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They also point readers toward finding community within Soka Gakkai International, a Nichiren-centered organization with 12 million adherents in nations. The introduction by jazz great Herbie Hancock, a Nichiren practitioner for 29 years, makes one wonder if the rhythmic emphasis of this chant has a special call for musicians, but this path obviously has bold appeal for a broad audience of people who are willing to give chant a chance. View Full Version of PW. Buy this book.


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Apple Books. I strongly recommend. Apr 20, Kiran Chhabria rated it it was amazing. People who know me know that Buddhist chanting is a huge part of my life which has given me some beautiful and transformative experiences and victories. For those who want to know more about the practice, or who just want to know more about the Buddhist point of view of life, relationships and death in a way that makes complete sense, this book is really great. Jul 06, Ben Tipper rated it it was ok.

A nice introduction to Nicheron Buddhism, a subject I knew nothing about. Jan 06, Thakurani rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-books. Explains the philosophy of Buddisht teaching and how it applies to the four key "sufferings" we all undergo as humans. The chapters on sickness and death we very hard to read but extremely illuminating. This is a good book for any seeker. Nov 27, Bish Denham rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. Whether you chant nam-myoho-renge-kyo or om-mani-padme-hum, whether you focus on your breath or focus on an object, ultimately it seems that any form of mindfulness meditation will eventually get you to the same place.

Jan 06, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. Thought provocative, hopeful, and encouraging. There were many times I bumped into uncomfortable truths or places I don't agree with the text, but was well worth the read. Apr 20, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhism. Amazing book! Sep 06, Mike rated it really liked it. I think I'll read more about Nichiren Buddhism. Nov 04, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Easy to understand guide to Nichiren Buddhism. Highly recommend! Jul 22, Natalia rated it it was amazing. This book made me fall in love with Buddhism and kind living!

Learning what's in the book and chanting has honestly had a great impact on how I see things.

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Feb 10, Tara rated it it was ok. A little too simple and basic of an introduction to Nichiren Buddhism for me. Nov 11, Roger Bailey rated it did not like it Shelves: philosophy , nonfiction , religious-supernatural-nonsense , self-help. This book is absurd. It amounts to a marketing brochure for snake oil. The snake oil is a string of nonsense syllables that supposedly, when chanted, will cure any malady emotional or physical including cancer.

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I would suggest that instead of chanting you use the time more wisely by trying to reason out a solution to your problems. However, the proposal that you chant the nonsense syllables is repeated so often throughout the book that it becomes a chant itself. Then there is the question of sup This book is absurd. Then there is the question of supernatural entities. The book claims that Buddhism does not include the belief in a soul, but then says that there is something in all of us called the self that existed before we were born and continues to exist after we die into eternitie.

Well, you can call it a soul or you can call it a self, but if it is described the same way and is purported to behave the same way then it is just another name for the same thing and in this case the same thing is a superstitious concept. At least the authors seem to be a little embarrassed by the belief in reincarnation and describe the popular concept of it as a cartoon caricature of reincarnation. But then they go on to say that one should view death as similar to sleep in that when one is tired at the end of the day one looks forward to sleep and awakening refreshed and renewed the next day.

The point is that after one dies one then awakens in a new incarnation after the rest of death. This is all downplayed, though, in what is apparently a bit of embarrassment at promoting reincarnation. If you are looking for a bit of knowledge about a certain sect of Buddhism then this book might be of some value, but if you are looking for direction or a solution to the problems of life then skip it.

May 23, Steve Woods rated it really liked it Shelves: buddhism , spirituality. This book is not what it claims to be. What is being put here is magical thinking rather than serious Buddhist teaching. While the power of intention is something not to be underestimated and chanting can embody that power the idea that by simply chanting the name of the Lotus Sutra all happiness will be attained and life trivializes a great spiritual tradition by placing it in the same basket as most of the self help bullshit proposing affirmations as a be all and end all, that has been around This book is not what it claims to be.

While the power of intention is something not to be underestimated and chanting can embody that power the idea that by simply chanting the name of the Lotus Sutra all happiness will be attained and life trivializes a great spiritual tradition by placing it in the same basket as most of the self help bullshit proposing affirmations as a be all and end all, that has been around for some time. Any practice followed without an understanding of the wider teachings of the Buddha and practiced in the hope of radical change IS magical thinking.

That kind of transformation takes work and committment and while chanting may have a place along with committed intention or vows, nothing will be changed at depth and a reversion to the self driven ways that trap most of us will be inevitable, the reason why most self help nonsense ends up ultimately being just that nonsense.

That the Lotus Sutra is an important part of the Buddhist canon, it cannot be everything and a rigid,n arrow view such as that put forward in this book does a great disservice to the remainder of what is available to us from this tradition. This is not a book for anyone wishing to explore the wider teachings of the Buddha, there is more nonsense here than substance.

Take a look at some of the works of Joseph Goldstein or Stephn Levine, they will provide a better start. Sep 23, Eckart Muller rated it it was ok. A friend of mine who's practicing buddhism recommended me to read this book, I was very curious about the buddhist philosophy and I wanted to know more. I am still curious, the book is very short and too simplistic. The desire of the author to explain buddhism to a large audience is definitely laudable. The result is not as good as the intentions.

It turns out to be a sort of "buddhism for dummies", it is very practical but at the same time too shallow and the tone of the essay is annoyi A friend of mine who's practicing buddhism recommended me to read this book, I was very curious about the buddhist philosophy and I wanted to know more. It turns out to be a sort of "buddhism for dummies", it is very practical but at the same time too shallow and the tone of the essay is annoyingly similar to a TV commercial.

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A philosophy with many centuries of history, like buddhism, deserves more effort than reading such a superficial pamphlet. The good thing hence the 2 stars is that my curiosity for buddhism is still there and stronger than before. Some concepts, though very poorly explained, sounded very interesting to me and definitely worth a further analysis. Sep 10, Poons Bhardwaj rated it it was amazing. Looking for long at my despair, Empathy took me to Courage, Thereafter! Uplifting my vigour, Kindness whispered soon Buddha would appear!

At every door bell, little inner docile voice went to see On every mobile ring, little elves residing in my ears Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN hardcover : alk paper. ISBN softcover : alk paper. Religious life—Soka Gakkai. Even for a moment.

And while we may be feeling pretty good today, sometimes without warning or explanation, we just end up in a funk. There has to be something more, something deeper. When I think about the many contemporaries and friends in my profession who have come and gone, the legends who have passed from this life too soon, whose musical voices were silenced through losing the battle of illness or drugs, the need for a method to acquire lasting happiness is obvious.

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But I was fortunate in that we always had food on the table. Even more important, I had the support of parents who encouraged me to live my dreams. And they supported those dreams to the best of their ability. Three of them especially stand out. The first was the second piano teacher I ever had—Mrs. Way back before jazz was a part of my consciousness, I was a nine-year-old boy with two years of piano study under my belt.

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This was in Chicago, After hearing me play a bit she said that, yes, it was clear I could read music. But at that very first meeting she asked me if I was familiar with things like touch, nuance, phrasing—even how to breathe when I sat at the keyboard—concepts that were alien to my experience. And she sat down and played a piece by Chopin that was so gorgeous my nine-year-old jaw dropped. Jordan taught me that playing the piano was so much more than just knowing the notes. Watching her play with such warmth, such dignity and such passion, I was able, without realizing it, to pick up the idea that the piano was an instrument for self-expression.

Through her honesty and continual efforts to find the means to explain to a young boy that which might otherwise remain ungraspable, Mrs. Jordan fired my desire to learn. And as a testament to her teaching abilities, in just about a year and a half, I won a major Chicago piano competition and got to play a concerto with the Chicago Symphony at Orchestra Hall. Studying with Mrs. Jordan was the first time I remember seeing a new dimension in something seemingly familiar, and the impact of that has stayed with me all this time.

What I also got from Mrs. Miles Davis was that kind of mentor, too. He was a singular character who was so fully the master of his instrument and his music that he solidly did things the way he felt they ought to be. Miles took a lot of flack for turning his back on audiences in performance.