A Buddhist Podcast

Practical Buddhism for living in the 21st Century.

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Welcome back to A Buddhist Podcast!

On tonights show we have  William Woollard  reading Chapter 3, from his new book, The Case For Buddhism! In the second half of the show Karen hears an experience from Vancouver Womens Division member, Joely!

We have music from the Podsafe Music Network! We play the Dala Girls track, Hockey Sweater, from their album, Girls from the North Country.

Thank you so much for everything, enjoy the show. Such a delight to put out another podcast!

Direct download: Podcast_23rd_August_2016.mp3
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Welcome back to A Buddhist Podcast!

On tonights show we have Part 2 of Chapter two from William Woollard  reading from his new book, The Case For Buddhism! In the second half of the show Karen interviews the amazing Diane Esguerra about her new book, Junkie Buddha!

We have music from the Podsafe Music Network! We play the Chris Ayer track, Awake, from his album, Don't Go Back To Sleep

Thank you so much for everything, enjoy the show. Such a delight to put out another podcast!

 

Direct download: A_Buddhist_Podcast_July_26_2016.mp3
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Welcome back to A Buddhist Podcast! 

On tonights show we have William Woollard  reading from his new book, The Case For Buddhism! William reads Chapter 1 and part 1 of Chapter 2. It includes a refreshingly honest experience from William on how he started to practice! 

Of course we have music from the Podsafe Music Network! We play the lively Nick Rave track called  - The Heaven Empire Radio Edit and Christie Grace with a really mellow tune called Lions Roar. 

Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement. Have an amazing week! 

Direct download: ABP_-_The_case_for_Buddhism_part_1_and_2.mp3
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Welcome to the first show of the year! Tonights Jason lectures on the writing, On Practicing The Buddha's Teachings. His lecture is based on President Ikeda's lectures series from The Teaching for Victory.

Some of the theme for tonight include:

From provisional to true

How did Buddhism get so confused

Former, middle and latter day of the law

An accursed time

Changing our minds

The banner of our behaviour

Archers of the mystic law

Three carts and the burning house

Shakabuku, compassion and reason

Using struggles to become happy

We have an great and inspiring experience that covers 40 year of faith from Roxanne Rae in Oregan. We also have music from Nic Saunders who kindly allowed us to play a piece from his Weald and Downland Suite, its called The Water Mill. From the pod safe music network we have Geoff Smith playing Gravity and Death Cab for Cutie with Title and Registration. 

Thank you so much for continuing to listen and support the show. Have an amazing week! 

Direct download: On_practicing_the_buddhas_teachings_Feb_2014.mp3
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Welcome to a podcast that took a long time to write! Tonights show is about death and dying from a Buddhist perspective. My lecture is based on President Ikeda's lecture in Unlocking the Mysteries of Life and Death. I am also very grateful to Donna and Dash for sharing their experience!

Subjects include:

Nobody believes they are going to die

How do you want to feel when you die?

Near death experiences

5 stages of dying

3 paths into 3 virtues

And then there was one

Nam myoho renge kyo is not constrained by death

Eagle peak and mystical rendezvous

We are responsible for how we die

Of course we have some music on the show. First up we have the Canadian, Christie Grace, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network, playing her version of Joni Mitchells track, Both Sides Now. Beautiful voice! We also have the one and only Howard Jones, singing Building our own future. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement. Have an amazing week! 

Direct download: Death_and_dying_part_1.mp3
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Thank you so much for waiting. Welcome to the first show from our new home in Vancouver, Canada. Tonights lecture is based on some passages from a famous letter written by Nichiren Daishonin to his loyal disciple Shijo Kingo. My lecture is based on the first half of President Ikeda’s lecture on The Three Kinds of Treasure which can be found in SGI Newsletter No 7908. 

Shijo Kingo is in the middle of a huge struggle and has written to Nichiren for guidance in faith on how he should go forward. Some of the points we cover include:

Practicing as Nichiren taught

Encouraging each other revitalises the SGI

Treasuring others

The honest friendship of Nichiren and Shijo Kingo

Backgammon

Breakthroughs and victories

Huge targets and how we achieve them

The tragedy of jealousy

We have a lot of shout outs and almost as many questions! We play two tracks from the Podsafe Music Network on tonights show. First we play Falling by Grace Kelly and later we have Gravity by Geoff Smith (who does the intro music to the show!).

Thank you so much for listening and for your encouragement, support and patience while we have been moving! Have the best week of your lives and take great care of each other.

Direct download: The_three_kinds_of_treasure.mp3
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A few weeks ago we had the good fortune of having William Woollard, Matt MacMillan and Karen and myself sat around our kitchen table. We read two lovely experiences about relationships with mothers, one from two sisters in India, Bipasha van der Zijde & Bishaka Dalvi. The other experience was from Kelvin Lam. 

We swapped stories and experiences and played music from the Podsafe music including, Levi Blues by the Lala Girls, Mine Again by Black Lab and Yael Naim with New Soul.

The editing took some time and I was able to get the file ready to the digital work on the plane to Brisbane, where when we land I hope to post online!

Thank you very much everyone for the many birthday wishes you were kind enough to send and for all your good wishes about our forthcoming move to Vancouver. We are continuing to study hard and have started writing the lecture for the next show, so bear with us as we embark on the next crazy adventure. I think its about time we shared an experience of how we have done this, what do you think?

Direct download: abp_the_four_of_us.mp3
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Longer than we expected but none the less, here we are again with the second of a two part lecture on a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin to Shiiji Shiro in 1261. The letter is called A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering. This lecture is based on SGI President Ikedas lecture in SGI Newsletter 8518. It was a challenge to get this done and I suspect you may need to listen a couple of times to pick up all the points. Subjects include:

  • a ship to cross the water,
  • five flavours,
  • discarding earlier teachings,
  • unfurling the sail, 3000 realms,
  • middle way,
  • leaving the dock of our karma,
  • tickets of faith,
  • the good ship SGI.

We have shoutouts and a question about chanting for stuff! We play Howard Jones singing Building Our Own Future and courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network we play Let me know by the Fire Apes. Thank you for your constant encouragement, it means so much to us. Click on the link on the left hand side of the website if you want a shout out on the show. Take great care and have a fantastic week. Thank you for listening.

Direct download: A_ship_to_cross_the_sea_of_suffering_part_2.mp3
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We are back with the first of a two part lecture on a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin called A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering. The lecture is based on SGI President Ikeda’s guidance in SGI Newsletter 8518 which was giving in May this year.

Subjects we cover include:

Connecting our hearts to those around us

Who was Shiiji Shiro?

See like Li Lou, hear like Shih K’uang

Faith rooted in action

Teaching others about Buddhism

The voice does the Buddha’s work

A single sentence or phrase

Karen reads a wonderful experience by Sue Davis from Essex in the UK. We also have some great music starting off with Smile by Robin Lukas (written by Barbara Pool). We also play Lucky Day by Stavia and $12.99 by Dave Potts from the Podsafe Music Network. 

We have lots of shouts outs as well! Thank you all so much for supporting and encouraging us! If you want a shout out on the show, write and let us know or 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 so much for listening, take care and have a wonderful week.

Direct download: A_ship_to_cross_the_sea_of_suffering_part_1.mp3
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Well finally we are back with another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! Its been a long gap since the last show, so thank you for your patience.

On tonights show Jason and Karen give a lecture on a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin called Letter to Nakaoki. The lectures is based on the lecture given by SGI President Ikeda in SGI Newsletter 8294. Subjects we cover include:

Buddhism before Nichiren

Individuals create change

Buddhism in daily life

Protection from within invites protection from without

Compassionate correction

Hoisting the banner of Buddhism

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Eagle Peak

How do you want to die?

Karens talk

Lives that contribute

We have shout outs that criss cross the globe. We have a great experience from Anuraag Khanna We play a great track, Happy, by Adrianne Richards from the Podsafe Music Network. We also play an independent track that we fell in love with called Right Here by Annette Beja.

If you want a shout out on the show, write and let us know or 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 so much for listening, take care and have a wonderful week.

Direct download: ABP_Letter_to_the_Lay_Priest_Nakaoki.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22am PST