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The Buddha Next Door: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories

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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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Deborah J.
Sep 05, 2012 Deborah J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of personal accounts of Lotus Buddhists who tell how their faith changed their lives. Very inspiring! I also bought copies for friends.
Izzie Kikue
Good little testimonials of different people experiencing success by chanting Nam myoho renge kyo. Some are heartwarming, others made me smile.
Lisala
Nov 24, 2008 Lisala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stories of every day Buddhas. Inspiring.
Bassaidai88
Feb 14, 2015 Bassaidai88 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Renee
Aug 16, 2009 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alex Lately
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. :)
Orlando
easy, uplifting reading. it's a collection of essays on how people have overcome adversity in their lives through nichiren buddhist chants.
Andie Nash
Feb 13, 2012 Andie Nash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of inspirational stories of SGI members whose lives have been transformed through the faith, practice and study of Nichiren Buddhism.
Cameo Arias
Aug 26, 2009 Cameo Arias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Book!!!! Very inspiring.
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