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10 Minutes to Enlightenment
New book shows readers how to chant their way to inner happiness

(Santa Monica, CA) If you could take just 10 minutes out of your day to guarantee greater happiness, you'd take the time, right? What if you could do it, say, while sitting in your cube at work, waiting for a meeting to start or just before bedtime. Surely that's not too much for a little bit more wisdom, health and relaxation. The authors of The Buddha in Your Mirror, a practical how-to guide for achieving enlightenment through Buddhist principles, show you how to get immediate results by chanting for what you want. Keep an open mind and read on.

The path to self-discovery starts with a simple, centuries-old phrase: Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Those who practice Nichiren Buddhism believe it expresses the true aspect of life, and by chanting it, they will find enlightenment. Literally, it means devotion (Nam) to the mystic law (myoho) of the lotus - the simultaneity of cause and effect (renge) through teaching or sound (kyo). Try saying it out loud. Nahm-Mee-Oh-Ho-Ren-Gay-Key-Oh. Say it again. Feel the rhythm? Now concentrate on a problem you want to solve or a goal you want to achieve. Do this for five minutes and see how you feel. Do it again before you go to bed. Don't worry about the meaning - you don't have to wear a saffron robe or read Sanskrit to reap the benefits of Buddhism. Just relax and chant.

This book is not about religion (although Buddhism is one). It is about developing character, a strong inner self that will help you withstand problems and live life more fully. "Buddha" translated literally means "Enlightened One". Everyone can achieve Buddhahood. Think of the Buddha as the best person you can be, the wisest, kindest, healthiest, happiest person you can imagine. Now look in the mirror. Is that person smiling back at you? Authors Woody Hochswender, Greg Martin and Ted Morino explain how the ancient practice of Nichiren Buddhism can teach today's generation how to find that special strength and beauty from within in The Buddha in Your Mirror (Middleway Press, ISBN 0-9674697-1-6, hardcover, $23.95).

The authors are all longtime Buddhist practitioners and members of Soka Gakkai International, the world's largest community of Nichiren Buddhist practitioners. There are more than 300,000 Nichiren Buddhists in the United States and more than 12 million worldwide.

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American Buddhism
New book gives the general public the first practical look at Nichiren Buddhism

(Santa Monica, CA) One of the most popular forms of Buddhism in the United States today is based on the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, a thirteenth century Japanese reformer, who advocated an easily accessible, daily Buddhist practice for the common man. Yet little has been available on the phenomenon in bookstores - until now. Although the group has been described as the fastest growing, most diverse Buddhist community in America today, one would be hard pressed to find a book that explains this ancient and increasingly popular practice in their neighborhood Barnes & Noble. Authors Woody Hochswender, Greg Martin and Ted Morino have written the first practical guide on Nichiren Buddhism for general audiences. The Buddha in Your Mirror (Middleway Press, ISBN 0-9674697-1-6, hardcover, $23.95) offers a deep reflection on relevant issues from the Nichiren Buddhist viewpoint that includes chapters such as happiness, relationships, health, aging and dying.

The book embodies the same principles that Nichiren himself taught - that people can practice Buddhism in an everyday, practical way to help them deal with the realities of their busy daily lives and actively engage with others to ultimately contribute to the betterment of society and the world at large.

"The beliefs outlined in this book," says Martin, "match those of a 'transmodern' world view as outlined by Paul Ray in "The Emerging Culture" (American Demographics, Feb 97). As such we believe there are as many as 44 million adults who are proto-Buddhists—people whose beliefs are already Buddhist to some extent but don't know it yet. I think Nichiren Buddhism as explained in this book will be of great interest to these people."

Martin and his two co-authors maintain that Buddhism is for everyone, regardless of age, education, gender, culture or race. In fact, The Buddha in Your Mirror generally does not refer to Buddhism as a religion, but as a practice since it has no conflict with common sense or current theories on science. The authors are all longtime Buddhist practitioners and members of Soka Gakkai International, the world's largest community of Nichiren Buddhist practitioners. There are more than 300,000 Nichiren Buddhists in the United States and more than 12 million worldwide.

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How Buff is Your Inner Self?
New book helps readers build character,
find inner beauty

(Santa Monica, CA) We go to the gym. We read food labels. We look in the mirror and make resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, start flossing and slow aging. The authors of The Buddha in Your Mirror, a practical how-to guide for building character through Buddhist principles, challenge you to take a peek in a different kind of mirror and start pumping up the muscles of your character.

This book is about developing character, a strong inner self that will help you withstand life's problems and live joyful moments more fully. "Buddha" translated literally means "Enlightened One," one who perceives the true nature of all life. In fact, The Buddha in Your Mirror generally does not refer to Buddhism as a religion (although it is one), but as a practice since it has no conflict with the most advanced theories of modern science. Most new Buddhist practitioners are pleasantly surprised at how easily they can reconcile their daily practice with a variety of religious beliefs, including their personal understanding of God. Think of the Buddha as the best person you can be &mdash the wisest, healthiest, happiest person you can imagine. Now look in the mirror. Is that person staring back at you? Even if you can't see it, your Buddha nature is there. The question is how to unlock it. In The Buddha in Your Mirror (Middleway Press, ISBN 0-9674697-1-6, hardcover, $23.95), authors Woody Hochswender, Greg Martin and Ted Morino explain how the ancient practice of Nichiren Buddhism can teach today's generation how to find that special strength and beauty from within.

"Buddhist ideas are entering the mainstream because they contain a descriptive power well adapted to the flux and flow of the modern world, without the weight of a dogmatic morality. Buddhism explains the profound truths of life [and] provides an immensely practical method for overcoming obstacles and transforming oneself. What you learn in these pages can be applied to every area of your existence: family, work, relationships, health. And it can be applied by anyone" - excerpted.

The authors are all longtime Buddhist practitioners and members of Soka Gakkai International, the world's largest community of Nichiren Buddhist practitioners. There are more than 300,000 Nichiren Buddhists in the United States and more than 12 million worldwide.

To receive your review copy of The Buddha in Your Mirror, or to schedule an interview with the authors, please contact Reiko Groshell (310) 260-8955, middlewaypress@sgi-usa.org




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Ancient Practice May Be Key
to Better Relationships

(Santa Monica, CA) While Buddhism is widely viewed as a powerful tool for individual growth, the authors of a new book suggest that it is equally effective in helping forge loving, meaningful relationships. Can the practice of Buddhism help you find Mr. or Ms. Right? Can it help you overcome seemingly intractable problems with a partner?

Yes, indeed, say the authors Woody Hochswender, Greg Martin and Ted Morino in The Buddha in Your Mirror (Middleway Press, ISBN 0-9674697-1-6, hardcover, $23.95) an enormously practical guide on the issues of relationships with loved ones, yourself and the world around you from the Nichiren Buddhist viewpoint. It begins with the realization, central to Buddhist teachings, that you determine whether you experience a relationship in a positive or negative way-not the other person.

Buddha literally means "Enlightened One." Think of Buddha as the best possible you - wise, kind, strong. Is this the person smiling out at you from your mirror? Is this the person you would want your spouse, or girl/boyfriend to be with? Martin and his two co-authors maintain that Buddhism is for everyone, regardless of faith, culture or race. In fact, The Buddha in Your Mirror generally does not refer to Buddhism as a religion (although it is one) but as a practice since it has no conflict with the most advanced theories of modern science. Most new Buddhist practitioners are pleasantly surprised at how easily they can reconcile their daily practice with a variety of religious beliefs, including their personal understanding of God.

"Buddhist practice is about developing character. And relationships are the forum, the classroom, in which we learn how· people make extraordinary efforts to modify the behavior of others in an effort to make relationships work. But ultimately this is as futile as cleaning the mirror in an attempt to clean your face. The mirror will just keep reflecting back the same image·. The key to transforming relationships lies in the process of transforming ourselves." - excerpted from The Buddha in Your Mirror.

The authors are all longtime Buddhist practitioners and members of Soka Gakkai International, the world's largest community of Nichiren Buddhist practitioners. There are more than 300,000 Nichiren Buddhists in the United States and more than 12 million worldwide.

To receive your review copy of The Buddha in Your Mirror, or to schedule an interview with the authors, please contact Reiko Groshell (310) 260-8955, middlewaypress@sgi-usa.org.

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