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Podcast Episode 71: Bosses, Children, Abuse and Holidays

Podcast Episode 71:

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number 71 recorded June 27th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com.

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I just released my latest book detailing my stay in Japan a few years ago. It’s called “Teaching and Learning in Japan: An English TeacherAbroad.” It’s a long book, detailing my day to day activities and misadventures living in Japan pretty much on my own. If you’ve ever heard me start a story with “In Japan…” and were curious, then this is the book for you.  There’s a link at http://www.dailybuddhism.com/Japan

And now let’s get on with this week’s show!

 

Links to this show’s original articles:

Working with a Bad Boss:
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1810

From New York to India, by Forrest Curran
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1820

Legendary Days and Holidays
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1814

When Meditation Isn’t Enough
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1816

When Buddhism Fails Me… Abusive Relationships
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1823

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That’s all I have for you this week.

If you have a question on any Buddhism-related topic, send in your questions by email at dailybuddhism@gmail.com or go to the website and click on the voicemail tab. The show primarily depends on users to send in questions, so send in your questions!

The Daily Buddhism also runs off your donations, and it’s easy to help out.  I’m trying something new now. If you listen to  lot of podcasts, you may have heard about Patreon. It’s a neat new way to support podcasts and content creators like me. Check it out at http://www.dailybuddhism.com/patreon

I will see you next week!

 

Podcast Episode 70: Anatman, Commercialization, and Children

Brian and SpangleAnnouncements:

I’ve got some new audio equipment, which I’m still in the process of figuring out, but it should increase the sound quality of my podcasts. If you’ve been a longtime listener, drop me a note letting me know if this one is better or worse than older shows.

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If you enjoy the podcasts, and the website, and the emails, and the Tweets, and the Facebook posts, and all the other stuff, then don’t forget to buy the books! My book, “The Five-Minute Buddhist” and the sequel, “The Five-Minute Buddhist Meditates” are now available on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, and in paperback. You can get it from any place that sells books, so ask at your local library or independent bookstore if they don’t already have it on the shelf. It’s essentially the “Best of Daily Buddhism.” You can get it in pretty much any format you want. Just go to http://dailybuddhism.com/book/ and follow the links. If you’ve already picked up a copy, please leave a review on whichever site you got the book from. Also, if you enjoy this free podcast, head on over to the iTunes Store and leave a review for the show, I’d. Appreciate your support there.

And now let’s get on with this week’s show!

 

Links to this show’s original articles:

Rapidfire Q&A Basic Buddhist Questions
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1695

Appropriation and Commercialization of Buddhism in the West
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1702

Koan: The Gates of Paradise
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1713

Depersonalization and Anatman
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1708

 

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That’s all I have for you this week.

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If you have a question on any Buddhism-related topic, send in your questions by email at dailybuddhism@gmail.com

I will see you next week!

Podcast Episode 69: Proportions, Conversions, and Riots

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-Nine recorded April 25th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com.

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If you enjoy the podcasts, and the website, and the emails, and the Tweets, and the Facebook posts, and all the other stuff, then don’t forget to buy the books! My book, “The Five-Minute Buddhist” and the sequel, “The Five-Minute Buddhist Meditates” are now available on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, and in paperback. You can get it from any place that sells books, so ask at your local library or independent bookstore if they don’t already have it on the shelf. It’s essentially the “Best of Daily Buddhism.” You can get it in pretty much any format you want. Just go to http://dailybuddhism.com/book/ and follow the links. If you’ve already picked up a copy, please leave a review on whichever site you got the book from. Also, if you enjoy this free podcast, head on over to the iTunes Store and leave a review for the show, I’d. Appreciate your support there.

And now let’s get on with this week’s show!

 

Links to this show’s original articles:

Koan: Accurate Proportion
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1656

Converting to Buddhism
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1659

Lamas, Geshes and Cults… It’s the NKT!
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1662

Truth in Labeling
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1670

Rioting Buddhists Clash with Muslims
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1680

Podcast Episode 68: Gays, Bardo, and Hemingway

Podcast Episode 68: Gays, Bardo, and Hemingway

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-Eight recorded April 13th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com.

Announcements:

If you aren’t signed up for the email newsletter, just go to www.dailybuddhism.com and fix that oversight right now. It’s free and easier than ever to sign up.

If you enjoy the podcasts, and the website, and the emails, and the Tweets, and the Facebook posts, and all the other stuff, then don’t forget to buy the books! My book, “The Five-Minute Buddhist” and the sequel, “The Five-Minute Buddhist Meditates” are now available on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, and in paperback. You can get it from any place that sells books, so ask at your local library or independent bookstore if they don’t already have it on the shelf. It’s essentially the “Best of Daily Buddhism.” You can get it in pretty much any format you want. Just go to http://dailybuddhism.com/book/ and follow the links. If you’ve already picked up a copy, please leave a review on whichever site you got the book from. Also, if you enjoy this free podcast, head on over to the iTunes Store and leave a review for the show, I’d. Appreciate your support there.

And now let’s get on with this week’s show!

 

Links to this show’s original articles:


GLBT People and Buddhism: Compatible?

http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1619


Koan: Ryonen’s Clear Realization

http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1615


Bardo: Purgatory for Buddhists

http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1636


Ernest Hemingway and Emptiness (Guest Post by Dr. Douglas Gentile)

http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1651


 

 

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Podcast Episode 67: Jewelry, Public Schools, and Making Time

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-Seven, recorded April 5th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com.

 

Links to this show’s original articles:

Buddhists Aren’t Perfect

Original Article in Question:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2277401/105-year-old-Zen-Buddhist-master-accused-groping-female-students.html#ixzz2Kob6gDGM

Daily Buddhism Post:http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1609

Koan: Black-Nosed Buddha
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1613

Buddha Jewelry And Other Icons
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1605

Buddhism in Public Schools
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1607

Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1617

 

 

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Buddhism and University

A reader writes:

I have just recently started listening to your podcasts and I am hooked. I was first introduced to Buddhism in a religious studies course and was immediately intrigued. I’ve always wanted to learn more and try to put it into practice, but I didn’t know where to begin and most books and lectures I have on the subject seem confusing and complex. Your podcast is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I can follow it, it’s simple, and I can get a clear understanding of what Buddhism is all about.

I am a 23 year-old university student trying to finish my undergrad. It has been really tough because I also suffer from anxiety disorders and depression. I had fairly severe concussion in my second year of school which exacerbated my preexisting poor mental health. I should have quit school then. I always knew it wasn’t for me and I felt like I didn’t belong there, but I stayed in denial thinking that it will get better and I’ll make it work. This never happened, but I tried again this year to get closer to graduation and now I am almost done the school year but I’m failing my courses and am too far to recover. In my mind, I don’t believe I can graduate and even if I get second chances to finish papers I know I will squander them. The anxiety and depression have negativity taking over my entire being, it is hard to get out of once you are sucked into it. When I don’t have to think about school, or do school work, or even just attend classes, I feel so incredibly relieved.

The problem is that so much time and money have been spent, all for me to just drop out and not graduate. It is hard to stay in a positive state of mind about it. I feel guilt, anger, frustration, self loathing… all of these negative things. There is a push from my family to find other options, a different program, a transfer to college, anything to take advantage of the credits I already have. I don’t want to do this, I just want to put this in the past and move forward. But how can I quit knowing how much I have wasted? This is where depression and anxiety really kick in and become debilitating.

University

I guess basically my main dilemma at the moment is: should I find a way to make school work, whether changing my program, transferring credits to another school or whatever… or do I just leave school and move on, do some research and find something I’m interested in (also another reason I feel so trapped, I don’t know what to do if I’m not at university).
From just the few podcasts I’ve listened to I see so much potential for Buddhism to help me; with my anxiety, depression, self confidence, self hatred… and how to deal with school.


This was more of a novel than I intended to write, but I just had to get all of that out. I’m really looking forward to hearing the rest of the podcasts, thank you for doing them!

And my response:

There’s a lot of information that you aren’t telling me, such as how long you’ve got left, what country you live in, and what your major is. You don’t say it explicitly, but I’m assuming you are about to finish your third year of a four year program.

I teach college, and sooner or later, every student feels like quitting. I thought about it myself “back in the day.” Self-doubt and hard times are normal for a student, and my advice is always to stick it out if you possibly can. Those student loans aren’t going away (assuming you’re an American, other countries might be more forgiving).

You say you feel trapped when not at University, so I assume you don’t want to quit because you’ve better things to do. I’ve covered Depression and Dealing With Hatred (not specifically self-hatred, but much of that applies) before, so check out those older posts.

You’re failing your classes, so you’ve made some mistakes and possibly bad choices,that much is clear. Now, the question is, do you want to dwell on the past (grasping), or move on to the future? You’re beating yourself up over whatever mistakes you’ve made, and that’s poisoning your whole experience at school. Without knowing your major, I can’t comment on your career outlook, but most of the time, a degree is very important. Why would you want to sacrifice your future for a mistake you made in the past?

My Buddhist advice is to let the past go. Trying to change yesterday is only going to hurt your future prospects. Go ahead and accept the F’s and do better next term.

Another point is that you mention a concussion and mental issues. Are you taking medication? I am not a doctor, but that seems like an avenue you may want to investigate.

I don’t know the specifics, and it’s hard to give real advice, so I’m going out on a limb with all that. From my non-Buddhist experience, students that quit generally do regret it forever. If you’re going to be saddled with the debt, you may as well get the degree.

Good luck, and don’t give up!

 

 

Podcast Episode 66: Judgment, Burning Hearts, Inuits, and Monkey Attacks

Podcast Episode 66:

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-Six recorded March 22nd, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show.

Announcements:

I’d like to start answering more of your questions, so be sure to ask! Send in your questions pertaining to Buddhism and beginners or anything even remotely related. I’d love to hear from you, and even more, I need to know what you want to hear for future shows.

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If you enjoy the podcasts, and the website, and the emails, and the Tweets, and the Facebook posts, and all the other stuff, then don’t forget to buy the books! My book, “The Five-Minute Buddhist” and the sequel, “The Five-Minute Buddhist Meditates” are now available on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, and in paperback. You can get it from any place that sells books, so ask at your local library or independent bookstore if they don’t already have it on the shelf. It’s essentially the “Best of Daily Buddhism.” You can get it in pretty much any format you want. Just go to http://dailybuddhism.com/book/ and follow the links. If you have already picked up a copy, please leave a review on whichever site you got the book from. Also, if you enjoy this free podcast, head on over to the iTunes Store and leave a review for the show, I’d. Appreciate your support there.

And now let’s get on with this week’s show!

Links to this show’s original articles:

Judgmental Family and Hypocrisy
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1589

Koan: My Heart Burns Like Fire
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1585

Can Anyone Be a Buddhist?
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1596

Staying Focused and Working on Mindfulness
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1578

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If you have a question on any Buddhism-related topic, send in your questions by email at dailybuddhism@gmail.com

I will see you next week!

 

 

Podcast Episode 65: Breaking Up, Bad Buddha, and Mushrooms

Podcast Episode 65:

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-Five recorded March 14th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com.

 

Announcements:

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If you enjoy the podcasts, and the website, and the emails, and the Tweets, and the Facebook posts, and all the other stuff, then don’t forget to buy the books! My book, “The Five-Minute Buddhist” and the sequel, “The Five-Minute Buddhist Meditates” are now available on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, and in paperback. You can get it from any place that sells books, so ask at your local library or independent bookstore if they don’t already have it on the shelf. It’s essentially the “Best of Daily Buddhism.” You can get it in pretty much any format you want. Just go to http://dailybuddhism.com/book/ and follow the links. If you’ve already picked up a copy, please leave a review on whichever site you got the book from. Also, if you enjoy this free podcast, head on over to the iTunes Store and leave a review for the show, I’d. Appreciate your support there.

And now let’s get on with this week’s show!

 

Links to this show’s original articles:

Magic Mushrooms and Psychedelics
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1539

Breaking Up is Hard to Do
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1537

Temple Time
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1533

Buddha: Evil Spirit Repository
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1529

Koan: The Stone Mind
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1573

Podcast Episode 64: Sex, Drugs and Frustration

Podcast Episode 64:

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-Four recorded March 7th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am the your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com.

Announcements:

If you aren’t signed up for the email newsletter, just go to www.dailybuddhism.com and fix that oversight right now. It’s free and easier than ever to sign up.

If you enjoy the podcasts, and the website, don’t forget to buy the books! My book, “The Five-Minute Buddhist” and the sequel “The Five-Minute Buddhist Meditates” are now available on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, and as a paperback. You can get it from any place that sells books, so ask at your local library or independent bookstore if they don’t already have it on the shelf. It’s essentially the “Best of Daily Buddhism.” You can get it in pretty much any format you want. Just go to http://dailybuddhism.com/book/ and follow the links. If you’ve already picked up a copy, please leave a review on whichever site you got the book from. Also, if you enjoy this free podcast, head on over to the iTunes Store and leave a review for the show, I’d appreciate your support there.

Links to this show’s original articles:

12 Steps, Higher Powers, and Buddhism
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1416

Genetic Enhancements, Abortion, and Buddhist Ethics
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1563

Frustration, Anger, and Buddha
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1561

Guest Post: What Does Meditation Do?
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1557

Schizophrenia and Buddhism
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1554

Koan: Midnight Excursion
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/1547

 

 

Andy Puddicombe: All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

Today, just a quick video.