What is a podcast?
A definition could read as follows:
A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.
This simple idea can (potentially) lead to something that can have a significant impact on others. In the past, I had found podcasts to be a great source of information about NFL football. Still, I felt that this source of entertainment might offer something deeper that could help one on our quest for enlightenment. I recently stumbled upon a new series of podcasts that have a truly beautiful message, which has been of great benefit to me.
Everyday Buddhism is a wonderful podcast series that takes on the daunting goal of applying Buddhist contemplative teachings (which should not be relegated to religious leaps of faith) in a way that is applicable and viable to every person. The host, Wendy Shinyo Haylett, provides an interesting and engaging narrative to her self-proclaimed “tips and tricks,” which are intended to make everyday better.
Wendy seems to be a very down-to-earth person who has some great things to say about subjects that would be of interest and benefit to every sentient being on the planet. Her first 15 episodes are available for download, and I have enjoyed listening to every one. Her humble endevor to create a positive show in very fluid and evolving manner, is very entertaining, interesting, and informative. Her candid proclamations of discovery about her efforts to mold a effective podcast presentation comes across as very real, honest, and refreshing.
The shows have contained presentations on such deep subjects as everyday applications for the factors of the Nobel Eight Fold Path, with a special episode devoted to each one of the eight, and concepts around how to view the self. My favorite episodes are a two-part examination of Zen Koans and their ability to expand the mind with an intentional cul-de-sac of words/thoughts. I did come away with a greater understanding of these stories and sayings that are intended to be something that is not to be understood. I found it’s actually beneficial to come away from a question with an answer of “I just don’t know.”
Check this podcast. I believe it is available on most podcast platforms. I have included a link to the show’s website. Let me know what you think. Do you find it as enjoyable, informative, and actually enlightening as I have??
Everyday Buddhism Podcast