A Buddhist Podcast – Buddhism and the Science of Happiness – Chapter 3

March 6th, 2011

Welcome back to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have the amazing William Woollard reading Chapter 3, “So What’s Religion All About?”, from his book, Buddhism and the Science of Happiness.

We also have some questions about chanting and about the relationship between the priesthood and the SGI, frank and honest opinions from Jason. Oh yes, take a look at this great site for some background, The Untold Story of the Fuji School

We have three great pieces of music courtesy of Mevio.com. The first track is the late Katie Webster’s record, “Hard Loving Mama” ; the second is Tom Waits with “You Can Never Hold Back Spring” and finally we have Slackstring playing their timeless, kick back and relax “Sun Will Shine Again“. If you like the music please check the Music page on our website where we have added links to help you find the music to buy if you want to.

Shoutouts to people from all over the world. You know every email, review on ITunes, shout out request, facebook message, tweet that we receive is such encouragement for us both, thank you for making the time to both listen to the show and to let us know you care. Have a fantastic week!


  1. Hi jason
    I have tried several times to download some lectures from your previous podcast list some of the earlier
    ones Eileens Lecture & Experiences & Fire Alarms all without success ending with a P404 warning website cannot be found,am I doing something wrong or is it just Sunday
    Looking forward to hearing from you
    No rush,when ever you can get to it

    Comment by Edward Martin Raw — March 6, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

  2. Hi there,
    Thanks so much for your podcast, loving it! And finding of course Buddhism and the Science of Happiness incredible, listening to the chapters so far several times over. Wonderful, really.
    I just tried to listen to the podcast you’ve uploaded today though(Chapter 3) and its playing the previous podcast (Chapter 2)…?
    Just thought to let you know.
    Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday.
    Emma xx

    Comment by Emma Deakin — March 6, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  3. Hi Edward, we are looking into it now, thank you for drawing it our attention. The older the show gets, the more we have to do to keep it all online and working!

    Comment by jason — March 6, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

  4. Hi Emma, thank you so much for your kind words and for telling us about the weblink playing the wrong show, you should be able to see that its fixed now!

    Comment by jason — March 6, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

  5. Dear Jason & Karen,

    I found your March 6th podcast not only intellectually stimulating – William Wollard’s 3rd chapter reading – but also inspiring – SGI’s freedom from priests – and heartwarming – your warm, welcomingly voices as well as Slackstring’s “Sun Will Shine Again”.

    Do keep up the good work. It matters so much in my life right now.

    Karen, weil Du Schweizerin bist, schreibe ich auf deutsch. Ich schätze sehr das buddhistische Mitgefühl, das Deine Stimme dem Podcast verleiht. Deine Warmherzigkeit ist so willkommen in dieser manchmal sehr kaltherzigen Welt. Macht bitte nur weiter so.

    Greetings from rainy San Francisco.

    Comment by Adin — March 6, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

  6. Jason and Karen,

    Thank you guys so very much for your amazing work! William Woollards books have been very eye opening for me and my practice and this one is no different. He has an incredible voice as well. Very easy to listen too. I am so grateful for his writing and his work. Thanks again.

    Corey and the Dragge family in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
    Shadow Creek District

    Comment by Corey Dragge — March 11, 2011 @ 6:16 am

  7. Please chant with me for our fellow humans in Japan. I will chant for their safety. I will look for ways to help here in St. Louis. Thank you for the Podcast as always it was great and William and his Buddhist (Human) viewpoint, observations, and plain speech analysis are potent medicine. I wish to say that I believe Mr. Woolard’s writings are of magnificent.

    I am sad about the suffering in Japan and must put that at the front of my thoughts.
    With Metta

    Robert Lee Allen
    I will chant for all of Japan to overcome this obstacle

    Comment by Robert Allen — March 14, 2011 @ 2:57 am

  8. Hi Jason and Karen,

    Yet another fantastic podcast, and they are coming thick and fast at the moment, thank you for your efforts.

    I’ve spent the whole weekend reading and listening to William’s books. Every time I read them, another little nugget of learning comes out, amazing !!!

    Also chanting for the poor folks of Japan. A nasty example of bad group Karma but difficult to explain apart from in basic geological terms.

    Take care all, maybe catch you on FB or Twitter.



    Comment by Richard Blake aka Anupadin — March 14, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  9. What a wonderful podcast! This one is so fun, really good music choices, excellent questions from listeners (let’s have more!), and of course how fortunate are we to be able to hear William read his second book! It’s not just an interesting topic but intensly important and relevant right now as we chant for the Buddhist gods to step up and protect the people of Japan.

    Comment by Donna — March 17, 2011 @ 12:17 am

  10. Dear Jason and Karen,
    I have been listening to your shows for a couple of months and just felt I should let you know how much I enjoy them. I’m not a buddhist, but what I have learned about buddhism has given me a greater understanding of my spiritual journey via Christian Science. I am continually uplifted by discovering what unites us – (paradoxically, I find too many contradictions, and not enough substance in so-called mainstream christianiry).

    Your work is incredibly valuable and very much needed in this materialistic world where so many are looking for answers and a sense of purpose.

    I pray with you for your continued strength, love and wisdom and that of your movement from the bottom of my heart. Bless you both.

    Comment by barbara — March 23, 2011 @ 9:39 am

  11. Thanks for a well-done show. Downloaded your droid app today and listened to this podcast. Soooo encouraging!

    Comment by gloria — April 5, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

  12. I love the bacon and eggs analogy – If chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo can awaken my buddha nature in the same way that a bacon sarnie awakes my appetite, then things can only improve…

    Comment by Steve Sant — April 11, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

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