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Podcast Episode 61: Playing Catch-Up

Podcast Episode 61: 

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-One recorded April 21st, 2013. 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


Why yes, this IS the first new podcast in four years! ALL the previous episodes can be found on the iTunes link on the side of the page.

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Please note: I’m getting the podcasts caught up from WAY back. The following posts never made it into the last podcast in 2009. These are topics from that time period. Over the coming weeks, I plan to record podcasts for these “retro-topics” until we get all caught up. All these topics are still on the website, and there is no reason whatsoever why you cannot leave your comments on them at any time. I’d love to hear what you’ve got to say!
And now let’s get on with this week’s show!

Links to this show’s original articles:

Playing Mix & Match with Religion

Koan: Right and Wrong

Depression and Drugs

Mindfulness At Work

Attachment to Buddhism

Sin & Skepticism in Buddhism


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7 comments to Podcast Episode 61: Playing Catch-Up

  • Zed

    Would have been nice for you to have included in this episode at least a brief explanation on where you’ve been the last four years. People become concerned when someone suddenly disappears off the face of the earth.

  • Episode 60, and the associated blog post were on the front page for around three years… They kinda explained things.

    But yes, I did fall off the Earth for a while. Full-time teaching was very draining. I’m still not back as strongly as I’d like to be, but I *AM* still around.

  • Hey Brian, I do audio editing and production for a bunch of podcasts. Would that be something you’d be interested in having help with?

    • Probably not. I know the last two had some audio leveling issues, but I figured that out. It’s more just a matter of finding the time to do the actual recordings.


  • Chelsea

    I used to enjoy listening to your podcasts on the long train ride into the city, back when I was in first year at Uni. I really missed your show when you stopped. I had to find other podcasts for the train ride… but none were as good!

    I never stopped wondering if you might pick it up again…. so I am really glad to see you here with another few episodes!

    Since your show ended back then, I have become quite fond of Ancient Chinese Buddhist poetry – especially Wang Wei. Do you think you will include the topic of the ancient poets one day in one of your shows? I know it is extraordinarily hard to translate ancient Chinese to English, but I still get a lot out the poems, and hopefully one day I will have the time to sit down and learn Chinese.

    Anyhow, nice to see you back 🙂


  • Thank you, I haven’t gone away again, just looking into “different ways” of doing the podcast. More detail coming 🙂

    Ancient Chinese Buddhist Poetry… I don’t know. I can’t say I know too much about it. Do you have any suggestions on good books on the topic?

  • Chelsea

    There are plenty of books on the topic, but what I would recommend doing first is just dip into some of it and be amazed! I have found reading some of this poetry to be almost a meditative practice. It activates that part of us that experiences without reference – pure sensory experience but derived from within rather than without. This of course is just my own experience of this kind of text, but I think that for anyone who is involved with Buddhist practice, as opposed to simply engaging in scholarly appreciation (not that you cannot have both) it’s worth while visiting 🙂