A Buddhist Podcast – The Reluctant Buddhist – Chapter 4

May 7th, 2009

On tonights show, William Woollard reads Chapter 4 from his wonderful book, The Reluctant Buddhist. The chapter is called A Question of Faith and its a great listen.

Also on tonight we have an experience from Estelle Jackson, a member of the Students Division in SGI-UK. 

As usual we have shoutouts that criss cross the world and music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play Vittoria Conn’s track called Mirror and a podcasting anthem, Not On The Radio by Geoff Smith.

The show tonight is absolutely packed! We know we have been sometime in getting you a show and so tonights episode lasts for 78 minutes or so, so it will fit on a CD if you want to burn it for a friend!

We have some more shows ready for you and are looking forward to putting them out in the next few weeks! Thank you for your support and encouragement, we do appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week!


  1. Jason and Karen,

    This podcast is like a family reunion–so many old beloved voices along with new youthful ones we’re meeting for the first time. I loved that warm family feeling!

    Thank you for capturing Estelle’s experience in person. Well done, Estelle! Your voice expressed the full power of how this practice reaches into the depths of our lives.

    Loved it that you added Corey’s experience at the risk of having a longer than usual podcast.

    (About the length of the podcast: well, erm, I just skipped on to the experiences, music and shoutouts, and I’ll get back to Wonderful William Woollard when I can.)

    Comment by Donna in Sacramento — May 8, 2009 @ 1:15 am

  2. Thanks for another great podcast!

    Tara D
    Tribeca District, NYC

    Comment by Tara — May 9, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

  3. Hello my old friends!

    Well its been quite a while since i’ve seen you both. I was at a meeting last night in Swansea and Jackie gave me this info about your podcasts. Great Idea, great cause. My partner came with me to the meeting and she is a Pagan, it added so much flavour, we had a great discussion. She felt a genuine feeling of inclusion and warmth and this is so crucial to the growth of SGI. As you have said previously Jason, It is not about converting everyone but to respect and include everyone, to realise everyone is valuable and has a contribution to make and so on. would be great to see you both next time i am your way. Get in touch and be well & prosper!

    Tony Williams

    Comment by Tony Williams — May 17, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

  4. Hi Jason and Karen,

    thank you for all your efforts! I love the podcast. It is always an uplifting and inspiring experience to listen to your lectures and shout-outs. I also thoroughly enjoyed “The Buddha, Geoff and Me” and am loving “The Reluctant Buddhist”. Please never stop sharing. I heard of your show through a friend named Graham Hatcher in my hometown of Montreal. I’ve heard his name many times in your shout-outs and it warms my heart every time. I also heard Leah Russel’s name quite a bit. She designed my wedding invitations and is also a good friend.

    Last October, my wife and I moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue our dreams of working in film, of telling stories that will change the world. It turns out that my YMD Chapter leader, Andrew Demerchyan, is the young man who picked you up at the airport the last time you visited.

    I hope to have the opportunity to meet both of you someday. Thank you for creating so much value.

    Looking forward to the next show,

    Daniel Lynn,
    YMD District Leader,
    Silverlake Sun District,
    Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Daniel Lynn — May 22, 2009 @ 6:33 am

  5. Hello Jason and Karen
    I loved this show Estelle really inspired me and I’ve passed on the website address to tons of friends as your voices are so relaxing I’ve actually started downloading them onto my phone so I can wake up and be immediatley inspired. I recently heard your Christmas show and was taken aback when I realised how much effort you must have put in doing a podcast on Xmas eve after preparing food all day I was more impressed by your ichinen than evert thankyou so much I really need to try using my daimoku top have as much energy as you thanks very much for the inpiration.
    Best Wishes
    Suzy Berry

    Comment by Suzy Berry — June 7, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

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