A Buddhist Podcast – Letter to the Brothers

June 10th, 2007

Welcome to tonights show! Tonights lectures is about overcoming the negativity that rises up whenever we want to change the direction of our lives.
Some soundbites…
1. Are you the protagonist or are you in the audience?
2. Problems are the exercise for our spiritual life
3. A pile of obstacles!
4. You are gorgeous, but I need to do Gongyo first!
5. A pile of devils!
6. So what did Nichiren do about problems?
7. What happens when the disciples stand up?
8. An axiom of faith to be passed on not hidden.
9. Thats what friends are for!

It is a long show and we pull no punches about challenging the negativity that meets us fist for fist when we want to create change in our lives and
the world around us!
Picking the music for tonights show was a challenge too! Our great friend Vittoria Conn is preparing a final release mix for her new song Turnaround but we werent able to get to it in time for the recording! Never mind! We’ll do our best to get it to you next time! However, we have some really appropriate music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play ‘I would Love’ by Lee Coulter and ‘Into the Groove’ from the one and only Ziggy Marley!
Lots of shoutouts across the world tonight! Taplow Court Open Days and Live Arts Festival 2007 are upon us, Sundays from 27 May – 29 July, plus National Heritage Day on the 9th September. Its open from 2pm to 5.30pm and there is a wonderful exhibition – The Happiest Days of Their Lives? – Children through the Ages at Taplow and Beyond. Admission Free.
Thank you for listening!
If you have a question or an experience you would like to send us, write to karen(at)thejarretts.com or jason(at)thejarretts.com
If you get a moment, and you would like to, we would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on ITunes. Have a great week!


  1. Great analogy using “protagonist or are you in the audience”. Reminds me of the “In the road of life, there are passengers, and there are drivers” in an old VW ad. Great explanation of the 3 obstacles and 4 devils as well.

    Comment by vince — June 14, 2007 @ 4:35 am

  2. Hey guys!

    Love your podcast, although i just started listening to them only recently. Really very encouraging!

    By the way, i’m from Singapore, and am practicing with the Singapore Soka Association (SSA). Every year, SSA would be involved in Singapore’s National Day celebrations by taking part in the mass display performing segment of the National Day Parade (NDP), and this year was no exception. Our national day is on the 9th of August by the way, and I would sincerely like to invite you guys to visit http://www.ndp.org.sg , so that you could view SSA’s performance via the internet on the 9th of August!

    Thank you very much!


    Comment by Shane Lim — June 24, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

  3. I just want to thank you from my deepest heart for your efforts in this podcast. I am a new member, just over a year and a half. The members in my area are lovely and dedicated, but it is hard to ever have a full discussion on any one topic for very long, so I have difficulty understanding some of the teachings and writings. I also am a single mom for half the year as my husband works out of town so for six months, I have great difficulty sitting down to study while I keep the house clean, dishes done, laundry etc. so I have downloaded the podcasts and play them over and over while I attend to the details of my life. In this way, I study more often, feel more confident in my faith, can participate more fully in discussions. I also feel so connected to a larger community knowing you are so far from me! I know this endeavor must be quite difficult, but you are contributing to kosen rufu more than you may know.
    thank you, thank you, thank you.
    in peace,
    dawn watkins, eureka california

    Comment by dawn — July 12, 2007 @ 5:52 am

  4. Thank you so much! I have to present this to a small international group meeting in Tokyo on Sunday and I deeply appreciate the insight and the way in which you presented the material. It was so interesting I was compelled to listen a few times!

    With much gratitude,


    Comment by tokiwa — October 16, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

  5. this site..is wonderful !!! ARIGATO!…plug up! the sun rose again today…pull the extension cords outta your love handles……….PLUG UP! nam myoho renge kyo ALL THE WAY, EVERYDAY…….POLISH YOUR MIRROR, SHARPEN YOUR SWORD,24-7…………….just do it! my bodhisattva name is

    Comment by yusef muhammed — March 9, 2010 @ 1:42 am

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