On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime

Ranked among the most important works in Mahayana Buddhism, Nichiren's 13th-century writings were revolutionary. In On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime, Nichiren turned prevailing Buddhist thought on its head.

On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime

Author: Daisaku Ikeda

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ISBN: 9781525273001

Page: 180

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What constitutes a meaningful life? What is true happiness? Nichiren Buddhism, based on the Lotus Sutra, is a teaching of hope that provides answers to these and other important questions for modern life. Ranked among the most important works in Mahayana Buddhism, Nichiren's 13th-century writings were revolutionary. In On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime, Nichiren turned prevailing Buddhist thought on its head. Attaining Buddhahood, or enlightenment, he argues, does not require embarking on some inconceivably long journey toward becoming some resplendent godlike Buddha, but rather it means accomplishing a transformation in the depths of one's being and revealing one's ultimate potential within. And Nichiren dedicated his life-braving all manner of persecution-to giving people a practical means for doing so. Daisaku Ikeda's simple and straightforward commentary brings alive this important writing for the modern world. Thoughtful people of all faiths will resonate with his compassionate insights on the universal teaching of happiness that is Nichiren Buddhism.

Dictionary of Buddhism

... form ( Ep 14 ] ( Jpn sokushin - jõbutsu ) : See attainment of Buddhahood . attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime ( --431 & 14 ] ... This means to attain Buddhahood just as one is , without discarding the body of an ordinary person .

Dictionary of Buddhism

Author: Soka Gakkai

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass

ISBN: 8120833341

Page: 1000

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Anyone reading English translations of Buddhist texts will encounter a host of names, terms, and phrases whose meanings are not clear even though they appear in English. Buddhism is famous for its specialized terminology and translation alone may not communicate its full meaning. East Asian Buddhist diction is layered with several languages -Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, and Japanese -and the only way to make one's way through this linguistic maze without getting lost is with the aid of a good dictionary. The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism, a revised and expanded version of A Dictionary of Buddhist Terms and Concepts (1983), is a welcome addition that serves this purpose. Written clearly for the general reader, the Dictionary contains over 2,700 entries. While it is designed primarily for use with the Soka Gakkai's translations of Nichiren's works, the Dictionary contains a wealth of terms found in all other traditions of Buddhism. Definitions are given for technical terms, historical figures, doctrinal texts, institutions, and place names. The entries provide complete cross-references so that readers may know and further pursue meanings of term equivalents as rendered in other ways or languages. Ten appendixes provide maps and world lists that enable the reader to find terms in English, Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, or Japanese. Like all Buddhist masters, Nichiren presented his particular message in the wider context of other Buddhist teachings and practices. To know the particular, one must also understand the general context, and the Dictionary, in addressing both levels, provides essential knowledge not only for students of Nichiren Buddhism but for anyone reading Buddhist texts.

Waking the Lion

(WNDp.4) On: "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" Introduction My first encounter with "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" was in a round-robin reading. It was my first ever Buddhist meeting. I liked the sound of Nichiren's ...

Waking the Lion

Author: Marge Kirkpatrick

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1418428795

Page: 112

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Me?Ow! haven't we said something similar to ourselves (even the censored), as we explore our world? Me?Ow! is a reminder to continue our examination of all aspects of our daily lives and if we can find one little chuckle bubbling-up from deep inside us, then we can be a little bit happier than the moment before. The book Me?Ow! attempts to both entertain and explore a whole range of subjects both animals and humans. The poems in this tiny little book of fifty poems are also segmented portions of personal biography that strive to help reexamine our everyday lives. The whole idea about the Me?Ow! book is to always continue our exploratory explorations and exert our own creativity even if we have to read the whole library and one stop along-the-way could be the little book Me?Ow! to help get us all energized . . . and isn't that the way it's supposed to be? as we try to give expression in our grateful fashion by means of poetry.

Ripples In The Lake Of Eternity

or provisional teaching leads directly to enlightenment, and without the direct path to enlightenment you cannot attain Buddhahood, even if you practice lifetime after lifetime for countless kalpas. Attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime ...

Ripples In The Lake Of Eternity

Author: Colin Drake

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 132976515X

Page: 238

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The aim of this book is to act as a stand-alone guide to, and practices for, realizing and loving the Source (Pure Consciousness)and is composed of new articles and replies to questions since the publication of 'The Simplicity of Awakening'. The thrust of the book is that the initial awakening which reveals that, in essence, we are Pure Awareness is very simple to obtain. This needs to be established by repeated awakenings due to the natural tendency to ?nod off? and re-identify oneself as a separate object in a universe of separate objects. When one is awake then anxiety and unnecessary mental suffering disappear, for these are caused by misidentification which causes us to see the world through a murky filter of self-interest, -concern, -promotion, -aggrandizement, -loathing, the list is almost endless. It is this that causes the anxiety and mental suffering based on concern for the future and feeling we are bound by the past. The book also contains practices for developing and feeling love for the Absol

The Bodhisattva Path

The Impossibility of Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime Though the Ugra's authors clearly assume that it is possible — at least for some members of the Buddhist community - to embark upon the bodhisattva path here and now , this does ...

The Bodhisattva Path

Author:

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 9788120820487

Page: 383

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The Inquiry of Ugra (Ugrapariprccha) is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras, preserved and transmitted in both India and China over many centuries and actively quoted in treatises on the bodhisattva path. It is, nevertheless, one of the most neglected texts in Western treatments of Buddhism. The Ugra appers to be one of the earliest bodhisattva scriptures to come down to us, and as such it offers a particularly valuable window on the process by which the bodhisattva path came to be seen as a distinct vocational alternative within certain Indian Buddhist communities. The Bodhisattva Path is a study and translation of the Ugra that will fundamentally alter previous perceptions of the way in which Mahayana was viewed and practiced by its earliest adherents. To achieve a better understanding of the universe of ideas, activities, and institutional structures within which early self-proclaimed bodhisattvas lived, the author first considers the Ugra as a literary document, employing new methodological tools to examine the genre to which it belong, the age of its extant versions, and their relationships to one another. She goes on to challenge the dominant notions that the Mahayana emerged as a reform of earlier Buddhism and offered lay people an easier option. On the contrary, the picture that emerges is of the early Mahayana as a more difficult and demanding vocation, initially limited to a small contingent of monastic males. Combining a detailed critical study and translation of an important Buddhist scripture with a sweeping re-examination of the relationship between the Buddha and the practitioners alike and other interested in the history of Indian Buddhism and the formation of Mahayana.

Poems From Ripples In The Lake Of Eternity

On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime To free yourself from the suffering of birth and dying, You must perceive the Mystic Truth of being, That it's inherent Awareness on which you're relying, For all sensations and thoughts to be ...

Poems From Ripples In The Lake Of Eternity

Author: Colin Drake

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0359111610

Page: 94

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This book is a stand-alone guide to, and practices for, Awakening and is composed of poems based on articles in 'Ripples In The Lake Of Eternity', which are themselves based on new discoveries, replies to questions and internet discussions on Awakening. The thrust of the book is that the initial awakening which reveals that, in essence, we are Pure Awareness is very simple to obtain. Then this needs to be established by repeated awakenings due to the natural tendency to ?nod off? and re-identify oneself as a separate object in a universe of separate objects. When one is awake then anxiety and unnecessary mental suffering disappear, for these are caused by this misidentification which causes us to see each other, and the world, through a murky filter of self-interest, self-concern, self-promotion, self-aggrandizement, self-loathing, the list is almost endless. It is this world-view that causes the anxiety and mental suffering based on concern for the future and feeling we are bound by the past

Happiness Becomes You

... 184, 203, 208 “On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,” 59–60 Nichiren Buddhism, 102, 203 Soka Gakkai International (SGI), 43, 49, 67, 92, 209 Nicholson, Jack, 43 Nin, Anaïs, 23 Norton Lectures, 103 Nutbush, Tenn., 1, 3–4,7,9, 13, ...

Happiness Becomes You

Author: Tina Turner

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 198215215X

Page: 240

View: 818

Tina Turner—living legend, icon to millions, and author of the “brave and wry” (Vulture) memoir My Love Story—returns with a deeply personal book of wisdom that explores her longstanding faith in Buddhism and provides a guide to these timeless principles so you can find happiness in your own life. I dedicate this book to you… in honor of your unseen efforts to triumph over each problem life sends your way. Tina is a global icon of inspiration. And now, with Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good, Tina shows how anyone can overcome life’s obstacles—even transform the “impossible” to possible—and fulfill our dreams. She shows how we, too, can improve our lives, empowering us with spiritual tools and sage advice to enrich our unique paths. Buddhism has been a central part of Tina Turner’s life for decades and, in music, film, and live performances, she has shined as an example of generating hope from nothing, breaking through all limitations, and succeeding in life. Drawing from the lessons of her own life, from adversity to stratospheric heights, Tina effortlessly shows how the spiritual lessons of Buddhism help her transform from sorrow, adversity, and poverty into joy, stability, and prosperity. Now, Tina offers the wisdom of an extraordinary lifetime in Happiness Becomes You making this the perfect gift of inspiration for you or a loved one.

A Few Good Men

The lmpossibility of Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime Though the Ugra's authors clearly assume that it is possible — at least for some members of the Buddhist community — to embark upon the bodhisattva path here and now, ...

A Few Good Men

Author: Jan Nattier

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824826079

Page: 383

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A Few Good Men is a study and translation of The Inquiry of Ugra (Ugrapariprccha), one of the most influential Mahayana sutras on the bodhisattva path, but also one of the most neglected texts in Western treatments of Buddhism. To achieve a better understanding of the universe of ideas, activities, and institutional structures within which early self-proclaimed bodhisattvas lived, the author first considers the Ugra as a literary document, employing new methodological tools to examine the genre to which it belongs, the age of its extant versions, and their relationships to one another. She goes on to challenge the dominant notions that the Mahayana emerged as a "reform" of earlier Buddhism and offered lay people an "easier option." A Few Good Men will be compelling reading for scholars and practitioners alike and others interested in the history of Indian Buddhism and the formation of Mahayana.

Signless Signification in Ancient India and Beyond

Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime. The Fundamental Purpose of Life and a Source of Hope for Humankind.” In: SGI President Ikeda's Study Lecture Series. Lectures on 'On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime.' Lecture 1.

Signless Signification in Ancient India and Beyond

Author: Tiziana Pontillo

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783083328

Page: 288

View: 607

The collected essays in this book are the result of a series of workshops held at the University of Cagliari in Italy; this work charts the evolution of key concepts on signless signification of traditional Indian grammar and deals with powerful mechanisms of meaning extension, including rituals and speculative patterns. This collection brings an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of possible relationships between different cultural and linguistic systems of signification.

Big Book of Buddhism

One is to realize an absolutely unshakable state of happiness in which there is boundless joy in being alive (attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime). The other is to realize an ideal society in which people can enjoy happy lives ...

Big Book of Buddhism

Author: Sylvain Chamberlain-Nyudo

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 055752315X

Page: 272

View: 538

Second Edition - completely revised. 8.5 x 11 - 272 pages - A Comprehensive compendium of scholarly texts on the Buddha's true teachings, free of regional and cultural embelishments. Fundamentals, Practice, Conventions (i.e. set up a proper altar, proper posture, etc...)

The Incredible World of Nichiren Buddhism

This book is a culmination of the profound effect that Nichiren Buddhism has had on the life of the author.

The Incredible World of Nichiren Buddhism

Author: Suraj Jagtiani

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781467895446

Page: 140

View: 414

Nichiren Buddhism is a philosophy which was expounded by Nichiren Daishonin, nearly eight hundred years ago. This philosophy is based on the revelation that the Lotus Sutra is the most profound teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha and that each individual has the power to manifest their Buddha nature, which lies inherent within each of us. This book is a culmination of the profound effect that Nichiren Buddhism has had on the life of the author. His faith and belief and above all, proof of faith, has resulted in this easy to read introduction to the wonderful philosophy of Nichiren Daishonin. Nichiren Buddhism is easily identified and deeply rooted in today's world. Its teachings are effortless to grasp and understand and above all focuses on the creation of Value Addition in our lives.

Tilopa s Wisdom

sesses the pith, or oral, instructions, then it is possible to attain buddhahood in one lifetime. When someone engages in the path and does not have the oralinstructions of the Mahamudra, then essentially they are takinglogical analysis ...

Tilopa s Wisdom

Author: Khenchen Thrangu

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834842572

Page: 224

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Accessible and practical teachings on both the life of Tilopa, who founded the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and one of his most important texts on the practice of Mahamudra. Most traditions of Mahamudra meditation can be traced back to the mahasiddha Tilopa and his Ganges Mahamudra, a “song of realization” that he sang to his disciple Naropa on the banks of the Ganges River more than a thousand years ago. In this book, Khenchen Thrangu, a beloved Mahamudra teacher, tells the extraordinary story of Tilopa’s life and explains its profound lessons. He follows this story with a limpid and practical verse-by-verse commentary on the Ganges Mahamudra, explaining its precious instructions for realizing Mahamudra, the nature of one’s mind. Throughout, Thrangu Rinpoche speaks plainly and directly to Westerners eager to receive the essence of Mahamudra instructions from an accomplished teacher.

Religion and American Cultures Tradition Diversity and Popular Expression 2nd Edition 4 volumes

In the Gosho “On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,” Nichiren Daishonin writes: “This is similar to a tarnished ... the Daishonin draws parallels between the tradition of mirror-polishing and the process of attaining Buddhahood.

Religion and American Cultures  Tradition  Diversity  and Popular Expression  2nd Edition  4 volumes

Author: Gary Laderman

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691105

Page: 1766

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This four-volume work provides a detailed, multicultural survey of established as well as "new" American religions and investigates the fascinating interactions between religion and ethnicity, gender, politics, regionalism, ethics, and popular culture. • Comprises contributions from more than 100 top scholars covering a breadth of topics such as Día de los Muertos, Heathenry, Islam, Pentecostalism, roadside shrines, Sufism, Wicca, and Zen from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives • Provides thought-provoking insights into religion's interactions with cultural backdrops throughout America, including in education, entertainment, the Internet, the environment, politics, and at home • Contains photographs and illustrations depicting a wide range of religious figures and activities as well as significant religious sites in the United States • Supplies an entire volume of primary source documents illustrating the religious diversity in American culture, including Cecil B. DeMille's essay "The Screen as Religious Teacher" as well as more conventional materials on Christian Science, the New Age, and Buddhism

Nichiren Gosho Book One

Attaining. Buddhahood. in. This. Lifetime. If you wish to free yourself from the sufferings of birth, death and rebirth endured since time without beginning and to attain without fail unsurpassed enlightenment in this lifetime, ...

Nichiren Gosho   Book One

Author: Sylvain Chamberlain-Nyudo

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1329917073

Page: 382

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A revised translation of the writings of Nichiren Shonin. Great care and scholarship was used to remove the centuries of Westernised idioms infused into the original asiatic languages. These idioms create mysticism where it does not belong or exist, creating great misunderstandings and contradictions where there are none. The Buddha's precious teachings were always based on observable phenomena and actions. The paradigms of Buddhist practice are Practice, Study, and developing a strong mind of determination and conviction. There is no faith required. "Faith" is a Western idiom of belief without substantiation or observable phenomena. This is totally antithetical and corruption of Buddha's teaching. You will find no such confusing language in our corrected translations. We continue to look for such errors and we are dedicated to the mission of correct translation of the Buddha's teaching and the lineage of scholarship that follows.

Tantra in Tibet

In the systems of both Sutra and Tantra it is necessary to achieve a similitude of a Form Body prior to attaining Buddhahood . According to Highest Yoga Tantra , some persons attain Buddhahood in one lifetime , and because these persons ...

Tantra in Tibet

Author: Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzang-grags-pa

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120803763

Page: 252

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Tantra is Tibet consists of three parts published under the auspices of the Dalai Lama:The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra-Part I by Tsong-ka-pa is one of the principal classic texts on tantra. It presents the main features common to all the Buddhist tantra systems as well as the difference between sutra and tantra.