Buddhism and the science of happiness – Chapter 11

October 17th, 2011

We are back with another show! Tonight we have William Woollard reading Chapter 11 of his great book, Buddhism and the science of happiness.
Also we have an experience from the wonderful Steve Sant (picture of both of us in the artwork for this show!) and music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play two songs from the band, Black Lab. You might want to turn it up, and some of you might want to turn it down for their tracks, Broken Heart  from their album Passion without a Trace and from the album See the Sun,  Without You!
Shoutouts and chat from Karen and Jason. Thank you so much for listening. Have a wonderful week wherever you are.


  1. Thank you William for reading another chapter from your wonderful book (a copy of which my daughter just received for her birthday). Having many friends who are fervent “Dawkinians” you articulate so well what many of us think. Jason, I’m trying hard not sound like a groupie – but you should be doing voiceovers for the BBC, mate – that was beautifully read – thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Steve — October 18, 2011 @ 11:15 am

  2. That was badly worded! What I meant to say was, that you articulate so well what we believe as Buddhists – which helps greatly in offering more thoughtful arguments when debating with Dawkinians! Doh!

    Comment by Steve — October 18, 2011 @ 11:59 am

  3. Dear Karen and Jason…
    You are not the only one to cry at that experience. I have rekindled my faith, practice and study. My faith was shaken. It survived in no small measure to your example. Not what you said but what you did. You put this show together for me. I can not explain it but of this I am certain. It brought me back to my faith. My daughter Elizabeth thanks you as well. She is 12yo and is beginning her Buddhist practice because of you as well. Faith is contagious. I feel reborn.
    Thank You Both
    Robert Lee Allen and Elizabeth Ann Allen of St. Louis

    Comment by Robert Lee Allen — October 18, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  4. Thank you Jasion and Karren Jarret! This is as always a wonderful show! It is wonderful to practis this buddhism, I have only been practis it for little over one year, and got the gohonzon last december. I am still 18 and the most wonderful thing have taken place in my life, dramatic changes, and from beeing deepest depressed with allots of angstiety, I have got the currage and moved all from Norway to Japan and practis this wonderful buddhism with my boyfriend. since I cannot read Japanese kanji yet it is hard to study the buddhism, but i partly get to know something from the Zadzankai. I am grateful that I still can lisen to this show and get currage and motivation in this forein contrey that is beutiful
    allots of love from Frida in Sapporo.

    Comment by Frida Sunde — November 4, 2011 @ 11:49 am

  5. Hi Jason and Karen,

    I can’t tell you how grateful I am for you guys and this podcast.

    I have only been practicing since January this year and received my Gohonzon at the Young Women’s summer course in August.

    I know you receive amazing feedback all the time, however, I wanted you to know how deeply you effect and continue to effect my life.

    You both and including William Woollard have been such a source of inspiration to me.
    Whenever times are trying, difficult or unbearable I of course Chant For My Life, but also listen to your postcasts old and new.

    I can’t tell you the benefit I gain from just 1 minute of listening to you guys.. It’s as if you recharge my batteries and I feel strong and ready to go again.

    You inspire me to be a better person and you give me so much courage in every aspect of my life.

    I also wanted to tell William how grateful I am for The Reluctant Buddhist and Buddhism and the Science of Happiness.

    To listen to somebody coming from a ‘Reluctant’ point of view, of which, I believe maybe I did, was a huge turning point for me. I don’t know how best to explain it other than, his words resonated so deeply I felt immediately safe and powerful.

    I wanted you to all know how appreciated you are, and how I believe you are doing such an amazing and wonderful thing for everybody who listens.

    I continually recommend your show to members, Young and Old, who thank me for introducing them to your wonderful Podcast World..

    All the love in the world.


    Comment by Sarah — November 9, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

  6. I download the podcast from iTunes and it appears that this episode is ch 12 and 13, not 11 although it is titled as ch 11. Can you check on that please?

    Comment by Janai — November 12, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

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