List of Further Reading
Books and Dictionaries
Nichiren wrote extensively during his lifetime. Some of his works are treatises on Buddhist doctrine while others are letters of encouragement to his disciples. This volume contains the English translations of 172 of his writings. Background explanations, several appendices and an exhaustive glossary are also provided as support material.
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume II
English translations of the remaining writings of Nichiren. Together with the earlier volume, a total of 406 of his letters and treatises are now available in English. This book also contains several appendices and a full glossary.
A dictionary of Buddhist terms, principles, historical events, traditions, scriptures and commentaries, as well as geographical and biographical references that appear in Nichiren's writings.
The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings ("Ongi Kuden")
English translation of "Ongi Kuden," records of Nichiren's lectures on the Lotus Sutra that were compiled and put into order by Nichiren's close disciple and successor, Nikko.
The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras
A new edition containing a slightly revised English translation of the Lotus Sutra by Burton Watson, containing for the first time translations of the Immeasurable Meanings Sutra and the Sutra on How to Practice Meditation on Bodhisattva Universal Worthy, traditionally regarded as the opening and closing sutras for the Lotus Sutra.
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vols I-VI
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra is the record of a series of discussions between SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito and vice chiefs Takanori Endo and Haruo Suda. Over the six-volume series, the core message of each of the 28 chapters of this ancient Buddhist scripture is brought to light, providing inspiration and clarifying the compassionate and empowering message of the Lotus Sutra.
The Living Buddha
The Living Buddha is a vivid historical narrative based on what is known about the life and times of Shakyamuni, the historical founder of Buddhism, and an inspiring account of a life dedicated to helping people free themselves from suffering by awakening to the truth of their own "greater," or enlightened self. Ikeda shows Shakyamuni as not a mystic but a warm and engaged human being who was a product of his turbulent times.
Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death
This second edition of Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death explores the fundamental questions of life from the perspective of Nichiren Buddhism. Buddhism identifies birth and death, along with aging and sickness, as universal sufferings. "By taking a close look at each of the four sufferings," Ikeda writes, "this book seeks to illuminate the truth and wisdom necessary to sail calmly over the troubled sea of worldly suffering."
Perspectives on Buddhism
Explores the relationship between early Buddhism and Soka Gakkai's philosophy and view of the human being in the context of contemporary thought.
Examines correlations between the philosophy of the American Renaissance, as represented by the writings of Emerson and Thoreau, and the doctrines of Japanese Buddhism, as practiced by Soka Gakkai.
Published in World Order for a New Millennium, Edited by A. Walter Dorn, St. Martin's Press, 1999
Published in Annals of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Vol.31, NR.XI, MMI, Georg Olms Verlag, 2001