Buddhism and the science of happiness – Appendix B

April 15th, 2012

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have William Woollard reading the last part of Buddhism and the science of happiness, Appendix B. This is the show that is for every beginner you have ever wanted to have something to say, “Here, listen to this, this is the basics of Buddhism!”
By popular demand we have some more questions that we do our best to answer as well as the traditional shoutouts!
In addition, we have music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play England by the great band, Great Big Sea and When We Are Old by Molly Magdalain.
This is the first show that we use the new octa capture interface from Roland, so let us know what you make of the sound, we want to improve!
Have a fabulous week and thank you so much for listening.


  1. Wonderful, very inspiring, shifted my perspective and dislodged my glum mood, thank you so much NMRK :o)

    Comment by Malcolm (Mals) Pallister — April 15, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  2. This is an absolutely wonderful reading by William of his Appendix (Intro to Buddhism)! It can be played a bit at a time for discussion purposes. I’m sad that William has completed his book so I hope you’ll ask him back for “a discussion meeting around the mic.” Karen and Jason, your own discussions together of queries by listeners are so fun to listen to, like being in the room during a fun and refreshing SGI District discussion meeting–clear explanations with room for others to question and add comments and experiences.

    Naturally when you read the listener’s query about what SGI materials are available in audio, I went straight to the SGI-USA’s website bookstore and found two under “Books–Audio”: Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death by Daisaku Ikeda, and The Buddha In Your Mirror (3 authors). These are 2 of my favorite go-to teaching/encouragement books for anyone, at any duration of practice (apart from the Gosho itself). I have read them myself several times each, so having them available in audio would enrich the learning. Also, the members I know who are sight impaired get the World Tribune (the SGI-USA weekly study newspaper) in audio version. Also there’s a little bit of audio at the SGI-USA website, particularly the monthly Gosho Study preparatory lectures by national leaders which are videos but since they are “talking head” videos, not necessary to see. Please ask your local leadership for help accessing these monthly Gosho lectures as they are extremely insightful and encouraging. Hope this helps.

    Comment by Donna — April 15, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  3. I don’t use Itunes, but I love you guys so much, its so wonderful to hear you all and feeling your collective support of us. Also thank you for shareing your beautiful love with each other with us all, we need more of this is our environment. Its oxitocin on the web!!!

    That’s the hormone of love,for all non midiwfery readers,(it triggers our loving, kindness and protection instincts) and it is powerful stuff. Just hearing Jason’s expression of love for his lovely wife lifts our oxitocin levels. So amazing, the voice really does the Buddha;s work

    Comment by Krishinda Powers Duff — April 17, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  4. Hi guys – I had to listen to this one once or twice to fully explore Williams ideas. I absolutely love the music analogy – He has really inspired me to deepen by understanding. Another super book, William! Thank you for your effort, and I really hope I can meet you some day.
    And Jason/Karen – your display of love really made me smile – the thought of you moving away to Canada fills me with emotion, and listening to the Great Big Sea I have to confess to a manly tear! I know you will shine in your new surroundings – I owe you guys so much. Much, much love… Steve

    Comment by Buddhastate — April 28, 2012 @ 8:20 am

  5. Jason and Karen Jarrett, Thank you again for all the efforts you have made. I now have a reserved “spot” and plane tickets all paid for, to go to the Men’s #1 FNCC (like your TRETS?) thing in August the 17th. I am really a working poor kinda guy, so this was a great challenge for me to pull this off. You and your wife Karen and your kids (especially your daughter when she questioned why you were doing this … haha … loved that)
    and … some unknown (I forgot after all these years) Japanese ladies who drove down from Los Angeles to San Diego California back in 1985 plus the women’s division in Apache and Braveheart districts (Arizona) in 2010 … ALL were influential in getting my rear in gear and doing something with my life. Thank YOU and most of all, thanks to Nichiren Daishonin, Makiguchi, Toda and Daisaku Ikeda, without them, I think I would never have been a Buddhist at all. THANK YOU!

    Comment by Lance Fallin (Apache District) — May 9, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

  6. Way to go Lance!!!! Thank you Jasen and Karen your podcast have gel me s Fargo Az and helps Inspire my friends there….. Peace Barbar

    Comment by Barbara Grier — July 1, 2012 @ 12:08 am

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