A Buddhist Podcast – Action

November 30th, 2008

Tonights show is so full!

Tonights lectures is based on guidance that President Ikeda gave earlier this year about the four points for victory. The four points are Prayer, Action, Unity and the Oneness of Mentor and Disciple. This lecture is about the second theme, Action! The main points of the lecture include:

  • Developing our own individual attitude to faith
  • Taking responsibility for the happiness of where we live
  • The roar of the tiger of death
  • Take the initiative and make new friends
  • We reveal buddhahood in our behaviour
  • The old man in the park
  • What is the Buddha’s great teaching?
  • Living with my mentor
  • Three powerful enemies
  • If not you then who?
We have a poem from Rabindranath Tagore called The Stream of Life. The music to accompany this poem is the Indian National Anthem, the words of which were also written by Rabindranath Tagore.
We have a question, and a lot of shoutouts from around the world. And we have a great experience from Isabelle Clinton!
We have music, courtesy of Promonet tonight! We have Be the Change from the album Elephant Power by MC Yogi. We also have Atlas from the album Arabesque by Belly Dance which you can buy here at ITunes!
We are proud members of the Ioda Alliance!
We would also like to express our thanks to Anji Bee for her help in finding music for this show. Anji has a great podcast and we are both big fans of her band the Love Spirals.


  1. it was my pleasure to pass on some music to you for the show! i had been downloading indian music for the latest chillast, so it was perfect timing of you to ask my advice. 🙂 perhaps your listeners will stop by to hear the 2 hr chillout lounge special this week?

    i plan to do a very special new year’s day episode filled with spiritual music, so please feel free to send in an audio message to be included.

    Comment by anji bee — November 30, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

  2. Wow…. what an inspirational lecture! Really powerful! I’m going do some copies and pass them around my district so we can all be inspired together. Thankyou…..as usual!

    Comment by Sarah — December 2, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

  3. I am so happy with your podcast, that I am listening to it all the time, over and over again.
    However, I do notice that you constantly talk about the ones that you are doing anew, but I only get the old ones.
    Can you help me to connect with your new ones?
    I tried to go to thebuddajeffandme.com and does not go anywhere.
    My e-mail address is: [email protected], if you candly want to communicate with me and tell me what to do.
    Congratulations on your beautiful and informative podcasts.

    Comment by Berta Brass — December 13, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

  4. Your podcast has been added to the Zune marketplace, I hope it sends more listeners. You are doing a great job.

    Comment by Gus — December 16, 2008 @ 1:37 am

  5. Hi Jason – do you know anyone practising buddhism in Athens – I have a friend (female) over there who is chanting a bit but has failed to find a local organisation. Anyone out there?

    Comment by Gill Cooke — December 23, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

  6. Hi Jason and Karen,

    great show once again Just wanted you guys to know that I am coming out of my dark days and the chanting has been my way out for sure cutting down on the meds and like i said before my friend louise has been practicing for 20 yeras and she saw me going backwards or lower worlds after 12 years when I had a issue before and as we know we are in and out of these worlds all the time but now that I am studying we have a way to get out and move forward. Give a shout to my Buddhist friends in MA USA Louise Steve, Rob, Ramcy, Eveyln and I have been earning my wings and receiving my Gohonzon around the 3rd week of march a new ctr is opening in Woburn Ma and I will receive it there I am very a=excited not to chant to the door knobs anymore. I have given myself a label from my chanting I always felt it sounded like a Indian Apachee ect so thanks for all you do

    The Wild Indian

    Comment by Dan Pelly from Usa Ma — February 9, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

  7. Hello to my dear friends. I really loved this edition – it reminds me of why I became interested in buddhism, and harks back to those early shows that gripped my conscience so tightly. Great material and delivery as usual. With love and thanks for your continued efforts for a better world. Take great care. Steve.

    Comment by Steve Sant — March 10, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  8. Dear Karen & Jason,

    I have to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to you for those inspiring lectures/experiences and more. Studying Nichiren Buddhism on the move is great and I have been touched and learnt so much. The encouragement I get from listening to you and the others you have on the show has come just at the right time too (not a coincidence I expect). Incidently, it was my son (19), who doesn’t practise, who told me about your podcast when I bought an iPod a few weeks ago!

    Please keep up the good work!

    Comment by Sylvaine Rousseau — June 5, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  9. You mention “human happiness”, yet you ommit the happiness of all other living beings, namely our animal kingdom. Could you explain please?

    Comment by Heather — July 10, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

  10. Hi Heather, you are right, I guess by addressing human happiness, you are getting at the source the biggest cause of unhappiness! If people brought out the best in themselves and others and then the rest of the animal kingdom would probably be much better off! Let me know if this answers your question. best wishes Jason

    Comment by jason — July 11, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  11. Hi Jason – yes it does answer my question, however, I’d like to see respect for “all” living beings put to the forefront. However, you are right – animals, our natural world are all affected by us and are dependent on our “mental state”.

    Great site by the way…I am slowly working my way through. I appreciate it. x

    Comment by Heather — July 25, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

  12. …one more thing: are you Vegetarian?

    Comment by Heather — July 25, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

  13. ….ah I gather you are not Vegetarian then? lol

    Comment by Heather — August 10, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

  14. Heather,

    Just spotted your posts…

    Our Nichiren Buddhist prayer book contains silent prayers that comprise the last part of Gongyo, our prayer and chanting session. In an older version of the US book, the prayer is for the happiness of “all humanity;” but that was changed some years back (to conform to other countries’ versions, I understand) to “all living beings.”

    However, I was given a 50th anniversary of the Gongyo book when I hosted the discussion meeting this past Friday, and it looks like the prayer’s been reverted back to “all humanity.” Not sure why that was done, but I know that I will continue to pray for “all living beings,” regardless.

    I’d like to ask someone, though, why the language, at least in the US book, has returned to “all humanity.”

    Jason, is the UK’s still, “all living beings”?


    Comment by Vittoria — August 22, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

  15. Hi guys!!!! Thank you so much for all your hard work over the years. This really is an incredible source of inspiration and encouragement for so many peoples lives… including mine!! So really thank you so much!!

    I am working on a ‘Victory pack’ for my district, which will include some podcasts, goshos, guidance to really support the members to achieve their goals in the run up to November 18th and I wanted to have a read of the lecture you reference at the start of this lecture…. Do you know where I might be able to find it?

    Many thanks again for all your efforts, you really have been a huge source of courage for me in some very dark times!!

    huge love

    Rimini xx

    Comment by rimini Muschamp — October 2, 2014 @ 6:22 am

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