This Podcast is a free show about the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin. Jason and Karen are members of the Soka Gakkai. Every two weeks they take a Buddhist study point and do their best to make it easy to understand and of use to anyone who listens.
Practical Buddhism for living in the 21st Century, not beside a remote lake or mountainside but in the midst of daily life, with a job to do, a house to run and children to raise.
Aug. 24, 2016
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!
July 26, 2016
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!
Jan. 24, 2015
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!
Feb. 3, 2014
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!
July 7, 2013
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!
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!
April 21, 2013
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
The honest friendship of Nichiren and Shijo Kingo
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.
Nov. 24, 2012
A few weeks ago we had the good fortune of having William Woollard, Matt MacMillan and Karen and myself sat around our kitchen table. We read two lovely experiences about relationships with mothers, one from two sisters in India, Bipasha van der Zijde & Bishaka Dalvi. The other experience was from Kelvin Lam.
We swapped stories and experiences and played music from the Podsafe music including, Levi Blues by the Lala Girls, Mine Again by Black Lab and Yael Naim with New Soul.
The editing took some time and I was able to get the file ready to the digital work on the plane to Brisbane, where when we land I hope to post online!
Thank you very much everyone for the many birthday wishes you were kind enough to send and for all your good wishes about our forthcoming move to Vancouver. We are continuing to study hard and have started writing the lecture for the next show, so bear with us as we embark on the next crazy adventure. I think its about time we shared an experience of how we have done this, what do you think?
Oct. 8, 2012
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,
discarding earlier teachings,
unfurling the sail, 3000 realms,
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.
Sept. 9, 2012
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.
June 17, 2012
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
Hoisting the banner of Buddhism
How do you want to die?
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.
April 15, 2012
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.
April 1, 2012
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.
March 13, 2012
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!
Feb. 19, 2012
Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. Thank you for taking the time to download and listen to this show. On tonights show we have William Woollard back in the kitchen to read Chapter 15 from his amazing book, Buddhism and the science of happiness.
Jason talks about his brief trip to SGI headquarters and we have shout outs and of course music. Music from tonights show comes from the Podsafe Music Network a part of the Mevio group. Chris Ayer sings Awake and the Dala Girls are back with Anywhere under the moon.
Take care and have a wonderful week.
Jan. 29, 2012
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!
Jan. 14, 2012
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.
Dec. 24, 2011
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
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.
Nov. 5, 2011
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!
Oct. 17, 2011
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.
Sept. 24, 2011
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!