A Buddhist Podcast – Mentor and Disciple

July 6th, 2008

On tonights show we study a passage from the writing, The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life. The theme of tonights lecture is the mentor disciple relationship and it includes the following headings!

  • The Tsukuhara Debate
  • The purpose of Buddhism
  • The Buddha was not a bronze statue
  • Hardships strengthen our happiness
  • Human revolution produced human gold
  • Mount Sumeru
  • Tsunasaburo Makiguchi
  • Josei Toda
  • Daisaku Ikeda
  • What happens when the mentor passes away?

Again its another full show with shoutouts that criss cross the globe and music from the Podsafe Music Network. On tonights show we play Ocean from Zach Ashton and Great Day from the wonderful Jody Gnant.Thank you so much for your support of the show, have a great week.


  1. Another breathtaking and self-searching look into my own Buddha nature…am I the only one who comes away from such pure exposure to mentor/disciple relationship feeling like I have so much deeper to dig into my own human revolution? I’m sure I’m not! 🙂

    Jason, it was awesome to be entrusted by you to offer a perspective on your lecture~ a little intimidating, yet an occasion to rise to. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity (and for your beautiful shoutout!).

    I love the deep research you do and how you bring us right into Nichiren’s life and immerse us in the overwhelming beauty of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren’s poetic communication.

    Most especially, I was so happy to be immersed for almost an hour in Daisaku Ikeda’s profound insight into this particular (and of utmost in importance) letter of Nichiren’s, his “guidebook to world peace.” (Beautiful insight, Karen!) President Ikeda is establishing Buddhism as a worldwide religion to make it possible for absolutely anyone to access and practice without exception. Absolutely everyone. Without exception. Farflung corners of the world. Yet how challenging it is for me to bring it to people in my own nearby little accessible home! I’ll be listening to this podcast again and again ~ as you so insightfully put it, Jason: “As we cross the river of life, it is so good to be able to cross together and hold shoulders to keep each other from slipping.”

    I’m so grateful that you made the point so strongly that we will not always have him with us and what that means for a worldwide religion. We must be reminded and reminded of this reality. I can’t believe my good fortune to be practicing with President Ikeda while he’s alive; this awareness sometimes overwhelms my heart’s capacity to feel joy. My true mettle as his disciple will be in my capacity to hold his behavior in my heart once he’s gone from this present world, and to never forget that I have his same capacity to be aware without being judgmental. I’m so grateful to have access to a voice in my ear (your podcast) to keep me on the track of reading President Ikeda’s words for myself.

    Karen and Jason, I hope your July birthdays will be even happier than last year’s fabulous celebration! You and your family have my enduring prayers for your health and good fortune.


    Comment by Donna in Sacramento — July 7, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

  2. I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful podcasts. I live in San Francisco in the USA and found your podcasts on iTunes. I am encouraging the members of my SGI district to subscribe to your podcast. You both have a way of making the teachings – and one of my favorite books – Buddha, Geoff & Me – a living, breathing experience that encourages me to move forward in my own human revolution. Thank you for the encouragement you provide all your listeners.

    Comment by Erin Brush — July 9, 2008 @ 5:00 am

  3. im sure its gonna b a great podcasat. cant wait to digg in. thanks a bunch to u kind english folk. cheers

    Comment by William Wey — July 10, 2008 @ 7:30 am

  4. Thank You. I can only say Thank You. Your Master gives you encouragement. You give me encouragement. I now try to walk through this life applying wisdom, courage and compassion to my every action and to encourage others. I have noticed that this is causing others to approach life in this fresh, new way. Thank You Jason and Karen AND your Master Daisaku Ikeda.
    With Metta
    Robert Lee Allen 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Comment by Robert Lee Allen — July 11, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  5. Wow!

    Hope we would be capable to do a similar thing. Such a concise and encouraging podcast…Keep doing what you do!

    I’m from the SGI-Philippines Davao City General Chapter
    This is our SGI-Philippines official URL: http://www.sgi.org.ph

    Comment by Michael Sasuman — July 21, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  6. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    I have recently realised that I am losing control of my life and more importantly that I cannot cope with this lack of control! I’ve circumbed to coping mechanisms which have not been best healthy for my body or my soul and its been a bit of a downwards spiral for me.

    I’m not a Buddhist, I have never known much about Buddhism and yet something compelled me to look into it yesterday and by some stroke of luck your podcast was my first exposure. I cannot begin to tell you how overwhelmed I am at having found your podcast, it feels so right, you’re beliefs, your passion for these teachings fit right into my life right now and are so inspirational for me. I have an ‘inspirations’ book where I write down beautiful quotes and thoughts and I have a whole page of extracts from this one podcast, honestly, your words are beautiful, they have really moved me, I am so glad to have found this 🙂 You are achieving exactly what you preach, you are inspiring others to live the happy,peaceful lives. Once again, thank you 🙂


    Comment by Jo — July 21, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

  7. Wow, how long has it been since I’ve left you a comment here?

    The podcast was brilliant. There are many ways to learn about our practice; the Gosho themselves, Sensei’s commentaries, literature by our study departments, meetings, personal guidance, etc. But A Buddhist Podcast is unique in the immediacy of the experience of learning. It’s easy to get swept up emotionally in the lectures, and carried along irresistably by your voices and down-to-earth style.

    I also appreciate the thought, time and effort you guys put into this. Saying “Thank you” doesn’t even begin to express my gratitude for such hearty spiritual sustenance. That’s why I looked for the tipjar…have you taken it down?



    Comment by Vittoria — July 24, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  8. Another fantastic podcast from Jason and Karen! Thank you so much for being an inspiration for so many of us.

    Look forward to seeing you (Jason) on the Summer Course for Men in Eastbourne in September and I hope to be attending your discussion on the Mentor/Disciple relationship whilst there.

    My best wishes to you and your wonderful family. Would love to come and visit again sometime if you would have me!

    Deepest respect and love,

    Comment by Cliff Parker — July 24, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  9. Namaste Jason and Karen!

    Just thought I would drop by and thank you for your podcast of which I have been enjoying for many months now on my Zune. I started with “The Buddha, Geoff, and Me”, and now I have been listening to your more recent shows and have enjoyed what I have heard so far! As a new (2.5 years) student of Buddhism, it is because of your podcast that I discovered the teachings of Nichiren and have shared that knowledge, and the positive effect it has had on mine and other’s life states with those around me. Thank you!



    Comment by See Doubleyou — August 12, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

  10. Hi Jason and Karen! Your podcasts have changed my life and I’m not even completely caught up to the present date shows! As I listen to your shows it feels like I am walking down a path that you have already gone down. It’s not a pleasant path to be sure and the hardships are very difficult for me right now, but I listen to your podcasts and its like having my own personal brush cutter blazing the trail ahead of me. I forever indebted and grateful to you for the time and energy that you put into every show. You truly are changing your karma and those of many, many people with you, and you are making our world a better place for all of us. Thank you very much!
    Sincerely, Craig Walters, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    Comment by Craig Walters — January 23, 2009 @ 4:38 am

  11. It was a real privilege to listen to this podcast from Santa Ana, El Salvador.
    You have made me like a dry brick, I never have enough.
    Thank you, lovingly,

    Comment by Berta — February 8, 2009 @ 5:48 am

  12. this is a really good effort. Keep it going.

    Comment by anjali — March 13, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

  13. Thanks a lot
    It really cleared so many doubts
    And keep doing the great job

    Comment by Ritu goel — July 21, 2016 @ 7:44 am

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