Way of Youth: Buddhist Common Sense for Handling Life's Questions / Edition 1

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Overview

Daisaku Ikeda, who offers spiritual leadership to 12 million Soka Gakkai Buddhists throughout the world, responds to the complicated issues facing American young people in a straightforward question-and-answer format. He addresses topics that include building individual character, the purpose of hard work and perseverance, family and relationships, tolerance, and preservation of the environment. Written from a Buddhist perspective, this collection of answers to life’s questions offers timeless wisdom to people of all faiths.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Everyone now knows that Tiger Woods is a Buddhist, as is Tina Turner and Richard Gere. Millions of Americans with Asian backgrounds are Buddhists, living and worshipping in our communities. But do we know what Buddhists believe? And if we are young people with a Buddhist family background, do we know how to apply our faith in everyday life? This book, written by a Japanese Nichiren Buddhist, answers common questions that most YAs have about life from a Buddhist perspective. Anyone reading the questions and answers will come away from this book with an understanding of the basic tenets of that faith in practical situations. Many non-Buddhists may not know that there are different forms of Buddhism, just as there are many forms of Christianity. This branch of Buddhism (SGI), as represented by the author, works actively for world peace and cultural understanding, believing that all life is sacred; its precepts are based on the teachings of a 13th-century Japanese Buddhist teacher and reformer. Readers the many brief sections about such subjects as peer pressure, reading, heartbreak, getting along with parents, dealing with violence and many, many more will not get the impression that this is a narrow-minded, sectarian approach to life. For example, in the chapter on violence, the author writes, "Buddhism stresses the interconnectedness of all life. because of this interconnectedness, by using violence, you not only injure or destroy the other person but also yourself...As we each become able to cherish our own lives, we will naturally be able to value others' lives as well." Respect for ourselves, for others close to us, for our world community seems to be the essence of the larger answersgiven on the many subjects. Many YAs will be interested in this careful explanation of the Buddhist perspective. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Middleway Press (606 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401), 189p, index, 23cm, 00-008506, $14.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
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Educator, philosopher, and spiritual leader Daisaku Ikeda presents a wonderfully accessible approach to the timeless wisdom of Buddhism and its relevance to the problems and conditions of today's young people. Ikeda's The Way Of Youth: Buddhist Common Sense For Handling Life's Questions shows the reader how to flourish as a young person in the world today; how to build confidence and character in a modern society; learn to live with respect for oneself and others; how to contribute to a positive, free and peaceful society; and find true personal happiness. The Way Of Youth is a superb contribution to Buddhist "life style" literature and is especially recommended to teenage and young adult readers.
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Seasoned author and popular spiritual leader Daisaku Ikeda adeptly connects the timeless wisdom of Buddhist teachings with the concerns of modern youth in this competent self-help book aimed at the teen set. Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International, one of the largest Buddhist renewal movements in the world today, doles out advice on a variety of topics, including: Family (nagging parents, too little money, expressing individuality), Friendship (choosing good friends, handling rejection, peer pressure, dealing with envy) and Love (true love, sex, handling heartbreak). Ikeda hits the hard topics head on, a bold approach that his target audience will no doubt appreciate. ... Mature themes abound; recommended for children over 12.
Claire Rosser
This book, written by a Japanese Nichiren Buddhist, answers common questions that most YAs have about life from a Buddhist perspective. Anyone reading the questions and answers will come away from this book with an understanding of the basic tenets of that faith in practical situations. ...Respect for ourselves, for others close to us, for our world community seems to be the essence of the larger answers given on many subjects. Many YAs will be interested in this careful explanation of the Buddhist perspective.--Claire Rosser, KLIATT, November 2000
Midwest Book Reviews
Educator, philosopher and spiritual leader Daisaku Ikeda presents a wonderfully accesible approach to the timeless wisdom of Buddhism and its relevance to the problems and conditions of today's young people ... shows the reader how to flourish as a young person in the world today; how to build confidence and character in modern society; learn to live with respect for oneself and others; how to contribute to a positive, free and peaceful society; and find true personal happiness. The Way of Youth is a superb contribution to Buddhist "life style" literature and is especially recommended to teenage and young adult readers.
NAPRA Review
Winner of the United Nations Peace Award in 1983, a renowned Nichiren Buddhist spiritual leader, and author of hundreds of children's books in Japan, Ikeda fully addresses some timeless and timely teen turmoil. He begins with the eternal question about how to deal with nagging parents-a universal problem for teens impatient for independence. Family, friends, peer pressure about drugs and sex, love, work, dreams, and goals are all touched upon, as is compassion, confidence and universal harmony.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967469706
  • Publisher: Middleway Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Daisaku Ikeda is the author of more than 60 books including The Living Buddha, Buddhism: The First Millennium, Choose Life, and Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death. He is the president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist renewal movement and has received the United Nations Peace Award.

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Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface ix
Editor's Note xiii
1 Family
Nagging Parents 3
Expressing Individuality 5
Too Little Money 6
Getting Along With Parents 8
Handling Advice 10
Too Many Restrictions 11
2 Friendship
Genuine Friendship 15
Choosing Good Friends 17
Good Friends vs. Bad Friends 19
Losing Friends 21
Handling Rejection 24
Peer Pressure 27
Keeping Friends 29
People You Don't Like 31
Dealing With Envy 32
Being a Loner 33
Advising Friends 35
3 Love
True Love 39
Take Your Time 42
Staying True to Yourself 44
Addicted to Love 46
Protecting Yourself 47
Sex 49
Teen Pregnancy 51
Handling Heartbreak 53
4 Learning
Purpose of Study 57
Demands on Time 59
Dropping Out 63
Importance of Grades 65
Getting Into a Good College 67
Fear of Failure 69
Work vs. College 70
No Money for College 71
Vocational School 72
Importance of Reading 74
Learning To Enjoy Reading 76
Importance of History 77
Truth and History 80
Art Transforms the Heart 83
Appreciating Art 85
5 Work
Choosing a Career 89
Finding Your Mission 92
Talent 93
The Right Job 94
Changing Careers 95
Not Working 96
Making Money 97
Working for a Cause 98
6 Dreams & Goals
Big Dreams 101
Gaining Focus 102
Being Smart Enough 104
Following Your Heart 105
Never Giving Up 107
Strengthening Your Resolve 110
Importance of Courage 111
Courage and Compassion 114
7 Confidence
Maintaining Hope 119
True Potential 121
Facing Up to Problems 122
Bring Out Your Best 124
Nature vs. Nurture 126
Changing Karma 127
Seeing Beyond Faults 128
Handling Criticism 129
Shyness 130
Self-consciousness 131
Viewing Others Positively 133
8 Compassion
Concern for Others 137
True Kindness 139
Helping Courageously 142
Showing You Care 144
Touching People's Lives 146
Facing Insensitivity 147
Stopping Bullies 148
Dealing With Violence 149
Violence Toward Women 152
9 The Bigger Picture
Understanding Equality 157
Courage Is the Key 160
Human Rights 162
World Citizenship 163
Getting Started 166
Friendship and Peace 168
Environmental Concerns 170
Practicing Environmental Protection 175
Role of the Individual 176
Afterword 179
Index 181
About the Author 187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Encouraging!!

    This is a wonderful book for youth. Have read it many times and have been encouraged everytime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2001

    Inspiring

    This book is a gem that I refer to often when I need encouragement about how to handle the various challenges in life. The guidance about love and relationships is particularly inspiring and has given me hope and courage to develop new and deeper relationships with people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    Youth, We Are The Hope Of The World

    Mr. Ikeda has really touched on the importance of youth with this book. It was very easy to read and as an adult helped me to be able to understand youth better. I have had the pleasure of reading some of Mr. Ikedas' other work, but this really touched my life and made me think of questions that I had as a young person, but, were never answered until now. I recommend this book to Parents, Young Adults, and anyone with love in their hearts for this World we live in. Remember, Youth Are The Hope Of The World.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Recommended to all who seek self-improvement

    Created from the popular 'Discussions on Youth' series in the World Tribune (America's premier weekly Buddhist newspaper), this new book by Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International, is an excellent collection of Ikeda's responses to the questions of today's young people. 'The Way of Youth - Buddhist Common Sense for Handling Life's Questions' includes topics such as how to build confidence and character, learning to respect both yourself and those around you, developing lasting happiness from within, dealing with peer pressure and ways to contribute to a happy, free and peaceful society. Although Dr. Ikeda is the current leader of the world's largest Buddhist organization, this book is written for a general audience and will appeal to both teens and parents regardless of their religious background. As Arun Gandhi, grandson and founding director of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence recently said - 'The Way of Youth is an outstanding guide to humanity. I recommend it to all who seek self-improvement.'

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