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the un-reluctant-ted buddhist,
This review is from: The Reluctant Buddhist: A Personal Look at Buddhism in the Modern World (Paperback)
A superb book. I must admit a bias as I am a practicing Buddhist, but very much a newbie. The friend of mine who introduced me to the 'practice' of Nichiren Buddhism bought me this book after I had been properly practicing for about 3 months. There was immediately something appealing about Nichiren Buddhism but being a logically minded son of an engineer and an architect myself believing it's more "hippy-ish" elements was a real struggle.
Woollard went through this process (and then some!) himself and explores some of the key and most difficult issues of Nichiren Buddhism; mutual possession, oneness of self and environment, karma, myoho, etc. He does this in such a way that really clarified a few serious stumbling blocks for me. His truly westernised view of the practice and his scientific background make him the perfect person to explain the "mystic law" in way the average reason dominated western mind can deal with.
Admittedly it does have some flaws in editing etc, but it is very well produced compared to some other books on this subject. Buddhists are wonderful passionate people, but not always great writers!
This is a wonderful starting point for anyone interested in the practice of Nichiren Buddhism and should probably be followed up by reading Richard Causton's The Buddha in Daily Life: Introduction to the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, a far more involved explanation of the detail of the practice, and the key phrase nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Only, I read them the other way round!