Publication Date: SEPTEMBER 2007
CONTACT: Rose Carrano (NYC)
Ph: 646-638-2181

The Buddha Next Door
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories

Buddhism Day By DayOn the heels of the successful publication of The Buddha In Your Mirror: Practical Wisdom and the Search for Self – 80,000 copies sold in all editions – Middleway Press will be publishing a The Buddha Next Door: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories in September.

The Buddha in Your Mirror touched a cord with readers who were curious to know more about the precepts and tenets of Nichiren Buddhism – a philosophy and practice that guarantees practitioners the means to change the poison of suffering into the medicine of profound happiness – that has been embraced by more than 12 million members in 190 countries and territories worldwide.

As lay believers, members strive in their everyday lives to develop the ability to live with confidence, to create value in any circumstances and to contribute to the well being of friends, family and community. In The Buddha Next Door, at once a follow-up to the previous volume and a freestanding work of its own, members of varying ages and backgrounds share their personal stories of using their practice of Nichiren Buddhism to confront and overcome the problems many of us face in our daily lives.

These stories celebrate the ability of ordinary people to win over financial hardship, health problems, relationship issues, career challenges and the inherent struggles that accompany aging and death.

As co-authors Zan Gaudioso and Greg Martin write in the preface: “Never before in the history of the West have so many people turned to the timeless wisdom of Buddhism for answers to the great questions of life as well as to master the problems of daily existence. What treasures will you find in the pages that follow? You’ll read one story after another of challenge, setback, disaster and discouragement met head-on with the compassion, wisdom and courage generated from within by Nichiren Buddhist practice. Story after story of victory over adversity and happiness sculpted from the clay of misery. Join us for a journey into the lives of ordinary people sharing extraordinary stories.”

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