UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF BIRTH AND DEATH By Daisaku Ikeda | Eternal Ganges Press Pvt. Ltd.With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. This introduction to Nichiren Buddhism explores the philosophical intricacies of life and reveals the wonder inherent in the phases of birth, aging, and death. Core concepts of Nichiren Buddhism, such as the 10 worlds and the nine consciousnesses, illustrate the profundity of human existence. This book provides Buddhists with the tools they need to fully appreciate the connectedness of all beings and to revolutionize their spiritual lives based on this insight. Also explored are how suffering can be transformed to contribute to personal fulfillment and the well-being of others and how modern scientific research accords with ancient Buddhist views.
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Buddhism identifies birth and death, along with aging and sickness, as universal or worldly sufferings. Birth is a suffering because life gives rise to aging, sickness and death. The Lotus Sutra, which Nichiren Buddhism holds as the core of the Mahayana movement, teaches that without the basic human impulses and the problems of life and death there can, in fact, be no enlightenment. Integral to his discussion are references to luminaries such as Goethe and Montaigne on the philosophical qualities of living and dying. The spectrum of these qualities is enlarged by events such as the September 11, tragedies which claimed thousands of lives and affected millions; anecdotal stories of people such as Helen Keller and Leonardo da Vinci; and clinical studies by researchers such as Raymond Moody and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.
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The book begins by outlining the basic experiences of life that cause biological, physiological, and psychological suffering: birth, aging, sickness, and death. Shakyamuni, the first historically recognized Buddha, dedicated himself for many years to the study of various religious practices in order to attain enlightenment and thus gain freedom from these sufferings. While his path was ultimately successful, it was extremely difficult for anyone other than the most committed monks and nuns to achieve. Other approaches were undertaken over the years, to varying degrees of realization, until the arrival of the thirteenth-century Japanese priest Nichiren. The philosophy of Nichiren was based on the final teaching of Shakyamuni, which essentially stated that all living beings are capable of attaining enlightenment through the recognition of the inseparable nature of the relationship between man and his environment.