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Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth & Death: . . . And Everything in Between, A Buddhist View Life

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Provides insights into the doctrines of Nichiren Buddhism, covering all aspects of life, including birth, aging, and death.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Middleway Press (first published March 17th 1988)
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Nov 09, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
This book has dramatically changed my attitude towards death, and therefore my approach to life. Initially I was somewhat overwhelmed by the title, but I would urge everyone to read this book - it's not as difficult as you might think. Daisaku Ikeda's deep understanding of Nichiren's teachings and his great knowledge of the Lotus Sutra is at points spellbinding, but his eloquence and skill with language truly makes some of the most initially challenging concepts very comprehendible. Daisaku Iked ...more
May 12, 2013 Devika rated it it was amazing
As a follower of Nichiren's Buddhism, I've come across the basic concepts numerous times but never have I understood their significance as I did after reading this book. "Three thousand realms in a single moment of life"- it's a beautiful and scientific idea. I love how, rather than just praising the Lotus Sutra, Dr. Ikeda substantiates his arguments with actual proof from scientific researches undertaken across the world. Anyone who practices must read this book! For others who don't, it's an i ...more
Mandi McDougall
Mar 12, 2016 Mandi McDougall rated it it was amazing
This book offers profound explanations of many aspects of Buddhism. I developed a deeper understanding of both the ninth consciousness and of death.
Dec 08, 2008 Monica rated it really liked it
It's rewarding/challenging to study a different world view from the one in which you were raised. The intro says it all and I recommend it highly but in chapter three I'm having difficulty buying past lives and some aspects of karma, however the better part of this book is so positive and full of common sense; I'm really enjoying it, especially when Ikeda brings in examples from western culture.

7/2 Our SGI group is reading/discussing this together. We share our experiences and I have to say I'v
Jun 01, 2013 Tarun rated it it was amazing
"There is no separate "you" to get something out of the universe...As the
ocean "waves" so the universe "peoples"...What we therefore see as "death",
empty space or nothingness is only the trough between the crests of this
endless waving ocean of life" -- Alan Watts (British Philosopher)

What better way to explain this expanse portrait of life or in other words
the mystic law of the Buddha than the way it is explained in this book.

This book gives an insight into the broader perspective of life and
Feb 05, 2016 Shivangi rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! I am a follower of Buddhism and this booked helped me a lot in understanding the Buddhist fundamentals from core. I haven't finished reading all of it but so far have loved the 9 level of consciousness explained so beautifully! There's a lot more in the book. Definitely an interesting read!.
Nov 20, 2011 Joseph rated it really liked it
this is a great book that explained a lot of the inner workings of the sokka gakkai international brand of buddhism. i have been an admirer of ikeda's work and found this piece to be of similar quality. the only complaint that i have is that i feel like although i understood it, i still need to read it again to fully understand the intricate layers of the religion's interpretation of birth, aging, sickness, and death. after reading this book, i feel more comfortable with death and its role in th ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Lora rated it it was amazing
Great book! I recommend it as "good reads". It is a book full of insight and it changed my views on life and death. Dr. Ikeda is inspiring, encouraging and educating and uplifting. He certainly dedicated a great deal of time in researching facts when writing this book.
Feb 06, 2015 Steve rated it liked it
I got this book as a gift from a friend. I was happy to read it as I had heard about Nicherin Buddhism before, but I had no idea what it was about. Buddhism is a very diverse religion with some types of Buddhism being entirely distinct religions from others aside from the name.

Nicherin Buddhism is named after the 12tch century Japanese monk who created it. The author of the book is one of the founders of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). SGI is a particular "church" of Nicherin Buddhism that was
Jennifer Groninga
Jun 01, 2016 Jennifer Groninga rated it it was amazing
I recommend this to anyone interested in Buddhism.
Nov 13, 2013 Yusuf rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Yusuf by: Tom Truman
Shelves: spiritual
Wow! Where to begin. This book was given to me shortly after I received my Gohonzon. A year or so later, I was inspired to engage it and was amazed at the Truth and Wisdom of the offerings. I say Truth because it resonated with me beyond a conscious plane. It resonated with me so that my Spirit recognized it as I read and exuded Familiarity in my body. The book offers a very unique perspective on the notions of life, death, and karma. This was my first book read by Daisaku Ikeda and I'm looking ...more
Karen Cowden
Jun 12, 2014 Karen Cowden rated it really liked it
Daisaku Ikeda has helped change my mind on the challenge of death, and birth. I went through a loss of two family members, last year and garnered some valuable skills through reading this book. Also, it opened my eyes to the joy of birth and I am now considering adoption or in vitro.
Jul 13, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read. I practice Nichiren Buddhism found it to be a great read for deepening my practice. However, you do not need to be Buddhist to absorb this understanding and insight. This book totally frees one of the chains of life and death...highly recommended
Elvira Lagonell
Mar 27, 2016 Elvira Lagonell rated it it was amazing
Precious, I loved every page of this book.
May 14, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
A Buddhist view of life...very informative. It was a bit deep at times, but super interesting. I will have to read it ten more times to dig into this iceberg...deep, deep.
Kylie Martin
Apr 14, 2012 Kylie Martin rated it it was amazing
Very useful book to read, still a bit unsure on past life karma.
its a great book to read if you have just suffered a loss too, can really help soothe your mind
Cynthia Satterfield
Jan 05, 2013 Cynthia Satterfield rated it it was amazing
This is my most inspirational lit to date! This book gives me hope, courage and confidence to live a meaningful life. Insightful and truthful.
Jan 14, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
A great book in layman's terms about Nichiren Buddhism and the SGI (Soka Gokkai International).
Fenixbird SandS
Oct 03, 2007 Fenixbird SandS marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Philosophical
Ravneet Arora
Apr 06, 2011 Ravneet Arora rated it it was amazing
Absolutely outstanding!
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Jun 03, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Incredible work.
Aug 01, 2012 Brooke rated it it was amazing
So enlightening!
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Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, educator, author and poet. He is the third president of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist organization and the founding president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), which is today one of the world's largest and most diverse lay Buddhist organizations, promoting a philosophy of character development and social engagement for peace.

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