Archive for July, 2006

July 29th, 2006

Well, here is the news! Steve Sant has kindly agreed to take over the role of T-Shirt Meister for A Buddhist Podcast! Over the next few days we are going to add clear links to the US store and the UK store. Steve has been working like a creative Samurai to produce over 200 designs! Lots of sizes, colours etc! Please go and have a look at what is going on and if you have any suggestions, PLEASE let us know as we will do our best to incorporate them! Tell your friends!

Lovely being at home with Karen and Harrison! Olivia and Florence are on the SGI-UK Mimosa Course for a few days!

So excited about life! Busy working on the next podcast, should be out in the next few days!

Sincere thanks again to Steve Sant for the unbelievable hard work he has been putting into supporting the show!

July 27th, 2006

Long hot day in Belfast, so hot here! Day started with a really nice email from Rob Walch of the Podcast 411, he is playing our A Buddhist Podcast promo on this weeks show. And the day finished with James Sturcke from the Guardian Online letting us know that they played a part of our show on their daily podcast and wrote a small article about religion and podcasts and included something from us.

Developments on the Shop front, hope to tell you more tomorrow! Have a fantastic day!

July 26th, 2006

Hi all, Dave G, resident code monkey, back again. On the suggestion of Charlie, I have now added a link list of all the previous podcasts in the right hand column so you can access them at ease! Hope that helps!

July 25th, 2006

rally round, great men of the world
now is the time
time to plant the banner
in the good green earth
time to pump our hearts up
time to swim the river of life
time to taste the sweet cherries
time to love our chidren
time to love our brothers and sisters
time to deepen the promise we made
when the sun was new and the moon was small
rally round, giants and heroes
now is the time
time to finish fighting
time to share
time to transmit the jewel
time to open our hands
to purify the lands of our fathers
rally round, hope bearers of mankind
it is time
let us make time to laugh
time to cry
time to create
time to win
while we still have time
great men, warriors of peace
let us fill time
with our promises

© David Goodchild 2006

July 17th, 2006

Tonights show closes our series of talks on Chapter 2 of the Lotus Sutra, the part we recite in Gongyo. tonights lectures covers:

A summary of everything so far;
Why we recite the ten factors three times in Gongyo;
The middle way;
Buddhism in daily life;
Letting go of our lesser self.

The Music from tonights show comes from Vittoria Conn who performs her song, “Mirror” and the Church of England Selsted Primary School who sing Save our Schooltake a minute to go along to their website to see what they are doing to keep their school. Both songs can be bought from the Podsafe Music Network at
Special thanks to Steve Sant for his great support and the wonderful artwork he has let us use for tonights show.
Vittoria is performing Mirror at Kosen Rufu Gongyo at the White Plains Activity Centre in New York on August 6th at 9am!

A quick PS from Dave – I think my sound quality was a bit off on the promo Jason kindly played on the show. Subscribe to my blog or just the podcast! Many thanks!

July 14th, 2006

“If you don’t stand up now, when will you? If you don’t exert yourselves now, when will you? How many decades do you intend to wait before you take your stand? There is no telling what condition you will be in then. You are in the prime of your life. It is a precious time in this finite existence. I say this because I want you to have no regrets!”
Extract from The New Human Revolution Volume 10, pp321-322, Daisaku Ikeda, the passage describes the inauguration of the men’s division in 1966

July 12th, 2006

Hi all, just saw the comments from Jason and Charlie and had a dig around. I too am guilty of using Firefox (amazing though it is) and not considering that 90% of the users out there use IE (stop it I tell you!). Seems the theme for this blog serves up one stylesheet for IE and another for other browsers – and in this case the IE stylesheet was not included with the theme! I have rectified that now, sorry if this upset any IE users but think of it as a great benefit – you can now see our blog in full and glorious technicolour, and you may have noticed that the Buddhists are using Firefox, Safari or Opera – and we are pretty switched on people, you know!

Anyway, hope that helps.

July 11th, 2006

Busy couple of days in Belfast. Back tonight to some great emails from listeners and friends. It turns out that Paul Monaco from ikissfm heard Vittoria’s song, Mirror and got in touch with her. Vittoria tells Paul that the song is about the practice of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism and Paul goes on a search to find out more and finds our Podcast! Paul tells Vittoria and we find out about Vittoria…its a mad thing this internet!!!

Missed Eileen McManus-Beckmann’s  and Jackie Franks lecture last night in Crawley, Karen told me how great it was….ah well next time!

Rolling Stones tickets waiting for me when I got in!

July 10th, 2006

Two great people I know are busy putting out new art! David Southam has an exhibition at Throgmortons which opens next week on the 20th July and Xavier Pick is busier than ever with more painting and work, such a vibrant rich style. I would love to a have a huge white wall in my home that I could put one of his pictures on! On the subject of great Buddhist talent I have come across lately, I love the song, Mirror by Vittoria Conn!

Belfast is quiet tonight, the season for going on a march or a holiday!

Photography, painting, music such great expressions of human culture.

July 8th, 2006

Went to HQ leaders meeting today in Liphook! Small family like atmosphere. Great to chant with other members and to hear their determinations going forward for the rest of the year. Recieved a lovely email from Vittoria Conn, great music. If you get a moment go along and listen to the track! A warm and balmy summers eveneing here and I think the girls are going to stay up tonight, Florence has braided her hair, will post pictures soon.

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