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The Buddha in Your Mirror: Practical Buddhism and the Search for Self [Paperback]

Woody Hochswender , Greg Martin , Ted Morino
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Oct. 1 2001
While the notion that “happiness can found within oneself” has recently become popular, Buddhism has taught for thousands of years that every person is a Buddha, or enlightened being, and has the potential for true and lasting happiness. Through real-life examples, the authors explain how adopting this outlook has positive effects on one’s health, relationships, and career, and gives new insights into world environmental concerns, peace issues, and other major social problems.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most useful self-help book there is. Aug. 17 2001
Format:Hardcover
Nichiren Buddhism is a dynamic yet practical philosophy that has guided millions throughout the world. Through this simple yet powerful practice, we gain the wisdom and fortitude to challenge the obstacles and difficulties that regularly confront us, ultimately changing them into a source of immense benefit and happiness in our daily lives. And, through the results ("actual proof") that we accumulate practicing this great Buddhism, it is only natural to share those experiences and benefits with others in the spirit of helping them achieve the same results in their own lives.
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?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELlENT INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM! Aug. 7 2001
Format:Hardcover
I have been a follower of Buddhist Philosophies for many, many years. When I was first introduced to Buddhism in the late 1960's, I found Buddhism to be a very in-depth, complex experience. Today, that has been simplified by authors such as this one who have taken the concepts of Ancient Buddhism and adapted them to the Western World.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nuts and Bolts of Buddhism July 5 2001
By Amyred
Format:Hardcover
If the very idea of reading about or practicing Buddhism confounds you--and let's face it, it can be--this book will explain it in clear terms. It's almost mechanical, but that's the idea--to explain this Buddhism to the Western World (especially Americans!), are accustomed to reading things like technical manuals and reading newspapers online. It's just the way we are "hard-wired," and it's written BY Americans FOR Americans, or anyone else who would like to read it. Less theory, more substance, and more of what you check out Buddhism for. It's an easy read, too--about 210 pages, double spaced, big margins. ...
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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Format:Hardcover
What a treat! Herbie Hancock's melodious foreword opens the heart of the reader for a delightfully written, brilliantly executed introduction to Nichiren Daishonin's amazing yet practical Buddhism. The authors deliver a light, affirmative exposition of one of the world's fastest growing and most dynamic "spiritual technologies" that strengthens the human soul, empowering anyone willing to put it to use with a richer more powerful life-force to face the challenges of contemporary society. Quick paced and refreshingly to the point, this is a joyful read that strips away the cloak of religious authority, rendering highly complex and profound spiritual concepts in simple to understand contexts that make them applicable to our daily lives. The clarity and flow of the text is actual proof that the three voices of Hochswender, Martin and Morino harmoniously demonstrate the power of the simple Buddhist practice they so eloquently advocate. This book is a compelling and hopeful guide that informs the reader that enlightenment is not an unreachable golden ring but instead, a very real and useful state of being available to each of us willing to put it to the test in the ever changing perfect mirror of the eternal here and now!
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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 more
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Published on Aug. 22 2003 by Issa Mas
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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 more
Published on July 19 2003 by Raheim Baltazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Especially relevant to these confusing times
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 more
Published on June 8 2003 by Michael Lisagor, author of Romancing the Buddha
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity and eloquence at its best
This is an excellent book for the person that wants a clear explanation of what Buddhism is truly about.
Read it and believe it...
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Published on Jan. 29 2003 by Beth Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to Nichiren Buddhism
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 more
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5.0 out of 5 stars First book for people who are curious abt Nichiren
This is a very good and simple book for those who are interested in Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism. You can also check out sgi-usa.org
Published on Oct. 30 2002 by Expedient Being
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You do not have to change your religion to apply these wonderful principles.
Published on March 27 2002 by Norma
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