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).
A Buddhist Perspective on Mental Health
Today’s episode is about mental health, which was one of our most requested topics of the year. Because there’s so much to cover, it’s divided into four parts, which you can listen to all at once, or you can check the show notes for time stamps to skip to the section that most resonates with you, though they are best understood in total.
Buddhism and Creativity
On this episode, we discuss what Buddhism calls “the creative life force,” an inner potential that exists in the life of every person to manifest their most authentic self and create art from that place. Often, self-doubt, perfectionism or arrogance can get in the way of creating great art. Special guests Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding, along with a few other artists, explain three concrete ways to use Buddhism to develop your creative life force.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love listening to this podcast! I always over think on the jobs I want to have in the future but this podcast helped ease my mind 😊
Life changing podcast
I love that this one is centered on Buddhist ideologies (in contrast to how Buddhability is interview-based). I love the Buddhability podcasts as well, but this one just seals the deal for me. I’m truly deepening my study with this podcast. I wish that they upload this one more!!
Encouraging & Invigorating Podcast
Love it. Insightful. Intriguing. Encouraging. And uplifting! Definitely going to share, listen, and help others with this wonderful content.