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.
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?
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.
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.
Welcome back to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. Tonight we very fortunate to have William Woollard reading about the Buddhist view of eternal life in Chapter 14 of his popular book, The Reluctant Buddhist.
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. Have a truly amazing week.
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 Stingray’s 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! If you haven’t got one of our stickers/decals then write then send us an email and we will put them in the post!
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.
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!
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.
We find out what happened to Jason this month, we have shout outs from around the globe and we read a letter from an SGI member, Frank Ametefe in Ghana, Africa. Jason made an error in attributing the poem Karen reads, to Marian Wilson, when in fact it is Marian Williamson. If we have offended anyone, please accept our most sincere apologies.
We finish with another track from the Podsafe Music Network by Angelique Kidjo called Gimme Shelter featuring Joss Stone. And you can find this track on her album Djin Djin on ITunes.
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 our tshirt shop which is generously powered by the wonderful Pressoffers.co.uk
Thank you so much for your constant support and encouragement. Have a truly wonderful week!
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.
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!