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    Woody Hochswender(Author),Ted Morino(Author),Greg Martin(Author)

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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.

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. ...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 WeeklyThe perspective of compassion and the interconnectedness of all life infuse this work... -- MTB-NAPRA Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • By Kellinator the Pirate on May 12, 2016

    I LOVE this book! Great introduction to Nichiren Buddhism. The title is actually pretty profound: it refers to how every individual has a Buddha nature: hence "The Buddha In YOUR Mirror." Easy to read and written by an American jazz musician who practices with the SGI-USA (a Buddhist lay organization that works for world peace). P.S. the term "lay" as in "Buddhist lay organization" means that it's an organization by and for the people - it's truly "practical Buddhism. Obviously I'm biased because I'm an SGI member and this book is pretty famous in our community.It's a great read if you're just interested and want to know more about the practice itself, a dip your toes in the water kind of read. ENJOY :-)

  • By Guest on January 25, 2016

    This is an amazing book. It truly changed my life. It is a well-written, easy read and I finished it in about a week, even with a busy schedule. Even if you do not want to practice Buddhism, this book will give you a new perspective on life and give you strategies for getting through some of the more difficult times. My mother is a Christian and still really enjoyed reading this book and commented on how some of it aligns with the core principals of Christianity as well. I have since started practicing Buddhism and have experienced some amazing benefits, both conspicuous and inconspicuous. Definitely give this book a read!

  • By Ramzi Osta on April 20, 2017

    Good read, not great. Helpful yet we have to take responsibility to our own actions, grow a pair of balls, or ovaries, and change our own life. Incantations don't work. The decision to be a better healthier person is a life long path. You have to do it for yourself. Like shea le beouf said "Just do it"

  • By Stephen Gyves on July 8, 2013

    My quests to reduce stress in life, and to find a meaningful spiritual connection with the world ends with Nichiren Buddhism. I truly believe that if we are to evolve as humans, all of us will adopt some form of practice such as those described inthis book. As a devout skeptic, these are the only teachings that resonate with me, as they prove themselvs time and time again throughout all of history. This is the real deal. I now chant 'Nam Myoho Renge Kyo' and meditate regularly. Life is truly wonderful, you just need to look at it all the right way, and this will get you started. I am sure these ideas are saving lives everyday.

  • By Michele O'brien on February 23, 2014

    I bought the kindle version of this book and love the fact that I can read it whenever I want. A friend of mine introduced me to Buddhism and chanting, and after I started I wanted to understand it. This book goes into the history behind Buddhism and why we chant nam myoho renege kyo. It also give you examples of how life situations can be changed by chanting, it actually give real life examples. I have not finished it but now I can't wait to finish. I think the fact that I understand what I am chanting is helping me get more out of it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning something new and improving your life at the same time.

  • By Desi on February 12, 2017

    I have read numerous books on Buddhism, but not Nichiren Buddhism, this is the first. It is well written and in plain English. I seriously look at the world differently now that I have started practicing. If you do nothing else for yourself and your sanity, read this book!!!

  • By Joseph J. Truncale on February 18, 2014

    I have read numerous books in the past on the topics of Asian philosophy like Shintoism, Taoism, Zen and other forms of Buddhism. This fantastic book focuses on Nichiren Buddhism which was created by a Japanese monk named Nichiren. He was born in Japan in 1222 and developed a Buddhist philosophy system in which all people are able to achieve Buddhahood. Unlike many of the other Zen and Buddhism systems, this Nichiren Buddhism believes that achieving "enlightenment" is not restricted to monks but is available to everyone.The primary method is the chant a six syllable NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO which comes from the Lotus Sutra. It is recommended you chant at least five minutes twice a day. This 230 page book is organized into eight chapters. They include the following: (1) The Buddha in your Mirror. (2) The practice. (3) Self- and environment. (4) Happiness. (5) Relationships that work.(6) Buddhism and health. (7) Dealing with death. (8) Putting it all into practice. There is also a bibliography and other suggested organizations and books for further study of Nichiren Buddhism.This book is an excellent volume to learn how to practice Nichiren Buddhism, but there is nothing like having a teacher explain exactly how to chant "Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo." There is also a lot of material on the wide world web about this system of Buddhism, including instructions on how to chant properly. There are numerous support groups in every state that practice Nichiren Buddhism. If you are interested in a Buddhist system which teaches you how to live a full and happy life, you might want to checkout the Nichiren method to enlightenment.Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku).

  • By KailuaFlyer on May 13, 2016

    Excellent primer on Nichiren Buddhism. The book is an easy read covering the basics of modern Nichiren Buddhism as well as how it came to be. If you're looking for detailed suttra references you're likely beyond the point where you'll find this book useful.

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