Do you ever feel like you’re not making any progress even though you’ve been trying to reach a goal for what feels like forever? Today’s guest, Hannah Doherty, of Los Angeles, shares how she broke through self-doubt and stagnation to find a job in her dream field, foster friendships and reach new heights as a dancer.
The Light of Learning, p. 130.
July 11, 1997, World Tribune, p. 14.
Buddhability Shorts is a monthly series where we break down a Buddhist concept that we’ve touched on in an interview. This month, we’re talking about how Buddhist practice helps us to value our unique qualities and lead a purposeful life.
To ask a question about the basics of Buddhism, you can email us at [email protected]
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 2, revised edition, p. 335.
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 1, revised edition, pp. 212–214.
Buddhism helps us to build a solid inner life that isn’t swayed by our circumstances. That strength is the key to having the confidence needed to take action toward our dreams.
Today’s guest, Christopher Robin Donaldson, of Denver, Colorado, shares how he went from passively waiting for his dreams to becoming a father, professional actor, husband, college graduate and homeowner.
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 794
Soar Into the Skys of Hope, p. 70
Faith Into Action, p. 140
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 1, revised edition, pp. 165–66
It’s natural to have doubt. The key, however, is whether we use our questions as fuel to seek out answers. Confidence in the power of Buddhist practices grows with time as you see actual proof of change in your life.
Today’s guest, Devesh Kumar, a medical student in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shares how he tested Buddhism to see whether her could really make his impossible dreams a reality.
Jan. 2, 1998, World Tribune, p. 11
Hope Is a Decision, p. 5
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 1, revised edition, p. 126
The Buddha in Your Mirror, pp. 207–10
Whether we like it or not, we don’t exist in isolation. The interconnection of life means that when we change, our environment changes as well.
Today’s guest, Heidi Hayashi, of Stratford, Conn., shares how finding the courage to live true to herself improved and deepened her family relationships.
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 2, revised edition p. 270
Buddhism Day by Day: Wisdom for Modern Life, p. 315
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol. 4, p. 20
Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth & Death
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 1, revised edition
Buddhability Shorts are monthly episodes where we break down a Buddhist concept that we’ve touched on in an interview. This month, we’re talking about why Buddhist practice is neither simple altruism nor is it focused solely on ourselves.
To ask a question about the basics of Buddhism, you can email us at [email protected]
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 2, revised edition, pp. 239–241
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 2, revised edition, pp. 229–230
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 2, revised edition, pp. 227–229
This week we’re talking about dreams. How do we dream? How do we find purpose in our dreams? And if we have a clear dream, how we pursue it.
We’re speaking with two young Buddhists: one who learned how to open her life up to new possibilities and another who discovered deeper meaning in his dreams. Samantha Collins of St. Paul, Minnesota and Grady Tesch of New York City share how they discovered and followed their dreams.
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 835
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 2, revised edition, p. 173
Discussions on Youth, pp. 76-77
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 3, revised edition, pp. 112-113
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 279
As we head into the final stretch of the year, we bring you the voices of several Buddhability listeners sharing appreciation for someone in their life.
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, part 1, pp. 66-68
Believing that we each possess limitless wisdom, courage and compassion—what we call Buddhability—can be a daily battle. Many of us impose limitations on ourselves, believing that we’re not capable of accomplishing our dreams and becoming happy.
Today’s guest, Daniel Sun, of Boston, shares how he used Buddhism to overcome his limiting beliefs and become an accomplished Harvard scientist and scholar. We discuss the key role chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and studying Buddhism played in his ability to shift his mindset.
7:20 Daniel tries Buddhism to get through graduate school
11:05 Dreaming of a research career in the U.S.
21:03 What Buddhism says about self-doubt
33:56 Fresh confidence to apply for a large grant
43:46 How studying maximizes the effects of Buddhist chanting
A Piece of Mirror and Other Essays, pp. 39-43
The Hope-Filled Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 133
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, pp. 3–4
The Light of Learning, p. 130
Struggles are an unavoidable part of life. While it may seem counterintuitive to view them as opportunities, Buddhism teaches that we can use each problem in our life as fuel for our happiness. Today we’re discussing how overcoming challenges builds an unshakable and undefeated self.
Today’s guest, Sasha Lee, and influencer and TV personality in Hawaii, shares how she started to see that obstacles were opportunities for her growth and the powerful role a friend’s encouragement can play.
The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 1, p. 170
We’re creating a special episode about gratitude with stories from listeners.
To submit, send a voice memo of no more than 1 minute to [email protected] sharing a quick story about someone you appreciate. It can be a small interaction with a stranger on the bus to a family member who’s been with you all your life. We want to showcase the variety of ways one person can make an impact. So, there’s no moment to share that is too big or too small. No need to share names in your voice memo—you can submit anonymously.
We’ll select a small assortment to share on an upcoming episode, so please submit only if you are comfortable having it shared on the podcast.
Today we share the news of Buddhist philosopher and Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda’s passing and the impacts of his life and work.
Fear and anger can be overpowering. Especially when they’re grounded in past and deeply personal experience. While our fears may feel justified they can also hold us back from accomplishing our goals and living a happy life. Today we’re talking about how to uproot those tendencies in our lives and transform them for our happiness.
Today’s guest, Krithi Byadgi, of San Francisco, shares how she used her Buddhist practice to transform her deep anger and fear into the courage and joy needed to strive for a harmonious family and her dream career.
Discussions on Youth, p. 410
“On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 4
Amid a painful reality that can’t be changed, like a family member’s terminal disease, how can we still create hope? Today we’re discussing how tapping into our Buddhability—the limitless wisdom, courage, and compassion we each possess—can help us transform our attitude, create a beautiful life, and accomplish our dreams amid a difficult reality.
Our guest is Jonathan Cheng, of New York City, who shares how he is courageously accomplishing his dreams as a filmmaker to honor his parents and fight for their eternal happiness.
7:52 Why Jonathan decided to start chanting
10:26 Developing confidence in college and finding your place
13:30 Starting your first post-college job
25:28 Navigating grief at the height of COVID
31:48 Finding meaning in our struggles
39:31 Finding courage to fight for your dreams
Discussions on Youth, p. 26
“Letter to the Brothers,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 499
Hope is a Decision, p. 6
Today, we have for you the season finale of Buddhability Season 1, and we’re so excited to share some big updates about the show.
We’ve just passed the three-year anniversary of launching Buddhability, and with it, a huge milestone, surpassing 1 million podcast downloads, and well over 100 episodes. Thank you for your support and dedication to sharing the show all this time.
Alongside this milestone, we’re welcoming a brand-new host who you’ll meet on today’s episode. Cassidy Bradford shares a little of her story and we discuss what we’ve loved about the podcast so far. Thank you for joining us along this journey and we’re looking forward to seeing you again later this fall.
Today, October 2nd, marks the three year anniversary since our launch! We are also celebrating a milestone- hitting 1 million downloads! To commemorate this, we're going to be closing out with an exciting season finale next week. Stay tuned.
Here's today's question: How can Buddhism help me with this stress caused by chronic physical pain? How can I be happy living with chronic illness?
Buddhism teaches that falling to illness is not a form of failure or defeat. In fact illness can be an inspiration to bring out our best, most resilient selves.
Here’s today’s question: Do I have to believe in chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for it to work?
This is a question nearly every person who starts to chant has in the back of their mind. Unless spirituality or a chanting-like practice has already been part of your life for a while, it can feel very new and hard to believe in.
We want to approach this question from a few angles but first, to answer it directly: no, when you first start chanting, you do not have to believe in it or understand it for it to work.
References:https://buddhability.org/practice/dont-know-much-about-buddhism/ https://www.worldtribune.org/2023/buddhism-is-the-clear-mirror-that-reflects-our-lives/“On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 3
Here's today's question: How can I set healthy boundaries that honor myself and others?
One listener asked: “How can Buddhism help me and my family with setting boundaries? Setting boundaries at work seems easier than with family stuff.”
Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo about our situation ensures that we make our decisions based on wisdom, courage and compassion, rather than trends or emotion.
Here’s today’s question: What does Buddhism say about dealing with grief? Grief is something we all experience at some point in life. One listener asked, “I've recently had a few folks die and I am trying to give myself space to have this new emotional experience but also be strong, move forward, help others and be happy. What should I do?” Another listener wrote in, “What does Buddhism teach about grieving about sudden death and the trauma that comes with it?”
Today we’ll discuss the Buddhist view that life and death are one.