The reality is, we’re already enlightened. It’s only as we face obstacles, stress and our own messiness that we start to forget it. This is a show about how to believe in yourself again, told by a community of Buddhists doing it everyday, and changing the world along the way. Hosted by journalist Jihii Jolly, who you might know from the popular SGI-USA podcast Buddhist Solutions for Life’s Problems, each week you’ll hear an honest conversation about real life and how to tap into your Buddhability. From relationships and dream jobs to lessons from psychology and activism, subscribe to Buddhability on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts so you never miss an episode. For more stories, tips on practicing SGI Nichiren Buddhism, and our newsletter, visit www.buddhability.org.
Episode 46: Caring for someone who struggles to care for themself
Today we are addressing a topic that’s universally challenging in close human relationships: How do you care for someone who struggles to care for themself? What if your belief in them is greater than their belief in themself?
To address these questions, we are speaking with Katie Thornber, of Los Angeles, who bravely shares a very personal journey she went through with her late father, and how she used her Buddhist practice to support him through the toughest time of his life.
This story is an incredible example of the Buddhist principle of the oneness of life and its environment.
Episode 45: Advice from Buddhist teens on social anxiety
Today we're tackling social anxiety, which feels like it has become ubiquitous since the pandemic began. Social interactions seem to take more energy after being physically distanced for so long. The world feels more polarized and therefore, a bit more intimidating. And then there's the real fear of social interaction.
Given all of this, the approaching holiday season and the fact that many Americans are still adjusting to in-person school and work, we reached out to a few Buddhist teenagers to ask for their advice on how to deal with social anxiety.
Episode 44: What you do isn’t who you are
Today we speak with Los Angeles-based actor Luca Manganaro, who shares his intertwined journey with acting and Buddhism and the lessons he learned along the way.
Key takeaway: what you do, especially if you’re currently pursuing a big dream or goal that seems far away, isn’t who you are. Who you are is based on what you practice every day, how you show up in relationships, how you treat the people around you and what you base your self-worth on.
Episode 43: Overcoming trauma and finding the will to live
Trigger Warning: This episode discusses trauma and attempted suicide.
Today’s episode is about mental health. Our guest is Tanushree Salvi of Boise, Idaho, who started her practice of SGI Nichiren Buddhism when she came to the U.S. for school and was introduced to chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo by a college roommate.
Tanushree shares the story of how she was able to take the steps to take care of her own mental health through a combination of professional support and her Buddhist practice, as well as how she learned to value her own life and unique beauty.
Episode 42: Finding your purpose in college
Today we’re talking about college: how hard it can be to decide where to go and what to pursue, and how to find your purpose while there.
Our guest is Josef Gaudiesus, a football coach and high school teacher in Texas, who shares his own journey of getting into college and how beginning his Buddhist practice while there helped him find confidence, a winning attitude and a sense of purpose.
Episode 41: Healing family rifts when you don’t share beliefs
Today we’re talking about family and what to do if you just can’t reconcile differences with them.
Our guests are sisters Lauren and Molly Leebove from Michigan, whose intertwined stories of beginning their Buddhist practice and transforming their relationship with their parents are rich with lessons on what Buddhability looks like in a family setting.
I love these podcasts because each episode uplifts me with a real life example of how to use Buddhist wisdom to live compassionately, courageously, and happily! Jihii is a sincere interviewer who never fails to find the most authentic tale of inner transformation.
It’s not just the great content but also the quality of the interviewing technique of the host that really keeps me coming back to this podcast.
The courage to challenge yourself:
Buddhism a philosophical system from India, generated by the first man who attained Buddhahood ( enlightenment ), Shakyamuni also known as Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the Shakya tribe, who embarked inns very personal Deep journey to overcome the sufferings if birth, age,sickness and death; his life is the best example and the proof that we all, without exception, possess the Buddha Nature that Shakyamuni attained 2,500 years ago. Without a mentor like Ikeda Sensei and everything he has created ( his mentor’s dream, and his own vow: study materials, translation of those materials to many languages, centers for the community to gather, many Buddhists centers, and the example he set with his own life, regardless all the struggles he faced, like his diagnosis with tuberculosis and yet accomplish all what he has accomplish it’s been in my case a journey of self discovering by having the courage to challenge myself in all areas of my life, and to challenge myself has been the best way to recognize my weaknesses as well as my strengths. My deep gratitude for this refreshing and inspiring carrousel of experiences that says more than explanations, demonstrate the power of Nichiren Buddhism as practiced in the Soka Gakai International. Thank you Sensei and the entire community of practitioners all over the world. To your absolute success and indestructible happiness. Juan Ibarra San Francisco, California. Great Hiway District.