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Practical Buddhism for Our Time
New book explores one of the world’s most popular streams of Buddhist teachings

What is life? Where does it come from? What happens after death? How do we overcome suffering?

In post-Sept. 11 America, people are looking to make sense of their lives. The age-old search for life’s meaning has been reawakened on a grand scale, inspiring difficult yet necessary questions. In their spiritual search, more and more people are discovering that Buddhism, especially the practical Buddhism of Nichiren, provides the answers.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death, from Middleway Press, explores life’s perplexing riddles – the phases of birth, suffering, aging and death – from the perspective of Nichiren Buddhism, the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in the United States today.

This new Middleway Press publication updates a modern classic by Daisaku Ikeda, the world’s foremost authority on Nichiren Buddhism and a spiritual leader for millions worldwide. In Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death, Mr. Ikeda draws upon the teachings of Nichiren, the thirteenth century Buddhist teacher and reformer who prescribed a simple yet profound practice by which people could transform life’s unavoidable sufferings into personal fulfillment. Going beyond Buddhist theory, Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death makes complex ideas understandable and provides relevant solutions to spiritual conundrums. Mr. Ikeda presents us with a compelling, and compassionate work of inspiration for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, which points the way to revitalizing individuals while transforming all humanity.

As Mr. Ikeda writes: “Problems… are not in themselves the fundamental cause of unhappiness. Lack of power and wisdom to solve them is the real cause. Fortunately we all innately possess infinite power and wisdom; and Buddhism shows us how to develop these qualities.”

Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death, by Daisaku Ikeda ($15.00 Paperback, ISBN 0-9723267-0-7, Middleway Press, Distributed to the trade by Independent Publishers Group,

Daisaku Ikeda is president of the Soka Gakkai International and a worldwide lay Buddhist organization and one of the most important schools of Buddhism in the world today. One of today’s most respected Buddhist teachers, Mr. Ikeda has written numerous books on Buddhism and its application to daily life and world issues, including the award-winning For the Sake of Peace.

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