Ryuho Okawa is known for his wisdom, compassion and commitment to educating people to think and act in spiritual and religious ways. The Essence of Buddha presents his exposition of enlightenment what it is, what it is not, the futility of self-denial, and the place of happiness. This is followed by a modern interpretation of accepted Buddhist ways of living life to bring both enlightenment and happiness. There are also explanations of the nature of reincarnation and karma, as well as life and death from a Buddhist point of view.The Essence of Buddha: The Path to Enlightenment is about living life with meaning and purpose. The Eightfold Path, the Six Paramitas, and the Laws of Causality are clearly explained in today's language, along with the need for self-reflection, the nature of karma and reincarnation, and other tenets of the Buddhist understanding of life. Enlightenment, it is believed, is potentially achievable for every sentient being; its path leads towards an expansion of consciousness, moving from material concerns to a cosmic awareness of the unseen spiritual reality. This and the practice of a love that gives is the way to happiness and a better world. Ryuho Okawa designs spiritual workshops for people from all walks of life; among his previous books are The Laws of the Sun and Love, Nurture and Forgive.
Essence of Buddha: The Path to Enlightenment , Ryuho Okawa, Little Brown Book Group, Hardcover, 2002/2003, 102 Pages, $15.00