A Buddhist Podcast – The Reluctant Buddhist – Chapter 11

February 28th, 2010

We have fought to create the space to bring you tonights show! On this show we have the gracious and kind William Woollard reading Chapter 11 from his book, The Reluctant Buddhist. Its a very interesting chapter called, A Long and Healthy Life. The Reluctant Buddhist is selling extraordinarily well throughout the world and we understand is soon to be published in Spanish as well!

In addition, we an experience from Beth Bradley in Austin, Texas, USA. We have news about the forthcoming Iphone App for the show and the Ebooks of the lectures that will soon be available. We have shoutouts that cover the world, literally! We are also very pleased to have a poem called Sunflowers from the amazing Bob Kemp.

We have two tracks to play you tonight. The first is The World Is Yours by Stuart Powell and the second is a very catchy tune by Matt Boreham, its called Conversations! We would like to thank both of them for letting us play their music on the show.

Jason is going to be at SXSW in Austin Texas from the 10 – 16th March and if you are there he would love to meet you! On the 17th March Jason will be in Sacramento and would love the opportunity to meet with you there as well!

Thank you for your support and encouragement, we do appreciate it so much. Have a fantastic week!


  1. hullo…
    thats all i wanted to say… grt work… and cheers

    Comment by william — March 2, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

  2. Another pleasure to download – burn to cd and play in my car on the way to and from work.

    Thank you so much “The Jarretts” and of course Mr. Woollard.

    Comment by Alan in Khon Kaen — March 3, 2010 @ 7:59 am

  3. President Ikeda said, “Friendship is strong. Friendship, camaraderie and unity in faith lie at the heart of the SGI. They come before the organization. We must never make the mistake of thinking that it is the other way around. The organization serves as a means for deepening friendship, comradeship and faith. To confuse the means with the end is a terrible mistake.” (FTT p. 57)

    I want to welcome Jason’s friendship, encouragement of members, and spreading the Mystic Law through the mentor-disciple relationship and the Buddhist values of equality and democracy (see “The Human Revolution” p. 172) to Sacramento.

    Congratulations to all new listeners from new countries for seeking out the Mystic Law! President Toda, our third mentor, stated that there are 5 conditions that determine the spread of a philosophy: time, country, maturity of human understanding, the teachings and their sequence of propagation (THR, p. 173). He described the difference between western democracy as we know it through Christian values, and communism, as spiritualism and materialism, but that “translating it into action is going to demand a wholly new, unprecedented political ideology… Neither materialism nor spiritualism will bring us world peace….What we need is a new ideology to embrace and guide both materialism and spiritualism. That is, the Daishonin’s philosophy of the oneness of body and mind…. Applying that ideology in itself is kosen-rufu. It will enable a new kind of politics based on absolute respect for the dignity of human life” which in practice becomes a government’s constitution of absolute pacifism. (THR, p. 172)

    A network of friends worldwide that is based upon the Gohonzon that we are and the mentor-disciple relationship is a foundation for world peace.

    Comment by Donna — March 3, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

  4. Thanks for another great show and thanks for the shout-out. That took me by surprise! x

    Comment by Dean — March 11, 2010 @ 12:19 am

  5. Another great show guys – and what a wonderful book is the Reluctant Buddhist 🙂
    Oh, and thanks for the shout out!

    Comment by Caroline — March 14, 2010 @ 2:23 am

  6. I truly enjoyed this podcast. As I might be facing a serious disease I would really appreciate it if I can find the book William Woollard is talking about from a Nichiren Buddhist about chanting for health. Does anyone know the title and the name of the author?


    Comment by Dia — April 8, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  7. Thanks for the shout out @ 43:55.

    Keep podcasting, there’s a whole bunch of us around the world who wait excitedly for the every new episode.

    Comment by Kate — April 26, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

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