The Reluctant Buddhist

This book is about Buddhism, and the pursuit of happiness.

The Reluctant Buddhist

This book is about Buddhism, and the pursuit of happiness. The author takes us on an intensely personal journey into the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, which has now been embraced by many millions of people around the world. It is not in any way about a remote, abstract, inaccessible, philosophy. It is about Buddhism in daily life; about learning in a wholly practical way, how to build a better and happier life for yourself, and for those whom your life touches, no matter what the circumstances. You don't have to conform to a specific lifestyle. You don't have to be especially knowledgeable or dedicated or indeed religious in any way. Nichiren Buddhism teaches the extraordinary truth that happiness is not a matter of chance or accident, but essentially, a matter of choice, and that we can all learn how to make that choice.

The Reluctant Buddhist

When she sees an article about a local author's book reading, she decides to attend. Something eerie and inexplicable happens there which changes the direction of her life. Raven Rules is the story of this two-year journey in her life.

The Reluctant Buddhist

Mattea is a 42 year-old writing teacher who has just finished her first novel. When she sees an article about a local author's book reading, she decides to attend. Something eerie and inexplicable happens there which changes the direction of her life. Raven Rules is the story of this two-year journey in her life.

Architects of Buddhist Leisure

... but this blending of leisure and Buddhism is not new or particularly strange in the region.8 Kenzo Tange: The Reluctant Buddhist Architect The Suối Tiên monument to the Vietnamese people is an amusement park, Buddhist temple, zoo, ...

Architects of Buddhist Leisure

Buddhism, often described as an austere religion that condemns desire, promotes denial, and idealizes the contemplative life, actually has a thriving leisure culture in Asia. Creative religious improvisations designed by Buddhists have been produced both within and outside of monasteries across the region—in Nepal, Japan, Korea, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Justin McDaniel looks at the growth of Asia’s culture of Buddhist leisure—what he calls “socially disengaged Buddhism”—through a study of architects responsible for monuments, museums, amusement parks, and other sites. In conversation with noted theorists of material and visual culture and anthropologists of art, McDaniel argues that such sites highlight the importance of public, leisure, and spectacle culture from a Buddhist perspective and illustrate how “secular” and “religious,” “public” and “private,” are in many ways false binaries. Moreover, places like Lek Wiriyaphan’s Sanctuary of Truth in Thailand, Suối Tiên Amusement Park in Saigon, and Shi Fa Zhao’s multilevel museum/ritual space/tea house in Singapore reflect a growing Buddhist ecumenism built through repetitive affective encounters instead of didactic sermons and sectarian developments. They present different Buddhist traditions, images, and aesthetic expressions as united but not uniform, collected but not concise: Together they form a gathering, not a movement. Despite the ingenuity of lay and ordained visionaries like Wiriyaphan and Zhao and their colleagues Kenzo Tange, Chan-soo Park, Tadao Ando, and others discussed in this book, creators of Buddhist leisure sites often face problems along the way. Parks and museums are complex adaptive systems that are changed and influenced by budgets, available materials, local and global economic conditions, and visitors. Architects must often compromise and settle at local optima, and no matter what they intend, their buildings will develop lives of their own. Provocative and theoretically innovative, Architects of Buddhist Leisure asks readers to question the very category of “religious” architecture. It challenges current methodological approaches in religious studies and speaks to a broad audience interested in modern art, architecture, religion, anthropology, and material culture. An electronic version of this book is freely available thanks to the support of libraries working with Knowledge Unlatched, a collaborative initiative designed to make high-quality books open access for the public good. The open-access version of this book is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), which means that the work may be freely downloaded and shared for non-commercial purposes, provided credit is given to the author. Derivative works and commercial uses require permission from the publisher.

The Reluctant Heretic

is a principle in Buddhism called the middle path which means not going to extremes (not overeating or starving yourself). Buddha was represented as overweight out of admiration and respect. He was represented that way to show richness ...

The Reluctant Heretic

The Reluctant Heretic is a work of nonfiction. It is not theoretical or speculative. I do express opinions and evaluations based on my own research, study, and experience. In those cases you should consider them opinions I believe to be factual. I have taken very little poetic license whilst writing this book. The Reluctant Heretic is a distillation of the wisdom and knowledge I’ve gained over a lifetime. It is applied spiritual philosophy. It is what I use in my everyday life to be happier, more successful, and improve my relationship with others. I believe you’ll find the information in this book interesting and helpful. Life is a Journey, not a destination. Enjoy the ride. Love, Lucifer

The Heavenly Backflip

Interspersed with these are taut chapters of prose informed by his own first-hand experience of Awakening. This is the Perennial Philosophy brought fully to life within the confines of a prison environment.

The Heavenly Backflip

J.C. Amberchele is a remarkably eloquent writer; the sixty-one succinct chapters of The Heavenly Backflip draw on conversations with fellow inmates and Buddhist group members and cover topics such as the nature of enlightenment, the Headless Way, the direct and the progressive path and the various concepts of Buddhism. Interspersed with these are taut chapters of prose informed by his own first-hand experience of Awakening. This is the Perennial Philosophy brought fully to life within the confines of a prison environment. This third book by Amberchele is made up of short chapters of alternating prose and dialogues with fellow prison inmates. A voracious reader and long-time Buddhist practitioner, his search found its conclusion in The Headless Way approach devised by Douglas Harding. As well as being an exposition of the Perennial Philosophy, Amberchele answers, via the dialogues, questions which come up along the path leading the reader towards a very practical seeing of one’s Original Face. Altogether, a concise, profound and exuberant text on the nature of identity.

The Reluctant Prophets

The Buddhists say no. Yet humans can develop the ... The idea that the universe is a nothingness and that it has the flavor of a dream is similar to Buddhist thought. ... 31 All conscious 170 The Reluctant Prophet: Has Science Found ...

The Reluctant Prophets


The Reluctant Jew

So too do Indians who are Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, and Muslim, or even Christian. Although Hindus make up 80.5 percent of India's nearly 1.1 billion people, there are more than 25 million Christians, 21 million Sikhs, 6 million Buddhists, ...

The Reluctant Jew

Even if you are agnostic or hard-core atheist there is a dazzling, thought-expanding, bright side to religion you may have overlooked. Living a spiritual life in the tradition of the Jewish faith, does not mean mindless adherence to outdated dogma. Judaism, instead, can be a source of exhilarating wonder, an inspiration to justice, and an impetus to ever increasing knowledge. Nowadays, even many who profess to be the most pious among us realize that when asked, What is God?, they must answer logically, even scientifically, to be persuasive. Theyre aware that any religion, to be convincing, other than to die-hard adherents, can not be at odds with reason and blindly insist only it speaks the truth. The field, therefore, is wide open. Each of us can attempt to journey towards a concept of God that makes sense, celebrates the discoveries of science, and will, hopefully, imbue the traveler with wonderment at the astonishing beauty in the world that too often lays hidden from us. Join Michael Grossman in his journey to the heart of Judaism, which places much more emphasis on "what people do" than on "what they believe," and in the process, an understanding of all the worlds great faiths.

The Reluctant Tuscan

He proceeded to share his bitter disappointment over a son who had turned away from the One True Church to become a Buddhist. The fact that Rudolfo was thirtyfour years old, lived at home, and had no job or education didn't seem to ...

The Reluctant Tuscan

After years of working on a string of sitcoms, Phil Doran found himself on the outside looking in. Just as he and his peers had replaced the older guys when he was coming up the ranks, it was now happening to him. And it was freaking him out. He came home every night angry, burned- out, and exhausted. After twenty-five years of losing her husband to Hollywood, Doran’s wife decided it was finally time for a change—so on one of her many solo trips to Italy she surprised her husband by purchasing a broken-down 300-year-old farmhouse for them to restore. The Reluctant Tuscan is about the author’s transition from being a successful but overworked writer-producer in Hollywood to rediscovering himself and his wife while in Italy, and finding happiness in the last place he expected. In the witty tone that made him a success as a writer in Hollywood, The Reluctant Tuscan captivates those who simply love a good travel narrative as well as anyone who loves the quirky humor of Bill Bryson, Dave Barry, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Essential Buddhism A Comprehensive Guide to Belief and Practice

He took her case to the reluctant Buddha. ''Blessed One,'' he urged, ''the appearance of Buddhas in the world is rare; instruction in the true Dharma is hard to attain. But now you have appeared. . . . It would be good if the Blessed ...

Essential Buddhism  A Comprehensive Guide to Belief and Practice

An engaging, clear-sighted book that covers all aspects of this rich, peaceful, and insightful tradition. • A brief survey of the impact of Buddhism around the world today • Numerous stories and examples illuminate Buddhism's history and practice • A glossary • A bibliography for those interested in learning more

The Almighty Mackerel and His Holy Bootstraps

And perhaps not. But if it is seen just once.... This book is an offering by the Absolute; an expression of a realization ultimately had by no one. Part I is comprised of 15 essays.

The Almighty Mackerel and His Holy Bootstraps

Perhaps if something is said over and over a hundred different ways, it will finally sink in. And perhaps not. But if it is seen just once.... This book is an offering by the Absolute; an expression of a realization ultimately had by no one. Part I is comprised of 15 essays. The dialogues in Part II are based on conversations with five other incarcerated men over a period of four years. The author is indebted to these men, and to the English philosopher and spiritual teacher Douglas E. Harding for the awareness exercises and many of the terms presented in this book, and for his unique and incomparable expression of non-dual wisdom.

The Reluctant Messenger of Science and Religion

After Buddha died, Buddhism spread from India to China. When the Chinese taught Buddhism to the converts in Japan, they used Taoist words, thoughts, expressions, and ways of communicating to teach the essence of Buddha's teachings.

The Reluctant Messenger of Science and Religion

Science teaches evolution. Genesis describes creation. Christianity, Judaism, and Sufism teach resurrection. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism teach reincarnation. The Reluctant Messenger of Science and Religion resolves these paradoxes. Chester and Lydia meet in a debate. One wins. One loses. Neither are ever the same. Lydia discovers a secret from her past that destroyed her family. She tries to ignore it, but her nightmares won't let her. Chester's greed for gold and revenge lead him to ancient knowledge which the powers of darkness fight to suppress. When the information last came to light, thousands died. Somehow, Chester must safely reveal it to the world. "This is the most inspirational story I have ever read! Honest!" Clint Hoadley re: www.reluctant-messenger.com

Handbook of Research on Transformative Online Education and Liberation Models for Social Equality

The reluctant Buddhist: A personal look at Buddhism in the modern world. Surrey, England: Grosvenor House Publishing, Ltd. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS Acculturation: The conscious and voluntary development of non-native cultural ...

Handbook of Research on Transformative Online Education and Liberation  Models for Social Equality

"This book focuses on the societal, social, political, economic and philosophical perspectives of transformative models and how digital learning communities foster critical reflections and perspective change, building a better understanding on how online educators/designers/tutors/learners can talk about injustice and inequality to a virtual group"--Provided by publisher.

Listening Between the Lines

Alans view is that both the dark and the light illuminate all that life is and can be. This is poetry that speaks to and embraces our humanity. You will find and see yourself reflected in what is written.

Listening Between the Lines

Alan's poetry has been described as a pendulum that swings from expressions of love and beauty and humor to dark cynicism about where humanity seems to be headed. Alans view is that both the dark and the light illuminate all that life is and can be. This is poetry that speaks to and embraces our humanity. You will find and see yourself reflected in what is written.

Birth in Buddhism

“Suffering is birth” in the Garbha-vakra-nti-su-tra The early Buddhist conceptualization of human suffering in terms of ... There, the Buddha instructs the reluctant monk Nanda and 500 other monks in the teaching called Descent of the ...

Birth in Buddhism

Recent decades have seen a groundswell in the Buddhist world, a transnational agitation for better opportunities for Buddhist women. Many of the main players in the transnational nuns movement self-identify as feminists but other participants in this movement may not know or use the language of feminism. In fact, many ordained Buddhist women say they seek higher ordination so that they might be better Buddhist practitioners, not for the sake of gender equality. Eschewing the backward projection of secular liberal feminist categories, this book describes the basic features of the Buddhist discourse of the female body, held more or less in common across sectarian lines, and still pertinent to ordained Buddhist women today. The textual focus of the study is an early-first-millennium Sanskrit Buddhist work, "Descent into the Womb scripture" or Garbhāvakrānti-sūtra. Drawing out the implications of this text, the author offers innovative arguments about the significance of childbirth and fertility in Buddhism, namely that birth is a master metaphor in Indian Buddhism; that Buddhist gender constructions are centrally shaped by Buddhist birth discourse; and that, by undermining the religious importance of female fertility, the Buddhist construction of an inauspicious, chronically impure, and disgusting femininity constituted a portal to a new, liberated, feminine life for Buddhist monastic women. Thus, this study of the Buddhist discourse of birth is also a genealogy of gender in middle period Indian Buddhism. Offering a new critical perspective on the issues of gender, bodies and suffering, this book will be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience, including researchers in the field of Buddhism, South Asian history and religion, gender and religion, theory and method in the study of religion, and Buddhist medicine.

The Apocalypse of the Reluctant Gnostics

Here can be found a correspondence with the teachings of Buddhism. Along with ignorance, attachment and aversion form the three poisons in Buddhism. Like his Buddhist counterparts, Jung exhorts us to walk the middle path between the ...

The Apocalypse of the Reluctant Gnostics

This book presents a comparison of the Gnostic worldviews of Carl G. Jung and science-fiction author, Philip K. Dick, two figures who have done far more than most to revive an interest in the Gnostic tradition in the modern world. Despite profoundly different approaches - one was a depth psychologist whose unique insights and approach to psychology forced him to explore the depths of the unconscious in a way that inevitably led him to touch frequently on metaphysical or spiritual matters; the other was an author of science-fiction - there are some striking parallels between their unique Gnostic visions. With the relatively recent publication of both Jung's and Dick's personal journals - The Red Book (2009), and, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011), respectively - in which they articulate their Gnostic visions, it seems timely to make this comparison.

Buddhism

A Practical Introduction for Beginners to Tibetan Zen Buddhist Mantra and A Guide to Theravada Meditation Adam Brown ... request to the reluctant Gautama, the historical Buddha, that Women should be included in the monastic Order.

Buddhism

"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again." - Buddha Milliоnѕ of реорlе fоllоw Buddhiѕt ѕtudiеѕ but thеrе аrе ѕtill mаnу реорlе in thе Western сulturе thаt are unfаmiliаr with Buddhiѕm. It iѕ a rеligiоn thаt dates bасk thоuѕаndѕ оf уеаrѕ аnd hаѕ helped mаnу people overcome their ѕuffеring and has taught соuntlеѕѕ others hоw tо hеlр еnd thе suffering of their fellow mаn. This religion саn seem diffiсult to undеrѕtаnd whеn уоu firѕt bеgin but if уоu tаkе thе timе tо learn the basic tеnаntѕ, thеn уоu саn find your own hаррinеѕѕ аnd ѕеnѕе оf ѕеlf-fulfillmеnt thаt many miѕѕ in lifе. This book will be the start of your journey!

Early Buddhist Narrative Art

At the very bottom of the composition are mountain-like forms; the reluctant Nanda is on the left being persuaded to join the order. In the foreground are two couples reflecting the happy conjugal life Nanda was so reluctant to reject, ...

Early Buddhist Narrative Art

Early Buddhist Narrative Art is a pictorial journey through the transmission of the narrative cycle based on the life of the historical Buddha. Karetzky, while demonstrating the various evolutions that the image of the Buddha underwent, maintains that there is an underlying homogeneity of the tradition in the cultures of India, Central Asia, China and Japan. The author, while focusing on the visual representation of the Buddhist narrative, goes into some detail regarding the importance of scriptures in each society, and how the written tradition informed the pictorial. Over seventy photos fill this book, which will be of interest to scholars of art history, Eastern religion and Buddhism in particular.

The Buddha in Me The Buddha in You

Go deeper than your subconscious mind When I first met this practice, I was, to quote the title of a book by my fellow SGI member William Woollard (of Top Gear fame), a rather 'Reluctant Buddhist'. Indeed, I began chanting partly to ...

The Buddha in Me  The Buddha in You

Do you want to be happier? Find inner calm? Enjoy a rich and rewarding life? Here's how... The Buddha in Me, the Buddha in You combines the tried-and-tested wisdom of Nichiren Buddhism with the best of popular psychology and personal development, making this a brilliant guide to how life works, and how to get the most from it. Nichiren Buddhism differs from other Buddhist schools in its focus on the here-and-now, and places great importance on individual growth as the starting point for a better world. This, combined with powerful techniques such as NLP, mindfulness, journalling and coaching, makes The Buddha in Me, the Buddha in You the quintessential handbook for happiness. 'Buddha' simply means someone who is awakened - yet while Nichiren Buddhists will find fascinating insights into their practice, there is no need to follow a spiritual path to benefit from this book. Through his experience as an internationally acclaimed life coach and practising Buddhist, author David Hare shows us how to wake up to our own potential and that of those around us – to discover everyday enlightenment.

Buddhist Voices in School

This book will be of great value to educators, academics and all those who have interest in Buddhism and who care about how children are educated.

Buddhist Voices in School

TCSE-Smith, blurb (final 9 August 2013) There are 400 million Buddhists in the world. Buddhists in Australia make up 3% of the population. So why have Buddhists had so little to say about educating youth? And, can Buddhism survive in Australia without educating youth? Sue Smith in Buddhist Voices in School answers why Buddhists are reluctant to ‘go public’ on education, and how Buddhism has much to offer the critical area of enhancing the wellbeing of young people. Here she distinguishes spiritual education from religion. Using case studies of Buddhist classes in primary schools Smith shows how a community adapted Buddha-Dharma to fit with contemporary education. The book describes how Social and Emotional Learning, inquiry and experiential approaches to education fit well with the intentions of Buddhism. In these classes students learned to meditate and explored ethics through a lively selection of Jataka tales. Voices from a Buddhist community, state school teachers, parents and also students inform the narrative of this book. It is the students themselves that reveal over time how they have developed calm, focus, kindness, resilience and better ability to make choices through their participation. The author concludes that the principles and techniques used in this program make potent contributions to current pedagogy. This book will be of great value to educators, academics and all those who have interest in Buddhism and who care about how children are educated.

South Asian Buddhism

At this point, the monk Ānanda intervened on behalf of the women and asked the still reluctant Buddha whether women were capable of attaining the higher fruits of practicing the Buddhist path. The Buddha acknowledged that women can ...

South Asian Buddhism

South Asian Buddhism presents a comprehensive historical survey of the full range of Buddhist traditions throughout South Asia from the beginnings of the religion up to the present. Starting with narratives on the Buddha’s life and foundational teachings from ancient India, the book proceeds to discuss the rise of Buddhist monastic organizations and texts among the early Mainstream Buddhist schools. It considers the origins and development of Mahayana Buddhism in South Asia, surveys the development of Buddhist Tantra in South Asia and outlines developments in Buddhism as found in Sri Lanka and Nepal following the decline of the religion in India. Berkwitz also importantly considers the effects of colonialism and modernity on the revivals of Buddhism across South Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. South Asian Buddhism offers a broad, yet detailed perspective on the history, culture, and thought of the various Buddhist traditions that developed in South Asia. Incorporating findings from the latest research on Buddhist texts and culture, this work provides a critical, historically based survey of South Asian Buddhism that will be useful for students, scholars, and general readers.