Episode 130 :: Izzi Tooinsky :: Stories From A Wooden Bowl

Izzi Tooinsky

Professional storyteller and juggler Izzi Tooinsky speaks with us about a new Buddhist themed CD, Stories from a Wooden Bowl.

We’ve had some very cerebral discussions on the podcast lately, so I thought it would be a good time for us to get more in touch with another aspect of being human: art. Specifically, the art of storytelling, and in a Buddhist context. So much of our understanding, of our culture, is derived from our stories, the narratives of our lives. And in this age of digital technological advances, we’re connecting less and less with the experience of immersion in the story, and how wonderful that can be. Fortunately, there are still people dedicated to keeping this art form alive, who share their talent and passion for communicating the narratives of living.

Award winning juggler and storyteller Izzi Tooinsky got his B.A. in International Relations from United States International University in San Diego, California. He has written two books, The Turkey Prince and Juggling Without Struggling. Izzi performs at storytelling and other festivals all over the world, has been on television’s Good Morning America and Good Morning Australia, and is a motivational speaker presenting his message of “Standing in between a Miracle and a Mess” to corporate groups, festivals, and schools.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Old Time Lemonade.

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“Secular Buddhism values the stories of Buddhist traditions as metaphorical expressions of meaningful and practical lessons.” — Secular Buddhist Association, Guiding Principles

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez


The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. The track used in this episode is “For Two Shakuhachi” from his CD, Traditional and Modern Pieces: Shakuhachi.