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BOth books are available in audio format through the WONDERFUL podcast "A Buddhist Podcast"
Whilst the book works well on an 'introduction to Buddhism' level, it's really his journey into it, which many will recognise, that makes it such an appealing book.
He explains very clearly, the difference between this and other forms of Buddhism, in that this practise is not an 'other world' practise, but is firmly rooted in daily life and designed to move our lives forward - Highly Recomended.
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!
I have a lot of respect for the author, William Woollard, and it is because he comes from a scientific and Christian background, that I personally can identify with everything he has written.
Previous reviews relating to grammar or the editing, completely miss the point.The book is written in William's unique vernacular, if you have had the pleasure of watching him on "Tomorrows World", then reading this book is like William narrating Buddhism for you.
Thank you William.
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