A Buddhist Podcast – Pete Morris and the Gohonzon

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November 15th, 2009
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!

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. The podcast makes reference to a very useful diagram which you can access from here.

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 Bob 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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14 Comments »

  1. Thanks. I’ll study this podcast like a Geography lesson.
    Frankie

    Comment by Frank Ametefe — November 17, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

  2. A Fantastic reinforcement of the importance and power we receive by practicing before the Gohonzon. Thank you so much.

    Comment by Jamey Wilson — November 17, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

  3. As usual – a great podcast! Thank you

    Comment by RN Smith — November 17, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

  4. One of my FAVORITE episodes so far. This is one of the ones that I intend on playing several times in order to grasp every nuance.

    Comment by Chili — November 20, 2009 @ 10:01 am

  5. I agree with Chili! This is also one of my favourite episodes so far. (And believe me, it’s hard to choose!) I logged on to your site immediately after receiving notice that there was a good chance that my application for a gohonzon would be rejected.

    This podcast helped me to be at peace with the idea of using my pre-gohonzon period to study to the very depths of “what it’s about”, and to understand that the complications of getting the gohonzon are part of my personal karma which I can use to encourage and motivate the shakabukus that I already have and will have in the future.

    The song that followed “Love is Never Wasted”really felt like a message to me to stay strong in my belief and my chanting. When I am in doubt about all of this, I only have to look back at the marvelous changes and unexpected miracles that have occurred in my life and the lives of my beloved friends and family since I started chanting 2 1/2 years ago and I realize it’s a no-brainer about whether to stay the course or not.

    The letter you read in the end, was so powerful as well. NMRK has helped me emerge from the most difficult of struggles – even as recently as this month when we were enduring one of the most complicated concert tours we’d ever had, in Russia.(I’ve been back a day-and-a-half now an am still baffled at how some many problematic situations unfolded so easily with the help of my morning/evening gongyos… and a great deal of NMRK’s in between!)

    I’ll more than likely be listening to this podcast again.It was so many things wrapped into one, that the only way I’ll be able to soak up and retain all the details will be to listen to it over again!
    Blessings from Amsterdam!

    Comment by Deborah Carter — November 23, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

  6. Hi Jason and Karen, wow…what a fantastic podcast, totally inspirational. It was lovely to meet you at the Cardiff gig, and gobsmacked about the shout out in the show thankyou and take care, Mals xx :o) oh and PS don’t forget the 1st Thursday of each month, I’ll have the kettle on :o)

    Comment by Malcolm Pallister — November 24, 2009 @ 12:45 am

  7. WoW! Pete is a great lecturer! Thank you! But my favorite part was the two of you just schmoozing over tea. I hope you’ll do this often. I have shamelessly plagiarized several of Pete’s points.

    Donna in Sacramento

    Comment by Donna — November 24, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

  8. This podcast really helped me refine my understanding of the Gohonzon a lot – and I will continue to listen and re-listen. I’m also sending it to a friend who is about to receive Gohonzon this Sunday!!

    Thanks again guys – you rock!

    Rachel in NYC

    Comment by Rachel Grundy — November 30, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  9. Hey guys!

    I can’t believe you shouted out to me! OK, I can believe it, but I’m still thrilled. It makes me feel famous! I’m still laughing about hearing my own name. How crazy is that? Anyway, thanks for all your hard work, and I hope everything goes really well for you. You’ve been a big help to me.

    Comment by Rob Chipman — December 3, 2009 @ 2:31 am

  10. Thank you for good study and entertainment, it gives me a great joy to listen every time:-)

    Thank you for great study and entertainment, it´s always good to listen every time…:-)

    Best wishes to you and your family and all of them who take part in your podcast.
    Best greetings ; Kolbrun in “Rising Sun” district Reykjavik Iceland.

    Comment by Kolbrun — December 6, 2009 @ 1:06 am

  11. great stuff

    but if a fireman tells you to leave a building you leave!
    buddhism is not voodoo!
    and neither is the Gohonzon!

    Comment by bob — December 12, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

  12. good podcast. i cant ususually access it. but today it has worked!!!

    Comment by joy — December 23, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

  13. It’s been a little while since this came out, but I wanted to tell you all that every time I feel a little more fear than faith and need a fresh shot of courage, all I have to do is picture that track of burned out forest circumnavigating the Center. What a powerful image!

    And thanks, also, Pete, for helping us understand what all those lovely, graceful but inscrutable jots and tittles on the Gohonzon actually mean. Like all Buddhist study, this lecture has enriched my practice.

    Vittoria

    Comment by Vittoria — January 3, 2010 @ 12:10 am

  14. Is it possible to get the written part of when Mr. Pete has said, it will be much helpful for people of different region to understand the ascent.

    Comment by Rahul Raj — July 21, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

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