8 episodes

A family rift. Debt. Finding a career you love. Heartbreak. Tap into 3,000 years of Buddhist wisdom to find real solutions to life’s problems. Journalist Jihii Jolly explores her own Nichiren Buddhist community through the lives of everyday people—mechanics, CEOs, mothers, artists—who are applying the teachings of Buddhism to win over their most aggravating problems. Jihii has written for The New York Times and The Atlantic, and is a member of the Buddhist community Soka Gakkai International (SGI).

Buddhist Solutions for Life's Problems SGI-USA

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0, 39 Ratings

A family rift. Debt. Finding a career you love. Heartbreak. Tap into 3,000 years of Buddhist wisdom to find real solutions to life’s problems. Journalist Jihii Jolly explores her own Nichiren Buddhist community through the lives of everyday people—mechanics, CEOs, mothers, artists—who are applying the teachings of Buddhism to win over their most aggravating problems. Jihii has written for The New York Times and The Atlantic, and is a member of the Buddhist community Soka Gakkai International (SGI).

    The Buddhist Perspective on Racism

    The Buddhist Perspective on Racism

    At its root, racism is born of a very human tendency that exists in all of us to discriminate against others, often out of fear. Combined with power, this discrimination becomes institutionalized and we see it in virtually every social system in America—economic, health, education, policing and so on. Buddhism directly addresses the root of this problem and many more.
    In this episode we speak with Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, as well as a number of Black Buddhists and other members in the SGI community about how they are using their practice to grapple with and speak out against racism in their own unique ways.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Being Buddhist Parents

    Being Buddhist Parents

    The parent-child relationship is a truly universal one. We are all the children of someone, and our relationship with our parents impacts us forever. This episode explores what Buddhism says about being a parent and how to foster children who can blossom fully, just as they are.

    • 34 min
    The Buddhist Take on COVID-19

    The Buddhist Take on COVID-19

    A special episode in response to listener requests for perspective on the global pandemic COVID-19. Specifically, we address what Buddhism says about why global crises happen and how we can stop them from happening in the future. And what you can do right now to generate hope and take positive action for yourself, your family and your community.

    • 33 min
    Can I Change the World?

    Can I Change the World?

    There’s a lot going on in the world. Often, it can feel impossible to change: climate change, bullying, anxiety, racism, poverty and the list goes on. What do you do when you feel like the world is just too messed up to change? Where do you find courage or hope? In this episode, we speak with Congressperson Hank Johnson and examine what Buddhism says about changing the world.

    • 35 min
    Financial Karma

    Financial Karma

    Human beings have a complicated relationship with money. It’s often the focus of our greed, jealousy or misery. But it can also be used as a tool to help us express our compassion, creativity and freedom. Contrary to popular belief, our desires don’t necessarily have to be extinguished in order to find peace. On this episode, we explore what Buddhism says about desire, wealth and attachment.
    Hint: it has a lot to do with recognizing and transforming ourselves.

    • 37 min
    Finding Your Dream Job

    Finding Your Dream Job

    Today’s episode is about figuring out what to do with your life and making it happen against all odds. International Human Rights lawyer Tanya Henderson shares her journey of fighting through law school as a single mother of two. Comedian Ike Ufomado discusses how his Buddhist practice inspired him to preserve through the ups and downs of being a stand-up comedian in New York City.

    Find us at SGI-USA.org

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Solsolid ,

Really encouraging and insightful

Thanks for publishing these wonderful podcasts. I find them hugely encouraging and thought provoking.

Kevin Hush ,

Insightful

Great! and well presented, thank you!

AkuaOF ,

Useful, humane, clear and impressive

I’m a UK based practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism and this podcast appeals to my appreciation of podcasts and human stories. It’s also come to me at a time where I’m feeling challenged and lacking clarity on how to deal with my situation. Episode one offered refreshing guidance and a reminder of why I practice Buddhism.

The podcast is also so well produced it feels like an SGI version of ‘This American Life’ it would be amazing to have a UK version of this show.

Well done for making this!

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