A Buddhist Podcast – The Reluctant Buddhist – Chapter 15

October 17th, 2010

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. Tonight we have  William Woollard reading the penultimate chapter 15 of his popular book, The Reluctant Buddhist.

Lots of shoutout tonight! We play two great tracks of music tonight. The first is Smile by the our friend Robin Lukas. The second is by Allison Crowe who sings This Little Bird. Our thanks to the  the Podsafe Music Network at musically.com.

If you would like to for us to give you a shout out on the show, click the link on the left hand side of our website “Shoutouts”. If you have a great experience of practicing this Buddhism that you would be happy for us to read on the show, you can click the link for Experiences on the site!

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to listen to the show. Have a victorious week.


  1. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Please thank William for me: this chapter of his book is like a really great massage followed by a hot cup of peppermint tea–for the heart. And I’ll be humming Allison’s and Robin’s songs around the house, especially Robin’s. What good music choices you made. This podcast is a very nice show, short and really sweet and encouraging. William’s explanations are not just perfect for “newbies” to Nichiren’s Buddhism but refreshing for “oldbies.” Thank you, Karen and Jason for carving out the time from your busy lives to bring listeners another good show, and thank you William for making the time to get back into the podcast kitchen.

    Donna in Sacramento

    Comment by Donna — October 19, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

  2. HI Donna, thank you so much for the comment! William sends his best regards. Can’t wait to see you in the UK next year!

    Comment by jason — October 22, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  3. I just wanted to say that this podcast was and is very instrumental in convincing me to get re-started in this Buddhism and encourages me all the time, and I have become very active in my local district.

    DesertDood on twitter (AKA Troy Reventlow)
    (long story behind the alias)
    Lance Fallin from Apache District in Arizona

    Comment by Lance — October 26, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

  4. I just saw your website and I have to say that I am very impressed with what you do. Your definition of buddhism is certainly very wise and extremly easy to understand. If followed, it would lead to compassion in people and that’s a good thing.
    See you soon.

    Comment by Maia — November 5, 2010 @ 1:56 am

  5. Hi Jason and Karen,

    You guys do a great job of educating us 😉 with the Nichiren’s Buddhism concepts !! Keep up the great work.

    Quick question: I’m trying to find Experiences link and for some reason I couldn’t – could you please guide me?

    Also, I tried a lot of times to view your website, but http://www.thejarretts.com always says Forbidden. Can you please reply with the right website address?

    Thanks a lot


    Comment by Shilpa — November 8, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  6. Your podcast is brilliant!
    Thought you might be interested in my site. The book, Romancing the Buddha, was published by Middleway Press. I also did a one-man show two years ago based on the book. Two of the performances were sponsored by the SGI in Santa Monica and LA. Four segments are on youtube (see beabuddha or google romancing the buddha).
    I’ve also done many book readings.
    Thanks again for all you are doing!
    Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

    Comment by Michael Lisagor — November 8, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

  7. HI Shilpa,
    Thank you for your kind words. I am trying to write the next one in between a mad schedule at the moment. Such a strong urge to write! for the Experiences button try going to the back up site at http//www.abuddhistpodcast.posterous.com . Thejarretts.com, I’m sorry, I need to redirect the dns tags but haven’t done so yet. I also want to update that. I guess there are only so many hours in the day. I will ask my good friend Phil if he can help. Take great care, I hope you are finding your determination, this week is a great opportunity to make a fresh start towards the 100 anniversary of the SGI’s founding. What will you do for the next 20 years on this planet, don’t waste a moment, the world needs you to be at your best.
    Kindest regards

    Comment by jason — November 8, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

  8. Just want to bed my voice to the many voices that are saying “Danke schön!”- that’s especially for Karen.

    Comment by Ametefe Frank — November 9, 2010 @ 10:43 am

  9. Hi Guys,

    I appreciate how busy you are… I also use Gowalla, but nothing like Jason :-). This latest podcast is brilliant – Chapter 15 was very inspirational. The icing on the cake was Robin’s song… any chance of getting the lyrics? I’m thinking of using the song for an assembly – I now teach (maths) at an EBD school, near Nuneaton and the ideas in the song are just fab!


    Comment by Timothy Hilgenberg — November 14, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

  10. Thank you T, I have passed your comment on to Robin, expect an email soon . . . have a wonderful week at school! I love that song, I find myself listening to it wherever I go lately!

    Comment by jason — November 16, 2010 @ 2:56 am

  11. Great work as usual! Instead of tshirts or a coffee mug what about mala beads with the tassel including A Buddhist Podcast logo or url. Granted, I don’t know if that’s appropriate or could be produced cost effectively. It certainly would be useful and helpful.

    I use a small 18 bead mala. I think you could do this with 18 beads or 108.

    Stay well!

    Comment by Doug McCaughan — November 24, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

  12. Hi Jason and Karen,

    Not sure if I have missed something – but what happened to the “donate – to help support this podcast” button?
    I happily donate as I am sure others do, to help support you both (and the behind the scenes folks) in making this wonderful resource available, but the button has vanished from a few shows ago and not reappeared?
    If some confused individual is suggesting that you are seeking to make a profit, not only are they wrong, they are blocking the flow for others.
    If this is the case then maybe anything that was left over after the costs from the show have been deducted could be donated to SGI-UK ( I am sure no one would object to this?.

    Comment by Alan in Khon Kaen — November 25, 2010 @ 4:03 am

  13. to the Jarrets and allied friends & family:

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS … rest up if/when you can … 2011 is going to be a very good and busy year! We’re going to all be more capable people! cheers/slainte etc etc (I took a long distance RTE course once upon a time) – from Lance Fallin in Arizona & Family.

    Okay this chanting thing is working … looks like my wife is considering inviting me back into her life … more chanting. 🙂

    Comment by Lance — December 10, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

  14. Hi Jason & Karen,
    Thanks a lot for the great podcast!
    We miss you a lot!!!
    Maybe you are agree with me that because the importance of this 2010 for the SGI, members are struggling a lot during these days.
    I want to encourage all to keep chanting untill the end, untill the last second of the 31st of december to have a Total Victory!!!
    “Who answer our prayers? We do – through faith and effort. No one does it for us.” – Daisaku Ikeda

    Best wishes to all and a Victorious 2010,


    Comment by Mickey Jordan - Spain — December 21, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

  15. Thank you for doing the podcasts. I am aware that there are many people with reading disabilities who would like to study more. Also all us busy Buddhists can listen in the car or while doing housework. For myself I have been struggling with the demon of chronic pain. This morning I woke up at 3 am. I couldnot sleep so I listened and your words encouraged me. What I am starting to get, finally after chanting for 25 years is that my mission is to transform my suffering into happiness. Not to be satisfied with just temporary relief,although I greatly appreciate even minor relief from pain, but to really really tranform myself is my determination for 2011. Thank you and I intend to keep listening and to share your words with my members in Capital Hill District, Denver Colorado.

    Comment by Kimberly Donars — December 22, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

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