A Buddhist Podcast – The Reluctant Buddhist – Chapter 12

April 4th, 2010

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have the kind and generous William Woollard who reads Chapter 12 from his book, The Reluctant Buddhist! We also have Jason reading President Ikeda’s editorial from 16th March 2010.

On tonights show we have two great tracks to play for you. The first is Tears in the Rain by The Palpitations. The second track comes from Music Alley and is This Little Bird by Allison Crowe. Our thanks to The Palpitations and Allison Crowe for making their music available to us.

We have the shoutouts as well and news that the podcast is being listened to in 98 countries around the world!

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


  1. Hi Jason, Hi Karen,
    Thank you for all your efforts! You are amazing!
    I have a question concerning Sensei’s editorial of March 16, 2010 you read in the latest podcast (awesome btw!): where was it published? I am in the US, Central Territory, and searched the recent publications (WT and LB) and could not find it.
    Thank you again,

    Comment by monica sirimarco — April 9, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

  2. Hello. I am in a struggle to shake my negativity. I have much hard work in front of me. I really chanted this morning. I have struggled with chanting in the past. I won a small victory this morning thru chanting. Fundamental negativity is cunning, baffling and powerful. Thank you for the ripples of positivity you send forth… I have never met you. I have been listening to your show from the beginning. You ARE the action man. Thank you. I want you to know that I owe you a debt of gratitude. I PERSONALLY OWE YOU A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. Thank You and Your wife soooo much. I sit on the floor typing this and already my problems seem smaller 🙂
    Your grateful friend
    Robert Lee Allen
    ST. Louis Mo.

    Comment by robert allen — April 10, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

  3. Thank you so much Robert. Keep going, chant, study and do your best to encourage the person right in front of you to bring out their own limitless potential! You will win! Please take great care and know that we will be chanting for you as well!. Best wishes Jason

    Comment by jason — April 10, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

  4. HI Monica, you can find Sensei’s editorial of March 16 2010 in SGI Newsletter 7957SX. Thank you so much for your kind words of praise. Have a wonderful week. Jason

    Comment by jason — April 10, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

  5. Hello, wow …. where to begin? Well, first off … nice show! I just stumbled across this actually. I had come across some Japanese folks in San Diego while I was eating at McDonald’s in San Diego and was in the US Navy. They basically recruited me in broken English to attend some kind of meeting. Well, I was bored and went.
    Got my Gohonzon soon after. Long story short … actually I had lost interest. This was about 26 years ago. Well after all this time, I find myself returning to Buddhism and regaining a more mature and patient interest in Sokka Gakkai Nichiren Shoshu. I will be contacting SGI-USA here in Arizona very shortly. Thank you for these podcasts … it’s like they were waiting for me all these years. Arigato gozaimash’ta ^___^

    Comment by Lance Fallin — April 24, 2010 @ 11:03 am

  6. UPDATE —

    I have contacted SGI-USA in Phoenix, Arizona and they contacted the district leader et al in Apache Junction, Arizona (where I live). We will be meeting soon and I will get a “replacement” or new Gohonzon, since my original one from over 23 years ago has since been lost (lost it about 18 years ago). Another long story … but things are getting back on track. I’ve downloaded all of your podcast shows and I am currently on #11 (85 or so in total?)
    Karen you have a very nice voice and I love your accent (although you pronounce everything very well) tschuss, auf wiedersehen 🙂

    Comment by Lance Fallin — April 28, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

  7. one more thing:

    Jason … the way you go on about “Yorkshire Tea” … I’m defintely going to have to try that. I just drink any kind of black tea or sometimes Earl Grey or Irish Breakfast Tea.

    I will have to try to get some Yorkshire Tea! 🙂

    Thanks so much for taking the time to make these wonderful & informative podcasts …. oh! I loved the one when your child was waking up … hahaha she is/was cute (I’m assuming she’s not a baby anymore) … I love to hear the “family” ambience in your podcasts …. keep up the good work! 2 thumbs up

    Comment by Lance Fallin — April 28, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

  8. Dear Jason and Karen,

    Let me just start by saying you are amazing and these podcasts are simply awesome and your initiative is great. I practise in the Netherlands and today I gave a study based on one of your earlier podcasts on “Prayer” and the study was very well recieved by the members. I definetely felt very encouraged by listening to it and based on the feedback that I got after the study the members (10) also felt extremely encouraged. So once again a big thank you, you have created a big cause for Kosenrofu…I will always keep you and your family’s success and the success of this great initiative in my prayers.

    Best Regards,

    Comment by Amit Shiwani — May 3, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  9. I was searching for a buddhist podcast and came across yours. Catchy name, by the way! I’ve downloaded all of them and have listened to the most recent 3 so far. I’m looking forward to the next one. Shout out from Maryland, USA! I’m still in the studying phase although I chant NMRK daily and am trying to memorize the gongyo.

    Comment by Janai — May 7, 2010 @ 6:01 am

  10. The Netherlands, Alphen aan den Rijn, 9th of may 2010

    Dear Jason and Karin,

    I just want to give my apprecation and big thanx for your shows.

    The Buddhist Podcast is a big inspiration and guidance for me, to develop my human revolution every day.
    Due to your show also it gives a deeper understanding of the gosho’s.

    Thx so much again.

    Best Regards,
    Linda Flippo

    SGI , The Netherlands.

    Comment by Linda — May 9, 2010 @ 10:24 am

  11. Hi Jason and Karen,
    I miss your voices.
    Looking forward to another show with you soon.
    Volcanic love from

    Comment by ranny — May 11, 2010 @ 3:19 am

  12. Arrgh! It’s been more than a month! I’m jonesing for a new episode.

    Hope all is well.

    Comment by Kathleen — May 12, 2010 @ 1:04 am

  13. Hi Kathleen, thought I would share with you that when I’m hankerin’ for some new encouragement, I go back to President Ikeda’s 3-vol. “Lectures on the ‘Expedient Means’ and ‘Life Span’ Chapters of the Lotus Sutra.” I’m always surprised how much I’ve forgotten since the last time I looked at it ;-} and thus it always seems new.

    Comment by Donna — May 14, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

  14. Hey !!! People of Alpen Aan Den Rijn !
    I’m looking for a buddhist community or only a buddhist person.
    I wish we can find each other!
    If you are a buddhist in Alphen or from the hood, then write me please !

    Comment by Richard — October 3, 2013 @ 1:27 am

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