Jo and Melissa practice Nichiren Buddhism, a practical way of turning whatever life throws at you into a source of strength, connection with others and deep joy. They chat with some of the awesome human beings they've met through the practice.
Nichiren Daishonin found the great truth at the heart of the Lotus Sutra (one of Siddhattha Gautama / Buddha Shakyamuni's later teachings) - everyone, equally, has the potential to attain Buddhahood, just as they are. This was revolutionary for 13th century Japan, and, let's face it still contentious for some now.
Over 800 years later the practice he founded has spread around the world. It's an energising, hands-on approach to transforming your life and the world around you by connecting to the life force at the heart of the universe and everyone else on the planet.
episode 6: tackling obstacles and using humour as a force for good
We explore the tension between striving to develop more courage, wisdom and compassion, and being funny. And he shares how he’s been able to transform his approach to obstacles - so they don't ‘fill the screen’ of his life.
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Coming soon! A chat with writer, actor and all round good egg Paul Bassett Davies...
episode 5: taking responsibility for your life and making dreams come true
Finally a new episode - and it’s worth the wait. Fatima Sessay is a powerhouse of confidence and determination.
She shares how a central tenet in buddhism of being responsible for your own life resonated with her from the get go and led her to a life full of meeting challenges head on.
We talk about finding the sweet spot between pushing yourself to dream big dreams and setting compassionate limits for yourself, which she sums up beautifully by saying ‘Please don’t worry. Just chant, it will all be ok!’
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Coming soon. Fatima Sessay shares how the Buddhist principle of taking full responsibility for your life resonated deeply with her and has led to a life full of amazing victories.
episode 4: transforming loss into fuel for finding strength and joy
Naomi Stafford shares how practising Nichiren buddhism has led to huge changes in how she approaches life. From fighting fear to striking the balance between striving for big goals whilst loving life as it is now. We laugh a lot, but - trigger warning - discuss bereavement and miscarriage too. Ultimately, chanting Nam myoho renge kyo helps transform it all into fuel for finding strength and joy in being alive.
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Coming soon. We chat about how Buddhism helps you to strike the balance between gratitude for what you have now and pursuing your biggest dreams...