A Buddhist Podcast – Letter to Misawa

May 24th, 2009

Tonight we have a lecture on “Letter to Misawa”. This lectures is about many things, but one thing is for sure it does address the three obstacles and four devils. Perhaps because it does so it might explain why it has taken 5 months to write 3 times, why cables went missing right before we started the show and a myriad of others obstacles emerged! Some of tonights themes include:

  1. Practicing correctly involves transforming the negativity in the world around you
  2. Three obstacles and four devils
  3. What is the devil king of the 6th heaven anyway?
  4. Nikko takes it to the man
  5. Self reliant faith
  6. The Gohonzon certifies that Buddhahood exists
  7. Some experience of overcoming obstacles
  8. What do you want to break through?
  9. Why is the Soka Gakkai different?

Its a full show and along with the shout outs we play three tracks tonight from the Podsafe Music Network.

We play Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton on the PMN who sings Code Monkey. You can find Jonathan Coulton also on ITunes. And we play two tracks from Adrina Thorpe  who sings  Coming Home and Fly Fly Fly. Adrina is also on iTunes.

In response to the many requests for TShirts we are now able to offer them for almost half the previous price and twice the quality! Thanks Polly Earnest and Helen Steyner of PressOffers.com who have created the shop for us!

Thank you for all your support, encouragement, comments and input! It is such great good fortune to be able to do this podcast.


  1. You podcast is fun, informative, helpful and edgy. I love it. I’m giving my chapter’s gosho lecture tonight and the podcast helped fill in some of the historical holes; gaps I had in knowledge. Especially dig the experiences and English accent! Thank you for spreading these valuable teachings.

    Comment by Suzanne — May 27, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

  2. This was a great podcast tonight. It has the powerful potential to “save” peoples lives, including mine. I am going to send the link to several people right now. I know that they will all benefit in very direct ways. It is imperative that we spread this message to all – but especially to those that we know are searching for answers right now. This podcast is a vehicle that can carry this Buddhism into the lives of human beings who urgently need it. If not now then when, if not you then who. Thank you Karen and Jason – so much……

    Comment by Ken — May 30, 2009 @ 7:09 am

  3. Hi Jason and Karen,

    I miss you and would love to see you. I’ll be in Milton Keynes July, 20-27th. I also want to thank you for your efforts to keep encouraging many people around the world with your podcast. Any innovative trailblazer always faces opposition from those who want to maintain the status quo. I know you have faced a great deal of opposition including from some inside the organization.

    I too have been facing opposition for doing coffee house classes on Buddhism open to the public. But through dialogue and daimoku I am gradually turning opponents into allies.

    Thank you for inspiring me and continually encouraging me. I will be using your nine consciousness podcast for my coffee house class tomorrow. So far we have had 100 guests since I started less than 2 years ago.



    Comment by Linda Myring — May 31, 2009 @ 4:28 am

  4. Thanks so much for the great lecture and all of the encouragement! I feel positive, refreshed, and ready to tackle My.Obstacles head on today.

    Code Monkey was most appropriate for me, as I’ve felt all but locked away working on a coding and design project that sometime seems like an unscalable mountain. I’ll wave to you both from the top!

    Comment by candace. Southwest District, Pittsburgh, PA — June 2, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

  5. Hello Jason and Karen,

    Once again, a great podcast. You did a fine job of explaning the three obstacles and four devils. I always look forward to your postings and can appreciate the amount preparation that you must both put in to making your lectures a success.

    Matt Mac

    Comment by Matt Mac — June 4, 2009 @ 5:30 am

  6. To Linda:

    You do Buddhism classes in a coffee house? That sounds wonderful! 😀 Could you tell me more?

    Comment by Nya Taylor — June 4, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

  7. Hello Jason, I just wanted to say how much I love your podcast, it is amazing how I feel after listening to them, I feel lighter like the world around me is more calm and alive. Your podcasts have changed the way I look at things, and everyday I listen to each podcast that you’ve posted. I hope you’ll send me a e-mail so I can mail you back, and we can chat more about Gongyo.

    Your new friend from Canada

    Comment by Jon — June 5, 2009 @ 9:06 am

  8. Hello,

    Appreciate very much your wonderful podcast! Sam from New York!

    This practice rocks! Study is so important!

    Comment by Sailingsam — June 16, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

  9. this is the first time that I encountered your podcast. It is really great. I agree with Linda that taking innovative trailblazer always faces opposition within the organization. I too have recent experience on that.

    by the way I am from the Phils and hope to hear from you again. Your podcast is a great help since I will be lecturing this gosho this Sunday in our discussion in charge meeting.


    Comment by Normie — May 4, 2016 @ 1:51 am

  10. Hi Jason and Karen – just to say how much I’ve enjoyed listening to your lectures – extremely helpful for us up here in the Orkney Isles – great study resource for us – there are 3 members up here – guess we’re one of the smallest districts in Uk! Thanks again. Best wishes to you both Sheena

    Comment by Sheena Graham-George — May 26, 2016 @ 4:34 am

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