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Buddha Next Door: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories [Paperback]

Zan Gaudioso , Greg Martin
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Middleway Press (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977924513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977924516
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through over 100 personal experiences, this anthology illuminates how the practice of Nichiren Buddhism has changed people's lives for the better. These first-person narratives - representing people from all across the country of various ages and ethnic backgrounds - examine the challenges of daily life associated with health, relationships, career, and ageing, and the ensuing experiences of hope, success, inspiration, and personal enlightenment that come about as a result of living as Nichiren Buddhists.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many people, such inspiring stories 27 Jun 2007
This is a great book to have in those places where you might want to read for a few mins (bedside/loo) .. Full of short 2 or 3 page pieces by hundreds of practising Nichiren Buddhists who practise with SGI. Each story relates their own personal experiences of how they have used the practise of this Buddhism in their lives to change or move their lives forwards. Stories with sadness, anger and frustration that are transformed through putting this buddhist practise into action in their lives. Inevitably, some stories will touch on similar situations with readers, offering hope of a way of changing their lives.

My only tiny moan is that I wish the stories weren't just from US citizens .. but maybe that's the next book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 14 July 2009
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Excellent! These experiences are very inspiring especially if you are just starting to practise or finding out about buddhism
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By Iona
Whether you are merely curious, a newcomer or an experienced practitioner of Nichiren SGI Buddhism, this is a very easy to read and inspiring book, detailing 100 personal experiences of people (in the US,though this style of Buddhism also exists in the UK )who have transformed negative situations and their lives through Nichiren Buddhism. The experiences range from the practical to the emotional and existential, covering personal relationships, chronic ill health (mental and physical), work and finances etc, alongside those who ask questions such as "what's my life all about ? " etc. In all a very easy, encouraging and inspiring read...you will not be disappointed.!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Courageous 11 Sep 2009
If you are interested in Nichiren Buddhism these personal experiences of practising it are very inspiring
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and encouraging, "if they can, I can.." gem! 11 Oct 2007
By S. L. Dzama III - Published on Amazon.com
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My friend, who's the SGI-USA bookstore manager in our community center, alerted me to this great book! She even lent me her copy and, like her, I was deeply impressed! (So I got my own from Amazon!) It reads like a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book, except with an SGI focus! It features George Aoyama's determination, who lost his father David among the American Airlines passengers who died on 9/11. (Many SGI members knew David who was an outstanding, dedicated SGI member; father; husband; and friend. ) George's courage, spirit, and similar dedication would make David proud, I believe! And these are all real, wonderful experiences of SGI members. So I give heartfelt recommendation to anyone seeking to eliminate doubt in one's own, or other's "Buddhahood!" Get it! Digest it! This book is simply great!!! If you "absorb" this, you can't go wrong!!! I thank everyone involved in bringing this gift to the public!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring 7 Sep 2007
By S. Regos - Published on Amazon.com
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There are a lot of inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles through faith and the practice of Nichiren Daishonen's Buddhism. They are encouraging and motivating without being didactic or too "religious." I've been practicing this Nichiren Buddhism for 4 years but I recommend this book to non-practitioners as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming problems through the power of faith 20 July 2007
By Parvez Ali - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent book, i found it to be very inspiring, how members of the SGI overcome their problems through the power of faith in Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism. This book is a must have for SGI members, and for anyone with a seeking mind.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting read for a fellow SGI member 2 Oct 2007
By J. Beach - Published on Amazon.com
The Buddha Next Door is a great read for those looking into Nichiren Daishonin's buddhism and those that are already practicing. This book has real life stories on how individual members of the SGI (organization of Nichiren Daishonin's followers) have overcome, in most cases, devastating, heart wrenching obstacles. The world needs more encouraging stories like these that give us strength when we're down and feel like we can't go any further.

If you are brand new to the SGI and Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism you should read "The Buddha in your Mirror" by one of the same authors: Greg Martin.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 12 July 2007
By Dan Defensor - Published on Amazon.com
Great intro about Mariane Pearl's experience in encountering this buddhism for the first time...and a couple of eye-opening experiences from Chicago SGI-USA members who I am acquainted with in the past.

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