The Buddha in Your Mirror: Practical Buddhism and the Search for Self Paperback – Oct 1 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Tina Turner found the strength to leave an abusive marriage after she began chanting "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo." This phrase, translated as "I devote myself to the mystic law of cause and effect through sound," is at the heart of Nichiren Buddhism, a practice clearly explained in this self-help primer. In 1253, the Japanese monk Nichiren declared Nam-myoho-renge-kyo "to be the one true law, the great `secret' hidden in the depths of the Lotus Sutra." Nichiren's intent was to make attainment of Buddhahood imminently available to all. This manual's authors heartily endorse the chant as completely accessible and effective at achieving desires for self and others. Noting that Nichiren Buddhism is "open equally to everyone... there are no priests or gurus," the authors promote the Nichiren path as fitting neatly within the modern world of science, especially physics, where impermanence is now a given. They also point readers toward finding community within Soka Gakkai International, a Nichiren-centered organization with 12 million adherents in 160 nations. The introduction by jazz great Herbie Hancock, a Nichiren practitioner for 29 years, makes one wonder if the rhythmic emphasis of this chant has a special call for musicians, but this path obviously has bold appeal for a broad audience of people who are willing to give chant a chance.
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...recommended reading for peace activists, students of Buddhism, and those who have...appreciated Ikeda's work for the past three decades. -- Midwest Book Review
...this path obviously has bold appeal for people who are willing to give a chant a chance. -- Publisher's Weekly
The perspective of compassion and the interconnectedness of all life infuse this work... -- MTB-NAPRA Review
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As one who has practiced this great Buddhism for twenty-eight years, it has been my honor to have shared with many people - friends, co-workers, colleagues, family, and acquaintances alike - the results of my "human revolution" achieved through the simple yet immensely powerful practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo (the primary practice of Nichiren Buddhism) and to share my experiences in applying the practice to the challenges of my daily life. As such, I can truly appreciate what Mssrs. Martin, Hochswender, Morino, and Hancock have done here in creating a superb "road map" to this great Buddhism, making even what would seem the most complicated concepts of Nichiren Buddhist philosophy and worldview easy and accessible to everyone. And, in so doing, they have created a self-help book of the highest order.
I highly recommend this book, not just to anyone interested in Buddhism, or self-help, but to everyone. As Herbie Hancock, jazz pianist par excellence and longtime practitioner of this great Buddhism, says in his foreword, "What have you got to lose - except your blues?"
This book, in particular, will help the reader to understand that our search for Buddha and Enlightenment, leads us not in the direction of any external source, but is found within ourselves. Each of us has the power to become Enlightened and discover a happier, more fulfilling, loving and peaceful life. True happiness is not found in others or any outside source, but is found deep within ourselves, but first of all, we must discover who we truly are and our purpose for being. The many concepts presented in this book have the potential to help readers find inner-peace and contentment, and by doing so, also enriching the lives of those around them on a personal and global level. Love and compassion for one's fellow man can, indeed, enrich the world. One other book I highly recommend is "Awakening the Buddha Within" by Lama Surya Das. "Awakening" is my favourite of all books by Lama Surya Das; it is very easily understood and is a thoroughly enjoyable read (made moreso by a slight touch of humour throughout) which explains the basic philosophies of Buddhism. May each reader find peace, happiness and love on the path to Enlightenment.
As I tell new members (as well as a few old ones) "It's all about the practice." That's it. Everyting else is superflous. The practice is everything, and it's explained in this book--how, when, where, what and why, as well as "case studies" of members who changed something with the practice and chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. Millions of people can't be wrong. Again, it's all about the practice, and how to go about it.
So--what are you waiting for?
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Highly recommended book for all of those looking for a true spiritual path to follow. I began reading this and didn't stop until I finished. Life is crazy........ Read morePublished on Dec 26 2004
After reading "Being Peace" (by thich nhat hanh), I realized Buddhism was for me. Being raised catholic all my life, Buddhism was not only a refreshing ideological... Read morePublished on March 16 2004
I was a very lapsed Catholic who was searching for the next step in my spiritual evolution when I read this book. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by Issa Mas
This is a great book. But read for yourself! Buddha In Your Mirror makes absolute sense and prove to be practical because of the way it applies the principles of buddhism in our... Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by Raheim Baltazar
The Buddha in Your Mirror does an outstanding job of explaining why and how each individual can make a difference in these confusing times. Read morePublished on June 8 2003 by Michael Lisagor, author of Romancing the Buddha
This is an excellent book for the person that wants a clear explanation of what Buddhism is truly about.
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This is an excellent introduction to the growing Buddist tradition of Nichiren Buddhism. It covers questions that might be asked by a beginner, and it also goes into deeper areas... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2003
This is a very good and simple book for those who are interested in Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism. You can also check out sgi-usa.orgPublished on Oct. 30 2002 by Expedient Being
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