Dharma Flower: The Faith, Teaching, and Practice of Nichiren Buddhism by Ryuei Michael McCormick
By Ryuei Michael McCormick
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This book is the product of years of studying and practicing the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and Nichiren Shonin. When I first began practicing Buddhism, I was taking a survey course on Asian religion with Dr. William Grosnick at La Salle University. Thanks to Dr. Grosnick, I was provided with an excellent overview of basic Buddhist teachings and their development. Ever since that time, I have always made it a priority to discover the truth about the teachings and practices which I have been exposed to over the years and not to be afraid to revise or even overturn my current understanding if new evidence (whether scholarly or practical) should present itself.
||Chapter 7: The Nine Consciousnesses||Chapter 7: The Nine Consciousnesses||8/15/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 6: The Three Truths||Chapter 6: The Three Truths||8/14/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 5: Mahayana Buddhism||Chapter 5: Mahayana Buddhism||8/23/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 4: Dependent Origination||Chapter 4: Dependent Origination||8/4/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 3: The Wheel of the Dharma||Chapter 3: The Wheel of the Dharma||7/28/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 2 - The Wheel of Becoming||The Wheel of Becoming||7/22/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 1 - The Lotus Sutra and the Practice of Nichiren Buddhism||The Lotus Sutra and the Practice of Nichiren Buddhism||7/21/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Preface - Acknowledgements - Introduction||Preface, Acknowledgements, Introduction||7/19/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
Comprehensive and Accessable Intro to Buddhism
Ryuei Michael McCormick's "Dharma Flower" is a comprehensive, yet accessable introduction to Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra. The focus is on the practice and teachings of the Nichiren Shu, but the work spends time discussing important Buddhist concepts common to all schools, such as dependent origination, the 12-fold chain of causation and the Eightfold Path. A listener will come away with a very thoruough understanding of the basics of Buddhist thought, as well as a practice that anyone can do, yet is powerful enough to lead anyone of any capacity to enlightenment, which is the promise of the Buddha in the Lotus Sutra.
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