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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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Oct 02, 2012 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
Mandi McDougall
Mar 12, 2016 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.
Oct 14, 2007 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
May 03, 2013 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
Apr 17, 2012 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
Nov 20, 2011 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
Feb 05, 2016 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!.
Jun 12, 2011 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.
Jennifer Groninga
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this to anyone interested in Buddhism.
Dana Burda
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cartea invatatului japonez Daisaku Ikeda a fost tradusa in limba romana cu titlul " Dezlegand misterele nașterii si ale fenomenelor intermediare" de catre Ilinca si Andrei Vartic si a aparut in acest an, 2016, la editura Adenium in colectia Equilibrium. Este o foarte interesanta punere in tema cu budismul Nichiren care are in momentul de fata milioane de aderenti in lumea intreaga. Recenzia cartii se gaseste pe situl Literatura pe tocuri.
Patricia Coloma
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second time I read this wonderful book. It provides great inside about Nichiren Buddhism. I love the way in which Ikeda expresses complex ideas in a simple way. I want to inscribe all these teachings in my soul. NMRK
Cliona Chee
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A detailed explanation of the reasons of birth and death, then bringing us to understand how these reasons affect our lives. So, doing good is important for the reasons.
Stefanie Horton
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful in depth look at fundamental Buddhist concepts as they relate to human fears of living, dying and everything in between!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book by Ikeda-sensei that provides lots of insights.
A. Czepyha
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my absolute favorite book by Daisaku Ikeda. I have read it several times and reference it often. Everyone should read this once.
Jan 06, 2015 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
Sep 26, 2013 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
Shan Serafin
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Best Buddhist book I've ever read about the inner workings of death. And, of course, in striving to understand even the silhouette of the shadow death, we come to a deeper understanding of life itself. Biologically. Spiritually. Practically. Every detail leading a carpe-diem type attitude. It's not exactly a light read but of all the Buddhist works available, this is by far the one I recommend the most often. For virtually angle of interest. If anything, the first chapter--the intro to the overa ...more
Karen Cowden
Jun 12, 2014 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 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
Cynthia Satterfield
Jan 05, 2013 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.
Kylie Martin
Mar 22, 2012 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
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So enlightening!
Masha Lagonell
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Precious, I loved every page of this book.
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Incredible work.
Jun 13, 2010 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.
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great book in layman's terms about Nichiren Buddhism and the SGI (Soka Gokkai International).
Ravneet Arora
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely outstanding!
Fenixbird SandS
Oct 03, 2007 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Philosophical
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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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