum at the Gate of Thunder


Merely seeing my mentor . . . 


Thanks to the wonderful talent of the great Phil Campbell (follow him on twitter at @philcampbell) tonights show was streamed live on Bambuser and a recording of the unedited version of tonights show can be seen on our website.


Shoutouts run out to our friends from across the globe!


We play music from the very talented Jody Gnant, who sings her track, Great Day. We also play O'amanhecer (Dawn) by Paul Kouatchou, a beautiful song sung in Portuguese!


From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for listening to the show tonight and for all your support. Have a truly amazing week.



 
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:18pm PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have the generous William Woollard who reads Chapter 12 from his book, The Reluctant Buddhist! We also have Jason reading President Ikeda’s editorial from 16th March 2010.

On tonights show we have two great tracks to play for you. The first is Tears in the Rain by The Palpitations. The second track comes from Music Alley and is This Little Bird by Allison Crowe. Our thanks to The Palpitations and Allison Crowe for making their music available to us.

We have the shoutouts as well and news that the podcast is being listened to in 98 countries around the world!

Thank you for your constant support and encouragement, we value it so much. Have a fantastic week!

 
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:35am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Reluctant Buddhist - Chapter 11 We have fought to create the space to bring you tonights show! On this show we have the gracious and kind William Woollard reading Chapter 11 from his book, The Reluctant Buddhist. Its a very interesting chapter called, A Long and Healthy Life. The Reluctant Buddhist is selling extraordinarily well throughout the world and we understand is soon to be published in Spanish as well!

In addition, we an experience from Beth Bradley in Austin, Texas, USA. We have news about the forthcoming Iphone App for the show and the Ebooks of the lectures that will soon be available. We have shoutouts that cover the world, literally! We are also very pleased to have a poem called Sunflowers from the amazing Bob Kemp.

We have two tracks to play you tonight. The first is The World Is Yours by Stuart Powell and the second is a very catchy tune by Matt Boreham, its called Conversations! We would like to thank both of them for letting us play their music on the show.

Jason is going to be at SXSW in Austin Texas from the 10 - 16th March and if you are there he would love to meet you! On the 17th March Jason will be in Sacramento and would love the opportunity to meet with you there as well!

Thank you for your support and encouragement, we do appreciate it so much. Have a fantastic week!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist_-_Chapter_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41am PST

Happy New Year Everyone! On tonights show we have the stalwart William Woollard reading Chapter 10, 'The Challenge of Change' from his book, The Reluctant Buddhist. Jason reads SGI President Ikeda's New Year Message and Karen reads two great experiences from young women in England and the United States. As usual we have shoutouts that cross the globe and some great music! Tonight we play Harley Loudon's track, "Will You Listen" on the PMN. Also on the PMN we play Stingrays great track, '143'. Not on the PMN, but recorded in our kitchen we also play a new track called, 'Rocks for Gold' by the one and only Jimmy Golding. There is a competition, if you have one of our new decals, you can take a photograph of where you have put it and post it on Flickr.com or elsewhere and send the link and your mail address and size to us on the show. The image we like best, wins a TShirt! Jason is going to be in Austin, Texas for SXSW, if you are there and want to meet up then send us an email. Thank you all for your fantastic support and please take great care of yourselves wherever you are. Have a wonderful week.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist_-_Chapter_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:44am PST

A very merry christmas to you! This last weekend we recorded tonights lecture in the kitchen of the amazing Jackie Evans from Gower and Swansea West District in West Wales. We had a wonderful welcome and met some great people! On our return we finished the show and are delighted to bring you tonight, a lecture on Nichiren Daishonin's writing, Letter from Sado. The lecture is quite long and was recorded very late at night, so you might want to listen to it in parts! Subjects include: Time is the biggest contribution we can make I solemnly swear that I want to do good Temples were an investment The loss of each individual life matters Clinging on to life An ungrudging spirit Use problems to become happy Earnest resolve Refuting mistaken teachings Doing the right thing The heart of a lion king We play two tracks from the Podsafe Music Network, Panacea by Bill and Merry Christmas Angel by the wonderful Vittoria Conn. Thank you so much for your continued support of the show, we really are very grateful. Have a truly wonderful new year!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Letter_from_Sado_-_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:05pm PST

We are back with another show! Karen has gone to visit her parents in Switzerland, so our teenage daughter, Florence is standing in for her on tonights show. On this show we have the wonderful William Woollard talking about the oneness of self and environment from Chapter 9 of his excellent book, The Reluctant Buddhist. We have music from Vittoria Conn who sings Where Would You Be, which is now available on ITunes! We also have the very talented Harley Loudon from London who sings a song dedicated to her daughter Ella and the Future Group of the UK, its called Teenagers! We will have another episode coming out before Christmas, so keep your eyes peeled for it! If you have a question, an experience or a shoutout that you would like to share with us, get in touch, we love hearing from you. Thank you for all your birthday wishes and constant support, it means alot to all of us. Have a wonderful week!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist_-_Chapter_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:57pm PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. On tonights show we have a special guest, the wonderful Peter Morris! Peter talks about a fundamental aspect of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism, the Gohonzon. Karen reads an amazing experience from the lovely Erica Holding who lives in California! We have great music as well! Tonight we have Howard Jones playing Love Never Wasted from his new album Ordinary Heroes. From the Podsafe Music Network we have Bobby Gentry singing Goldie Hawn. We also have, by special permission from the Lovespirals, their brand new track called Shine from their new album which drops this week, Future Past. You can get copies of the album signed by Ryan and Anji from their website and a free digital download. Thank you so much for listening to the show and for your support, we never take it for granted and really do appreciate it. Have a truly wonderful week!
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15pm PST

Welcome to another show! Tonight we have William Woollard reading Chapter 8 from his fantastic book, The Reluctant Buddhist.Whilst Jason was in Trets recently he was able to record an experience by the lovely Mary Mulligan from Brighton in the UK, who talks about how she began to practice. We have a beautiful poem from the great Bob Kemp and shoutouts that as usual criss cross the globe!Tonight we have music from the very talented Tracy Lyons who has a new track, Don't You Know on the Podsafe Music Network. We also play the one and only Cat Malojian, we can't help it, we love them and they play Peddigoe.We have some great new material lined up in the next few weeks and can't wait to share it with you!If you have a question, an experience or a shoutout that you would like to share with us, get in touch, we love hearing from you.We know people are still after our t-shirts and you can find them at http://www.pressoffers.co.uk/abuddhistpodcast2 our thanks to Polly and Helen of Pressoffers for their help with this.Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, it means so much to us. Have a fantastic week! Welcome to another show! Tonight we have William Woollard reading Chapter 8 from his fantastic book, The Reluctant Buddhist. Whilst Jason was in Trets recently he was able to record an experience by the lovely Mary Mulligan from Brighton in the UK, who talks about how she began to practice. We have a beautiful poem from the great Bob Kemp and shoutouts that as usual criss cross the globe! Tonight we have music from the very talented Tracy Lyons who has a new track, Don't You Know on the Podsafe Music Network. We also play the one and only Cat Malojian, we can't help it, we love them and they play Peddigoe. We have some great new material lined up in the next few weeks and can't wait to share it with you! If you have a question, an experience or a shoutout that you would like to share with us, get in touch, we love hearing from you. We know people are still after our t-shirts and you can find them at http://www.pressoffers.co.uk/abuddhistpodcast2 our thanks to Polly and Helen of Pressoffers for their help with this. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, it means so much to us. Have a fantastic week!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist_-_Chapter_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:17am PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! Tonight we have a lecture from Jason based on a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin, called Letter to Jakunichi-Bo. Subjects include: What does it mean to practice Buddhism correctly? One to one support The power of appreciation What is the purpose of life? Practice for oneself and others Nam-myoho-renge-kyo embodies the four paramitas What is fundamental darkness? Illuminating the darkness of bullying Nichiren, Sun Lotus Leave nothing on the pitch Being known as a votary of the Lotus Sutra Noble envoys of Nichiren Daishonin Tonight we play three tracks! Thanks to PW Fenton, we have Lea Gilmore singing Ride My Blues Away. From the Podsafe Music Network we have the Lovespirals singing This Truth and Great Big Sea singing Beat the Drum. We have a correction we make and a reading of the wonderful poem by Christian Larson called The Optimists Creed. We have so many shoutouts tonight from Amsterdam to Singapore, from London to New York and from Mexico to New Delhi! Its a packed show and we hope you enjoy it! Thank you for listening, have a wonderful week!
Direct download: ABP_-_Letter_to_Jakunichi-B.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:28am PST

Hello Everyone! Tonight we are very glad to bring you William Woollard reading Chapter 7 from his book, The Reluctant Buddhist. The chapter is all about Karma, and its a very interesting listen. As usual we have global shout outs as well as a beautiful poem from Kim Seagrave in Australia. We play "Love is not Wasted" from the imminent Howard Jones album, Ordinary Heroes which debuts on November 3rd this year. We also play one of our favourite bands, they are Cat Malojian from Northern Ireland, a truly great band. They sing Pettigoe! If you have wondering about our tshirts, you can get them now at http://www.pressoffers.co.uk/abuddhistpodcast2 our thanks to Polly and Helen of Pressoffers for their help with this. We hope very soon to add some new photos to the shop and the new blue colour! Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. Wherever you are have a wonderful week!
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:33pm PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have a lecture on the letter that Nichiren Daishonin wrote to Soya Kyoshin, its called The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood. Subjects include: Who was Soya Kyoshin? Essentials are not Optional Bodhisattva Superior Practices and the Latter day of the Law Reality and wisdom Don't bend the teachings to suit your karma Misguided priests versus correct teacher Challenging wrong doing Standing firm with a teenage daughter Bridging the gap between people and Buddhism My mentor And of course we have the shoutouts and also . . . we also have three brand new songs. I think, we may be the first podcast to debut two new tracks by Howard Jones. "Soon you'll go" and "Love never wasted" are from Howard's new album, Ordinary Heroes, which is being released on November 3rd. For more information take a look at his website here. Thank you Howard for letting us play these tracks We also debut a wonderful new song from Vittoria Conn, it's called "Where would you be" which will be appearing very soon! As soon as we have a location on ITunes or elsewhere we will post the link here. If you are looking for the tshirts you can get them from our tshirt shop which is generously powered by the wonderfulPressoffers.co.uk. Thank you so much for listening tonight, have a fantastic week!

For those of you who are familiar with William Woollards excellent book, The Reluctant Buddhist, and have been listening along on the podcast, you will have noticed something. The experiences from Chapters 5 and 6 were missing. This is because William really wanted to have someone else read them, and that someone tonight is the wonderfully warm and loving person that is his wife, Sarah. So reading The Story of Joanna from Chapter 6 and The Story of Sally from Chapter 5 of The Reluctant Buddhist is Sarah Woollard. Then we have music from Heather Sullivan. She sings Stronger from the Podsafe Music Network. We find out what happened to Jason this month, we have shout outs and we read a letter from an SGI member, Frank Amatefe in Ghana, Africa. We finish with another track from the Podsafe Music Network by Angelique Kidjo called Gimme Shelter featuring Joss Stone. We have some great shows lined up for you and are so excited about all the different developments that are happening. Look at for a new look to the website that is coming soon and also for a new colour of our t-shirts, Stone Blue! If you are looking for the tshirts you can get them from http://www.pressoffers.co.uk/abuddhistpodcast2 Thank you so much for your constant support and encouragement. Have a truly wonderful week!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist_-_The_Experiences_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:53am PST

We have been working on tonights show for a long time. SGI-UK asked us to help them put a show together about their view of the spirit of study within SGI-UK.
Subjects include:

  • A brief explanation about Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism
  • An explanation about SGI-UK's Study program
  • A dialogue on going through the study program
  • Experiences from new members and old about taking the study exam.

Finally we have some shoutouts and some great music from the one and only Cat Malojian. On tonights show we play Made in America from Cat Malojians new album, The Dawn Chorus.
Thank you to everyone who made tonights show possible including everyone who chanted for Jason to get well enough to leave hospital. Both Karen and I are sincerely grateful! Have a truly fantastic week!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_SGI-UK_A_Spirit_of_Study.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:36pm PST

Welcome to another show, tonights show is a lecture on the writing of Nichiren Daishonin called On Repaying Debts of Gratitude. Some of the points include:

  • What is debt of gratitude anyway?
  • 28th April 1253, remember that speech?
  • A lifetime of struggle
  • Ssshhh! the Three Great Secret Laws
  • Without sparing our voice
  • Depth of teaching and depth of struggle
  • Drove this teaching to hell and back
  • How China get called China?
  • Putting people first
  • Three Virtues
  • Use each struggle as a means to become happier

Songs for this show come from Musicalley.com, part of Mevio the new name for Podshow! We play Rocket to the Moon by Jimmy Golding and Mine Again by Black Lab.
Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for listening, for encouraging and for supporting us in this adventure. Have a wonderful week.

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_On_Repaying_Debts_of_Gratitude.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:11pm PST

Well tonight we have truly great explanation of the Buddhist concept known as the Ten Worlds as William Woollard reads Chapter 6 from The Reluctant Buddhist! We have music from the Podsafe Music Network tonight with Lee Coulter playing Booty Voodoo and Rocky Votolato with White Daisy Passing. More shoutouts from across the globe and chipper conversation from Jason and Karen who, at home in England are enjoying the wonderful summer! Thank you for listening and thank you so much for your encouragement. Have a fantastic week!
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:27pm PST

We can hardly believe that it is almost exactly half way through 2009! Wow! Tonight we bring you a lecture on the letter written by Nichiren Daishonin called, Hell is the Land of Tranquil Light. Some of the subject teasers for tonight include: We need to reveal Buddhahood to overcome our karma Lets try and remember the names of our mothers The icy wind of thoughtless encouragement The ten worlds exist in life and death Giving 150% . . .in small bursts Are you in a prison of someone elses making? Changing circumstances won't change karma Attaining Buddhahood just as you are It is human to feel grief when someone dies Gohonzon is the baseline of Buddhahood Chant first, shout later. We have music for you from the Podsafe Music Network. First up is Carbon Leaf with A Life Less Ordinary. We close the show with Shines Right Through Me by the amazing Great Big Sea! The links we have for the tracks will take you through to where you can buy them on iTunes and the links for the names will take you through to their own website. Karen and I are busy posting off orders for our new Tshirts! If you have yours and you send us a photograph, we will consider putting it on the artwork for the show, so send them in to jason(at)thejarretts.com! Thankyou for your comments and encouragement. Thank you for all the support you give us, we really do feel and appreciate it. Please take great care and have the most amazing and wonderful week!
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:16pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Reluctant Buddhist - Chapter 5 We are back on schedule tonight with the wonderful William Woollard reading Chapter 5, "What do we mean by happiness?", from his book The Reluctant Buddhist which is now being reprinted and translated into more languages! We have shoutouts and some great music. Tonight we play Rocket to the Moon by the wonderful Jimmy Golding and Day by Now is Now. Both artists are on the Podsafe Music Network. We have some great new material to bring to you and we welcome your feedback, reviews, experiences and contributions. For those people who have been asking about a tshirt, you can get them now at http://www.pressoffers.co.uk/abuddhistpodcast2 our thanks to Polly and Helen of Pressoffers for their help with this. Thank you for your support and encouragement, we do appreciate it so much. Have a fantastic week!
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:44am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - Letter to Misawa Tonight we have a lecture on "Letter to Misawa". This lectures is about many things, but one thing is for sure it does address the three obstacles and four devils. Perhaps because it does so it might explain why it has taken 5 months to write 3 times, why cables went missing right before we started the show and a myriad of others obstacles emerged! Some of tonights themes include: Practicing correctly involves transforming the negativity in the world around you Three obstacles and four devils What is the devil king of the 6th heaven anyway? Nikko takes it to the man Self reliant faith The Gohonzon certifies that Buddhahood exists Some experience of overcoming obstacles What do you want to break through? Why is the Soka Gakkai different? Its a full show and along with the shout outs we play three tracks tonight from the Podsafe Music Network (http://www.mevio.com) We play Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton (http://music.podshow.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=97007092b961d7e9a7d77c2614ee0086) who sings Code Monkey http://www.jonathancoulton.com/ http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=211036259&s=143444 And we play two tracks from Adrina Thorpe (http://music.podshow.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=a892daf89e5efee9bd4705bbf8c092fc) who sings Coming Home and Fly Fly Fly She is also on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=64954602&s=143444 In response to the many requests for TShirts we are now able to offer them for almost half the previous price and twice the quality! Thanks Polly Earnest and Helen Steyner of PressOffers.com who have created the shop for us! Thank you for all your support, encouragement, comments and input! It is such great good fortune to be able to do this podcast.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Letter_to_Misawa.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:57am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Reluctant Buddhist - Chapter 4 On tonights show, William Woollard reads Chapter 4 from his wonderful book, The Reluctant Buddhist. The chapter is called A Question of Faith and its a great listen. Also on tonight we have an experience from Estelle Jackson, a member of the Students Division in SGI-UK. As usual we have shoutouts that criss cross the world and music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play Vittoria Conn's track called Mirror and a podcasting anthem, Not On The Radio by Geoff Smith. The show tonight is absolutely packed! We know we have been sometime in getting you a show and so tonights episode lasts for 78 minutes or so, so it will fit on a CD if you want to burn it for a friend! We have some more shows ready for you and are looking forward to putting them out in the next few weeks! Thank you for your support and encouragement, we do appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist_-_Chapter_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:04pm PST

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. Tonight we continue with our new series of lectures on the Jigage portion of Gongyo by looking at the meaning of the words, Nyorai Juryo hon dai juroku! Haven't you ever wondered what it means? This poem of life is so amazing. Some of the headings include: What does gongyo mean? Lotus Sutra for the Latter Day of the Law Wisdom illuminates ignorance Nichiren Daishonin, the true Buddha Causing the sun of hope to dawn Shelley on Dante A practice to perpetuate Every character is a shining buddha Living the poem of life You can't use force to create change Our victories are your victories Walt Whitman, Song of Myself Seek out your true self! Live like the waterfall Once again the music for tonights show is a blatant expression of how much we love the music of Cat Malojian! We play Pettigoe and Life Rolls On, which you can find on iTunes! Thank you for all the comments, emails and messages of support, we truly appreciate every single last one of them. One last point, our love goes out to Dash and Donna, we are so happy to know that Donna is out of hospital and on the mend! Have a wonderful week.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Lifespan_Chapter_-_Part_Two.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:36am PST

Finally, we are back! We are so pleased to do this show tonight, so pleased to be able to share this with you! After 3 years we have decided to finish our lecture series on Gongyo! Tonights lecture is an introduction to the Juryo Chapter, the 16th Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, known as the Lifespan Chapter! Some of the headings include: Traveller Where do we come from and where are we going? How can life be eternal if we all die? Overview of the Lotus Sutra Eternity is an aspect of life Do you ride the shopping trolley of life? Mentor and Disciple Nichiren the human being White knuckle daimoku Our lives are one with the universe We are the Bodhisattvas of the Earth Striving for self worth Unprecedented Challenge Music for tonights show comes from the great talent of Cat Malojian! These two lads from Northern Ireland make great music, and we love it. Tonight they play Who Knows? and Goodnight. If you like their music, pop over to ITunes and buy some! Thank you for all your messages of support and encouragement, we hope you enjoy tonights show!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Introduction_to_the_Lifespan_Chapter.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:29pm PST

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.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_On_The_Buddhas_Prophecy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:20pm PST

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.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Action_for_Happiness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:50am PST

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.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist_-_Chapter_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:58am PST

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.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Special_Edition_-_Grade_2_Study_Support.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:28am PST

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 PST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:32pm PST

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.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Reply_to_Sairen-bo.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:23pm PST

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.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist_-_Chapter_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:28am PST

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 PST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:48am PST

Tonights lecture is based on a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin called, “Condolences on a Deceased Husband”. Highlight headlines include: 1278 - So what? Li Ju-hsien Yet I feel joy Dr Martin Luther King Hated more than thieves The price of piety Curtailing liberties Prayer rooted in action A fingernail of dirt Music from tonights show is from the Podsafe Music Network. Its a double bill from the great band Great Big Sea. We play two of their tracks, Own True Way and Something Beautiful. There are shout outs and slurps of tea and I have no idea how it all fitted in! Thank you for listening. If you like the show let us know or post a review on Itunes! Have a great week!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Yet_I_feel_joy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:42am PST

On tonights show we are delighted to have a guest appearance from William Woollard. William made the journey to Forest Row and was kind enough to let us record him reading Chapter 2 of his book, The Reluctant Buddhist. Its very personal and I found myself captivated while I was recording. Thank you so much William!We have shoutouts and great music from The Reveals who sing Want You Back and Sarah Vonderhaar whose beautiful voice gets you welcoming the summer with I Got Sunshine!Our next lecture is being written and should be up very soon! Thank you so much for listening!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Reluctant_Buddhist.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:59pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - On the Treasure Tower We are back! Tonights show begins with a lecture on the letter Nichiren Daishonin worte to his 83 year old disciple Abutsu-bo. The letter is called On the Treasure Tower. Points include: An incredible seeking spirit; What is the treasure tower?; We are the treasure tower; What? You don't like your reality?; Forests of treasure towers; Seven kinds of treasure; The Gohonzon is the blueprint of our lives; The family treasure. After the lecture we play Here and Now by Mike Erelli from the Podsafe Music Network. Next up, Karen reads an experience from the wonderful Roxanne Rae. Then we have shoutouts that cross the globe and we have a special finish. We close with a beautiful song by the amazing Peter Robinson, its called A Piece of Mirror. If you are looking for more experiences about practicing this Buddhism, have a look at The Buddha Next Door, a wonderful book Have a great week and take great care!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_On_the_Treasure_Tower.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56pm PST

Well, here is the final chapter of this amazing novel.
Chapter 16 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter appears every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and you can find it in the stores on the sidebar!
New lecture still in works!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:35pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 15

Thank you so much for your patience, now at last Chapter 15 is here, this episode was unusually challenging to put together, thank you to everyone for their help!

Chapter 15 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter appears every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and you can find it in the stores on the sidebar!

Have a wonderful week! New lecture coming soon.

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:41am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 14 Chapter 14 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter appears every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and you can find it in the stores on the sidebar!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:46pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 13

We have arrived at Chapter 13!


If you like it, share it!Chapter 12 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter appears every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and you can find it in the stores on the sidebar!

The Children, Karen and I are doing our best and we have food on the table!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:34am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 12 We hope you enjoy Chapter 12!  If you like it, share it!

Chapter 12 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter appears every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and you can find it in the stores on the sidebar!

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback! Have a terrific week!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 11

A very happy new year to one and all! Towards a year of Capable People and Development!
Here is Chapter 11! I loved working on this episode! If you like it, share it!

Chapter 11 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter appears every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and you can find it in the stores on http://www.abuddhistpodcast.com !

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:07am PST

Well, finally, we are back with a lecture on The Izu Exile!

We talk about:

  • Yasaburo and his wife
  • Appreciation
  • Standing up for what is right, no matter what
  • Buddhist Gods are practical
  • Become respected in the community

The music for tonights show comes from the Podsafe Music Network and includes:

A sincere and special thanks to everyone who has supported us.

We have copies of the two books we mention The Buddha Next Door and The Reluctant Buddhist in the online shops in the right hand column! 

We wanted also to make reference to some information we talk about in the show!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Izu_Exile.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:39pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 10

Thank you everyone for your encouragement, happy to deliver Chapter 10, this was quite an adventure but here it is. I am currently nearly finished with a new lecture and hope to have it out in the next few days!

Chapter 10 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter will appear every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and you can find it in the stores on the sidebar!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:48am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 9

And bang on time, we have another chapter of this brilliant book!

Chapter 9 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter will appear every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon.

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:18pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 8 Thank you for your patience. Theres an interesting story in the struggle to get this ready to go! Thank you.
Chapter 8 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter will appear every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and all over! The book’s website is The Buddha, Geoff and Me.
Direct download: The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:43am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 7

Here it is!

Chapter 7 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter will appear every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and all over! The book’s website is The Buddha, Geoff and Me.

Direct download: The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:44am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - Sacramento - Part 1 Tonights show was recorded over this last weekend in Sacramento, California. It was made possible thanks to the experiences and commitment of the most amazing members who shared their lives with Jason and microphones to give you this show.
We recorded more material which we will be including in forthcoming shows. The music for tonights show comes from the Podsafe Music Network and includes:
Border Blasters, Next time you see me
Sharon Jones, 100 days and 100 nights
Otis Redding, Shake
A sincere and special thanks to Donna Parten and Dash Antel and all the members of SGI-USA who made my recent trip to the US so successful.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast__-__Sacramento_-__Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:25pm PST

Here is Chapter 6! Chapter 6 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter will appear every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and all over! The book’s website is The Buddha, Geoff and Me.
Direct download: The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:56am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - Tatsunokuchi

Well finally we are back with another show! Tonights show is about the letter, The Persecution at Tatsunokuchi. Among all the things we cover we look:

* Background on Tatsunokuchi
* Taurid Arietid Meteor stream, right on time
* Shijo Kingo 16 years without a Gohonzon
* The Master Disciple pipeline
* Big goal = Big life
* Fighting fear
* Postcard from Japan
* Faith is nothing unusual
* Our karmic GPS
* Teachers

Tonight we have 'The Music' from David Usher. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Josei Toda’s declaration against nuclear weapons, we play 'Trinity' by Vittoria Conn. Both David and Vittoria are artists on the Podsafe Music Network.
Thank you for listening!
If you have a question or an experience you would like to send us, write to karen(at)thejarretts.com or jason(at)thejarretts.com
If you get a moment, and you would like to, we would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on ITunes. Have a great week!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Tatsunokuchi.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:34am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 5

And right on time . . . Chapter 5!

Chapter 5 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter will appear every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and all over! The book’s website is The Buddha, Geoff and Me.

We have recorded another show of A Buddhist Podcast, but some of the recording was missing so we are re-recording tonight!

Direct download: The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:07am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 4

And now for the amazing Chapter 4!

Chapter 4 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter will appear every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and all over! The book’s website is The Buddha, Geoff and Me.

We are working on a new talk about discarding the transient and revealing the true! Thank you so much for downloading the show, have a wonderful week!

Direct download: The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:53am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - Summer Spesh

Welcome to a different kind of show. In response to a number of listener requests we have put together the Summer Spesh, a show that brings together some of the listeners favourite music from previous shows, some inspirational quotes, some poetry and an interview between Peter Osborne and Eddy Canfor-Dumas, the author of The Buddha, Geoff and Me. Music from tonights show includes:

Vittoria Conn singing Mirror
$12.99 by Dave Potts
Building Our Own Future by Howard Jones
Bill singing Panacea
Eoghan Colgan with Planetary Woman
Selsted Church of England Primary School with Save Our School
Supersuckers with Some People Say
Matthew Ebel singing Drive Away

All the music from tonights show is from the Podsafe Music Network.
We will be back in a couple of weeks with a a lecture on The Persecution at Tatsunokuchi Gosho. Next week is episode 4 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me. Thank you for listening!
If you have a question or an experience you would like to send us, write to karen(at)thejarretts.com or jason(at)thejarretts.com
If you get a moment, and you would like to, it really does help spread the word if you could write us a review on ITunes. Have a great week!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Summer_Spesh.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 3

Right on time we have Chapter 3 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter will appear every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and all over! The book’s website is The Buddha, Geoff and Me.

We are still working on a couple of shows! Please bear with us!  Thank you so much for downloading the show, have a wonderful week!


Direct download: The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:17pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha, Geoff and Me - Chapter 2

And . . . here is chapter 2 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter will appear every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and all over! The book’s website is The Buddha, Geoff and Me.

We are working on a couple of shows, one of which will be appearing next week! Thank you so much for downloading the show, have a wonderful week!

We are still collecting gosho quotes and favourite guidance passages for the Summer Spesh show, please send them to us at jason(at)thejarretts.com or karen(at)thejarretts.com. Please remember to reference the pages or source!

Direct download: BGAM_Chapter_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:56am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Buddha Geoff and Me - Chapter 1

Well . . . we promised it would come and here is the first chapter of The Buddha Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddie Canfor-Dumas. Kevin Eldon does the narration, Peter Osborne provides the introductions and credits. Music was exclusively written and recorded for The Buddha Geoff and Me by Howard Jones. Artwork was by Jessica Miller. The producer was Jason Jarrett!

A new chapter will appear every two weeks, if you like the book it is available on Amazon and all over! The books website is The Buddha Geoff and Me 

We will be back very soon with a podcast about Buddhism and Relationships!

Direct download: The_Buddha_Geoff_and_Me_-_Chapter_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:39am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - Part 2 - On Attaining Buddhahood

Welcome to another show! In this show we look at the second half of On Attaining Buddhahood, which includes:

  • For what reason do we live out our lives?
  • There are not two lands, pure and impure in themselves
  • Isn't the weather miserable?
  • The schisms of ism's
  • Polishing our mirror
  • Revealing the gleaming motorcycle within
  • Chanting in the morning
  • Myoho-renge-kyo
  • Apple Tree Sutra
  • Mastering our minds
  • Teachers

Tonights show also includes an obituary of Shin Yatomi ), written by Donna Parten and read by Karen and Vittoria Conn. We would like to express our deepest condolences to his wife Carolyn and his family and to all who knew and loved him.
Tonight we have music from The SGI-UK Glorious Life Choir who sing 'For the sake of Peace'. This is a great song written by Cory Josias, Veronica Turner, Malcolm Connell, Alex Golding and Howard Jones. We also play music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play 'Turnaround' by Vitttoria Conn! Our thanks to Jessica Miller for the wonderful artwork, our lives touching the fabric of life.
Thank you for listening!
If you have a question or an experience you would like to send us, write to karen(at)thejarretts.com or jason(at)thejarretts.com
If you get a moment, and you would like to, we would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on ITunes. Have a great week!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Part_2_On_Attaining_Buddhahood.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - Letter to the Brothers Welcome to tonights show! Tonights lectures is about overcoming the negativity that rises up whenever we want to change the direction of our lives.
Some soundbites...
1. Are you the protagonist or are you in the audience?
2. Problems are the exercise for our spiritual life
3. A pile of obstacles!
4. You are gorgeous, but I need to do Gongyo first!
5. A pile of devils!
6. So what did Nichiren do about problems?
7. What happens when the disciples stand up?
8. An axiom of faith to be passed on not hidden.
9. Thats what friends are for!

It is a long show and we pull no bones about challenging the negativity that meets us fist for fist when we want to create change in our lives and
the world around us!
Picking the music for tonights show was a challenge too! Our great friend Vittoria Conn is preparing a final release mix for her new song Turnaround but we werent able to get to it in time for the recording! Never mind! We'll do our best to get it to you next time!  However, we have some really appropriate music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play 'I would Love' by Lee Coulter and 'Into the Groove' from the one and only Ziggy Marley!
Lots of shoutouts across the world tonight! Taplow Court Open Days and Live Arts Festival 2007 are upon us, Sundays from 27 May - 29 July, plus National Heritage Day on the 9th September. Its open from 2pm to 5.30pm and there is a wonderful exhibition - The Happiest Days of Their Lives? - Children through the Ages at Taplow and Beyond. Admission Free.
Thank you for listening!
If you have a question or an experience you would like to send us, write to karen(at)thejarretts.com or jason(at)thejarretts.com
If you get a moment, and you would like to, we would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on ITunes. Have a great week!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-__Letter_to_the_Brothers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44am PST

Casey and Quinn are getting married congratulations

Welcome to tonights show! The lecture tonight is based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s lectures in 2006 on the letter writing by Nichiren Daishonin, 'On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime'.
The highlights include
1. 20 Years with Gohonzon
2. Two approaches for overcoming suffering
3. Religion is a privilege and not an obligation
4. Grasping the mystic truth
5. Daimoku of faith and Daimoku of action
6. Revealing Buddhahood just as you are
7. Three meanings of Myo
8. Is your life a complete pain in the backside?
9. I am Nam-myoho-renge-kyo
10. I’ve been doing all these activities and not getting benefit!

Great experience from Larry Congdon of Buffalo!
Music for tonights show comes from the Podsafe Music Network. We play Kind of Grey by Delaware and Goodnight Kiss from Phil Ayoub.
We forgot to say but will remember next time… the wonderful Quinn Hunter and Casey McGonigle are going to get married and they are the artwork for this weeks show! Congratulations!
Roxanne Rae has some great articles on anger
And Celine Dufay is appearing in Leocadia at Kings College London, Dates are Wed 30th Thurs 31st and Friday 1st June 7pm performances. Booking is available by the french dept- see more info from facebook. Email: kclfrenchplay@yahoo.co.uk
Thank you for listening!
If you have a question or an experience you would like to send us, write to karen@thejarretts.com or jason@thejarretts.com
If you get a moment, and you would like to, we would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on ITunes. Have a great week!

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_On_Attaining_Buddhahood.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:22am PST

A Buddhist Podcast - Three Kinds of Treasure Part 2 Welcome to tonights show, the second half of the lecture on the letter from Nichiren Daishonin to Shijo Kingo, The Three Kinds of Treasure

  1. Picking up from Part 1
  2. Where does the Master/Disciple relationship come from?
  3. Daisaku Ikeda
  4. I would rather go to hell with you
  5. Complaining changes nothing
  6. Its rare to be born a human being
  7. Gain the trust of your community
  8. Three Kinds of Treasure
  9. Cherish the vow to work for human happiness
  10. Striving
Music for tonights show comes from the Podsafe Music Network. We play Building Our Own Future by Howard Jones and Inside of Me by Ivy League.
If you have a question or an experience you would like to send us, write to karen@thejarretts.com or jason@thejarretts.com
If you get a moment, and you would like to, we would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on ITunes. Have a great week!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Three_Kinds_of_Treasure_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22pm PST

Tonights show is so full we had to get it out! With a wonderful lecture by Eileen Beckmann on Earthly Desires are Enlightenment, shoutouts and an experience from Matt McMillan.
We have music from Sandie Shaw, a 60th Birthday mix of "A Puppet on a String". Also, thanks to Promonet, we are able to play Black Labs track, "Mine Again", if you like the track buy it from ITunes on March 22nd as part of the Bumrush the Charts campaign!
Thank you so much for downloading the show, for your emails and for supporting the show.
Don't worry we will get Part 2 of The Three Kinds of Treasure out in the next couple of weeks, in the mean time, take care, stand tall and have a great week!
Email us with questions, feedback or experiences!
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Earthly_Desires.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:29pm PST

So we are back, life has been very busy indeed!

And tonights talk is based on the Gosho, Three Kinds of Treasure

  • Lighthouses
  • What is my purpose in life?
  • Master and Disciple
  • Our struggle
  • Winning where we are right now
  • Cliffhanger

Tonights music comes from the Podsafe Music Network. Vittoria Conn sings Mirror and Black Lab sing us out with Broken Heart. Thank you for listening, have a terrific week

Yorkshire Tea came from the wonderful Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate and while you are making a cuppa go and check out the Bum Rush the Charts campaign

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_Three_Kinds_of_Treasure_-_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:28pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - The Hero of the World Happy New Year!
Tonights talk is based on the Gosho, The Hero of the World
  1. Shijo Kingo
  2. Is it daytime yet?
  3. Riding the waves of life
  4. Victory or defeat is a matter of the heart
  5. Buddhism is reason
  6. Daisaku Ikeda
  7. The fight of our lives
Tonights music comes from the Podsafe Music NetworkEoghan Colghan sings Planetary Woman and Move sing us out with Leave Your Problems. Yorkshire Tea came from the wonderful Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate and while you are making a cuppa you should have a mosey on over to Heidi Lorenz art gallery.
Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_-_The_Hero_of_the_World.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:10pm PST

A Buddhist Podcast - Happiness in this World Tonights lecture is based on the gosho, Happiness in this World. Some of the headings include:
  1. Why we practice Faith
  2. Opening the door to our Buddha wisdom
  3. Snakes in the cupboard
  4. Tatsunokuchi - walking the talk
  5. Mutual possession of the ten worlds
  6. My friend Jack
  7. If you want a drink, stay at home with your wife
  8. Strenthen your faith more than ever
Oh, new one, book review! The book we reviewed tonight was A Quest for Global Peace by Joseph Rotblat & Daisaku Ikeda. The book was published by I.B. Tauris in 2007 and the ISBN numbers we have are ISBN 978-1-84511-279-0 and ISBN 1-84511-279-2.

Music from tonights show comes from the Podsafe Music Network. Stavia sings Lucky Day and the wonderful Vittoria Conn sings a great christmas number, Merry Christmas Angel. And three anonymous young women sing, on behalf of all the young women who sang at the recent UK District Leaders Training Course at Trets, a poem by President Ikeda.

Peace and Goodwill to everyone!
Direct download: abp24_Happiness_in_this_world.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:48pm PST

Welcome to tonights show!
Tonights lecture is called, The Vow and it is given by our guest lecturer Eileen Beckmann! The women of the SGI are so incredible! I really hope this is the start of many lectures! We are so grateful to Eileen, thank you so much.
Music tonights is from Geoff Smith and Matthew Ebel. Geoff sings Some Christmas Hugging which you can find at either thegeoffsmith.com or music.podshow.com. Matthew Ebel sings a song that definitely rips at your heart, Tennessee Never Cried and you can find Matthews music at music.podshow.com.
Recent developments and improvements at Podshow mean that you can now support these artists by buying the tracks if you like the music!
We've got shout outs from all over and a great experience from Andre de Wit from the Netherlands.
The cover art for tonights show is a photograph taken of Karen and I at PodcastconUK by  our great friend CC Chapman, the grand meister flash of Managing the Gray, Accident Hash and U-Turn Cafe.

Have a great week!
Direct download: abp23_-_Eileens_Lecture.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05am PST

Well things have been mad busy! On tonights show we have two amazing experiences from Mens Division members in Los Angeles and India!
Life Poem - Daisaku Ikeda
Pawan Desais experience
Matt Macmillans experience
The fire alarm
And Karen is back with a vengeance, with her Shout Outs!

Music tonight is from the Podsafe Music Network at music.podshow.com and comes from the very talented Geoff Smith singing Take Me Back  and the Supersuckers singing Some People Say!

New line of lectures on their way to see us into our second year!
Comments, ideas, experiences et al, we'd love to hear from you, drop us a line at karen@thejarretts.com
Have a great and wonderful week!
Direct download: abp22_Experiences_nov.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:40pm PST