A Buddhist Podcast – The Reluctant Buddhist – Chapter 16

January 5th, 2011
Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast. On tonights show we have the final chapter of The Reluctant Buddhist read by the author, the wonderful William Woollard. We also have news about his amazing new book, “Buddhism and the Science of Happiness”
We read SGI President Ikeda’s New Year Message and of course the shoutouts!
We play three tracks tonight, Last of the Superheros by American Heartbeat, Wonderwall by Melissa Rebronja and Let it Rain by Laura Clapp. Thank you to the artists for making this available on Music Alley. Music Alley  (formerly known as The Podsafe Music Network) have made so much of the music on the show possible and we really are grateful to them.
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. Happy New Year!


  1. Thank you so much for creating and sharing this wonderful podcast! I am a gakkai baby who had fallen out of chanting, until recently when I went back to school. I really enjoy listening to your podcast!

    Comment by Viviane Wolfe — January 8, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  2. Excited to come across the latest podcast!
    I was in conversation with dear friends talking about this amazing practice only last night. They too see the real changes, benefits I’ve had since practicing, receiving Gohonzon back in November this year. I’ve known about this practice since I was 7, so it took a wee while!
    I thought I’d send them chap.15 of ‘A Reluctant Buddhist’ as it’s one of my favourite chapters- William has such a great storytelling voice.
    Thank you Jason & Karen for taking the time out to put these together. Keep up the good work…
    And have an amazing 2011!

    Comment by Sadia Chowdhury, YW Dalston — January 9, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

  3. Karen and Jason,

    what a very nice surprise for you to mention our engagement during your podcast. Thank you for thinking about us. Wonderwall is one of Maia’s favorite song.

    If not you then who, if not now then when….

    Keep up the good work.


    Comment by Maia and Mivil — January 13, 2011 @ 1:34 am

  4. Your show causes me joy. No words can fully convey the fullness of the gratitude I feel towards you and your efforts to manifest such a show, all of you. Thank You and congratulations Mr. Disaster MANager 🙂

    Comment by robert lee allen — January 24, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

  5. yes, this is Berta from El Salvador, still practicing, my prayer is, to be able to shakabuky, and what do you know, opportunities are now presenting themselves.
    Soon, I will have a group, here in Santa Ana, it is happening, you have helped me so much with your programs, now I am in the process to listen to them all, from the very begginning.
    Thank you so much.

    Comment by Berta — January 25, 2011 @ 12:13 am

  6. Date: 4th January Event: My birthday. Good to have a podcast done on my birthday!!!!!I have a car now. I’d love to have abuddhistpodcast sticker on it. How do I get one?

    Comment by Frank Ametefe — January 25, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

  7. Hello Jason, Karen, and William,
    It was nice to find out that you hadn’t gone away for good. (I was worried.) Links to your podcast cast are popping up on so many more places on the web now.
    I want to send my most heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Woollard for his generosity in reading every single chapter of his book aloud on your podcast. And thanks to you two for having it in the first place!
    Your program is continuing to be one of the most eyebrow-lifting, bulb-lighting, goose-pimpling motivational materials in my spiritual life.
    I am super-excited that Mr. Woollard now has a new book, which I will be buying for myself and my friends. (I will listen later to the first reading of it, but I already know it’s amazing.)
    A thousand thanks from Amsterdam!
    Deborah Carter

    P.S. Yes! Yes! I would also like to have bumper stickers for my car! Where can I order? do you have them yet? If not now, then when? If not you, then who? :)))

    Comment by Deborah Carter — February 12, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

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