A Buddhist Podcast – SGI-UK – A Spirit of Study

August 7th, 2009

We have been working on tonights show for a long time. SGI-UK asked us to help them put a show together about their view of the spirit of study within SGI-UK.
Subjects include:

  • A brief explanation about Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism
  • An explanation about SGI-UK’s Study program
  • A dialogue on going through the study program
  • Experiences from new members and old about taking the study exam.

Finally we have some shoutouts and some great music from the one and only Cat Malojian. On tonights show we play Made in America from Cat Malojians new album, The Dawn Chorus.
Thank you to everyone who made tonights show possible including everyone who chanted for Jason to get well enough to leave hospital. Both Karen and I are sincerely grateful! Have a truly fantastic week!


  1. Please get well soon Jason, chanting for your wellbeing. This programme was just what I needed to hear! I’ve rung my Chapter Chief and asked about how I go about starting to study for grade 1.
    You can put something off for so long then you just feel your time will be very well used by doing the study! I am really looking forward to doing it now. And now may I please use this space for a bit of prose? The Silk Road in Asia was a means of trade but it also was the means of Buddhism spreading. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like a strand of natural silk that links us together in our mission to shine as the warming sun. May this garland of great friendship grow in strength. Let the tears of the Buddha fall like rain, while the light of the sun shines through them forming a rainbow of enlightenment in our hearts. Today, I want to win, tomorrow I want to win. Always I want to win. Thank you Sensei for walking the Silk Road together with us all. As a London cockney might say, your a Diamond Geezer!

    Peter de Groot

    Comment by Peter de Groot — August 8, 2009 @ 10:35 am

  2. Jason, chanting for your speedy recovery.

    Thanks for your faithfulness in putting these great podcasts together.

    Martin Davis
    Cincinnati, OH U.S.A.

    Comment by Martin Davis — August 9, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

  3. Hi Jason
    I was really happy to hear your voice at the end of the show rocking your crutches. I really hope you’ll keep the show with the same original setup I didn’t like the official speakers at all. I hated the for the sake of peace song it’s like a church hymn I was brought up with. Although I love no coward soul is mine it felt like official red tape being put over the originality of your beautiful show and I had to forward through it. I really hope you get well soon and carry on with the shows as your voice was so welcomming when you got onto the shout outs. Several people up here in Scotland love your show and he level 2 study was a great help to me last year this one felt fake and I’m not sure why but I got the feeling you had to persuade the leaders about the importance of the podcasts and they took over. Maybe that’s my own negativity stopping me from liking the leaders but I’ve been having serious doubts about all the rules and regulations of SGI. Since last year your podcasts have been a breath of fresh air and originaity which seemed to be broken into this month. I’ll chant deeply for your health and wellbeing so that your podcasts can inspire others the way they have for me. Sorry for being negative but I felt I really needed to say something about how I felt about the show.
    Suzy Berry
    Glasgow District

    Comment by Suzy Berry — August 12, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

  4. Having SGI-UK take over your program for this podcast was…um…interesting, bu I couldn’t sit through it. Your own programs are unique for the way that you present them and the way you share information. It’s a pity you were not more involved in this show. These ‘guests’ took the unique vibe of your show in a whole other direction. (Perhaps you should post a tutorial online helping others to find out how to set up their own official podcast without ‘invading’ anyone else’s.)
    Without wanting to sound too negative, I’d just like to say that I’m absolutely looking forward to hearing you – and your crew – again. We all hope you get well soon!

    Comment by Deborah Carter — August 14, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

  5. having listened to the whole podcast – I have to agree with the 2 comments above – I think it is wonderful that you and Karen have finally introduced SGI-UK to the wonderful of podcasting – however, I do think that maybe they should launch their own product – and you should retain your unique identify as Jason and Karen Jarret – much loved by all who download. Wishing you strength and stamina in the weeks ahead. Much love to you – and big thanks. Gill xx

    Comment by Gill Cooke — August 17, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

  6. I just discovered your Podcast this weekend, and it has invigorated my desire to practice again. Over the last couple of years I have gotten out of the habit of attending meetings and even chanting regularly. I had listened to one of your podcasts and was already thinking this is the direction I needed to redirect myself in when I ran into another member at the grocery store. She was encouraging me to come back to meetings. Thanks, and I will definitely be listening.
    Keep up the great work!
    John in Wichita KS USA

    Comment by john bates — August 23, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

  7. What aFANTASTIC VICTORY mate??? Im so pleased for both of you MUCH loveXX

    Comment by Hornit — October 4, 2009 @ 7:29 am

  8. Hi Jason and Karen,
    Unfortunately, I felt the same in hearing this podcast with SGI-UK and with the utmost respect, I just felt as though I wanted to escape at some points, something I never feel otherwise. In listening to your podcasts, there’s always an invisible warmth that is superfluous to the teachings and messages you share with us. There’s a real magic, a sincerity about you both that touches my spirit and encourages me to learn more, to take the lessons and really understand and put them to use wisely, much moreso than any other person ever could. In my eyes and with all of my heart, you both honour and teach the buddhism of Nichiren Daishonen in a very unique and special way. You have a rare gift, a blessing that is evident in your ability to encourage and share your studies of the letters and lessons via the web. It’s something quite incredible and completely unique to you both and I feel blessed to have found you -if someone asks me about Buddhism, the very first thing I do is give them this link and I’m never surprised when I find myself conversing with them over more than one lesson. Thanks for sharing so perfectly. Sunny down under is a better place for having you both in our lives. Warm thoughts, Kimbo

    Comment by Kimbo — October 30, 2009 @ 10:15 am

  9. Hello Jason and Karen,
    My name is Debra and I am a SGI member in Tampa Bay, Florida. I have come across the song, “For the Sake of Peace” on one of your Podcasts, and am floored by its beauty. I am a music teacher and composer myself, and would love to be able to bring this song to our members here in Tampa Bay. Are you able to connect me to any one of the composers, to ask him/her to send me lyrics, and chords, or possible sheet music. I understand they may be hesitant because of copyright, but I also know that they may be open to sharing, for kosen-rufu.
    Anything you could do to assist would be greatly appreciated!
    I am a 4-divisional chapter leader in Tampa Chapter, and have been practicing for 10 years.
    Thank you for all you do.
    Debra Aalberg

    Comment by Debra Aalberg — January 24, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

  10. I practice in SGI-USA and just love your podcast and keep sharing it with fellow Buddhists and friends.Thank you so very much!

    Comment by Vyjayanthi — February 22, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

  11. Many thanks for the inspiring Podcast.

    Comment by Marybel — September 29, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

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