The eternity of life and life's inherent dignity are central themes in Ikeda's discussions of topics that include body, spirit and mind; individuality and self-realization; human life, nature and the cosmos; and life and death as a continuum. The literature he cites is broad and extensive—from scientist Charles Darwin and philosopher Immanuel Kant to literary Walt Whitman and historian Arnold Toynbee—in comparing various views of the whole human being. At the heart of his approach is the author's Buddhist perspective, which places an understanding of cosmic life within the practical grasp of daily human existence. As in many of Ikeda's writings, Buddhist philosophy not only informs but provides an inclusive framework for the diversity of knowledge about life and its environment. Though this volume was published more than 20 years ago, the questions it addresses—what is life, what is its meaning, how do we know what we know—are perennial.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book attempts to reconcile Buddhism with modern scientific knowledge, and explain Buddhism in scientific terms. It covers biology, astronomy, physics, psychology, and neuroanatomy. I'm very skeptical of anything remotely resembling pseudoscience, but this book impressed me. It kept science and Buddhism pretty separate, first masterfully describing the basics of a scientific concept, and then discussing some Buddhist concepts that might be analogous or even overlap.
It was purely speculative, This book attempts to reconcile Buddhism with modern scientific knowledge, and explain Buddhism in scientific terms. It was purely speculative, and never claimed that Buddhist concepts are somehow proven by modern science. This book focuses on Mahayana Buddhism, which I liked since I haven't yet learned much about Mahayaha. But it was unnecessarily antagonistic with Therevada, called Hinayana, or "lesser," by the Mahayanas.
It was interesting to see the contrast, even if it was biased. Although articulate and interesting to read, this book was not very engaging. My eyes glazed over a lot, especially during the middle section which is devoted entirely to explaining Buddhist philosophy, in the driest manner possible. Apr 06, James rated it it was amazing. This book is absolutely amazing, in fact it is mind blowing.
I believe this to be one of the most important books for the human being. A must read and one I shall read many times. Aug 02, Caro rated it it was amazing. A masterpiece. This is by far one of the most profound and enlightening books I have read in my life. A bedside book I shall go back to always. Jul 23, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: mindfulness-and-buddhism , religion-and-philosophy. The book ends with this statement, "The only sure remedy for the ills besetting modern civilization is to establish Buddhist teachings in the hearts of each and every individual alive.
This is the key to the twenty-first century - the means whereby we may achieve the ultimate victory for humanity. Excusing the obvious evangelical component of this conclusion, I think there is a lot we could gain as a The book ends with this statement, "The only sure remedy for the ills besetting modern civilization is to establish Buddhist teachings in the hearts of each and every individual alive. Excusing the obvious evangelical component of this conclusion, I think there is a lot we could gain as a society from incorporating Buddhist tenets of love into our everyday living.
The essential points of Buddhism, at least represented by Ikeda, is continually seeking to improve your life condition not in a material sense but in a spiritual sense , having empathy for yourself when you are in a "lower state of being," and that Buddhism does not contradict with science, in fact throughout the book Ikeda uses science as justification for Buddhist ideas that life energy continues, even after one's death.
It's a nice book. Feb 09, Charles rated it it was amazing. This is among my favorite books. I've read and reviewed it several times. View 1 comment. Essa foi uma leitura vagarosa por natureza, mas bem interessante. Gostei bastante. Feb 26, Bruno Santiago rated it really liked it.
Ci sono concetti interessanti e ben spiegati ma visibilmente copiati da testi di Nichiren, al quale si accosta e ne fornisce un'interpretazione. Meglio leggere direttamente quest ultimo. Jan 08, Handrio Nurhan rated it it was amazing.
Already becoming a classic masterpiece Jan 28, Richard Junior rated it it was amazing. Excellent - This books certifies that buddhism is indeed a philosophy that not only welcomes science but is also further proven by science. Stephen rated it liked it Dec 03, Nessun rated it really liked it Feb 12, Alex Chiodo rated it it was amazing Jan 29, Melissa Bradford rated it it was amazing May 23, Abelious rated it it was amazing Mar 03, The Nichiren rated it really liked it Feb 15, Ty rated it it was ok Feb 09, Delisa Jiang rated it it was amazing Jan 25, John Haydon rated it it was amazing Jul 17, Suzanne rated it really liked it Sep 19, April Toh rated it it was amazing May 14, Ms Piot rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Robbie Fry rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Fu Sheng Wilson Wong rated it liked it Aug 05, Laura Mccallister rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Nicoletta Tani rated it really liked it Oct 01, Adity rated it it was amazing Jan 13, Pierre rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Divya Kumar rated it really liked it May 06, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About Daisaku Ikeda. Daisaku Ikeda. Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, educator, author and poet. He is the third president of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist organization and the founding president of the Soka Gakkai International SGI , which is today one of the world's largest and most diverse lay Buddhist organizations, promoting a philosophy of character development and social engagement for peace.
Ikeda is the Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, educator, author and poet. Ikeda is the founder of the Soka value-creation schools, a nondenominational school system based on an ideal of fostering each student's unique creative potential and cultivating an ethic of peace, social contribution and global consciousness.
The school system runs from kindergarten through graduate study and includes a university in Tokyo, Japan, and another in California, U. Ikeda is a staunch proponent of dialogue as the foundation of peace.
Since the s he has pursued dialogue with a wide range of individuals around the world in political, cultural, educational and academic fields. In furtherance of his vision of fostering dialogue and solidarity for peace, Ikeda has founded a number of independent, nonprofit research institutes that develop cross-cultural, interdisciplinary collaboration on diverse issues: the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy.
The Min-On Concert Association and the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum promote mutual understanding and friendship between different national cultures through the arts. Ikeda is a prolific writer who has published more than works, ranging from Buddhist philosophy to biographical essays, poetry, children's stories and photographic collections.
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Life An Enigma, a Precious Jewel
Life An Enigma, a Precious Jewel has 94 ratings and 11 reviews. Marshall said: This book attempts to reconcile Buddhism with modern scientific knowledge. Melissa Bradford rated it it was amazing May 23, Excusing the obvious evangelical component of this conclusion, I think there is a lot we could gain as a society from incorporating Buddhist tenets of love into our everyday living. It was purely speculative, and never claimed that Buddhist concepts are somehow proven by modern science.
La vida, un enigma