A Buddhist Podcast – The Reluctant Buddhist – Chapter 10

January 10th, 2010

Happy New Year Everyone!

On tonights show we have the stalwart William Woollard reading Chapter 10, ‘The Challenge of Change’ from his book, The Reluctant Buddhist.

Jason reads SGI President Ikeda‘s New Year Message and Karen reads two great experiences from young women in England and the United States. As usual we have shoutouts that cross the globe and some great music! Tonight we play Harley Loudon’s track, “Will You Listen” on the PMN. Also on the PMN we play Stingray’s great track, ‘143’. Not on the PMN, but recorded in our kitchen we also play a new track called, ‘Rocks for Gold’ by the one and only Jimmy Golding.

There is a competition, if you have one of our new decals, you can take a photograph of where you have put it and post it on Flickr.com or elsewhere and send the link and your mail address and size to us on the show. The image we like best, wins a TShirt! If you haven’t got one of our stickers/decals then write then send us an email and we will put them in the post!

Jason is going to be in Austin, Texas for SXSW, if you are there and want to meet up then send us an email.

Thank you all for your fantastic support and please take great care of yourselves wherever you are. Have a wonderful week.


  1. I received my Gohonzon in November, so am new to the practice. Many thanks to the Jarretts and William for clarifying many aspects of Nichiren Buddhism for me.

    Keith Martin

    Comment by Keith Martin — January 16, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

  2. Thank you. I do not know where to begin. I am in the middle of an expierence. I do not know how it will turn out. My envirionment has changed sooo much I do not recongnize my surroundings. I only chant rarely. I have listened to your show since almost the beginning, at least 3-4 years. William said in chapter 10 we may develope the strength to face a problem that has persisted for years…Mine perceived problem has persited for years. Your show encourages and the expieriences you read give me the resolve to face them.
    Thank You

    Comment by Robert Lee Allen — January 19, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

  3. Thanks for yet another inspiring podcast! What a great way to begin the new year.

    Stay safe and warm!

    -Cheers from Southwest District in Pittsburgh

    Comment by candace belako — January 25, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  4. Hi Jason and Karen
    I love the shows and took your advice about taking a gosho quote and keeping it in mind when chanting. As you asked for our experiences to see what happened I thought I should write my mini experience for you to say thanks for inspiring me. I went to the Glasgow South gosho study on Letter from Sado last month and the study lecturer up gave us all a little paper containing a picture of Nichiren in a boat chanting on his way to Sado and a quote taken from the Eight Winds which goes –

    “Worthy persons deserve to be called so because they are not carried away by the eight winds: prosperity, decline, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering, and pleasure. They are neither elated by prosperity nor grieved by decline. The heavenly gods will surely protect one who is unbending before the eight winds. But if you nurse an unreasonable grudge against your lord, they will not protect you, not for all your prayers.”

    I decided to take it home and really chant about what this meant for my life. Two weeks ago I was made redundant from my job as a support worker as the guy I was helping was unable to attend college and I was put on suspension until the lecturers had spoken to him. I went to my gohonzon and decided not to let the wind of decline buffet me in any way and trust that the mystic law would protect me. The following day I was offered work looking after my friends cats for a week and a half while she went away on holiday. I was nicely surprised by her nice offer being paid to stay in her house with access to her well stocked fridge and play with cats. On the last day there I was told the guy had come back to college and talked to his lecturers and been allowed back on the course so essentially I was given a fully paid holiday while playing with cats and though I was definetly blown by the winds of prosperity I have not let it cloud my judgement and am learning quickly that life haas many twists and turns to learn from. I’m sure I will have many more experiences to prove it.
    Thankyou very much.
    Suzy Berry

    P.S Krishinda Powers- Duff mentioned you met her at Trets last year and told her you wanted to email me personally about my question concerning sensei. You have no need to worry about it any doubts have been reconciled in my mind although there have been a myriad of other ones coming up which I will probably be in touch about in due course.

    Comment by Suzy Berry — February 5, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  5. Hello!

    Thanks for the great show. Please could you give me a shout out in your next show.

    Nicole in Clermont-Ferrand, France

    Comment by Nicole — February 20, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  6. When is the next podcast??? I keep checking for updates and there’s nothing since New Year! I hope all is well with the family. Please give us an update soon, even if only 5 minutes, just to let us know all is okay.

    Comment by Kate — February 27, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

  7. Hi Jason and Karen

    I wanted to let you know what an inspiration your podcasts are, its so lovely to hear you both reading and teaching us more about Buddhism. I am an SGI member in Brighton ansd we are all loving your podcasts, I love to listen whilst I am editing my photos. I listen again and again as each time there is something new to learn. Thanks again, big hugs Vanessa

    Comment by Vanessa Clark — March 3, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  8. Thankyou so much for the site. I have started listening to the Reluctant Buddhist and am really enjoying it as I myself was a reluctant buddhist , now a practising buddhist.I currently live in Quebec ,Canada which of course is french -speaking , so it is very helpful to hear everything in english . I have been practising since jan.2008.

    Comment by ranjit ray — August 15, 2010 @ 12:58 am

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