Further Reading: Study

Books and Dictionaries

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin search

Soka Gakkai, 1999

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

Soka Gakkai, 2006

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.

The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism search

Soka Gakkai, 2002

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")

Translated by Burton Watson

Soka Gakkai, 2004

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

Translated by Burton Watson

Soka Gakkai, 2009

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

World Tribune Press, 2000-2003

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

by Daisaku Ikeda

Middleway Press, 2008

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

by Daisaku Ikeda

Middleway Press, 2003

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

The Buddhist Concept of the Human Being: From the Viewpoint of the Philosophy of the Soka Gakkai

by Dr. Mikio Matsuoka, Researcher, Institute of Oriental Philosophy; Head of Doctrinal Studies, Association of Reformist Priests

Explores the relationship between early Buddhism and Soka Gakkai's philosophy and view of the human being in the context of contemporary thought.

Japanese Buddhism and the American Renaissance

by Dr. David L. Norton, Professor of philosophy at the University of Delaware in Newark, USA

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.

From Inner Peace to World Peace: A Buddhist Perspective

by Yoichi Kawada, Director, Institute of Oriental Philosophy

Published in World Order for a New Millennium, Edited by A. Walter Dorn, St. Martin's Press, 1999

Mahayana Buddhist Contributions to the Issue of Human Rights

by Toru Shiotsu, Professor in Constitutional Law at Soka University, Tokyo, Japan

Published in Annals of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Vol.31, NR.XI, MMI, Georg Olms Verlag, 2001

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