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The Buddha Next Door: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories
Through personal experiences, this anthology illuminates how the practice of Nichiren Buddhism has changed people s lives for the better. These first-person narrativesrepresenting people from all across the country of various ages and ethnic backgroundsexamine the challenges of daily life associated with health, relationships, career, and aging, and the ensuing experiences ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Middleway Press
(first published 2007)
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Boring. Ordinary people with boring lives. There are 58 short (4-6 pages) stories that fill this nearly 300 page book. After reading 4 of them, they all fit the same pattern. There is some sort of struggle, followed by despair and then they found Buddhism and everything was rainbows and unicorns. I didn't find anything insightful at all here.
This was passed to me by a Buddhist friend. The stories are very repetitive (bottom line: chanting will bring you whatever you want). I always like hearing about people using a belief system to navigate their lives. I have issue, though, with the idea that we can change the universe- which many of the stories imply. I think that prayer/chanting/meditation help us change ourselves. I didn't finish the book.
Oct 07, 2013 Alex Lately rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Great read! As a eager new buddhist on the path to enlightenment, this book came at a perfect moment in my my life. I was faced with similar challenges to many of the stories that i've read, and i found them very uplifting and motivated me to hold firm in my new found faith. This novel will be my go to book when i need a little inspiration, Nam myoho renge kyo. :)