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The Lotus Sutra has been regarded for centuries as one of the most important teachings in Mahayana Buddhism. This book goes beyond theory to show how to bring these teachings into practice in daily life. Containing profound truths for all people from every culture, it reveals the secret for attaining happiness for both oneself and others through the process of self-reforma ...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published by World Tribune Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jennifer
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. I have been practicing Nichiren Buddhism for over a year now and learned an immense amount from this reading. I would recommend this to other Nichiren Buddhism practitioners because the things I learned in this book, are things not known by many. While everyone is different, to me chanting is just part of the picture. I want to truly understand the backbone behind the religion I follow. This book helped me to do that.
Christie
This has helped me to understand the Lotus Sutra better, as, Daisaku Ikeda has written about the "Expedient Means" and "Life Span" chapters, translated them and explained what they each mean and how they affect those off us who adhere to the Buddha's last sutra, which was the Lotus Sutra.
Shyra Jones
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4I absolutely love this lecture on gongyo.

I woul suggest that anyone that wishes to add to their knowledge of Nichiren Buddhism read this volume. Life changing experience!
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I read this to understand what I was chanting, but of course, I walked away with much more than that. Gets repetitive at times, yet only as these chapters within the Lotus Sutra do themselves. Even so, the insight is relentless
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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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