A Buddhist Podcast – The Buddha, Geoff and Me – Chapter 16

March 9th, 2008

Well, here is the final chapter of this amazing novel.
Chapter 16 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me, a novel by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Read by Kevin Eldon. Music by Howard Jones. Artwork by Jessica Miller. Sincere thanks to Coralyn Sheldon, Jasper Bentinck, Peter Osborn and Dialogics. The producer was Jason Jarrett. A new chapter appears every two weeks. If you like the book it is available on Amazon and you can find it in the stores on the sidebar!
Just back from a week at Trets. New lecture writing underway!


  1. smashing! absolutely smashing! yeah baby (in my best austin powers accent). Thank u guys so much. I havent listened to this yet, but i know its going to be smashing!

    awesome work on all the previous chapters and lectures. cant wait for the next. cheers

    Comment by william — March 9, 2008 @ 11:22 pm

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  3. yipeeeeeeeeeeeee the final one!! Can’t WAIT for the next lecture too. Slurp slurp! Our debate for Pharmaware- ethical discussions behind pharmaceutical industry http://www.pharmaware.co.uk at Kings College London School of Medicine – including SGI’s Jacky Law as a guest speaker and in the debate in this day’s conference will go up as soon as I figure how to get the podcasts working!

    Comment by Emma and the Kings Gang — March 10, 2008 @ 10:41 am

  4. Wicked !! But last one 🙁 I will miss these….really, really enjoyed listening to these :-).

    Thank you so much for making it happen.

    Take care,

    Comment by Petra — March 10, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

  5. Thanks Jason and everyone else involved for making this podcast available. I am a practicing Buddhist from a different tradition.

    I found the teachings in the book very practical and could related to much of it from my own experiences.

    Do westerners really have so many problems with chanting? Why?

    I am half Chinese and grew up in Hong Kong and find chanting as normal as breathing.

    Comment by Chris — March 10, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

  6. “It’s totally awesome dude”! ( Yes, I’m American, ha ha ha) and I LOVE listening to British English so listening to Kevin Eldon was quite a treat. I was impressed at the way he was able to change his dialects and voices so easily and convincingly. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series.

    I’ve been a member of SGI-USA since I was a child but I’ve never come across any study material that is quite as entertaining, encouraging and educational, all at the same time. This book and these podcasts make it easy to learn about Nichiren Buddhism. I have to buy the book and give it to my friend who just started chanting.
    I can’t thank you all enough for creating these fantastic podcasts. This book is not sold in US bookstores. Thanks so much to Jason Jarrett and Eddy Canfor-Dumas and everyone else who worked so hard to produce these excellent shows. I’m sorry to see it end but I’m looking forward to more of Jason Jarrett’s wonderful lectures.

    Comment by Grace — March 11, 2008 @ 3:19 am

  7. Congratulations Jason, Eddy, Kevin and all the supporting cast! It has been a pleasure to listen to the book and I’m sorry it’s come to an end. Fantastic job!

    Comment by Matt Mac — March 11, 2008 @ 5:36 am

  8. Life changing book. I am unable to express my thanks. Thank You.
    I will always remember Geoff and the life and wisdom he shared with Ed and all of us. The words Geoff spoke will continue to be a part of my life.

    Thanks Jason and Edward and all you outstanding humans!

    Robert Lee Allen
    Ormond Beach, Florida

    Comment by Robert Allen — March 11, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  9. Wow! What a wonderful book! Jason, all of you can be tremendously proud of yourselves–this is a top-notch production in every way. It will continue to bring fortune into your lives, joy into the lives of others, and relieve so much human suffering. You are all true boddhisattvas for this gift you have given the English-speaking world.

    Deepest gratitude of all to Eddie for writing the book. I hope he will continue writing and publishing about Nichiren’s Buddhism as practiced in the Soka Gakkai, because he has a true gift for pulling it together and articulating it.

    Sad that the book is over but looking forward to sharing it far and wide. Next stop: Jason’s next lecture!

    Donna in Sacramento

    Comment by Donna — March 11, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

  10. What’s there to say?

    I agree with Petra in that I will really, really miss receiving these. Almost an entire year has been punctuated by receiving these story installments, and eagerly looking forward to the next — even after I ordered the book from Amazon UK. This book really called for the audio treatment and truly shines in this form.

    I agree with Grace that Kevin Eldon’s narration was a treat. As an American myself I was amused to hear a Brit do an American accent (“Booddism”!)– quite well, in fact, but with his native accent leaking through. He had an awesome grasp of the voices and dialects and easily shifted gear (and voice) within the same paragraph and sometimes the same sentence. I don’t think he ever fell out of “voice,” even with the large cast of characters.

    It was so sad to have Geoff die at the end. Yet how could any philosophy consider itself robust and workable if it did not face the big issues like death?

    Finally, I agree with Robert that this is a life-changing book. Geoff’s words will continue to be a part of my life.

    Thanks, Jason.

    Comment by Rosemary — March 12, 2008 @ 6:11 am

  11. Sincerest thanks for a tremendous series. Thoroughly enjoyed it and recommending it to all my friends. Thank you!

    Comment by Peter — March 12, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    I have read the book, and when I found this podcast I was sucked into the book again – I found myself wishing that the bus home would last a little bit longer.
    And a lot of times I just started on the same chapter once again – just to get every little detail.

    And the quality of this podcast is great – really great – You can easily sell it as a sound-book (or whatever you call it – I’m from Norway 🙂

    I have also listened to a lot of your lectures – and it is a great way of getting a lot of study right into my head.

    Please continue this way og living that you do – you are all inspiring all of your listners.

    Looking forward to hear you again in the morning at my way to work.

    Thank you so much!

    Comment by Jorgen Berntsen — March 12, 2008 @ 11:22 pm

  13. Hi All you Wonderful Bodhisattvas of the Earth,

    I’m Siddharth, a Students Division Member in and from India. In fact, I’m from Ranchi, a place from the same state and very close to Rajgir (The Land of the Eagle Peak) and Bodh Gaya(The place where Shakyamuni attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree). I know it’d not be an overstatement to say that these episodes have changed my life from the very core and I must say you’ve really touched people’s life deep down.

    I am an engineering student, and struggling in my own way, being from India, which was once a spiritual giant, now losing all its spirituality into dogmatism and sheer fundamentalism. Being a very introvert and ‘thinkin’ person that I am, I always wanted to struggle for Kosen rufu, though our SGI Organisation (Bharat Soka Gakkai) is just in its budding stages, in Ranchi, where I belong, its still tinier. I must say that through Geoff and Ed being me myself, (and sometimes I figured myself as Geoff too), I found a wonderful way to grow and strengthen my resolve for kosen rufu and my understanding of buddhism in a very practical way.

    When I first joined my college, I was all alone, fighting in faith myself, with people only there to ridicule. I had only these podcasts with me on my iPod on the long and unpleasing bus journeys to my meeting places, which were long. I wouldn’t mind listening to the chapters as many times as possible. They’re simply splendid, wonderful, life changing!!!!

    Thank you so much Jason (I just heard you on Robin and Suzanne as well! and you were splendid 😉 ), Eddy (I must say Sir Richard Causton is still here with us 🙂 .. ), Kevin (Man! You’re just awesome! I seriously doubted it was just you in all those voices.. Voice Does the Buddha’s Work!!!!!!! ) and all others whom I don’t really know but I know all of you have worked for a very noble cause and something so creative.

    I’d like to quote sensei from your podcast itself, which I couldn’t help rewinding again and again to write down these lines!

    “I feel most deeply I have done something creative when I have thrown myself wholeheartedly into a task and fought it through unstintingly to its conclusion and thus I wanna struggle to enlarge myself. It is a matter of sweat and tears. The creative life demands constant effort to improve one’s thoughts and actions. Perhaps the dynamism involved in the effort is the important thing. You will pass through storms and you may suffer defeat. The essence of a creative life, however, is to persevere in the face of defeat and to follow the rainbow within your heart ”

    Thank you so much Geoff, Ed, Dora. I believe you’re real people 😉

    Believe me, you guys are just awesome! The Buddha Must be smiling! And something more…. You’re not just with the native English speakers, but with us adopted english speakers as well! I’m so glad that you guys are changing history by bringing true Buddhism back to India, not to mention the dramatic history our countries share!

    Great Good always follows Great evil

    Long Live Geoff!!! You’re our leader! I’d love to wash windows with you 😛


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    Comment by Siddharth Manu — March 21, 2008 @ 10:17 am

  14. Well it looks like it’s time to start reading a new novel. I would love to send you a free copy of my Buddhist discovery novel, “Myth Shattering” for you to check out and see if you’d like to podcast a reading of it.

    Let me know. You can read more about it at http://www.myspace.com/shatteringmyths

    Comment by Timothy Harada — March 28, 2008 @ 1:18 am

  15. Now that you drew us in with such fantastic material, do you have recommendations for books, websites, or other references on learning to chant?


    Comment by Doug McCaughan — April 2, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  16. Thank you to everyone for the comments, questions offers and encouragement!
    Both Karen and I are really moved. We are currently working on a lecture that is not far from being finished. I have been working (and getting paid) 12-14 hour days over the last couple of months. We have food on the table and the children are well and we are all happy! I hope we can get you a show up very soon! (in the next week or earlier!).
    Have a great week and thank you so much for your tireless support and well wishes.

    Comment by jason — April 2, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  17. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience for us. Are you going to make it into an audio-book? I’d love to send it to my parents in South Africa who listen to audio-books all the time. If you could reply and let me know, I’d really appreciate it. If you aren’t (pity!) I’ll send them the book.



    Comment by carol zucker — April 3, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  18. hi..it seem the experience is interesting.. can I have a full text about the experience ? because my english is not so good and I wish to read it together with audio..thanks..

    Comment by choy — April 17, 2008 @ 2:10 am

  19. Simply wonderful. I am so grateful to everyone involved in this production – not often I am moved to tears – other than watership down!

    I have purchased a few copies of the book which will be placed with people close to me.

    With sincere gratitude again for your great work.

    Comment by Steve — April 27, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

  20. Hi, I am interested in trying out chanting and am reading The Buddha, Geoff and Me.
    Just what is the chant that the book refers to.
    Many thanks, George

    Comment by George — August 6, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  21. Ah George!
    Thank you for commenting on the site! What a great question, noone has asked me that before!
    The chant is hidden in the book! Its in the meaning and its the first letter of each chapter. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo! Phonetically it is NAM, Myo (as in toKYO) Ho Renge (RenGAY) kyo (as in toKYO)

    I hope this helps, have an incredible day.

    Comment by jason — August 6, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  22. Thank you for the the book and lecture. It is hard to understand

    as many time I tried. Sorry I am not a native speaker like you.

    However, I would like to many thanks to Geff and Ed.

    As a member of SGI, I learn a lot theory and

    personal experiences. However, Sometimes It could not touch

    through my heart. The book gives me quite emotional feeling and

    something beyond.

    One who was recognised by public, Oneself shows one’s

    meaningful life. For me, Geff is a little giant and good teacher

    for the buddhism philosophy.

    Again I would like to say many thanks with vow.

    Comment by Bob — August 14, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

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  25. I just finished reading the book, and it’s good to see such enthusiastic responses on this site. I’l definitely look up the podcasts, I would love to hear them even though I’ve read the book.

    It stirred up my interest in Buddhism, which was already there but sleeping most of the time. Time to Wake Up, thank you all!

    Comment by kmb — July 15, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

  26. Its really interested book about Buddha,Geoff and Me. I not finish reading yet Chapter 15 of The Buddha, Geoff and Me…Hope I can finish it And read the latest one…Thanks for the post..

    Comment by Buddhism Facts — September 11, 2009 @ 9:59 am

  27. Listening to the audio version of “The Buddha, Geoff and me” has conjoured up a range of emotions. My interest has been such that I listened to it in two days. I was irritated at times, thinking “Come on, start chanting!” Then there was sadness at the death of Geoff and the hope in Dora’s attitude. However, my strongest emotion is one of gratitude. I am grateful to Eddy for writing such an inspiring, thought-provoking book, to Kevin Eldon for his brilliant interpretation and to the Jarratts for providing the medium that has allowed all of us to enjoy it.

    Keith Martin, Watford, UK

    Comment by Keith Martin — February 12, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  28. Hi Jason and Karen,

    What a fantastic book, as powerful as The Reluctant Buddhist but with Laugh Out Loud moments.

    Another set of podcasts that will ease my journey through life.

    I’m recommending it to everyone I know.

    Take care and be happy,


    Comment by Richard Blake — September 7, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

  29. Thanks for sharing with us. this book is wonderful. I am very curious about chanting and how to do it. The book doesn’t give information about it and I don’t have any other means to work that out. Should we just chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo again and again? Is that all right that I don’t know what is the meaning?
    Thank you again

    Comment by parvin — March 8, 2012 @ 3:58 am

    I am now recommending this podcast and book to everybody! What a nice help for us to shakubuko. Thank you so so very much.
    Best regards from Copenhagen, Denmark

    ps. I hope Parvin got an answer – http://www.sgi.org
    and on youtube you can find different chanting sessions as well
    Best luck

    Nam myoho renge kyo

    Comment by Gertie Mille — July 21, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

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