A Buddhist Podcast – Hell is the Land of Tranquil Light

June 21st, 2009

We can hardly believe that it is almost exactly half way through 2009! Wow! Tonight we bring you a lecture on the letter written by Nichiren Daishonin to the Lay Nun of Ueno. The letter is called, Hell is the Land of Tranquil Light. Some of the subject teasers for tonight include:

  • We need to reveal Buddhahood to overcome our karma
  • Lets try and remember the names of our mothers
  • The icy wind of thoughtless encouragement
  • The ten worlds exist in life and death
  • Giving 150% . . .in small bursts
  • Are you in a prison of someone elses making?
  • Changing circumstances won’t change karma
  • Attaining Buddhahood just as you are
  • It is human to feel grief when someone dies
  • Gohonzon is the baseline of Buddhahood
  • Chant first, shout later.

We have music for you from the Podsafe Music Network. First up is Carbon Leaf with A Life Less Ordinary. We close the show with Shines Right Through Me by the amazing Great Big Sea! The links we have for the tracks will take you through to where you can buy them on iTunes and the links for the names will take you through to their own website.

Karen and I are busy posting off orders for our new Tshirts! If you have yours and you send us a photograph of you wearing them, we will consider putting it on the artwork for the show (needs to be family friendly!) so send them in to us at jason(at)thejarretts.com!

Thankyou for your comments and encouragement. Thank you for all the support you give us, we really do feel and appreciate it. Please take great care and have the most amazing and wonderful week.


  1. thank you– some very touching and inspiring words, as always. great story about the forks– i can relate!

    several members of Carbon Leaf come from Virginia Beach, not far from where i used to live, and going to their shows with friends was always a hilight of the summer months when i lived in Virginia. they have a fun take on the “celtic rock” genre. nice to see that theyre on the PMN.

    Comment by travis — June 22, 2009 @ 8:50 am

  2. Hi Jason and Karen,

    You’ve done it again! produced another scorcher of a show. I wonder if you both have an inkling of the vast contribution you are making to peoples lives and, therefore in turn, to the goal of Kosen Rufu.

    Take care and looking forward to the next one.

    Comment by Alan — June 26, 2009 @ 7:33 am

  3. Jason and Karen [*waving back at you!*],

    Another wonderful podcast. Lots of the basics, some reassurances to new practitioners, reminders for the more experienced, a show with something for everyone. I’m looking forward to what your surprise new achievements with this technology will be.

    BTW, I’ve been helping a potential new member begin to practice Nichiren’s Buddhism, and this morning I used a portion of the Sacramento podcast from your archive to underscore the value in love relationships of dropping one’s expectations of the other person. The new practitioner, whose schedule doesn’t (yet) permit meeting with others in group discussions, was wowed that she can go to your podcast to enrich and reinforce what she is learning from our discussions of “The Winning Life” and “The Journey Begins” (pamphlets for beginners, available through the sgi-usa.org online bookstore). So that’s a big big “Thank you!” for maintaining your archive.

    A Happy Birthday month of July to both of you! I hope one of your July podcasts will be another big birthday bash! :-))

    Donna in Sacramento

    Comment by Donna — June 29, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

  4. PS, I forgot to say, for the listener who requested a lecture on the Gohonzon: people interested in knowing what this magnificently effective tool actually says (and don’t want to wait for Jason :-)), there is an excellent, down-to-earth translation/description on pp153-166 of Woody Hochswender’s book “The Buddha in Your Rearview Mirror: A Guide to Practicing Buddhism in Modern Life” (stewart tabori & chang, 2006), available through standard and online bookstores. Packrat members of SGI-USA will find it in their December 1997 issue of Living Buddhism study magazine, which anyone can subscribe to via http://www.sgi-usa.org.

    Donna in Sacramento

    Comment by Donna — June 29, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

  5. Hi Jason and Linda,
    Thank you for your informative and inspiring podcasts. I have been listening to your shows for a couple of months now and I have found them to be very honest and insightful. The truth of the teachings from your show resonate in my life and I hope I find a way I can put what I have learned into practice, both for myself and those around me. Your comment on compassion and not comparison really hit the mark with me. I heard that and thought “that’s what I do”. That doesn’t help anyone. Maybe next time I am able to take the road of compassion.
    Thanks again. Keep up the good work.
    Sincerely, Ed Manna
    Vermont, USA

    PS. Ever consider posting transcripts of the lectures? It would make it easier to find parts I want to hear (or read) again.

    Comment by Ed Manna — June 30, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

  6. Hi Jason, Greetings form Hong Kong. Thanks for all your efforts on the show. ANd yes, i am able to listen to the latest episode, good luck with the server.

    Cheers, Skip

    Comment by Robert "Skip" Williams — July 6, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

  7. Thank you Jason and Karen, you are both so wonderful, here in my solitude you are the best company.
    This is my best way to study and keep the faith.

    Comment by Berta Brass — November 30, 2009 @ 4:00 am

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