February 2nd, 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 Podsafe 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!

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July 6th, 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!
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!

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April 22nd, 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
  • 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.

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November 24th, 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 network including, Levi Blues by the Dala 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?

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October 8th, 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,
  • 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.

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September 9th, 2012

It has been a long time but 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 given 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.

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June 17th, 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
  • Compassionate correction
  • Hoisting the banner of Buddhism
  • 120
  • 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.

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April 15th, 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 shoutouts!
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.

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April 1st, 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, On the Offering of a 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.

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March 13th, 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!

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