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Title:
Waking the Buddha : how the most dynamic and empowering Buddhist movement in history is changing our concept of religion
Author:
Strand, Clark, 1957- , author.
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Middleway Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
184 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Is there more to Buddhism than sitting in silent meditation? Is modern Buddhism relevant to the problems of daily life? Does it empower individuals to transform their lives? Or has Buddhism become too detached, so still and quiet that the Buddha has fallen asleep? Waking the Buddha tells the story of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest, most dynamic Buddhist movement in the world today--and the one that has done more than any other to wake up and shake up Buddhism so it can once again work in ordinary people's lives. Drawing on his long personal experience as a Buddhist teacher, journalist and editor, Clark Strand offers broad insight into how and why the Soka Gakkai, with its commitment to social justice and its egalitarian approach, has become a role model, not only for other schools of Buddhism, but for other religions as well. Readers will be inspired by the struggles and triumphs of the Soka Gakkai's three founding presidents--individuals who staked their lives on the teachings of the Lotus Sutra...and on the extraordinary power of those teachings to help people become happy. These three men dared to revolutionize Buddhism by restoring it to its true purpose: to help people transform their lives and the world they live in. The result is a uniquely relevant form of Buddhism--one that "just makes sense" to the modern mind and is ready to meet the challenges of a global age. Waking the Buddha will appeal to anyone who wants something more out of Buddhism--or any religion-- as it explores the foundations of the Soka Gakkai's practical spiritual path in which people take the principles of Buddhism and put them to work in everyday life"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780977924561
Format :
Book

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Is there more to Buddhism than sitting in silent meditation? Is modern Buddhism relevant to the problems of daily life? Does it empower individuals to transform their lives? Or has Buddhism become too detached, so still and quiet that the Buddha has fallen asleep? Waking the Buddha tells the story of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest, most dynamic Buddhist movement in the world today--and one that is waking up and shaking up Buddhism so it can truly work in ordinary people's lives. Drawing on his long personal experience as a Buddhist teacher, journalist, and editor, Clark Strand offers broad insight into how and why the Soka Gakkai, with its commitment to social justice and its egalitarian approach, has become a role model, not only for other schools of Buddhism, but for other religions as well. Readers will be inspired by the struggles and triumphs of the Soka Gakkai's three founding presidents--individuals who staked their lives on the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and the extraordinary power of those teachings to help people become happy.


Author Notes

Clark Strand is a spiritual writer and former Zen Buddhist monk who serves as contributing editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.


Table of Contents

the spark: an idea ahead of its time
a change in the life of one individualp. 3
the flame of reformp. 9
a thing of lasting beautyp. 17
the foundation: the creation of the soka gakkai
just one verse of the lotus sutrap. 29
understanding our common humanityp. 37
the power of ideasp. 43
opening a way toward the futurep. 55
personal transformation through group discussionp. 63
the development: the discovery of modem buddhism
religion serving life, not life religionp. 69
glimmers of a global movementp. 81
a global spiritual shiftp. 87
passing the flame of reformp. 95
the completion: the spread of religious humanism
waking the buddhap. 105
the culture of mentorshipp. 115
the oneness of mentor and disciplep. 125
spiritual independencep. 131
even to the fiftieth personp. 139
the ultimate declarationp. 147
the future: a religion for the twenty-first century
the foundation for a happy lifep. 157
boomers, buddhism, and beyondp. 165
facing the challenge aheadp. 171
entering the age of lifep. 179